11th June - Celtic Panorama

The beauty and drama of the Celtic coasts of western Scotland and Northern Ireland have inspired numerous artists to capture the character of these landscapes and convey their every nuance to the viewer.  We too can absorb these inspirational views and renowned private collections at Glenarm castle and Dumfries House.

Tuesday, 11th June.

Guests were welcomed on board this afternoon by the Captain, Officers and crew.  When embarkation was complete we set sail from Oban on passage to our overnight anchorage off Ardfern Marina.

Wednesday, 12th June.

This morning guests were tendered ashore at Crinan to visit the gallery in the Crinan Hotel to view work by owner Frances Macdonald and her son Ross Ryan, or to enjoy walks along the towpath of the canal.

 

 

The afternoon was spent cruising the Sound of Islay and the North Channel on passage to our overnight anchorage off the Mull of Kintyre.

Thursday, 13th June.

We arrived in Larne, Northern Ireland, where guests enjoyed a morning visit to the Ulster Museum which houses art collections by Jack Butler Yeats, William Conor, John Luke and Sir John Lavery.

 

The award-winning Titanic Exhibition played host to our afternoon visit and we remained alongside in Larne overnight.

 

Friday, 14th June.

Glenarm Castle is described as one of Northern Ireland's most beautiful estates and this morning we seized the opportunity to wonder at the spectacular gardens and explore the extensive grounds.

 

Relaxing on board our afternoon was spent serenely cruising to the overnight anchorage.

Saturday, 15th June.

From our overnight anchorage, we headed to Troon and a full day tour, with lunch, of Dumfries House.  Dumfries House has an outstanding collection of 18th century furniture and a large array of 17th century Dutch paintings, acquired from the renowned collection of the 3rd Earl of Bute.

 

 

Peaceful Holy Loch played host to our overnight anchorage.

Sunday, 16th June.

Continuing north, Port Ellen on the Isle of Islay awaited our arrival.  From here, the famous Laphroaig Distillery opened its doors for our visit with its rich distinctive malt, produced here since 1815.

 

 

Monday, 17th June.

Tranquil walks at Tayvallich, on the shores of Loch Sween, were order of this morning.

 

Our final day culminated with a sparkling champagne reception in the Great Hall of Duart Castle (Isle of Mull), hosted by Sir Lachlan Maclean.

 

 

Tuesday, 18th June 2019

It's hard to believe that another cruise has come to a close, but we look forward to welcoming all of our guests back on board soon.