10th July - Isles of Scilly and Celtic Coasts
Our eagerly anticipated journey south takes us on a sojourn of discovery, allowing us to uncover the heritage of three Celtic nations en route to the magical Isles of Scilly and the architectural and maritime gems of southern coast of England.
Our thanks to Mr John Noorani for many of the images used on this cruise log.
Tuesday, 10th July.
Guests were piped on board in Oban this afternoon and we set sail in the early evening, passing a large flock of Greylag Geese in the Sound of Kerrera on passage to our overnight anchorage in Loch na Mile, Jura,
Wednesday, 11th June.
After breakfast we arrived at Port Ellen for a tour of Laphroaig distillery.
We spent the afternoon cruising the North Channel and the Antrim Coast on passage to our overnight anchorage off Bangor.
Thursday, 12th June.
This morning guests were tendered ashore and travelled by coach to Grey Abbey House for a tour of the house and gardens with lunch. Built in 1762, and located on the shores of Strangford Lough, Grey Abbey House contains interesting family collections and a garden that boasts herbaceous borders, a walled garden and historic apple orchards.
When all guests had re-embarked we set sail sail to Peel, Isle of Man where we berthed alongside overnight.
Friday, 13th July.
This morning guests explored Peel Castle with its ancient round tower and atmospheric crypt, before enjoying a guided tour through the Isle of Man's rich Celtic, Viking and maritime past at the House of Mannanan.
The afternoon was spent relaxing on board as we sailed on passage to Dublin where we berthed overnight. During the passage Rizzo's dolphins and harbour porpoises were spotted.
Saturday, 14th July.
Guests disembarked in Dublin after breakfast for a city tour and visit to Trinity College to view the historic Book of Kells.
When all guests were safely back on board we set sail from Dublin, through the Grand Canal harbour, on passage to Rosslare where we remained overnight.
Sunday, 15th July.
Michael Proctor the Rosslare harbour master attended the vessel this morning to present Captain Kirkwood with a limited edition picture of Rosslare Harbour.
Guests departed the vessel for a walking tour of Wexford and visit to Selskar Abbey where Henry II spent Lent as sacrament for having beheaded Thomas Becket.
Returning to the ship for lunch, we departed Rosslare and cruised to the Isles of Scilly, anchoring overnight in Crow Sound.
Monday, 16th July.
This morning guests boarded a local boat for a guided tour of the largest of the enchanting Isles of Scilly, St Mary's.
Over lunch we cruised to neighbouring Tresco, where guests visited the sub-tropical Abbey Garden, home to thousands of exotic plants, or enjoyed a guided coastal walk.
We spent the night at anchor at Cadgwith off the Cornish coast.
Tuesday, 17th July.
Guests went ashore at Falmouth this morning and departed by coach on a visit to Truro cathedral.
After lunch ashore at The Alverton, the afternoon was spent exploring the Lost gardens of Heligan, re-joining the ship in Fowey.
We remained in Fowey overnight.
Wednesday, 18th July.
Setting sail from Fowey, guests enjoyed a morning sail to Plymouth.
During the afternoon guests visited Mount Edgcumbe house, one of Cornwalls finest country estates with wide ranging parkland, formal gardens and imposing 16th country manor house with adjoining workshops.
Thursday, 19th July.
This morning we cruised into Dartmouth and were welcomed by the town crier, ahead of our visit to the Britannia Royal Naval College.
The afternoon was spent exploring Grrenway House, the former holiday home of Agatha Christie.
The Farewell Gala reception was held out on the Skye Deck as we cruised to our overnight anchorage off Portland.
Friday, 20th July.
We sailed into Portland harbour early this morning for disembarkation to take place.