Join Splendour at 15:00 hrs at the North Pier, Oban for your welcome aboard bubbles. After Skipper’s safety briefing, set sail for Tobermory, capital of the Island of Mull. The scenery just outside Oban Bay is magnificent with the hills of Mull and Morven off the bow, the Nevis mountain range to starboard and the seascape of the Firth of Lorne with it’s many islands to port. A wonderful start to your short break cruise aboard Splendour. We anchor for dinner and overnight in Tobermory Bay – famous for the colourful houses and the Spanish Armada gold bullion!
After a hearty breakfast, we go ashore in our stable tender to visit Tobermory with its unusual choice of shops, a whisky distillery, museum, cheese factory, local pubs and stunning art galleries. Back aboard Splendour for coffee and Chef’s freshly baked melting moments as we weigh anchor for Lunga. Here we might encounter the renowned puffin colony if joining a cruise up until the end of July/early August, when the puffins head back out to sea. After puffin therapy, we set sail for the sublime anchorage between Ulva and Gometra.
Walking on Gometra or Ulva is like stepping back in time. The only vehicle you are likely to encounter is an estate quad bike. With a great chance of spotting White-Tailed or Golden Eagles on these special islands. Ulva was the birthplace of Governor McQuarrie of New South Wales and was the summer holiday destination for a young David Livingston whose grandparents worked a croft here. Next, we’re off to Staffa and an unforgettable tender ride, right into Fingal’s cave before steaming back into the Sound of Mull for overnight Anchorage in Loch Aline.
Homeward bound for Oban Bay, looking out all the way for porpoises, seals, dolphins, eagles, whales and all around the sublime scenery that is, the ‘Magic of Mull’!