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11/10/2021

As the seasons change once more, swap the ordinary for an extra-ordinary

children playing with leaves at Mount Stuart

 

Swap the ordinary for the extra-ordinary as the seasons change once more

As autumn unfolds, and later, the seasons transform from red and gold to winter white and on into the fresh growth of spring - make a plan to climb aboard with us, ready to explore new places or revisit those old favourite spaces you've been longing to see.

 

A rate of knots

As we reach autumn, it feels like time has gone by in a FLASH. Perhaps that feeling is true of this year more than most? If it's been a while since you've been able to visit those old favourite spaces or explore brand-new places you've always fancied seeing - make a plan to mark the new season, or the next (it'll be here in no time at all) with a change of scene. Reserve your space now - our new timetable begins on 18 October 2021 and runs through to 24 March 2022, serving routes all over the beautiful west coast.

 

Rekindle your passion for travel with a day trip

Iona Abbey

Whatever your direction, get out of dodge for the day with a day trip. There are several destinations on our network which are perfect for either a day full of adventure, or a short break of exploring. Scotland is open all year round.

Set sail from Oban, Lochaline or Kilchoan - bound for the Isles of Mull and Iona. There's around 300 miles of beautiful coastline which is yours to explore. On Mull, see the famous, brightly painted houses which line the Tobermory harbour. Soak in the tranquil surroundings of Calgary Bay - around its edges you'll find traces of Iron Age forts and even beautiful sculptures - part of Calgary Art In Nature Trail - which perfectly match the natural surroundings.

A further short ferry ride will take you to Iona - the burial place of early Scottish Kings - including MacBeth - and home of Iona Abbey, one of Scotland's most sacred and historic sites, founded by St. Columba over 1400 years ago. Come back home with a tale to tell.

 

Grab your jacket, and let's get outdoors

woman in the rain

Scotland, and indeed the west coast is a huge outdoor playground for all ages. The fun doesn't stop after Summer - just grab your jacket and get outdoors. In fact, as the great comedian and amateur meteorologist - Mr. B Connolly, once said: "There's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing, so get yourself a sexy raincoat and live a little."

The Isle of Arran offers the perfect mix of outdoor adventure for all levels. From the formal gardens of Brodick Castle with its beautiful trails, to intriguing locations beyond Brodick like the Machrie Moor standing stones, Kings Caves and the Giant's Graves. Each one is a perfect spot during the golden tones of autumn or on a cool crisp winter's day. 

walled Garden at Brodick Castle & Gardens

Further north is Skye - a fantastic outdoor playground, and as with every part of the outdoors, when respected it offers a world class outdoor experience for all abilities.

With the help of local guides and outdoor activity experts, you can create the perfect trip for everyone from young (and older) beginners to experienced outdoor types. Enjoy hikes through the heather to the top of a Ben - with beautiful views of the Cuillin at the end to coasteering your way around the dramatic shoreline. Make the most of a local guide's years of knowledge and expertise to help you make the most of the experience.

Skye Cullins 2018

 

Where will you go? Who will you take?

As summer bids us farewell, the arrival of autumn, winter and spring offers us plenty of opportunity to soak up the beauty of the west coast once again. The fun doesn't stop when the clock's go back. Where will you go next? Who will you take?  Take a look at the wonderful Destinations we can whisk you away to. 

Then, book your new season adventure to round off this year, or to start next year as you mean to go on. Visit our  timetable today and reserve your space.

 

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