2nd October - Autumn in the Enchanted Isles

Beautiful in all seasons, the Scottish Highlands and Islands display an even more stunning tapestry of landscapes in autumn as green turns to bronze, copper and gold.  Far from the crowds and the everyday world, savour the tranquil serenity of the Inner and Outer Hebrides at arguably the best time of year from the warm and welcoming Hebridean Princess.

Tuesday, 2nd October.

Once embarkation had been completed at Lighthouse Pier, we set sail from Oban on passage to our overnight anchorage in Tobermory bay.

Wednesday, 3rd October.

Our morning was spent enjoying local walks leisurely strolls around the colourful Georgian harbour town of Tobermory.

Over lunch we cruised the Small Isles and landed on the Isle of Rum for an afternoon visit to the eccentric Edwardian folly of Kinloch Castle.

We anchored overnight in Loch na Dal off the Sleat peninsula, Isle of Skye. 

Thursday, 4th October.

This morning we tendered guests ashore in Portree, Isle of Skye for walks ashore. The afternoon was spent sailing across the Minch to Stornoway where we remained overnight.  Local musicians performed in the Tiree lounge after dinner and many guests enjoyed a little dancing!

 

Friday, 5th October.

Sunrise and a rainbow in Stornoway this morning.

This morning guests toured Carloway Broch and the Standing Stones of Callanish.

Whilst the guests enjoyed lunch at the Dounes Brae Hotel, the ship sailed to Tarbert, Isle of Lewis.  After a demonstration of traditional weaving at the Harris Tweed shop guests re-joined the ship.

We anchored overnight in East Loch Tarbert, Harris.

Saturday, 6th October.

This morning guests were tendered ashore in Loch Maddy North Uist, for a visit to the ancient sites of Barpas Langass and Pobull Finn.

Following lunch on board, guests travelled to Berneray for walks on the beach and refreshments were provided from the hamper.

 

Our overnight anchorage was at Ulva North.

Sunday, 7th October.

Today guests toured one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland.  Tobermory Distillery was established in 1798 and here guests had the opportunity to compare two different, but equally alluring, single malts: the fruity, unpeated Tobermory and the more robust and smoky Ledaig.

We anchored overnight off Craignure, Isle of Mull. 

Monday, 8th October.

From Ardfern marina guests were tendered ashore to explore some of the 600 historical monuments at Kilmartin Glen and Museum.

Our final port of call was Crinan for strolls along the canal and to vist the Crinan Hotel gallery with refreshments.

The Farewell Gala was held at anchor off Java point. 

Tuesday, 9th October.

During breakfast we sailed into Oban where disembarkation took place alongside at Lighthouse Pier.