This is a 4 hour cruise of approximately 35 miles. Heading out from Ullapool
we sail down the centre of Loch Broom to Camus a Mhaoraich (Mussel Bay), where a
colony of Atlantic Grey Seals are often seen basking on the rocks.
We then sail across Annat Bay towards Carn-nan-Sgeir, known locally as Bird
Island, and in recent years a favourite location for common seals, before heading into the Summer Isles themselves.
Passing through the
various Summer Isles, a wide variety of seabirds, seal colonies, porpoises,
dolphins and Minke whales are often seen.
We then visit Cathedral Cave on the west side of Tanera Beag to see the shags
and cormorants that nest inside. This cave abounds in a triumph of colour and
nests, which is a joy to behold for the nature lover and photographer alike.
On leaving the cave we travel through the narrow seaways between the
islands and arrive at the sheltered haven of Tanera Mhor, the principle and
only inhabited island in the group of Summer Isles. During the late 18th
century this island was an important herring fishing station and the ruins of
the old buildings can still be seen. We stay here for about 45 minutes and
passengers can go ashore and explore, or visit the cafe and post office. The
Summer Isles produce their own postage stamps which are well known for their
artistic merit. They are collected by philatelists throughout the world and
have been graciously accepted in the Royal Collection. For the more
adventurous a short walk to the top of the hill opens up a view of scenic
splendour. On a clear day you can see Skye and the Outer Hebrides quite
clearly as well as the major mountains in the area.
After we visit Tanera Mhor we go to Horse Island and Goat Island and witness
the fun and frolics of the large colony of common seals that has been resident
here for many years.
Leaving the seals behind us, we head back across Annat Bay and navigate the
coastline of Isle Martin.
Alas, time runs out and we must then head for home. However, we can guarantee
an unforgettable and enjoyable cruise will have been had with an abundance of
wildlife and scenery that only Scotland and the Summer Isles can offer.
Morning Cruise to Summer Islands and Tanera
Route may vary according to weather and conditions...
Clip from Morning Cruise: Dolphin and at Tanera Mor: