8th August - Stone Age Scotland
Steeped in history the far north and west of Scotland are scattered with Neolithic remains. This voyage will explore some of the area's most inspiring archaeological sites and uncover the myriad secrets of ancient history hidden for millennia.
A gorgeous sunrise off Lismore greeted our return to our home port after our summer sojourn 'up north.' We spent the day in Oban disembarking guests and preparing for our new arrivals.
After a morning spent cruising the Inner Isles, we sailed into Loch Craiginish and anchored at Ardfern Marina where guests were tendered ashore for the final visit of this cruise, Kilmartin Glen and Kilmartin House Museum, brimming with Neolithic Monuments and Artefacts.
The Farwell Gala Dinner was held at anchor off Java Point.
Sailing into Lochmaddy this morning, guests disembarked for a tour of the Uists to discover the Neolithic chambered cairn of Barpa Langass and the stone circle of Pobill Fhinn.
During lunch we cruised across The Minch to the Small Isle of Canna for walks on the island.
As we rounded Cape Wrath early this morning, guest John Waterhouse captured this image of the lighthouse shrouded in mist.
We arrived into Stornoway from where guests toured the famous Callanish Standing Stones and the well-preserved 2,000 year old Dun Carloway Broch.
We anchored overnight off the Shiant Isles.
From Kirkwall this morning guests visited the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae and enjoyed a short tour of Stromness.
After lunch on board guests spent time in Kirkwall at their leisure. We departed Kirkwall before dinner for the passage to Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.
This morning we arrived in Lerwick, Shetland and berthed alongside for a visit to Old Scatness Iron Age broch village and wheelhouses.
The afternoon was spent at sea cruising south to Kirkwall, Orkney where we berthed overnight.
This morning from Kirkwall guests visited the iconic Ring of Brodgar and the chambered tomb of Maes Howe.
The afternoon was spent at sea on passage to Fair Isle where we landed in the late afternoon.
We anchored off Fair Isle overnight.
A glorious sunrise was witnessed as we made our early morning departure from Invergordon and began our cruise north on passage to Kirkwall, Mainland Orkney.
Upon arrival in Kirkwall guests were transported to the Ness of Brodgar for a tour of the ongoing excavations. The Ness is a massive Neolithic walled enclosure that contains numerous well preserved monumental stone buildings, best known from its media coverage as Orkney’s 'Neolithic Cathedral’.
We remained in Kirkwall overnight.
Our final turnaround day of the season in Invergordon took place today as guests embarked for the start of their journey back in time to explore Scotland's ancient history.