Ullapool and Loch Broom
Ullapool and Loch Broom

Hebridean Princess

8 days From £4,310

17 September 2019

The luxurious little cruise ship Hebridean Princess started life over 50 years ago as a humble MacBraynes car ferry, though you would never know it now. Relaxing with an apéritif in the Tiree Lounge, enjoying a dinner of lobster or salmon in the Columba Restaurant or slipping between the sheets in your sumptuously furnished and individually designed cabin, you would be forgiven for thinking that you were in a 5-star country house hotel – except that in this hotel you wake up to a different view every morning. Lavish furnishings and fittings speak of quality, refinement and style reminiscent of another era entirely and with a crew to passenger ratio of almost one to one you will enjoy a standard of service that is second to none. All meals and drinks are included and the gourmet dining is a joy in itself, matched only by the splendour of the ever-changing scenic backdrop.

The featured cruise, Exploring the Outer Isles, includes many ports of call that are off the beaten track, whether on the mainland or one of the many islands. Cruising in the waters for which she was built, Hebridean Princess will take you to discover these hidden gems as we visit remote west coast locations and inaccessible island destinations.

Embarking in Oban, the original ship’s home port, we are welcomed with a gala dinner. Cruising through the narrows at Kyle Rhea, we go ashore at the conservation village of Plockton and continue northwards to Loch Torridon where we visit Shieldaig, the village founded in 1800 to train up seamen for war against Napoleon.

The box canyon of Corrieshalloch Gorge, a National Nature Reserve, affords spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and from the Victorian suspension bridge you can observe the crashing waterfalls below. Crossing The Minch, we begin our exploration of the Outer Isles on Lewis where the standing stones of Callanish and the well-preserved Carloway Broch await. The museum at Lews Castle offers an insight into the history and culture of the Outer Hebrides alongside an exhibition of unique objects dating from prehistory to the present day.

The tranquil Uists abound in geological and historical contrasts and we can observe their distinctions on our island tour. The low-lying bird haven of North Uist is a world apart from the softer, undulating landscapes and dune fringed beaches of South Uist. A morning steam over the Sea of the Hebrides precedes our final foray ashore at the smallest of the Small Isles, the Isle of Muck, where invigorating walks are rewarded with delicious home baking at the tearoom at Port Mor, the only village on the island.

Our cruise culminates with a farewell gala dinner, a chance to put on your finest evening dress or dinner suit and discuss the highlights of an unforgettable cruise with new found friends. Single travellers are made especially welcome and the small number of passengers makes for a friendly and informal atmosphere aboard this luxurious and happy little ship.

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Tour details

Dates 17 September 2019 - 24 September 2019
Duration 8 days
Cost £4,310 Deposit: £1,293 Single supplement: $TBC
Balance due by 25 June 2019
Activity Level Easy-Going
Tour code BWHEB19A

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17 September 2019: Itinerary

Travel independently to Oban for embarkation in the afternoon (Rail/air connections and overnight accommodation before or after the tour can be arranged on request). Dinner will be served in the evening and the ship will moor overnight in Oban.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Hebridean Princess

This morning we cruise out of Oban and along the Sound of Mull, with the colourful waterfront of Tobermory glimpsed to port and the mountains of Morvern and Ardnamurchan to starboard. We cruise on through the narrows between Skye and the mainland at Kyle Rhea to Plockton, a particularly attractive little port with the option of walk ashore.

This evening we will be welcomed with a gala dinner, hosted by the Captain. Overnight anchorage.

All meals included

Hotel: Hebridean Princess

Today we continue up the rugged and sparsely populated west coast to Shieldaig, where there is another chance to go ashore and stretch your legs here on the shores of Loch Torridon. We then cruise on to Ullapool, originally built as a planned fishing village and now the terminal for the ferry to Stornoway. Overnight anchorage.

All meals included

Hotel: Hebridean Princess

This morning we go ashore at Ullapool and drive to the Corrieshalloch Gorge and Falls of Measach. The breath-taking mile-long gorge where the River Droma plunges 150ft over the falls is quite spectacular. There are two footpaths, one which takes a gradual climb down to the suspension bridge and over to the viewing platform. The other is a circular walk along the top of the reserve offering stunning views along Strath Broom.

Returning to the ship we sail across The Minch to Stornoway on the island of Lewis, the principal town of the Outer Hebrides. Overnight anchorage.

All meals included

Hotel: Hebridean Princess

We go ashore at Stornoway and tour Lewis, visiting two outstanding archaeological sites. The 5,000 year old Standing Stones of Callanish are undoubtedly the most remarkable antiquity in the Western Isles. A collection of almost 50 stones forms a well-marked megalithic avenue, comprising 19 monoliths, ending in a circle of 13 stones, with a great cairn at the centre and superb views beyond. The imposing Dun Carloway Broch, is a circular, dry-stone fortified tower, dating back some 2,000 years and an exceptionally well-preserved example of the rather mysterious structures that are dotted all over the Highlands and Islands.

Returning to Stornoway we visit the Lews Castle and Museum, where we can meet the famous Lewis Chessmen and view the Outer Hebrides as never before in a wrap-around audio-visual presentation. Overnight anchorage.

All meals included

Hotel: Hebridean Princess

Leaving Stornoway we sail south past Harris to the ferry port at Lochmaddy in North Uist. Leaving the ship here we drive south over a series of causeways (keeping a careful eye out for otters) to Grimsay and Benbecula, the island ‘stepping stones’ between the Uists, and on to Lochboisdale in South Uist, where we re-join the ship.

All meals included

Hotel: Hebridean Princess

A relaxing morning cruise takes us across the Sea of the Hebrides, where it is always possible to spot porpoises, dolphins and the odd minke whale, to the little island of Muck, the smallest of the four Small Isles. Here we have the option of walks ashore on this totally unspoilt island, a chance to sharpen the appetite before this evening’s farewell gala dinner. Overnight anchorage.

All meals included

Hotel: Hebridean Princess

From Muck we round the Point of Ardnamurchan and sail back down the Sound of Mull and across the Firth of Lorne to Oban for disembarkation.

Meals include: Breakfast

17 September 2019: Additional Info

17 September 2019: Accommodation

The luxurious Hebridean Princess cruise ship started life over 50 years ago as a humble MacBrayne car ferry, through you would never know it now.

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