All four southern islands visited

Another gorgeous morning! The anchor was lifted before breakfast and Hjalmar Bjorge made the short trip to Berneray where the anchor was dropped again and breakfast was taken. Guests were landed on Barra Head where they walked up to the lighthouse and explored the remains of the Iron Age dun. Everyone had a good look at the new photo-voltaic array that is now powering the Barra Head lighthouse and agreed it looked very impressive. Below (left) Barra Head lighthouse and dun (right) the photo voltaics, both photos by Mark Henry.

The views from the top were magnificent with clear views right across the Sea of the Hebrides to Canna, Skye and Rum. Even Ben More on Mull was clearly visible.Below: Islands of the Inner Hebrides from Mingulay by Anna White.

Departing Barra Head, the crew were able to reflect on having landed guests on all four of the southerly Hebridean Islands in perfect conditions, a feat not often achieved. The passage back across the Sea of the Hebrides was one of the best Mark had seen, completely calm, with a lengthy encounter with 20+ common dolphins, bow-riding and jumping beside the boat. Several small groups of white-beaked dolphins were also seen feeding in close proximity to the vessel. Another near perfect day saw Hjalmar Bjorge eventually anchor at Ardtornish for the night.

news from earlier this month [aug 12]