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The Spirit Of Adventure

An Tirisdeach was invited aboard this fine cruise ship by the National Trust for Scotland Cruise Director Elaine Bruges to have a look around.

Security was tight, and a driving license had to be handed over to verify identity, and was retained until leaving the ship.

Interestingly, there was a bacterial hand washing spray unit in place due to the current concern over the Swine flu virus. The ship is basically a floating 5 star hotel which included a classy restaurant with delicious cuisine, a hairdressing salon and one of the loveliest libraries one could ever hope to pass time in. Many of the courteous staff were Filipino, the head chef Cornish and Captain MacLundie was from Argyll.

Elaine explained that the cruises remain very popular and were initially started to get people to their more inaccessible properties such as St. Kilda, The Fair Isles, Orkney and Shetland. Now they are important fundraising cruises with all profits going towards Conservation. Elaine also pointed out that the N.T.S is a charity and not a government organisation. ‘ All funding comes from members and ventures such as this’ she said.

Time aboard was short, but Elaine, Billy Kay, the Entertainments Officer, the lovely Alison and Jim the Piper all made the trip to the vessel well worth while.

Despite worrying weather predictions for the day, Iain Skipinnish managed to make two wildlife trips down the Gunna Sound and the side of Coll with his N. T. S. visitors. Abandoning the idea of Staffa due to the swell ( it would have been unlikely anyone could have gone ashore. ) Nevertheless, Iain remained rather concerned for his passengers safety, as the average age was around 70 years. However, Iain told An Tirisdeach “the rougher it got, the more they liked it!” One passenger even exclaimed “This is the most exhilarating boat ride I have ever had.”

The Spirit Of Adventure

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The Spirit Of Adventure Cruises Into Tiree on 26th May 2009

The National Trust of Scotland has chartered the cruise liner The Spirit of Adventure for three weeks as part of Scotland’s Homecoming Year. The three week trip will cruise round the West Coast of Scotland before heading off to Iceland. The three hundred passengers will have Lecturers and Entertainers on board too.

David Munro, Former Director of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society will be giving lectures on geographical topics. Billy Kay, Broadcaster and Writer will be lecturing in Scottish Diaspora and Rabbie Burns. Entertainers will include the gaelic singer Anne Lorne Gillies and George Donald from Scotland the What?

The vessel will be arriving on Tiree around 8am on Tuesday 26th May until 6pm. The passengers will disembark for the day. Everyone will enjoy Tiree hospitality throughout the day, and some will take a bus tour round the island, our R.S.P.B. Officer John Bowler will conduct wildlife walks, and for others a Rib to Staffa. A great day on Tiree seems to be awaiting the lucky people aboard the Spirit of Discovery.

Anyone interested in such a trip with the National Trust of Scotland can call them on 0844-493-2457 Or look at their website on www.nts.org.uk. Prices start around £1,000