Voyage 7009

Leith to London

 

 

Day 1 - May 27, 2010 - Leith, Scotland

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 22, 2010 - Underway North Of Scotland, En Route And At Stromness, Orkney Islands

From this knoll of stones we could observe many birds including mute swans flying by as well as other burial mounds as well as another loch that could be clearly seen in the distance.


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Day 3 - May 23, 2010 - Loch Ewe, Scotland

This sea loch on the west coast of the mainland of Scotland was surrounded by rugged and wild terrain and the early morning sun on the glassy-calm waters around us made for spectacular scenery.


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Day 4 - May 24, 2010 - Eriskay And Rhum, Scotland

The Expedition Staff had the best of the weather when we left the ship at 0630 filled with enthusiasm. It was glorious going into Eriskay, even clocking up a golden eagle and three seals on the way.


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Day 5 - May 25, 2010 - Linga Island And Tobermory, Scotland

We then moved on to Duart Castle, which is perched strategically on a cliff overlooking the Sound of Mull and the mainland in the distance.


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Day 6 - May 26, 2010 - Underway North Of Ireland, En Route Toraigh / Tory Island

Afterwards the guests were given a variety of options, which included walking about on their own or with the local ‘King’ or with our geologist or with our ornithologist or biologist, simply to explore the island.


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Day 7 - May 27, 2010 - Belfast For The Antrim Coast

The next and only stop on the journey was an investigation of the bridge across the gap at Carrick a Rede.


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Day 8 - May 21, 2010 - Dublin, Ireland

The full-day excursion stopped at the 5th-century monastery of Glendalough where we walked amidst the ruins, saw the magnificent tower and read the epitaphs on many gravestones.


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Day 10 - May 30, 2010 - Scilly Isles

Through the fog we went passing Hugh Town, the main town on St Mary’s Island, then crossing a channel over to Tresco Island. Tresco is famous all over the world for its beautiful Abbey gardens.


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Day 11 - May 31, 2010 - Penzance, England

Penzance was delightful (which = lots of tea shops open) and not a pirate in sight.


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Day 12 - June 1, 2010 - Saint-Malo, France

Others headed east along the coast into Normandy to visit Mont Saint-Michel, a small tidal island dominated by a spectacular walled-in abbey.


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Day 13 - June 2, 2010 - Underway Between Guernsey And Sark Islands, Channel Island

Sark’s population is well under 1,000 people and can only be reached by a Zodiac ride, which approaches a very small harbor.


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Day 14 - June 3, 2010 - English Channel En Route To Sark - London

Sorting and packing of bags come to the forefront of one’s mind, although there is still another final day of excitement in London.


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Day 15 - June 4, 2010 - London, Great Britain

By 8:00 am, right after the gates rose specifically for our vessel, Prince Albert II passed beneath the magnificent Tower Bridge.


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