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Harp Rock in Tune with Nature

October 23, 2017

No cruise to the west of Mull is complete without a visit to the island of Lunga during the seabird breeding season. Lunga is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its abundant plant life. Many rare and endangered plants are native to the island.  However, the main attraction is the many thousands of […]

A Smart Way to Visit Hyskeir

October 23, 2017

To the west of the Small Isles the majestic Hyskeir Lighthouse stands guard over the Sea of the Hebrides.  Perched on a 10 acre outcrop of rock, formed from hexagonal basalt columns, the Stevenson designed white tower was manned until March 1997, becoming one of the last lighthouses in Scotland to be automated.  Like many […]

The 2016 Season Video

January 14, 2017

 

Sail Scotland Magazine 2017

January 14, 2017

Sail Scotland is the national marketing organisation for sailing and marine tourism in Scotland. It delivers a range of strategic marketing activities, aimed at bringing more sailing visitors to Scottish waters, in order to grow the sector and deliver benefits to members’ businesses and the wider economy. This directly supports delivery of Scotland’s National Tourism Strategy […]

The island of Oronsay

January 14, 2017

Oronsay is a small, privately owned tidal island to the south of Colonsay in the Inner Hebrides. With an area of just over 2 square miles it is connected to Colonsay by a tidal causeway known as The Strand and having no facilities of its own, it is entirely dependent upon its tidal access to […]

The Shiant Isles

January 6, 2017

The Shiants are a small group of islands in the Hebrides, four miles or so off the coast of Lewis and twelve miles from the northern tip of Skye, which lies almost due south of them. Compton Mackenzie, owned them in the 1920s and 30s. He described them as ‘three specks of black pepper in […]

A Visit to Lochaline Silica Mine

December 23, 2016

Anybody who has used the sheltered waters of Lochaline will be familiar with the large green shelters which house the sand extracted from the Silica Mine near the entrance to the loch. The mine is owned and operated by Lochaline Quartz Sand Ltd, a joint venture between the Italian mining company Minerali Industriali and the […]

Lochaline – a welcome staging post

November 11, 2016

With its sheltered waters and good holding ground for anchoring, ‘the loch of the ford of the pool’ has always been an important natural harbour on the Morvern Peninsula. The Vikings valued its strategic importance and found it a perfect haven for building and beaching their long-ships during their long occupancy of the West Highlands […]

Preposterous Seas and Pies by Post – the 2016 season aboard Moonshadow

October 29, 2016

Bikinis on deck, early morning yoga sessions and cold beers marked the start of the season, as warm sunshine and good breezes made for some fantastic sailing.  With such beautiful weather, guests enjoyed some invigorating swimming and walking on the white sandy beaches of Sanna Bay and the gorgeous sands of Oronsay. Anyone who sails […]

From Kyle to the Pentland Skerries

April 17, 2016

Last year a number of Moonshadow’s regular guests expressed an interest in sailing to Orkney.  So, as part of our 2015 programme, we planned a “circumnavigation of the Highlands” to incorporate the Orkney Islands. Our guests arrived at Kyle of Lochalsh on the mid day train from Inverness for a 10 day cruise exploring the north-west […]

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