So, in June we are heading off to Scotland for some Island hopping exploration and adventure. Why? The stunning scenery, special quiet anchorages, Whisky dislleries, a host of tiny islands each with their own special atmosphere, and lots of marine wildlife- which includes dolphins & whales, basking sharks, seals and a whole host of birdlife.
Our trips are staring and finishing in Oban, which in itself is worth a stopover if no other reason than to visit Oban Distillery which was established in 1794 and sample one of Scotland’s oldest single malt whisky, before taking a stiff 10 minute walk to the top of the hill to visit McCaig’s Tower, built along the lines of Rome’s Colosseum. We have a choice of three trips each visiting a slightly different area.
During the first week we are staying closer to Oban to visit Mull and its surrounding islands, Iona, Colonsay, Coll, Tree, Ulva, and Lismore to name some of the larger ones. Mull in itself has a myriad of different places to visit but certainly, as long as the weather is suitable, Tobermory will definitely be on the itinerary. With its brightly painted houses that line the harbor, it is a charming anchorage. And again, if you like whisky, Tobermory distillery is famed for producing 2 single malt whiskies- Tobermory & Ledraig. Each of the surrounding islands all have charm in their own right, with plenty of prehistoric and early Christian remains to explore when we get the chance ashore, and of course there is Staffa with its hexagonal basalt columns and Finegan’s cave- “discovered” by Sir Joseph Banks just after he returned from voyaging with Captain James Cook. It’s certainly somewhere I would like to visit if we get the chance.