Tuesday 13th to Tuesday 20th June 2023
Machair is a Gaelic word, meaning fertile low lying grassy plain, and only occurs on exposed western coasts of Scotland and Ireland. Machair habitats produce spectacular carpets of wildflowers of all different colours and are bustling with bird life at all times of year.
Tuesday 13th June
Guests arrived in Oban this afternoon where they embarked and settled into life on board as we set sail for our overnight anchorage off Scalasaig, Isle of Colonsay.
Wednesday 14th June
The Isle of Colonsay was our furst port of call for morning visits to Colonsay House Gardens and the Smokery.
During lunch we sailed to Craighouse, Isle of Jura, for afternoon walks along the bank of the loch.
In the early evening we arrived and berthed alongside in Port Ellen, Islay, where we remained overnight.
Thursday 15th June
After breakfast, guests went ashore on Islay for a tour and tasting at the Lagavulin Distillery or to go for walks independently.
Guests enjoyed a relaxing afternoon on board cruising the Sea of the Hebrides on passage towards our overnight anchorage off Vatersay. Minke whales were spotted during the passage.
Friday 16th June
This morning guests experienced the thrill of a beach landing on Vatersay.
During lunch we sailed to Lochboisdale, South Uist, where guests travelled to Princes’ Bay on Eriskay for walks on the beach.
We remained alongside overnight in Lochboisdale, South Uist.
Saturday 17th June
Guests embarked on a full day tour of the Uists, including a visit to the Kildonan Museum in the morning. A picnic lunch was served ashore followed by a visit to the Balranald RSPB reserve during the afternoon, prior to re-joining the ship in Lochmaddy, North Uist.
We anchored overnight in Loch Bay off Skye.
Sunday 18th June
During breakfast we cruised into Loch Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, for a morning visit to Dunvergan Castle to uncover 800 years of MacLeod history.
The afternoon was spent cruising south on passage towards our overnight anchorage off Salen, Loch Sunart.
Monday 19th June
Guests went ashore at Salen for morning walks along the shores of Loch Sunart.
Our final port of call was Tobermory, Isle of Mull, for an afternoon exploring the colourful harbour town and its delightful shops and local walks.
We berth overnight in Oban where the Farewell Gala Dinner was held.
Tuesday 20th June
Disembarkation took place at Northern Lighthouse Pier after breakfast and we hope that all our guests have enjoyed their cruise to the Heart of the Hebrides.