Voyage 7110

Portsmouth to Leith

 

 

Day 1 - May 15, 2011 - Portsmouth, UK

Just before 5pm we slipped out of Portsmouth harbour and headed SW towards the Isles of Scilly, to begin our 10-day adventure.


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Day 2 - May 16, 2011 - Tresco, UK

Then we were presented with the plan for the afternoon: a visit to Tresco Island and the famous garden that has been tended for generations.


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Day 3 - May 17, 2011 - Waterford, Ireland

There were banks of colour mixed in with delicate blooms that enchanted everyone.


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Day 4 - May 18, 2011 - Dublin, Ireland

We drove through some of the most interesting scenery in Ireland – bleak, stark granite outcrops in a wild bracken covered countryside that was strangely beautiful.


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Day 5 - May 19, 2011 -  Islay and Gigha, Scotland 

 

Our visit was, however, to the gardens at Achamore House, which are famous for their rhododendrons and rare species of shrubs and trees, some of which are endangered in their country of origin.

 


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Day 6 - May 20, 2011 - Iona, Staffa and Mull, Scotland

Around quarter past three the vessel reached the harbor of Tobermory, where calm water characterized the beautiful bay of this little village.


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Day 7 - May 21, 2011 - Skye, Portree

Everyone got wet on the Zodiac rides to the shore but spirits remained high and about 70 guests joined the excursion to Dunvegan Castle, some 45 minutes drive from Portree.


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Day 8 - May 22, 2011 - Loch Ewe

After breakfast some of the guests disembarked to explore the Inverewe Garden by themselves.


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Day 9 - May 23, 2011 - Stromness, Orkney, UK

Skaill House is one of the most complete 17th century mansion houses in Orkney and is surrounded by lawns and gardens.


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Day 10 - May 24, 2011 - At Sea en route Stromness to Leith

We began with Claudia Holgate’s very relevant talk on Climate Change which dispelled much of the confusion and general misunderstanding surrounding the subject.


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