Friday, April 23, 2021

Virtual Cruise 2021

April 24th was to have been the start of my fifth cruise as a guide on the ship Hjalmar Bjorge. But Covid cancelled it, as it did last year's cruise. Instead of moping around, I've decided to virtually commandeer Hjalmar Bjorge and, as Master and Commander, take her to all the Hebridean isles I've visited over the past thirty-plus years. Our cruise will take several months, and during those months I guarantee sunny skies, calm seas, whales, eagles and otters galore - and no midges when we go ashore. I can also guarantee that no matter how long the cruise is we will not run out of beer and fish pie will never dare to appear on the menu. (And any passenger who requests said dish will suffer 50 lashes on the poop deck and then be sent below to scrub the heads.)

The following map gives you a rough idea of our general route. Note that not all the smaller islands we will visit are shown.

So join us next time as we motor out of a sunny Oban and starboard the helm (turn left), and as we do we'll give a friendly wave to the Captain of the Macbrayne's Ferry. He'll be blowing his horn at us, under the delusion that he's King Neptune, and we need to yield the right of way - well, maybe we should . . .

Our first stop will be Kerrera, where we'll see the jewel in its crown, Gylen Castle, before making our way south to the Garvellachs, the Slate Isles, Jura, Scarba, Gigha, Cara, and more.

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