10th May - Voyage to the Outer Isles
Wonder at the contrasts of Scotland's isles, from the inner Hebridean island of Canna, owned by the National Trust for Scotland, to the Outer Isles of Barra, Vatersay, the Uists and the remote Bishop's Isles.
Sailing the Firth of Lorn, we arrived in Oban during breakfast where disembarkation took place.
The final morning of our voyage was spent on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. From Glenmore Bay we visited Scotland's greenest and most westerly mainland distillery before heading to the Isle of Mull and Duart Castle, home to Clan Maclean.
The Farewell Gala Dinner was enjoyed whilst at anchor off Duart Castle.
Following a short sail along the west coast of Skye, we landed guests ashore at Loch Scavaig for walks to Loch Coruisk, in the heart of the Cuillin Hills.
Our afternoon port of call was the Small Isle of Rum where our destination was the eccentric Edwardian folly of Kinloch Castle.
We anchored overnight in Mingary Bay.
This morning we visited Dunvegan for a tour of the castle which has been home to the Chieftain of the Clan MacLeod for 800 years and boasts wonderful gardens.
As lunch was enjoyed on board we cruised into Loch Harport to Carbost for a visit to the Talisker distillery.
From Lochboisdale guests deprted the ship for a full day tour of the Uists and Benbecula. The tour inluded a Hebridean picnic lunch and visits to the ancient sites of Barpa Langass and Pobull Fhinn.
In the evening we cruised on passage towards the Isle of Skye and anchored overnight in Ardmore Bay.
From Castlebay this morning we travelled to Vatersay for walks on the beach on the most southerly inhabited of the Outer Hebrides.
The afternoon was spent cruising the west coast of Barra to Barra Head and the Bishop's Isles before anchoring overnight off Eriskay.
This morning we cruised to the Isle of Coll for walks ashore on the island.
During lunch we cruised to Tiree for guests to visit the Skerryvore Lighthouse Museum at Hynish.
When all guests were safely back on board we sailed across the Sea of the Hebrides and anchored off Castlebay, Barra overnight.
Guests embarked in Oban on a beautiful afternoon and enjoyed a lovely sunset as we set sail for our overnight anchorage in Ardmore Bay.