9th July - Voyage to the Heart of Neolithic Orkney

Ruled by the Scandinavian crown until 1468, when transferred to Scotland as part of a marriage dowry, the Nordic influence on the Orkney islands is still evident, making them distinctly different from the Western Isles.

Tuesday, 9th July.

We set sail from Oban at the start of our foray to the Northern Isles and anchored overnight in Bloody Bay off the Isle of Mull. 

Wednesday, 10th July.

We spent this morning cruising the Sea of the Hebrides on passage towards North Uist. After lunch guests went ashore at Lochmaddy, North Uist for an afternoon tour of the island which included Pobull Finn and Barpa Langass.

We anchored off the Shiant Isles overnight. 

Thursday, 11th July.

This morning we arrived in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, where guests visited the Callanish Standing Stones and the Gearranan Black House village.

During the afternoon cruise around Cape Wrath and the north coast of Scotland on passage towards Scrabster, guest speaker Bruce Bennison gave the first of his talks in the Tiree Lounge.

We arrived and berthed alongside in Scrabster in the late evening and remained alongside overnight.