Ruins and Ramparts of the Lower Clyde – Friday 10th to Tuesday 14th March

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Embark on a journey of architectural exploration on this cruise that introduces us to a myriad of design masterpieces and rare private viewings, often by a member of the family, including ancient castles, private apartments and a fine house.
As we heave anchor and set sail from Greenock Hebridean Princess cruises north along one of the longest sea lochs, Loch Fyne.  From our berth at Strachur we venture to the home of Sir Charles and Lady McLean, Strachur House, with its sheltered flower garden.
Before we head to the fishing village of Tarbert, with its ruined castle once occupied by Robert the Bruce, the fairy tale Inveraray Castle, ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell, opens the private apartments for our visit.  A castle has been standing on the shores of Loch Fyne since the 1400’s, although the impressive Inveraray Castle of today was inspired by a sketch by Vanbrugh, the architect of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard in the 1700’s.
The ruined castle of Lochranza is wonderfully positioned on a curved shingle spit projecting into the water.  Much of what can be seen today is the result of rebuilding in the 16th century, but there are remnants of the original castle built before 1261 for the MacSweens.
Before our short adventure draws to a close we make for the delightful island of Great Cumbrae, home of Britain’s smallest cathedral, The Cathedral of the Isles, with its vivid tiles and stained glass.

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Hebridean Princess supports marine conservation

On board Hebridean Princess we are privileged to witness some of the most unique wildlife in the British Isles. The varied landscapes and environments of The Inner & Outer Hebrides provide the perfect natural habitat for an incredible variety of wildlife species. On a Hebridean Princess cruise we have opportunities to see rare and spectacular species including golden eagles, puffins, corncrakes, otters, dolphins, whales and sharks amongst many others.

The preservation of the cruising environment in which Hebridean Princess operates, and the marine life which it supports, is of great importance to Hebridean Island cruises and that is why we have a dedicated partnership with the marine conservation charity, Sea-Changes.
Sea-Changes is a charity with a mission of raising funds for marine conservation primarily in the UK. Their vision is to create a world where seas and shores are clean and healthy, marine species are protected and where, far from damaging the oceans, those who use the sea for travel for their leisure pursuits, positively contribute to the sustainability of the marine environment.
Hebridean Island Cruises became the first UK cruise company to provide its guests with the opportunity to make a significant contribution towards marine conservation. Hebridean is committed to asking customers for a recommended donation of £20 as each booking is made. Guests are not under any obligation to make the donation, but all the donations made in this way are collected by Hebridean Island Cruises and handed to Sea-Changers.
To date Hebridean customers have donated over £8,500 to marine conservation and with the addition of Gift Aid the amount raised has now exceeded £10,000.

Ken Charleson, Chief Operating Officer of Hebridean Island Cruises said:

“The preservation of Hebridean Princess’ cruising environment and the marine life which it supports is of great importance to the company. We’re delighted to have formed this partnership in order to give our customers the opportunity to give something back to environment they enjoy aboard the Hebridean Princess.”

For more information on Hebridean Island Cruises please call +44 (0) 1756 704704 or email reservations@hebridean.co.uk

Hebridean Princess will take her guests on a musical adventure of the Inner Hebrides

At the end of June Hebridean Princess will take her guests on a musical adventure that explores the Inner Hebrides, combining wonderful vistas with live classical music in some of the most inspiring locations imaginable. 

By local boat from Iona, guests will visit Fingal’s Cave, the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and will be entertained by young musicians from the Cantilena Festival on Islay.

This fascinating cruise culminates with a Champagne reception at Duart Castle hosted by Sir Lachlan MacLean, Chieftain of Clan MacLean, before another musical spectacular from the musicians of the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival.

Throughout this season on board Hebridean Princess there are other themed cruises to suit different interests such as gardens, golf, food and drink and of course our very popular ‘Footloose’ walking programmes.

For more information on Hebridean Island Cruises please call +44(0) 1756 704704 or email reservations@hebridean.co.uk

Hebridean Princess visits the mysterious land of St.Kilda

The double UNESCO World Heritage site and mysterious land of St. Kilda will witness two visits from Hebridean Princess next month.  Sailing overnight, Hebridean Princess will arrive early morning to cruise between Stac Lee and Boreray with around 60,000 breeding pairs of northern gannets before circumnavigating the main island of Hirta where guests will go ashore at Village Bay.

The island archipelago of St. Kilda, the remotest part of the British Isles, lies 41 miles (66 kilometres) west of Benbecula in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.  The Last 36 Gaelic-speaking residents of St Kilda evacuated the main island of Hirta at their own request in 1930, thereby ending some 5000 years of continuous settlement. Behind them they left a deserted village that survives today as an outdoor museum, roamed by Soay sheep. Its renowned for it’s exceptional cliffs and the sea stacs form the most important seabird breeding station in north-west Europe

Today, three organisations, The National Trust for Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the MoD, work in partnership to further a continuing programme of conservation and research on the islands to ensure the care and protection of this World Heritage Site.

