11th September - Islands of Glory

The arc of the Outer Hebrides tenaciously shields the Inner Isles from the Atlantic Ocean which has dramatically sculpted their landscapes.  This unforgettable voyage discovers the diversity of these two different island chains, separated by the crystal waters of the Sea of the Hebrides.

Tuesday, 11th September.

After being welcomed on board and settling into their cabins guests enjoyed refreshments as we set sail from Oban on passgae to our overnight anchorage in Bloody Bay, Sound of Mull.

Wednesday, 12th September.

This morning guests landed on the Small Isle of Rum for a visit to Kinloch Castle, built by Sir George Bullough at the turn of the 20th century.

We spent the afternoon cruising the Sound of Sleat, Kyle Rhea and under the Skye Bridge on passage towards our overnight anchorage in Staffin Bay off the Isle of Skye. 

Thursday, 13th September.

From Tarbert this morning guests embarked on a tour of the Isle of Harris which included Rodel Church and a refreshment stop before returning to the ship for the seafood buffet lunch.

In the afternoon guests enjoyed a Harris Tweed weving demonstration and a visit to the Isle of Scalpay.

We anchored overnight in North Bay off the Isle of Barra. 

Friday, 14th September.

This morning guests went ashore at Castlebay for a tour of Barra and Vatersay which included the airport and white-sand beaches.

After lunch there was the opportunity to visit the Maclean stronghold of Kisimul Castle and enjoy local walks before setting sail back across the Sea of the Hebrides on passage to our overnight anchorage off Bunessan on Mull. 

Saturday, 15th September.

Our morning port of call was the Isle of Iona where St Columba founded his historic community in 563, guests could explore this sacred isle and savour the serenity of the restored Benedictine abbey.

Afternoon walks on the traffic-free Isle of Ulva were rewarded with refreshments before the ship sailed to Bloody Bay off the Isle of Mull where we anchored overnight.

 

Sunday, 16th September.

We cruised into Loch Sunart during breakfast for walks ashore at Salen in the ancient oakwoods. 

On the Isle of Mull guests went ashore at Craignure to discover Duart Castle, home to the Clan Maclean for over 800 years. 

We anchored overnight in Tobermory harbour. 

Monday, 17th September.

Our final port of call was the bustling island capital of Tobermory where there was the opportunity to explore the town or enjoy a stroll to Aros Park waterfalls.

Following an afternoon relaxing on board as we cruised the Sound of Mull, round Lismore and the Appin Narrows, the Farewell Gala Dinner was held with the traditional Address to the Haggis performed.

Tuesday, 18th September.

We hope that all our disembarking guests have enjoyed their cruise and we wish them a safe journey home.