Far-flung islands: Mingulay to the Shiants

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Mon 4 Sep 2017 - Thu 14 Sep 2017 10 ElizabethG £1895 2 Book Now
Mon 4 Sep 2017 - Thu 14 Sep 2017 10 Speideren £3165 8 Book Now

Cruise Summary

BernerayThis extensive cruise takes in the more remote Islands of the Hebrides. Destinations include many magical and far-flung places; the Isles of Canna, Berneray and Mingulay; the Monach isles, Taransay and the Shiants, amongst others.  Find out more about the Shiant Isles and the Monach Isles.  This cruise provides excellent chances of seeing most of the wildlife the Western Isles has to offer and the scenery and locations are a photographers dream. To have the opportunity to fully explore these amazing places, we provide fully guided walks and plenty of local knowledge.

One of the ultimate highlights of this cruise is to watch the resident Grey seal population come ashore on the beach on Mingulay for the night. They can be heard ‘singing’ during the evening calling to each other to check that it is safe to come ashore; an unforgettable experience.  The Shiant Isles are a true marvel of the Hebrides, their lonely savage beauty evoking a sense of wilderness combined with the amazing spectacle of thousands of sea birds.

The Itinerary

Far flung Islands: Mingulay to the ShiantsDepart Oban and cruise across to the Sound of Mull and onwards to a delightful anchorage in peaceful and remote Loch Na Drambuie, famed for great sunsets and Otters.

Heading west, passing Ardnamurchan Peninsula, the most Westerly point of Great Britain and with the Mountains of Rum and the Cuillins of Skye in view we cruise to the Isle of Canna. With a population of only 12 full time residents, this remote but fertile Isle offers great walking on the sea cliffs with stunning scenic views to Skye and the Outer Hebrides, and a good chance of seeing golden eagles & sea eagles

With a 4 hour cruise cross the Minch to the most Southern island of the outer Hebrides, Berneray, we go ashore to walk to the Western cliffs and one to of the most important of the Stevenson lighthouses, which guides ships into and through the Minch.

Anchoring off the south side of Mingulay with its white sandy beach we go ashore to explore the deserted village and take in the fantastic bird life with a puffin colony, great skuas and many other birds. Walking over the Machair into the Glen blossoming with wild flowers we reach stunning cliffs on the west of the Island. One of the ultimate highlights of the cruise is to watch the resident Grey seal population come ashore on the beach for the night. They can be heard ‘singing’ during the evening calling to each other to check that it is safe to come ashore. We have counted over 200 hundred seals on the beach.

We reach the Monachs, a rarely visited remote set of Islands with white sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters with plenty of bird spotting opportunities.  We visit the old fishing crofts which were used during the summer months by local lobster fishermen from South Uist and Benbecula.

Steaming along the west coast of the Outer Hebrides we head north with excellent chances of seeing Minke whales, basking sharks and all three types of dolphins, Common, Rissos and White sided. Passing the Sound of Harris we take a five hour cruise to anchor off the island of Taransay, made famous by the BBC series “Castaway”. We go ashore to explore this remote, scenic, peaceful and beautiful Island.

Navigating carefully through the Sound of Harris with it many reefs and islets we anchor in the sheltered anchorage of Loch Rodel on the southern tip of the Island of Harris. We go ashore to visit the historic and beautiful 15th century Rodel Church with its medieval stone sculptures dedicated to St. Clements. This is a great place for watching the sun set in the west.

Heading North into the North Minch we reach the remote and wild Shiant Islands with the naturally formed horseshoe bay and sea cliffs with many thousands of seabirds including white-tailed eagles. We slowly cruise the Islands, soaking up the atmosphere before dropping anchor in the bay for a walk ashore to explore the Bothy and surrounding shingle beaches. The Shiants are known as a “mini St.Kilda” due to the similarity of the  sea cliffs and dramatic scenery.

Our journey takes us to the Island of Rona. Our quiet and peaceful anchorage is surrounded by small islets as we go ashore to explore. After dinner we can watch the sun set from the top deck.

Following a 5 hour cruise we reach the remote Knoydart peninsula in Loch Nevis ( Gaelic for Loch Heaven) where we anchor off Inverie with the option to go ashore for a walk and perhaps a drink in the Forge Inn the remotest pub in Britain. Inverie is only accessible by sea or a 17 mile hike in. There are walks into the surrounding hills and lots of history to soak up, related to the Jacobite rebellion.

Heading South we pass Ardnamuchan point and into the Sound of Mull.  We drop anchor  at Eilean Rubha An Ridre on the Morvern Peninsula, a delightful sheltered anchorage where we hope to see otter, sea eagles and seals.  We go ashore for a short walk to admire the views  to the west and watch the sun setting.

After an easy going, extended brunch, we head down to Oban for disembarking at midday

 

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Guest Comments

The scenery was stunning, the guide was wonderful, she accompanied us on all tours, she was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable, as was the skipper Rob and first mate Sarah. Felicity Lovell: Mull, Iona & Coll Island Explorer April 25th 2015

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