Scottish Hebridean Cruises including distillery visits
This years cruise is the 1st - 6th August 2017, you can see the full itinerary hereSpend six days on a large luxurious yacht enjoying the splendour of the Inner Hebrides, the breathtaking wildlife and the fabulous food and drink offered by this unique region of the British Isles. With a Yachtmaster Instructor as skipper take as big a part in the sailing and navigation of the yacht as you wish. Or you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the wonderful scenery and wild life. Each year the itinerary tends to vary, so for exact details of this years cruise check out the link above, for what might happen next year see below
Day 1Arrive at Oban and transfer to yacht. The first afternoon we have the opportunity to get to know the boat a basic safety brief and then off to see for a short passage to a secluded anchorage, perhaps Loch Spelve on the Island of Mull and home to Sea and Golden Eagles. The canapés and aperitifs watching the sun set, followed by a superb dinner of local seafood.
Day 2Gentle passage to Lagavulin Bay on the Island of Islay, lunch on board then a stroll down to Laphroig Distillery to explore the unique style of a traditionally crafted Scottish Malt Whisky before returning to Lagavulin for a quite taster in the wood panelled dramming room and the dinghy back to Celtic Star for a sumptuous dinner of freshly prepared local delicacies.
Day 3A short sail to the Island of Jura and stop in Craighouse Bay Here the party can split into two, those of a more energetic bent can set out to tackle the famous Paps of Jura, the mountains that dominate the tiny island. Those who enjoy the more comfortable life can take the opportunity to visit the Distillery and sample the superb expressions of The Jura Single Malt whisky. The yacht will then sail north through the sound of Islay and into Tarbet on the other side of island to meet the walkers as they come down from their expeditions. Lunch will be a packed lunch for the walkers and perhaps something more sophisticated for the sailors, last year Crab and Avocado Ciabatta were the choice of the day. Once the walkers are back on board then a supper of Celtic beef will be served.
Day 4A slightly longer passage today, Heading north towards Iona, we will stop in one of the superb anchorages around the Sound of Iona, allowing those who wish to visit the famous cathedral and religious community on the island. Once again lunch and dinner will be served on board. Usually on Wednesday we take advantage of the fabulous smoked meat and fish available around the Celtic countries. Perhaps sampling salmon, sea bass or even a breast of Welsh goose.
Day 5On Thursday we make a passage up the west Coats of Mull passing the uninhabited island of Staffa and it famous Fingles Cave keeping our eyes peeled for Minke Whales, Dolphins and porpoise then onto the ornithological heaven of the Treshnish Island before round the top of Mull and finding our way in to the delightfully sleepy own of Tobermory.
Usually we take advantage of the great restaurants in this part of Scotland and have a meal ashore, and give you the chance to see if the five star restaurants of the island are up to the challenge set on Celtic Star. Of course you can also visit the distillery here and sample both the Tobermory and the Ledaig whiskies that are produced on the island of Mull.
Day 6A civilised start to the day and a gentle day sail down the Sound of Mull and then back to Oban, last lunch on board then re-unite the crews with their cars and say our goodbyes.