On my recent holiday, every time we docked people rushed to take photos. Not of me but of the beautiful private yacht run by Magna Carta Steamships, Lord of the Glens. I was on a Highlands and Islands cruise with Ace Tours taking in history and wildlife from Kyle of Lochalsh, Mull, Rum, Iona, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness to Inverness. I had no idea my native country was so beautiful and I am bereft now that I have left the mountains behind. The ship went at just the right pace – that of a strathspey. The sun shone every day and the water sparkled and rippled. We dined every night looking out on to stunning scenery and ate beautifully presented delicious food. I met so many interesting, entertaining and happy people. On the last night Mum and I were invited to sit at the Captain’s table and we had a blast. On the last day I threatened to tie myself to the mast.