Saga Pearl II blog - Captains' blogs
29th September, 2018
Two days were spent at sea heading south-east from Iceland to Scotland, fortunately tracking nicely ahead of the next north Atlantic autumn gale coming over from Canada. This made our latest sea passage a pleasant one indeed, and I’m pleased to announce that there were no reports of any beverages sliding off any bar on board; which is how we like to keep things here at Saga.
We rounded the Outer Hebrides in the early hours of Saturday morning before skirting the north of the Isle of Mull, entering the Sound of Mull at early-birds’ breakfast time. By 08:00 we approached the bay of Tobermory and, as things came into view, I was immediately disappointed to that note a large sailing yacht had placed herself right upon our planned anchorage spot in this rather confined area. Sometimes being larger assists matters greatly at sea, and thankfully it only took a quiet word with the harbourmaster along with a brief toot of the ship’s whistle in order to have all hands promptly up on the sailing yacht’s deck, frantically weighing her anchor in order to move for us as we loomed down upon her. Jolly good show!
Unfortunately, the aforementioned north Atlantic autumn gale had by now caught up with us, however fortunately the little bay of Tobermory affords excellent shelter from strong westerly winds & seas for visiting vessels. We commenced running our little tenders into shore just before 09:00, allowing everyone to head off and see what this interesting island and its cute little capital here has to offer.
Only 700 people (give or take) live in this colourful town, which offers a variety of shops, hotels & restaurants, along with a jolly good fish & chip shop. Venturing further afield on some of our tours passengers could take guided coastal walks, scenic road trips around the west of the island, visit famous Duart Castle or venture back out to sea on a sea-life boat trip.
Today unfortunately was an office day for Captains though; luckily having visited Tobermory a few times in the past as a youngster I didn’t feel I had lucked out too much this time around. Although that fish & chip shop occasionally beckoned from my office window, thankfully nothing could compare to my freshly caught Icelandic seafood feast of the past week.
Our final tender pottered back to the ship through the Scottish drizzle in the late afternoon before we weighed anchor and set sail again to the south, electing upon a scenic cruise through the Sound of Mull into the evening for all to enjoy. Out into the Irish Sea later on in the night, we would then be listening for fiddles being played in the distance as we neared our next stop in Ireland…
Captain Kim Tanner
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