Fri 14 Sep | Two out of three delivered  Hjalmar Bjorge returned to Oban this morning for brunch and farewells. Another overnight changeover this evening before the boat goes out tomorrow for the third week long cruise in a row.

Thu 13 Sep | Aros Park and Tobermory walks  The weather deteriorated again overnight so a group decision was made to remain in Tobermory until after lunch. During the morning guests enjoyed walks to Aros Park and around the town. Following lunch the boat departed and cruised south for the final evening’s anchorage in Loch Spelve. Conditions were near gale force on the journey south down the Sound of Mull with the highlight watching the waterfalls on the Morvern peninsula blowing upwards in the wind! Right: waterfalls blowing upwards by Mark Henrys

Wed 12 Sep | Calmer conditions, better weather  Much improved weather conditions this morning (hurray!) with Hjalmar Bjorge undertaking passage to Muck this morning. Guests were landed late morning for a walk. After a leisurely lunch the boat cruised to Tobermory, enjoying the calmer conditions that the journey afforded.

Tue 11 Sep | Loch Nevis and Loch Hourn  Overnight the wind had freshened to near gale force. After breakfast Hjalmar Bjorge departed from Loch Nevis and turned north and to enter Loch Hourn. The passage through the loch was very dramatic with fierce gusts of wind and torrential downpours of rain. The boat was anchored for lunch beside Skiary, near the sheltered eastern end of the loch, whilst all indoors enjoyed watching the weather rolling past from the comfort of inside. After lunch the boat returned west through the loch and an overnight stop was made at Mallaig.

Mon 10 Sep | Small Isles visits  Hjalmar Bjorge made the short crossing to Rum this morning, anchoring, with guests going ashore. One of this week’s guests is a “friend of Kinloch Castle” and is due to return to Rum next week for a meeting. His partner told Mark that he spends almost all his spare time on the island researching its history, no mean feat when they live in Cheshire. Mark enquired if it was because he too shares the surname “Bullough” and apparently there may be a tenuous connection somewhere down the line.

After lunch the boat travelled on to Inverie, berthing there, with the guests having the afternoon ashore before returning to Hjalmar Bjorge. The vessel anchored for the night at Glaschoille in the NW corner of Loch Nevis.

earlier news from [sept 12]