Mon 17 Sep | Lovely loch light  Hjalmar Bjorge continued the passage north through the Kyles of Lochalsh, under the Skye Bridge, and on to Elilean Mor and the Crowlin Islands. Porpoise were spotted in the Crowlin passage but nothing like the number seen on the previous visit. The guests had a short walk on the island after lunch and Mark had a quick dive to gathered some scallops for tonight’s starter.

Departing from the Crowlins the boat cruised north through the Inner Sound. Just south of the entrance to Loch Torridon there were several views of a minke whale feeding. Hjalmar Bjorge turned in to Loch Torridon and the anchor was put down in the upper loch at Rubha a’ Ghiubhais. A lovely evening was spent in this stunning location with everyone enjoying the amazing light and seeing lots of otters. Below: this evening in Loch Torridon by Mark Henrys

..Sun 16 Sep | Northern Lights?  It was a stargazer’s paradise last night and several people stayed up to look out for the Northern Lights. They weren’t spotted from Tobermory but Sarah, crew from previous trips, did manage to see them in Craignure.

This morning Hjalmar Bjorge departed Loch Sunart and cruised up the Sound of Sleat. There was a brief stopover at Mallaig to top up the boat’s water supplies since Hjalmar Bjorge had been unable to get alongside in Oban. In the afternoon there was a visit to Inverie before the boat continued further up the Sound of Sleat heading for Isleornsay.

Sat 15 Sep | Boarding in Bay  Once again Mark, Mark B and Anna welcomed guests aboard in Oban today. This was done via the Zodiac from the North Pier, where guests were collected and taken out to Hjalmar Bjorge on her mooring, since no berths were available anywhere in Oban today. The boat then cruised up to Loch Drumbuie in clear, bright weather.

earlier news from [sept 12]