These are some of our likely stopovers on this cruise:
Tobermory: The main town on Mull has a bustling harbour in a very scenic setting with its colourful harbour-front buildings, Go ashore to try the speciality food and craft shops or take a scenic walk in the woods around Tobermory Bay
The Isle of Muck: After a two and a half hour sail, we arrive at the smallest of the “Small Isles “, 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, we arrive on Eigg 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; South of the Island: Leaving the Small Isles behind and with the Cuillins firmly on our sight we head for the Isle of Skye and our anchorage at Loch Skavaig with Loch Coruisk hidden behind. This is an incredibly scenic place with opportunities for stunning shore walks between the lochs, with the chance of seeing lots of wildlife, especially otters.
Isle of Skye; West of the Island. A further option, if guests wish to explore Skye further is to pass beautiful Loch Hourn and cruise under the Skye Bridge to the east of the Island. Passing the Isle of Raasay on the left and Portree on the right we reach Bearreraig Bay, famous for the latest discovery of a new dinosaur Dearcmhara Shawcrossi and where fossils can be picked up on the beach.