Our friends at the National Trust for Scotland have an experience that may also become one of your aspirations in 2017. They have an autumn cruise along the western fringes of Scotland and Ireland called Colour of the Celts.
Their world-famous west coast cruise is going to Scotland and Ireland in September 2017. Run since 1953 to get members and friends out to the remote islands and coastlines, these cruises carry eminent lecturers and a top notch classical Scottish entertainment team which have helped them earn their reputation as the best in the market.
In September 2017, Sunday 10th to Friday 22nd, the luxurious Pearl II will start its journey and take passengers along the Celtic sea paths that surround the Isle of Man to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. It will make calls at Waterford, Bantry Bay, Aran Islands and Donegal. The journey will return to the Inner Hebrides with a call at Tobermory before heading out to St Kilda, then Inverewe, Rum, Knoydart and back to Greenock.
Passengers will be joined by a team of leading experts, who will share their knowledge in horticulture, archaeology, wildlife and built heritage. Walks will be led by NTS rangers and National Trust for Scotland’s lecture team will include Derek Alexander, NTS Head of Archaeological Services, John Love, eminent naturalist, and Dr Frances Fowle, Senior Curator at the Scottish National Gallery and expert on the Celtic Revival.
As its name suggests, the 4-star Pearl II is a jewel of a ship, pairing contemporary design with the cosy familiarity of a home away from home. The cruise wouldn’t be complete without a stellar line-up of traditional and classical musicians to fill the evenings. Artistes will include Richard Morrison, celebrated baritone, Gordon Cree, entertainer extraordinaire, Cheryl Forbes, award-winning mezzo soprano, Alistair McDonald, one of Scotland’s favourite musical personalities, Claire Telford, former Scottish fiddle champion and teacher at the Royal Conservatoire, and Wayne Robertson, Scottish champion accordionist.