Celtic Homelands
2 to 14 September 2018
Cruise to much-loved islands and celebrated coastlines of Western Britain
From Cornwall to Canna, this autumn cruise takes us to explore our Celtic heritage with a host of interesting calls in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. We'll sail to coastlines ancient and remote, enjoying the sun-speckled sea as the colours on land grow rich and warm.
Sunday 2 September: Depart from Greenock
Monday 3 September: Tarbert, Loch Fyne

Tarbert sits at the mouth of Loch Fyne and is the gateway to the Kintyre peninsula. The village's harbour is home to a fishing fleet and is a popular yachting destination. Tours will include Kilmartin Glen, Inveraray Castle, and the Trust's gardens of Arduaine and Crarae.

Tuesday 4 September: Barrow-in-Furness (for the Lake District)

The Lake District is the largest of the 13 National Parks in England and Wales, with almost 2,000 miles of footpaths leading to spectacular mountains, peaceful lakes and bustling market towns. Tours on offer will showcase the best of the area, including a visit to the National Trust property of Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's farm.

Wednesday 5 September: Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey

Anglesey lies off the north-west coast of Wales, separated by the Menai Strait. It has a rich cultural heritage, wonderful gardens, intriguing geology and landscapes that support a rich flora and fauna. The entire rural coastline is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its 125-mile-long coastal path is popular with walkers.

Thursday 6 September: Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly lie 28 miles south-west of Land's End in Cornwall. The archipelago is made up of 5 inhabited and over 100 uninhabited islands and skerries. We will visit the islands of Tresco and St Mary's. Tresco is home to the world-famous Abbey Garden, begun in 1834 with a number of plants from Kew Gardens.

Friday 7 September: Falmouth, Cornwall

Falmouth is the third-largest natural deep-water harbour in the world and site of the excellent National Maritime Museum Cornwall. It is a great base for visits to the Eden Project and to St Ives for the Tate Gallery, home to works by artists of the St Ives School, including Alfred Wallis and Dame Barbara Hepworth.

Saturday 8 September: Cardiff

The vibrant capital city of Wales blends culture, heritage and green open spaces, while its immediate outskirts offer wonderful attractions such as Dyffryn Gardens, Llandaff Cathedral and Blaenavon – a historic mining town that is now a World Heritage Site. The Brecon Beacons, Tintern Abbey and Caerphilly Castle are also all within easy reach.

Sunday 9 September: Ringaskiddy, County Cork

The former fishing village of Ringaskiddy sits on the western side of Cork Harbour, just 12 miles from Cork. Shore excursions will include the chance to visit picturesque Kinsale, the colourful Fota House & Gardens, and the medieval Blarney Castle, home to the famous stone.

Monday 10 September: At Sea
Tuesday 11 September: St Kilda

This archipelago, 41 miles west of Benbecula, is renowned for its isolation, unique wildlife and formidable geological structures. St Kilda is the only UNESCO dual World Heritage Site in the UK. If weather and sea conditions allow, we will land at Village Bay on Hirta to explore the remains of the 19th-century village.

Wednesday 12 September: Portree, Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye contains awe-inspiring landscapes such as the Cuillin mountains and Trotternish peninsula as well as fascinating wildlife. We will anchor off the colourful fishing town of Portree, where excursions will take us to visit Dunvegan Castle, wonder at the curious pinnacles of the Quiraing and sample the smoky Talisker whisky.

Thursday 13 September: Isle of Canna

The most westerly of the Small Isles is our final port of call. We will spend the day exploring this varied island, rich in archaeological remains, fertile croft land, seabird cliffs and coastal walks. Canna and the neighbouring island of Sanday were once owned by eminent Gaelic scholar Dr John Lorne Campbell, who transferred them to the Trust's care in 1981.

Friday 14 September: Return to Greenock