Voyage 7008

Portsmouth to Leith

 

 

Day 1 - May 10, 2010 - Portsmouth, Uk

By midday, guests began arriving for our voyage from Portsmouth to Leith that will take us to some of the most scenic and historic sites, and loveliest of islands, in England, Ireland and Scotland.


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Day 2 - May 11, 2010 - At Sea And Fowey, England

The famous Lost Gardens of Heligan were designed in the nineteenth century Gardenesque style but were forgotten about and overgrown for many years.


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Day 3 - May 12, 2010 - Scilly Isles

Those interested in a nature hike set off at 10 am with Toby, Chris C. and Rich in search of birds and wildflowers, while others more interested in history went with Imogene and Chris E. along the town streets to look at the castle.


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Day 4 - May 13, 2010 - Waterford, Ireland

It turned out to be good that we had made a slightly earlier start because the streets were more or less empty, so we could enjoy the architecture of both Protestant and Catholic cathedrals without being run over.


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Day 5 - May 14, 2010 - Dublin, Ireland

After a hearty lunch in the village of Ashford, we proceeded to Powerscourt Garden, with its spectacular views across the valley to Sugarloaf Mountain in the distance.


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Day 6 - May 15, 2010 - Gigha And Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland

We began our activities on the tiny island of Gigha (population c.320), which lies to the east of the Kintyre peninsula.


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Day 7 - May 16, 2010 - The Islands Of Iona And Staffa, Inner Hebrides, Scotland

As we approached the strange geological phenomenon that is the island of Staffa, I gave a few comments about the island, its striking columnar jointing and the famous Fingal’s Cave immortalised in the eponymous overture by Felix Mendelssohn.


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Day 8 - May 17, 2010 - St. Kilda Archipelago, Scotland

On Zodiac cruises along the edge of Dun Island, jutting almost like a peninsula from the southern flank of Hirta, we passed by thousands of puffins preening themselves on the water.


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Day 9 - May 18, 2010 - Loch Ewe, Scotland

I have visited these delightful and beautiful woodland gardens of Inverewe on several occasions and what an experience it was! The sun was shining, the sky clear and the rhododendrons looking spectacular.


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Day 10 - May 19, 2010 - Stromness, Orkney Islands, Scotland

The other fascinating stop on this tour was Skara Brae – a Neolithic settlement that had been buried in the sand dunes and was comprised of 10 houses that were occupied around 3,000 BC.


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Day 11 - May 20, 2010 - Aberdeen, Scotland

I think we were all delighted by the castle, not least by the welcome: they had opened it early especially so that we could take more time and allowed us to take photographs inside, which is normally banned.


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