2nd July - Hebridean Concerto

The beauty of Scotland's Highlands and Islands has inspired numerous composers and musicians, most famously the dramatic cathedral-like Fingal's Cave on Staffa.  This cruise uncovers the talent of local musicians who have also been stimulated by the unique environs in which they live.

Tuesday, 2nd July.

Guests were piped on board in Oban this afternoon and, in the early evening we set sail for our overnight anchorage in Loch na Mile off the Isle of Jura.

Wednesday, 3rd July.

Our first port of call was the Isle of Jura where guests enjoyed walks along the banks of the loch before returning to the ship for the first talk by guest speaker David Hoult.

During lunch we cruised to Port Ellen, Islay, for a tour of the Laphroaig Distillery.

Musicians from the Cantilena Music performed in the Tiree Lounge in the late afternoon.

We remained alongside overnight in Port Ellen, Islay. 

Thursday, 4th July.

Guests spent the morning exploring Finlaggan, the ancient seat of the Lord of the Isles, or enjoying local walks.

During the afternoon David Hoult gave the second of his talks in the Tiree Lounge as we cruised the Sound of Islay on passage to our overnight anchorage off Bunessan, Isle of Mull. 

Friday, 5th July.

After breakfast the local boat came alongside to take guests to land on the Isle of Staffa to observe the spectacular Fingal's Cave and the resident puffins.

Our second island port of call today was the sacred isle of Iona for a visit to the Benedictine Abbey or go for walks on the island independently.

We anchored overnight in Crossapol Bay off the Isle of Coll. 

Saturday, 6th July.

A thrilling beach landing at Crossapol Bay on the Isle of Coll enabled guests to discover this wild and rocky island fringed with white-sand beaches.

Following an afternoon exploration of  Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Richard Jeffcoat gave a short talk in the Tiree Lounge to introduce the Mendelssohn on Mull group who performed in the Tiree Lounge after dinner.

We remained alongside in Tobermory, Isle of Mull, overnight. 

Sunday, 7th July.

After an early morning cruise of the Sound of Mull on passage towards Loch a’ Choire, guests went ashore on the Kingairloch Estate for pre-lunch walks.

Over lunch we sailed up Loch Linhe to Fort William where guests took the mountain Gondola up Aonoch Mor, the 8th highest mountain in Britain.

We anchored overnight off Corran. 

Monday, 8th July.

Ashore at Glenmore Bay guests learnt about local flora and fauna at Nadurra Natural History Centre.

Our final port of call was Craignure, Isle of Mull where the Mendelssohn on Mull group attended a questions & answers session with guest lecturer, David Hoult followed by a performance, ahead of the Champagne reception at Duart Castle hosted by Sir Lachlan Maclean.

The Farewell Gala Dinner was held at anchor in Oban Bay. 

Tuesday, 9th July.

Disembarkation took place at Lighthouse Pier in Oban today.  We hope that all our guests enjoyed their Hebridean Concerto.