10th March - Ruins and Ramparts of the Lower Clyde

Embark on a journey of architectural exploration on this cruise that introduces us to a myriad of design masterpieces and rare private viewings, often by a member of the family, including ancient castles, private apartments and a fine house.

10th March 2017

On completion of embarkation and the required safety drill we set sail for our overnight anchorage in Rothesay Bay.

11th March 2017

This morning was spent cruising around the Isle of Bute and the Cowal peninsula and into Britain's longest sea loch, Loch Fyne.  After lunch we ventured ashore at Strachur to visit Strachur House, home of Sir Charles and Lady McLean.

We anchored overnight in Loch Fyne and witnessed a beautiful sunset off Strachur.

12th March 2017

From Crarae our guests enjoyed a tour of the private apartments of Inveraray Castle this morning.  Ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell, a castle has stood on the shores of Loch Fyne since the 1400's.

We visited Tarbert, Loch Fyne in the afternoon where guests took walks ashore and visited the ruined Castle.

When all guests were safely back on board we sailed to our overnight anchorage off Lochranza, Isle of Arran.

13th March 2017

This morning we visited the ruined castle of Lochranza, situated on a curved shingle spit projecting out into the water.  Much of what can be seen today is the result of rebuilding in the 16th century, but there are remnants of the original castle built before 1261 for the MacSweens.

After lunch on board we arrived at Millport, Great Cumbrae and were tendered ashore for a visit Cathedral of the Isles, Britain's smallest cathedral, after which we returned to the ship by bus!

The Farewll Gala Dinner was held this evening.

14th March 2017.

We sailed into Greenock this morning and disembarkation took place at the Ocean Terminal.