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.
- Meals - as per the itinerary