This cruise can take in as many as ten Hebridean islands, depending on the weather conditions which will dictate the actual itinerary. Ideally, the cruise will take in both the Isle of Mull and the Isle of Skye and some of the islands in between. Chris Gomersall is expedition leader, wildlife guide and photography mentor and non-photographers are also welcome to experience the spectacular landscapes and wildlife at close quarters. Sightings of cetaceans are very likely including harbour porpoise, common and Risso’s dolphin, Minke whale, with occasional records of orca and humpback whale. Grey and common seals are plentiful, and there is a good chance of seeing otters & basking sharks. There are puffins, gannets, Manx shearwaters, storm petrels, great skuas, fulmars, around on the water while golden and white-tailed eagle are often overhead. Anchorages are in some of the most beautiful, remote and otherwise inaccessible locations of the Inner Hebrides making the most of the long days of mid-summer. Read the account of the 2015 Idyllic Islands: Hebridean Photography Cruise on our blog>
These are some of the likely stopovers and anchorages on this cruise:
Tobermory: The main town on Mull has a bustling harbour in a scenic setting with colourful harbour-front buildings. There are several excellent speciality food and craft shops and woodland walks with wonderful views of Tobermory Bay
The Treshnish Isles, Lunga and Staffa: Depending on weather conditions, the Skipper may decide to cruise to the West of Mull to take in the wildlife haven of the Treshnish Isles and go ashore on Lunga to view nesting puffins and other birds at close quarters. Given good sea conditions, a landing on Fingal's Cave on Staffa is a very special experience.
Gometra and Loch na Keal: Also on the west of Mull, the Isle of Gometra and Loch na Keal provide beautiful sheltered anchorages with shore walks and lots of wildlife on offer.
The Cairns of Coll: Heading away from Mull towards the Small Isles of Rum, Muck, Eigg and Canna, cruise past the Isle of Coll and the rocky outcrop of the Cairns of Coll known for a high number of sightings of cetaceans.
The Isle of Muck: Arriving at the smallest of the “Small Isles “, the Isle of Muck is only 2 miles long. There are lovely coastal and inland walks with plenty of wildlife to spot, including many seabirds and puffins on the tiny Horse Island.
The Isle of Eigg: After a relaxed one hour cruise, Eigg is reached with a full day to explore the Island. Eigg is dominated by “an Sgurr”, a dramatic pitchstone ridge, the largest of its kind in Europe. Laig bay, a large white Atlantic beach, faces the Cuillins of Rum, one of the most memorable views on the west coast of Scotland. Further north is the Singing Sands, a stunning musical quartz beach surrounded by outstanding geological formations.
The Isle of Rum: Rum’s unique geology tells an amazing story, with the core of an ancient volcano forming the ‘Rum Cuillins’. Rum is an important natural heritage site, designated as a National Nature Reserve in 1957, managed by Scottish Natural Heritage. A visit to the remarkable Kinloch Castle is recommended.
The Isle of Canna: Canna is the westernmost of the Small Isles noted for its tiers of basalt pillars that rise over the eastern half of the island and the sea cliffs that dominate its northern shore. The island is home to white-tailed and golden eagles and puffins and is a good place to spot dolphins and whales.
The Isle of Skye: Skye offers more stunning scenery and beautiful anchorages. Loch Scavaig has the backdrop of the dramatic Cuillin Mountain Range as does the freshwater Loch Coruisk - a wonderful walk inland. After a cruise around the Sound of Sleat, Isle Ornsay on Skye and Loch Hourn on the mainland are perfect overnight stops.
Loch Drumbuie and Lochaline: Heading back towards Oban, Loch Drumbuie is a delightful sheltered inlet off the impressive sea loch, Loch Sunart with a narrow entrance and wooded shores. Lochaline provides another sheltered anchorage off the Sound of Mull, with walks ashore on the Morvern Peninsula
Cruise Dates 2018
|Date||Nights||Spaces||Price p/p||Vessel||Book Online|
|7 July 2018||8||6||£1,725.00||Elizabeth G||Book Now|
Indicates single cabins available (Elizabeth G Only).
Master cabins available (Proud Seahorse Only).
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