National Trust for Scotland celebrates 60th anniversary on the diamond-shaped Small Isle

The National Trust for Scotland cruise ship 'Quest for Adventure'.
The National Trust for Scotland cruise ship 'Quest for Adventure'.

THERE will be an extra significance when the National Trust for Scotland anchor off the Isle of Rum on Thursday 23th May as part of their annual cruise.

The Trust, sailing on-board the chartered ship ‘Quest for Adventure’ are celebrating their diamond anniversary of cruising on the diamond-shaped isle, having been afloat since 1953.

Cruise Director Elaine Bruges said: “The Isle of Rum has always been a favourite port of our cruises, for the mixture of culture, history and nature.

“Passengers love exploring Kinloch castle, taking in Loch Scresort and keeping an eye out for sea eagles along the way.

“We planned to visit Rum this year because it echoes the spirit of our cruise, which is to share remote and isolated landscapes. But it is serendipity that in our diamond anniversary year, we finish up on a diamond-shaped island.”

The Trust cruises first set sail on-board TSS Lady Killarney as a way of making travel to Scotland’s more inaccessible and remote gardens easier for members and supporters of the charity.

This year’s Isolation, Islands and Intrigue cruise aims to recreate that spirit, carrying its 400 passengers to far flung archipelagos and unspoilt wildernesses, including St Kilda and the Knoydart Peninsula.

But it’s the Isle of Rum which makes the final port of call on the celebratory one-week cruise.

The cruise will make its way back to Greenock overnight, arriving on 24th May to welcome onboard passengers for a two-week trip round western Europe’s Celtic ports.