16th October - Autumn Surprise

Join Hebridean Princess on this Autumn Surprise cruise as Captain David Kirkwood decides the itinerary on a daily basis, taking you to some of his favourite destinations.

Although the itinerary is unknown you will be assured of our excellent service, exquisite cuisine and the understated elegance of Hebridean Princess.

Tuesday, 16th October.

Before departing from Oban all guests attended the mandatory safety drill.  It was with a sense of anticipation that we set sail for our overnight anchorage in Ballachulish.

Wednesday, 17th October.

The first port of call on Captain Kirkwood's surprise cruise was Fort William for a Gondola ride up Aonach Mor in the morning.

After returning to the ship for lunch, guests travelled to Glencoe and visited the National Trust for Scotland Visitor Centre.

We anchored overnight in Bloody Bay, Mull.

Thursday, 18th October.

Over breakfast we sailed into Loch Sunart for walks ashore in the ancient oakwoods at Salen.  The last image shows preparations for the Salen Community Bonfire which has a Harry Potter theme!


After lunch we landed on the bird haven of Coll for refreshing walks on this island which is fringed with silver-sand beaches.

After dinner at our overnight anchorage in Loch Scresort, Rum, guests Mr and Mrs Barker celebrated their wedding anniversary with a delicious cake.

Friday, 19th November.

Our morning port of call was the Natural Nature Reserve of Rum where guests toured the Edwardian folly of Kinloch Castle.

During lunch we sailed into Loch Scavaig, Isle of Skye, where guests enjoyed walks at the stunning and dramatic Loch Coruisk, surrounded by the Black Cuillin Hills.

We berthed alongside in Kyle of Lochalsh this evening where we remained overnight. Local musicians Loudon MacKay and Alistair MacKay came on board after dinner to entertain our guests.  

Saturday, 20th November.

From Kyle guests travelled to Eilean Donan Castle and the Mam Ratagan Pass this morning.

We spent the afternoon in the conservation village of Plockton where guests explored the bay bordered by palm trees.

We remained alongside overnight in Kyle of Lochalsh. 

Sunday, 21st November.

This morning we arrived at Armadale, Isle of Skye, where our guests could uncover the history of the Clan Donald at the Museum of the Isles and explore the extensive woodland gardens of the ruined castle.

Over lunch we sailed into Loch Nevis and were tendered ashore at Inverie for afternoon walks ashore. 

Many thanks to guest Mrs Martin for sharing this image of guests and guide Malcolm at Inverie.

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

Monday, 22nd November.

Our final port of call was Tobermory, the colourful capital of Mull, where guests could explore the town independently or join our guide Malcolm on the Lighthouse walk.

We spent a relaxing afternoon cruising the Sound of Mull, Lismore Island and the Appin Narrows, on passage towards our overnight anchorage off java Point.

Tuesday, 23rd November.

For the final time this year, disembarkation took place in Oban and we hope our guests have enjoyed Captain Kirkwood's Autumn Surprise cruise.