4 October 2019
Our first ‘Footloose’ cruise of 2020 offers a tantalising blend of energising walks and fascinating visits to suit every taste. The diverse landscapes of the Small Isles and Skye contrast with the mainland gems of Gairloch and Shieldaig on this ‘Footloose’ escape of peaceful seclusion.
If you haven’t experienced a Hebridean Footloose-style cruise before, we hope you will
join us for a real treat. The walking part works like this: at each port of call, there is a guided walk which you can choose to join. Each is outlined in the daily itinerary, and the experienced on-board guides will also give a short briefing the previous evening on what to expect, and answer guests’ questions.
We sometimes walk directly from the harbour, or use a hired coach or mini-bus to reach the starting point. Some morning or afternoon walks may only last a couple of hours, but on others we spend most of the day exploring – carrying our own packed lunch supplied by the ship, or calling into a local hotel along the route where lunch has been booked.
How difficult is it? Well, although some routes will cross rough ground, or ascend fairly steeply at times, we are not taking you mountain-climbing! If you have already enjoyed walking off-road, in areas like the Lake District or Peak District, you will be more than ready for this. During an all-day exploration we may cover as far as 8 miles or so, but other walks are much shorter. The guides’ briefing, in the Tiree Lounge the night before, will fill in the details. And of course, there are also other options for those who would prefer a more leisurely experience.
For the walks you will need your own equipment, including a small rucksack and clothing to cope with rapidly changing weather. If you have walking poles, please bring them as they are invaluable when the terrain gets a bit rougher. We hope you can join us in April to go Footloose through the Inner Sound. And finally, don’t forget your boots!
Footloose through the Inner Sound
Tuesday 28th April to Tuesday 5th May 2020.
7 nights, Oban to Oban.