24th April - Springtime Surprise

Join Hebridean Princess on this Springtime Surprise cruise as Captain Richard Heaton 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, 24th April.

Once embarkation was completed at Northern Lighthouse Board Pier, we set sail from Oban with anticipation to discover where our mystery cruise would take us.

We anchored overnight in Loch na Mile, Jura.

Wednesday, 25th April.

The first port of call on our surprise cruise was Port Ellen on the whisky isle of Islay for a visit to the Lagavulin Distillery.


During lunch we cruised to the Isle of Gigha for a visit to Achamore Gardens and refreshments.

Once again we anchored in Loch na Mile, Jura.

Thursday, 26th April.

Our morning port of call was Craighouse, Isle of Jura, for walks in the village and along the banks of the loch. The afternoon was spent cruising northwards through the Sound of Jura, Sound of Luing, the Appin Narrows and Loch Linnhe on passage towards our overnight anchorage in Loch Linnhe. 

Friday, 27th April.

This morning guests were tendered ashore at Fort William where they could travel up Aonoch Mor by the mountain gondola or explore Fort William independently.

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

We anchored overnight in the Sound of Mull.

Saturday, 28th April.

After breakfast guests enjoyed a beach landing at Crossapol Bay on the beautiful Isle of Coll, for walks on the beach. Some guests volunteered to clear some litter from the beach during the visit.

Our second island of the day was the Isle of Ulva for afternoon walks or a visit Sheila’s Cottage Museum. 

Our overnight anchorage was in Loch na Keal, off the Isle of Ulva. 

Sunday, 29th April.

A morning ashore on the Isle of Iona offered the opportunity to visit the abbey and attend Sunday Worship.

Over lunch on board we cruised to the Isle of Tiree where a coach was available to take guests to visit the Skerryvore Lighthouse Museum and the refreshment hamper was served.

We anchored overnight tonight in Kilchoan Bay. 

Monday, 30th April.

From Kilchoan our morning visit was Ardnamurchan Lighthouse where those guests who climbed to the top were rewarded with panoramic views.

Our final port of cal was Glenmore Bay where guests visited the Ardnamurchan Distillery and the Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre.

The Farewell Gala Dinner was held alongside in Oban where we remained overnight. 

Tuesday, 1st May.

We hope that all of our guests enjoyed this surprise cruise and some of Captain Heaton's favourite destinations.  Haste ye back!