Thursday 25th to Tuesday 30th August

Late summer is a magical time to visit the Highlands and Islands, a secluded paradise of remote islands, dramatic landscapes, historic castles and glorious gardens.

Thursday 25th August

Once embarkation had been completed, and the mandatory safety drill had been carried out, we departed from Oban and sailed to our overnight anchorage in Bloody Bay off the Isle of Mull.

Friday 26th August

Our first port of call was the Isle of Rum where guests enjoyed walks on the island.

During lunch we cruised to Armadale, Isle of Skye for our afternoon visit to Armadale Castle and Gardens.

We anchored overnight in Loch Na Dal.

Saturday 27th August

During breakfast we arrived in Kyle of Lochalsh where coach transported guests to Eilean Donan Castle.

Guests then travelled to Mam Ratagan Pass and the viewpoint which overlooks the Five Sisters of Kintail, on which the Hebridean Island Cruises logo is based. Whilst there, they were entertained by Clann an Drumma.

In the afternoon we sailed to Plockton, the ‘Jewel of the Higlands’, where guests explored on foot around the sheltered bay with stunning views of Loch Carron, visited the local flower show and enjoyed speedboat rides.

We anchored overnight in Gairloch.

Sunday 28th August

This morning we were piped ashore at Inverewe Garden where guests discovered Sir Osgood Mackenzie’s subtropical paradise.

After lunch we sailed into Loch Torridon for afternoon walks at Shieldaig, set against a backdrop of rugged mountain peaks.

We anchored overnight in Loch Na Dal.

Monday 29th August

Our final foray ashore was on the Isle of Skye where we cruised into Loch Scavaig for walks around Loch Coruisk, in its dramatic setting overlooked by the rugged Cuillin ridge.

We spent the afternoon cruising past the Small isles and into the Sound of Mull on passage towards Oban where we berthed overnight.

Tuesday 30th August

We hope that our disembarking guests enjoyed their late summer short break and the luxury of Hebridean Princess.