Thursday, 28 May 2015

Skye and the Shiant Islands


This seriously impressive ancestral pile is Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye where we visit this morning before returning to the ship to cross over to the privately owned Shiant Islands.

According to the guide book : "The Shiant Isles have a large population of seabirds, including tens of thousands Atlantic puffins breeding in burrows on the slopes of Garbh Eilean, as well as significant numbers of common guillemots, razorbills, northern fulmars, black-legged kittiwakes, common shags, gulls and great skuas. Although St Kilda has more puffins, the sheer density on the Shiants is greater."

It's a beach landing and apart from the sheep and birds there's nothing much here. You might wonder why we're bothering, but this is just the sort of location I love to visit for peace, quiet, solitude and nature at its best.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Very comfy it is too!


This is our elegant and extremely comfortable cabin. It's not the biggest on the ship - the Queen uses that one - but it'll do us for the next week thank you very much.

This morning we are going ashore on the Isle of Canna and then back to the ship for lunch before calling at Loch Harport on Skye and sampling the delights of Isle of Skye Oysters. I must admit that I've never tried oysters but I'm told they're an aphrodisiac so watch out tonight Mrs D!

Mind you, there's the first of two gala dinners tonight where the food and wine will flow freely and I'm required to wear formal attire so it's good job I bought a new black bow tie for £1,75 on eBay.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Oban


Here is our home for the next week or so - a ship called the Hebridean Princess which we join today in the port of Oban after a transfer from Glasgow airport.

It's a nice little ship with a complement of 50 guests accommodated in 30 cabins. She has a crew of 38. You might recognise her as she is the ship that was chartered by HM the Queen now that she doesn't have a royal yacht at her disposal.

Tonight is an informal night while we settle in to life on board.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Time out


I'm off on my travels again. This time I'm off to Scotland investigate first hand how life is changing in the Socialist Republic of Caledonia. I've already been told I need to bring my passport. Really.

It should be a nice trip and we're taking no chances of it being disrupted by the RMT rail strike 'cos tonight we're stopping at an airport hotel before flying off bright and early to Glasgow on QueasyJet.

Normal service will be resumed about Wednesday Week...