25th August - Grand Celtic Odyssey

Leaving English waters in our wake, we plot a northerly course visiting Wales and Northern Ireland before returning to our home port of Oban.

We would like to thank John Noorani for many of the images used in this weeks cruise log.

Wednesday, 25th August.

Once guest embarkation was complete, the canon was fired and we departed Portland on passage to our overnight anchorage off Brixham. 

Thursday, 26th August.

After a morning relaxing on board as we cruised the south coast of Devon, we arrived in Plymouth, where guests embarked on a walking tour which included the Mayflower Museum.

The Welcome Gala reception and dinner were held as we anchored off Plymouth overnight.

Friday, 27th August.

Departing from our overnight anchorage off Plymouth, we sailed to Fowey where guests were tendered ashore to visit Tregrehan Gardens.

We spent the afternoon cruising the south coast of Cornwall on passage towards the Isles of Scilly. We anchored overnight in St Mary's Road.

Saturday, 28th August.

Guests landed on St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly this morning and enjoyed the Garrison walking tour in glorious sunshine.

We spent the afternoon and overnight cruising on passage towards Wales.

Sunday, 29th August.

This morning we in Fishguard, Wales for a tour of St David’s, the smallest city in Britain.

An afternoon sail along the the coast of Wales brought us to the Isle of Anglesey. We berthed alongside overnight in Holyhead. 

Monday, 30th August.

After breakfast, guests went ashore to discover the South Stack Lighthouse and RSPB Reserve in Holyhead, Wales.

We spent the afternoon cruising on passage towards Belfast, where we arrived in the late evening and remained overnight.

Tuesday, 31st August.

During a full day in Belfast, guests embarked on a guided tour of the city in the morning and visited the Titanic Belfast Exhibition in the afternoon.

After dinner we arrived and remained anchored off Bangor, Northern Ireland.

Wednesday, 1st September.

Hebridean Princess was anchored off Bangor today for guests to enjoy a full day excursion with lunch at Grey Abbey House.

Thursday, 2nd September.

Back in our home waters of the Hebrides, guests were treated to the thrill of a beach landing on Kilnaughton beach, Islay.

Our final afternoon was spent cruising the Sound of Islay and the Firth of Lorn towards our overnight anchorage in Lorn Na Mile, during which a Minke Whale was spotted.

Friday, 3rd September.

After such a long absence, we sailed into our home port of Oban with a sense of excitement. We hope that all guests disembarking this morning have enjoyed this cruise exploring four home nations.