Tuesday 21st to Tuesday 28th June 2022
With it’s clear waters and craggy sea cliffs, St Kilda is home to Europe’s largest colony of seabirds, making it a fascinating natural island environment, unmatched anywhere on earth.
Tuesday 21st June.
When all guests had been piped on board in Oban, we set sail for our overnight anchorage in Bloody Bay off the north coast of Mull.
Wednesday 22nd June.
We spent the first morning on board cruising round Ardnamurchan Point, past the Small Isles and through the Sound of Sleat, Kyle Rhea and under the Skye Bridge, on passage towards the Isle of Skye. After lunch, guests disembarked in Portree for afternoon walks ashore and to explore the town.
We anchored overnight off Isle Martin.
Thursday 23rd June.
The bird sanctuary of Isle Martin played host to our morning exploration. Owned by a community trust, it is uninhabited and the closest of the Summer Isles to Ullapool.
During lunch we sailed to Ullapool for our afternoon visit to the deep chasm of Corrieshalloch Gorge.
We sailed overnight on passage towards St Kilda.
Friday 24th June.
We spent the morning ashore on Hirta, St Kilda, exploring the abandoned village, and cruising the Sea Stacs.
A relaxing afternoon was spent on board as we cruised through the Sound of Harris on passage towards Stornoway, Lewis where we remained overnight.
Saturday 25th June.
Ashore on the Isle of Lewis, our island tour included the Callanish Standing Stones and Dun Carloway Broch this morning.
Our afternoon was spent sailing the east coast of the Hebrides and the Shiant Islands on passage towards our overnight anchorage off Shieldaig.
Sunday 26th June.
Our morning visit was to the conservation village of Shieldaig for walks around the shores of Loch Torridon.
We spent the afternoon cruising the Inner Sound, under the Skye Bridge, Kyle Rhea and the Sound of Sleat on passage towards our overnight anchorage off the north coast of the Isle of Mull.
Monday 27th June.
Our final island port of call was the sunshine Isle of Tiree to visit the remarkable Skerryvore Lighthouse Museum and discover how the heroic engineers and keepers built and maintained Britain’s tallest lighthouse.
After an afternoon relaxing sail of Loch Sunart and the Sound of Mull, the Farewell Gala Dinner was held at our overnight anchorage in Charlotte Bay off the Isle of Kerrera.
Tuesday 28th June.
Disembarkation took place after breakfast in Oban.