15th October - Sea Lochs and Small Isles

Along much of Scotland's western seaboard, long arms of sea reach far inland.  This dramatic scenery has resulted in spectacular sea lochs reminiscent of Norwegian fjords.  To the south of Skye, the Small Isles offer a wonderful variety of scenery and wildlife, all waiting to be explored from the comfort of Hebridean Princess.

Tuesday, 15th October.

Plotting a north-easterly course from Oban we set sail up Loch Linnhe to our overnight anchorage in Shallachain Bay just before the Corran Narrows. 

Wednesday, 16th October.

Guests were tendered ashore at Fort William this morning where guests had the option to explore the town or take the moutain gondola up Aonach Mor. 

During lunch we cruised into Loch a’ Choire for afternoon walks on the Kingairloch Estate. 

We anchored overnight in Bloody Bay off the Isle of Mull. 

Thursday, 17th October.

Today was spent in Loch Sunart and guests went ashore after breakfast at Salen for morning walks in the ancient oakwoods or to view the contemporary art on display at the Resipole Studio.

After lunch we landed on the privately-owned Isle of Carna where guests explored on foot.  

We remained at anchor off Carna overnight. 

Friday, 18th October.

From Kilchoan guests travelled to the most westerly point of the UK mainland, Ardnamurchan Point.  Those guests who reached the top of the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse were rewared with panoramic views of Mull and the Small Isles.

The Small Isle of Muck played host to our afternoon visit where guests enjoyed walks on the island. 

We anchored overnight in Loch Scresort off the Isle of Rum. 

Saturday, 19th October.

During breakfast we sailed to Armadale, Isle of Skye, for our morning visit to Armadale Castle and Gardens, and the Clan Donald Centre where the Museum of the Isles charts 1500 years of highland history.

Our afternoon port of call was Inverie for walks ashore and refreshments at the Gazebo Arms! 

After a late afternoon cruise through the Sound of Sleat and The Narrows, we arrived and berthed alongside in Kyle of Lochalsh where we remained overnight. 

Sunday, 20th October.

This morning guests visited the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan, which is situated on an island where 3 lochs meet. 

Cruising north during lunch we arrived in Plockton for an afternoon stretch of legs around the shores of Loch Carron.  

We anchored in Loch na Dal off the Isle of Skye overnight. 

Monday, 21st October.

After a spectacular sunrise in the Sound of Sleat, we landed on the Isle of Rum where guests discovered the once-opulent, eccentric Edwardian folly of Kinloch Castle.

Our final port of call was Tobermory, Isle of Mull, for afternoon walks and shopping in the colourful harbour town.

We anchored overnight off Java Point off the Isle of Mull.

Tuesday, 22nd October.

We sailed into Oban this morning for our final disembarkation of 2019 in our home port, before we head to our winter home on the Clyde.