This adventurous Scottish cruise (10 nights) includes some of Scotland’s most famous and remote destinations: the delightful Small Isles of Muck, Eigg, Rum and Canna; the spectacular Isle of Skye with its deep-sea lochs such as Dunvegan and it’s famous castles; the uninhabited Shiant Isles with their thousands of puffins; and the remote Summer Isles, named after their green summer pastures, with their remote anchorages and rich wildlife.
In addition, we have onboard, for your enjoyment, a photgraphy tutor. During the cruise you will discover how to get the best from your camera to capture the stunning scenery and amazing wildlife on offer in this glorious part of the British Isles. Gary will share his knowledge to help you create some fabulous memories of your holiday. From slow shutter-speed scenery compositions to ultra-fast shots of birds in flight. You don't have to take advantage of the tutoring but if you wish to do so please let us know when you book your cruise.
Since his teens Gary has been passionate about photography, especially wildlife. Today he is a regular visitor and photographer of the nature reserves in Norfolk, Wales and the Lincolnshire coast. His favourite bird to photograph is the short-eared owl!
Please note that your voyage is weather dependent. Weather doesn't just mean good or bad weather. There are many considerations such as tidal gates, wind direction and strength, the strength and direction of currents, overfalls, and fetch.
Some of the places we may visit are:
Tobermory: One of the most picturesque towns in the Western Isles. If you wish, we can make time to visit the local distillery or visit eagles.
Canna, the Small Isles: We can set sail for the scenic anchorage at Canna and its neighbouring Sanday. There are seabirds galore on the island's high sea cliffs - puffins, shags, razorbills, black guillemots, Manx shearwaters - and breeding there, in the high crags, are sea eagles. There are two lovely beaches, three churches, a tiny ruined castle and a population of less than 20! A short climb up Compass Hill gives wonderful views of Skye and our destination, the islands of the Outer Hebrides.
Loch Dunvegan, Isle of Skye: With famous Dunvegan Castle built on a high rock overlooking the Loch which was the site of an old Norse fort. The castle has been home to the chief of the Clan MacLeod for hundreds of years.
Shiant Isles: The so called ‘enchanted’ or ‘holy isles’ in Gaelic, they live up to their name. Situated between Lewis and Harris and northern Skye they are a haven for birdlife. They were once owned by Compton Mackenzie who wrote the famous novel Whisky Galore.
Summer Isles: There are some 30 islands in this tiny Highland archipelago at the entrance to Loch Broom. There are beautiful anchorages at Tanera Beg and Tenera More which is the largest island. There are no roads on the islands and watch out for the basking sharks and porpoises.
Loch Torridon: This loch takes us deep into the breath-taking mountain scenery of North West Scotland.
Plockton: A most picturesque Scottish Highland village with a natural harbour and wonderful views of Loch Carron. This picture postcard village was famously part of the Hamish Macbeth TV series.
Loch Nevis: Another spectacular sea loch that runs inland from the Sound of Sleat. Surrounded by mountains and is one of the remotest sea lochs in Scotland.
Loch Aline: A delightful loch off the Sound of Mull. In Loch Aline there are woodland walks and, at the head of the loch, is ancient Ardtornish estate and woodland gardens.Enquire now
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A wonderful, memorable week.