20th September - Westward to Harris and Lewis
Join Hebridean Princess as she explores the Inner and Outer Hebrides, including the Small Isles of Eigg and Rum, their larger neighbour of Skye, and the Outer Isles of Harris and Lewis.
We sailed into Oban this morning for disembarkation to take place at Lighthouse Pier.
From our anchorage in Loch Scresort, guests were tendered ashore for a morning tour of Kinloch Castle.
The final afternoon of the cruise was spent in the island captial of Mull, Tobermory for last minute souvenir shopping.
The Farewell Gala Dinner was held at anchor off Java Point.
This morning was spent relaxing on board as we sailed the east side of Raasay, Caol Rona and under the Ske Bridge, through The Narrows of Kyle Rhea.
Berthing at Armadale guests went ashore to visit the ruined castle and gardens, and to learn of the history of Clan Donald at the visitor centre.
Our overnight anchorage was in Loch Scresort, Isle of Rum.
This morning guests experienced the history and heritage of crofting life at the Gerannan Blackhouse Village.
In the afternoon guests were privileged to join the Isle of Harris Distillery First Anniversary party and enjoy a tour of the distillery, before a demonstration of Harris Tweed weaving.
We then cruised to our overnight anchorage in Loch Sligachan, Skye.
From Stornoway we toured the Isle of Lewis and explored the 5,000 year old standing stones at Callanish and the 2,000 year old preserved broch of Dun Carloway.
The afternoon was spent at the more recently constructed Lews Castle Museum, originally built in the 1840's. The new Museum adjoining the Castle hosts an exciting display of objects explaining the unique culture of the Outer Hebrides.
As it was our last scheduled call to Stornoway this season, we had a farewell get together with the Stornoway Cruise Ambassadors and the Harbour master.
We remained alongside in Storonoway overnight and were entertained by local musicians after dinner.
Our morning visit today was the conservation village of Shieldaig for walks and strolls ashore.
During lunch we cruised north to Gairloch for an afternoon visit to Osgood Mackenzie's Inverewe Garden. Friendly seals were playing alongside the jetty in the afternoon sun.
We set sail for Stornoway and berthed alongside overnight.
After witnessing sunrise in Bloody Bay we cruised around Ardnamurchan point and enjoyed a scenic sail past the Small Isles, along the Sound of Sleat, Kyle Rhea and under the Skye bridge on passage towards to the picturesque village of Plockton for the afternoon visit to Attadale Gardens. With its eclectic collection of sculptures, Attadale also boasts a Victorian sunken garden, a Japanese garden and picturesque water gardens set amongst 20 acres of rhododendrons and rare trees.
We anchored overnight off Plockton in Loch Carron.
Departing from Oban we set sail on passage to our overnight anchorage in Bloody Bay, scene of a fierce naval battle fought in the 1480's near Tobermory on Mull.