Click on the links below for more details of these two fascinating cruises:

St Kilda and the Outer Isles

The Outposts of St Kilda

 

For more information on Hebridean Island Cruises please call +44(0) 1756 704704 or email reservations@hebridean.co.uk

Departing today: New Themed Cruise on board Hebridean Princess – Flavours of Scotland

NEW Themed Cruise on board Hebridean Princess – Flavours of Scotland departs Oban today. The first of two cruises during 2015 to focus on Scotland’s wonderful natural larder and finest produce.

This second cruise was introduced after the original departure in October sold out only a few weeks after going on sale. 2015 is the year of Food and Drink in Scotland, a chance to showcase the nation’s outstanding natural larder and quality produce. This cruise was introduced to celebrate this landmark year. It explores the fantastic local produce of the Highlands and Islands, including whisky, oysters, honey and cheese, as well as sampling the culinary offerings of the renowned Kinloch Lodge, where the owner Lady Clare MacDonald will provide a cookery demonstration, other highlights include Lunch at the Torridon Hotel and Three Chimneys restaurant. The Cruise is rounded off with a Champagne reception at Duart Castle, hosted by Sir Lachlan Maclean, Chieftain of the Clan Maclean.

 

With both 2015 departures fully booked we are pleased to announce that two Flavours of Scotland cruises are planned for 2016 and include visits to three separate Michelin Star Restaurants!
Cruising Oban to Oban departing 5th April and 4th October 2016, fully inclusive including lunch with wine ashore from £3,190.00 per person sharing a twin or double cabin.
For more information on Hebridean Island Cruises  please call 01756 704704 or email reservations@hebridean.co.uk

 

Hebridean Princess returns to her home port of Oban for the first time in 2015

Hebridean Princess has returned to her home port of Oban this week for the first time in 2015.

 

The cruise, named  Seasons of the Inner Isles , started on Tuesday for 7 nights and headed north through Kyle Rhea before going on to the conservation village of Plockton. The itinerary also visits remote areas of the mainland and a number of Inner Hebridean Islands, including Skye, Rassay, Ulva and Mull amongst others. Next week is the start of our special Easter cruise, Easter in the Hebrides, with the highlight on Easter Sunday, where guests are to land ashore on the holy isle of Iona in time to join the Easter Sunday service at the restored abbey.

 

Hebridean is delighted to be supporting CLIA‘s first ever River Cruise Weekend staring on 26th March, providing us with the opportunity to showcase our fantastic river cruises experiences on board Royal Crown.

 

CLIA River Cruise Weekend TRAVEL AGENT INCENTIVE
For the Agent who makes the most Hebridean River Cruises bookings between 26th March and 2nd April 2015, we will be pleased to offer lunch for 2, on board the renowned 5 Star Hebridean Princess when she is berthed in London on Tuesday 18th August 2015.

 

For more information on Hebridean Island Cruises please call +44(0) 1756 704704 or email reservations@hebridean.co.uk

Hebridean Princess’ new look is revealed!

Here are the stunning results of Hebridean Princess’ recent interior makeover by John Dick & Son.

The brief was for each of the areas to retain its own individual character whilst complimenting the already prominent style, luxury and quality on board the ship.

Whilst keeping this in mind, it was also important to consider the practical side of the design process. It was paramount to maximise the available space in each area, whilst paying particular attention to delivering the best possible comfort for every guest. This meant that the majority of the furniture is bespoke and manufactured to specific sizes.

Watch the time lapse video of the Tiree Lounge being revealed below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the main lounge a truly cosy and welcoming interior has been created that provides many intimate areas for the guests, focusing around the main focal point; the original fireplace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Library there is a more masculine feel, with leather, unique upholstery and dark woods having been used.
The soft tones furnishing the Look Out Lounge flow seamlessly from the colour pallette in the foyer areas creating a relaxing space to take in the stunning views.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painted, rattan furniture brings a casual feel to the Conservatory. The natural look has been complemented by the beautifully restored teak flooring. A wonderfully calm space to take in the scenery!

For more information on Hebridean Island Cruises please call +44(0) 1756 704704 or email reservations@hebridean.co.uk

 

News: Hebridean Princess enjoys extensive refit

We’re pleased to announce that the Tiree Lounge, the Library, the Look-Out Lounge and the Conservatory at Hebridean Princess have all been re-designed and re-furbished. Interior designers John Dick & Son have created an individual theme for each room, all linking in with an overall colour scheme, using Scottish fabrics and British made furniture.

 

In addition to these vast visual improvements we are also thrilled to announce that the ship’s Wi-Fi has been significantly upgraded and i-pads installed in the Library. These exciting enhancements will be revealed on the first cruise of the season next week.

 

MV Hebridean Princess is a cruise ship operated by Hebridean Island Cruises. She started life as the MacBrayne car ferry and Royal Mail Ship, initially RMS then MV Columba, based in Oban for the first 25 years of her life, carrying up to 600 passengers, and 50 cars, between the Scottish islands.

 

For more information on Hebridean Island Cruises please call +44(0) 1756 704704 or email reservations@hebridean.co.uk