Fri 21 Sep | Last long cruise  Hjalmar Bjorge returned to Oban this morning for brunch, farewells and a tidy up. There is one more planned cruise this season, a long weekend, after which the boat will be wintered at Corpach Lock as usual.

Thu 20 Sep | Wonderful whale encounter¬† Today dawned rather grey and dreich. It was, however, perfect conditions for whale watching and those aboard Hjalmar Bjorge weren’t disappointed. In the Sound of Canna two minke whales were spotted feeding. Sea conditions were good (predictable) so Mark switched off the engines and the boat drifted for 30 to 40 minutes allowing all aboard to watch the whales while they were undisturbed by the boat. Leaving them, to turn south, there was a fantastic view of one of the whales who decided to bid the boat farewell at very close quarters, briefly coming alongside twice. Later in the day Hjalmar Bjorge berthed at Tobermory briefly before continuing on to the cruise’s last anchorage at Ardtornish Bay.

news from earlier this month month [ sept ’12 ]