13th August - Castles and Clans

This new cruise exposes the history and intrigue behind some of Scotland's greatest castles and reveals how the powerful clans of the past jostled for power and supremacy over years gone by.

Tuesday, 13th August.

Setting sail from Oban in the early evening we cruised through the Sound of Mull to our overnight anchorage in Bloody Bay. 

Wednesday, 14th August.

Our first port of call was the Small Isle of Rum where the once flamboyant red sandstone Kinloch Castle awaited guests.  This Edwardian folly was built by Lancashire industrialist John Bullough in 1879.

We spent the afternoon cruising the Sea of the Hebrides on passage towards the Isle of Barra, during which Ben Buxton gave the first of his talks 'Kisimul Castle and the MacNeils of Barra.'

We anchored off Castlebay, Isle of Barra, overnight. 

Thursday, 15th August.

From Castlebay guests took a small boat to visit the 'Castle in the Sea', Kisimul Castle, which dates from the 15th century and is the seat of the Clan Macneil. 

During lunch we headed north to Lochboisdale for an island tour of South Uist and to discover the social, domeatic and cultural history of the island at the Kildonan Museum. 

When all guests were safely back on board we sailed the Sea of the Hebrides on passage to our overnight anchorage in Loch Bay off the north coast of Skye. 

Friday, 16th August.

During a morning cruising the north coast of Skye, Ben Buxton gave the second of his talks in the Tiree Lounge. We arrived and berthed in Kyle of Lochalsh after lunch for an afternoon visit to Plockton where guests enjoyed a stroll around the sheltered bay.

We remained alongside in Kyle of Lochalsh overnight and local musician Loudon MacKay came on board after dinner to entertain our guests.

Saturday, 17th August.

After our morning visit to Eilean Donan Castle, guests were also treated to a sail past this  iconic landmark, restored by Lt Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap in 1932.

In the afternoon guests explored the spiritual home of Clan Donald, the romantic ruins of Armadale Castle, with its colourful gardens, woodland trails and the Museum of the Isles which charts 1500 years of Highland history. 

We anchored overnight in Bloody Bay off the north east coast of Mull. 

Sunday, 18th August.

This morning we berthed in the island capital of Mull, Tobermory, for a visit to Glengorm Castle, a 19th century baronial house built on a headland overlooking the Atlantic.

Our final port of call was Craignure where guests enjoyed a Champagne Reception at Duart Castle, hosted by clan chief Sir Lachlan MacLean. 

We anchored overnight off Java Point, Isle of Mull.

Monday, 19th August.

This morning we sailed into Oban where disembarkation took place.