2012 - Highlands and Islands Cruise

Our mini-cruise on Marco Polo around the Scottish isles in May 2012.
cabin 602  Cabin 602 on the Marco Polo. This cabin was right at the bow of the ship and you looked out in the direction of travel. SPA51303  Cliffs at Marwick Head, Mainland, Orkney. SPA51306  Marwick Head, Mainland, Orkney. The sea and cliffs provide a haven for sea birds including oyster catchers and skua. 2012-05-25 10.17.12  Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides. The landscape in Lewis features moorland, lochs and mountains and is very remote.
2012-05-25 10.17.50  Lewis, Outer Hebrides. 2012-05-25 10.55.28  Weaving the famous Harris Tweed. Tweed cloth is still woven by hand on the Isle of Harris and this weaver operated the loom by pedalling on a stationary bike. :-) 2012-05-25 10.55.41  Harris Tweed being woven. 2012-05-25 12.09.02  Scotland or the Caribbean? The beaches in Harris are idyllic and the weather was very kind to us.
SPA51310  Horgabost Beach, Isle of Harris. White sand and beautiful turquoise water. 2012-05-25 12.01.10  Horgabost Beach. 2012-05-25 12.12.53  Gorgeous Scottish scenery. If we were guaranteed the weather, there would be no need to holiday abroad with scenery like this. 2012-05-25 12.12.48  Horgabost Beach.
SPA51311  Seilebost, Isle of Harris. 2012-05-25 12.35.39  Seilebost, Isle of Harris. 2012-05-26 09.30.32  Bow of the Marco Polo, looking out to Loch Broom. This is more or less the view we got when we looked out of our cabin window. SPA51315  Marco Polo at anchor in Loch Broom. We had to get the liberty boat across to Ullapool.
SPA51318  Marco Polo in Loch Broom. SPA51319  Marco Polo in Loch Broom. 2012-05-26 14.15.38  Stern of the Marco Polo. At least she looks like a ship and not a floating block of flats. 2012-05-26 21.54.46  Pool deck, deck 7 Aft. The statue of the late ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev reminds us that the Marco Polo used to be a Russian ship (and was previously named Alexander Pushkin).
2012-05-26 21.55.02  Statue of Rudolf Nureyev. 2012-05-26 21.55.40  Sunset over a calm North Atlantic. 2012-05-27 13.46.01  Changing the gang plank in Invergordon. The Cromarty Firth is tidal, so the gang plank had to be changed to a longer one as the ship rose higher in the water.