Posts for The Hebrides

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 […]

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 […]

One for the Pot

January 8, 2016

Discovering and harvesting the rich culinary pickings along Scotland’s coastline makes for endlessly fascinating fun and catching sea-life for the pot is an intimate way to connect with the sea. Nothing beats the excitement of that tug on the fishing line – what have you hooked?  Enter our favourite, the mackerel.  From June to September, […]

You’ll take a dram (or two)?

November 11, 2015

Ask any whisky enthusiast about single malts from the Hebrides and they’ll wax lyrical about the long established distilleries on Islay, Jura, Mull and Skye, but there are now two new kids on the block that are well worth the pilgrimage. Ardnamurchan is one of the UKs great unspoiled wildernesses.  Rugged, isolated and utterly wild, […]

The “Baltic” Cruise

May 12, 2015

The first official cruise of 2015 threw everything at us weather-wise (and no – we didn’t actually go to the Baltic)! With forecasts promising severe gales and high seas, it was even cold enough for a few snowflakes to fall between the downpours.  Despite the raw conditions, our crew remained cheerful throughout and were rewarded with some very welcome spells […]

The Isle of Erraid and David Balfour’s Bay

October 1, 2014

Erraid is a small, rugged tidal island, one mile square, considered to be one of the driest, sunniest spots on the west coast of Scotland.  It is located at the tip of the Ross of Mull. Traigh Gheal, or David Balfour’s Bay, is situated on its south side. In the 1860s the island was transformed […]

The 21st Jura Music Festival

September 30, 2014

We had long held an ambition to visit the Jura Music Festival, and this September our wish was granted when we set sail with a boat full of guests ready to enjoy some marvellous music, a few mouth-watering malts and of course, the majestic isle of Jura. The festival began 21 years ago with the […]

The Bosta Time and Tide Bell, Great Bernera, Isle of Lewis

September 1, 2014

Bosta beach is located to the north of Great Bernera, an island lying off the the coast of Lewis in Loch Roag.  It is a beautiful stretch of white sand and shell with views to the north west.  Mounted on one of the rocky skerries along the shoreline you come across an unusual feature.  This […]

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