A 100-year-old three-masted sailing ship will become a familiar sight around the islands over the next week, as the Dutch schooner Oosterschelde makes her return visit to Stornoway and around the Western Isles.

Oosterschelde left Esplanade Quay in Stornoway harbour this morning (Saturday August 18th) after the first part of her summer trip around the Hebrides with a crew of professional sailors and paying guests.

She’s a topsail schooner built in 1918, the last survivor of a large fleet to sail under the Dutch flag at the beginning of the 20th century.

Following an extensive renovation between 1988 and 1992, she was re-registered at Rotterdam and now operates commercially, hosting corporate events and offering sailing cruises for up to 24 passengers.

Tomorrow (Sunday August 19th) she’ll arrive in Ullapool at the end of her first 10-day trip to the Hebrides. After embarking a new complement of passengers, she returns to Stornoway on Wednesday (August 22nd) for three days around the Western Isles, including a day at St Kilda.

Picture taken by Angus Stan Macleod shows Oosterschelde sailing past Ensay in the Sound of Harris on her way to St Kilda earlier this week.