We awoke as National Geographic Resolution approached the entrance to Loch Ewe, on a much calmer, misty morning. The clouds lifted as we made our way to the head of the loch and were treated to atmospheric views of the surrounding hills.

Our morning started with a short Zodiac ride. As we approached the shore, the haunting sound of the bagpipes reached us. Soon we could make out the solitary figure of a piper on the rocks welcoming us to Inverewe Gardens.

We spent the morning exploring the gardens which cover around 50 acres of beautifully kept grounds – a fantastic experience. In the afternoon we continued our journey north, admiring the incredible views of the mountains and coastline of northwest Scotland.