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Marion wrote: I am a sea lover. Seems to be an interesting cruise. david martin Abrahams would love to travel on it.
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YV&C News Desk wrote: 'My desire is always to be here' sang Sir Paul McCartney in his tribute to the Mull of Kintyre, and the Western Highlands have inspired the same loyalty in many who have come to know and love this secluded coast. The Scottish landscape is a theatre where the hills themselves appear to move in the shifting light, one minute swathed in cloud, the next a misty veil of sunlight, and later against a piercing blue sky the brilliant sunshine bouncing off fresh snow on the hilltops.


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Cruising the lochs of Western Scotland

Leaving Oban to head west around Mull and then north between the islands of Iona and Tiree you may well be rewarded with a sighting of minke whales, and even killer whales put in an occasional appearance. Unlike many places that claim whale watching as an activity, here there’s a very strong chance you’ll actually see some (about an 80% likelihood). Be sure to take your binoculars as seals, otters, porpoises and dolphins are also regulars along the coast and the area is incredibly rich in bird life, including razorbills, terns and wild geese. For a more sporting diversion, there’s that other great Scottish invention: golf. Fyne Spirit’s special golf itineraries will allow guests to play on a selection of the finest courses within easy reach of ports and anchorages, such as the top ranking Machrihanish course on the Kintyre Peninsula.

A friendly little ship like Fyne Spirit is definitely the way to experience the Western Highlands of Scotland. Life here clings to the coastline because the sea has always represented the best, and until relatively recently the only, means of access. Castles were constructed on the loch shores near to beaches in order to keep their boats handy, distilleries needed to ship their products to market and villages depended upon the fishing for their livelihood. Taking to the water means you can avoid the usual necessity of long hours on the road, as well as the constant packing and unpacking that are the bane of the intrepid sightseer. Golfing equipment can be safely stowed out of the way so you’ll soon forget the burden it normally represents when traveling. And with no need to drive anywhere, you can safely make the most of all those whisky tastings with their generous Scottish measures!

However, having the freedom to cruise the lochs and amongst the islands is worth so much more than mere practicalities. The hills and glens are at their most spectacular when viewed from the water; it’s a privileged perspective shared with generations of local fishermen and sailors, but rarely glimpsed by the steady procession of passing tourists. You’ll feel so much more a part of this ancient and mystical land when you approach the Mull of Kintyre as the Vikings did, with the mist rolling in from the sea.  

About Michelle Blore and Alan Oliver
Michelle Blore and Alan Oliver both quit successful careers in London to move to the French Riviera. They now run Dream Sailing (www.dreamsailing.com) a charter brokerage specializing in luxury crewed yachts, including their own sailing yacht, DreamCatcher of London. alanandmichelle@dreamsailing.com

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'My desire is always to be here' sang Sir Paul McCartney in his tribute to the Mull of Kintyre, and the Western Highlands have inspired the same loyalty in many who have come to know and love this secluded coast. The Scottish landscape is a theatre where the hills themselves appear to move in the shifting light, one minute swathed in cloud, the next a misty veil of sunlight, and later against a piercing blue sky the brilliant sunshine bouncing off fresh snow on the hilltops.


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