1st November - Grand Houses and Castles of the Clyde
This ever popular cruise takes in some of the architectural gems of the Clyde. The areas long and often turbulent past brings together a rich tapestry of medieval casltes and grand mansions and Hebridean guests have a rare private viewing of many, often by a member of the family.
Our Captain, Officers and crew waved farewell to our disembarking guests in Greenock this morning.
Today the ship was berthed alongside in Largs and guests visited Ardgowan House in the morning, set in 400 acres the house was built between 1798 and 1801.
Following lunch our final excursion was a tour of Kelburn Castle in the afternoon and we anchored overnight in Holy Loch where the Farewell Gala Dinner was held.
From our berth in Ayr guests visited Dumfries House this morning followed by a visit to Dundonald Castle in the afternoon. Dumfries House was designed by Robert Adam and is little changed by time, still boasting much of the original furnishings.
Our overnight anchorage was off Millport, Great Cumbrae.
After a morning cruising Lower Loch Fyne and Kilbrannan Sound on passage towards Campbeltown, our afternoon visit was to Glenbarr Abbey, home to the Clan MacAlister Centre.
We remained alongside overnight in Campbeltown where we were entertained by local musicians and fireworks.
This morning guests disembarked the ship at Crarae for a full day tour including a visit to Inveraray Castle Private apartments in the morning followed by a visit to Ardkinglas House in the afternoon, with lunch served ashore at Loch Fyne Oyster bar.
Guests re-joined the vessel at Strachur in the afternoon.
The ship was anchored off Ardrishaig overnight.
This morning was spent relaxing on board as we cruised Britain's longest sea loch, Loch Fyne on passage towards Strachur for the afternoon visit to Strachur House, home to Sir Charles and Lady McLean.
The ship was anchored off Crarae overnight.
From Greenock Ocean Terminal this morning a coach was be available to take guests to visit Finlaystone House, home to the MacMillan family.
During lunch we cruised to Rhu Marina from where guests visited what is universally regarded as Chrles Rennie Mackintosh's finest domestic creation, Hill House, now onwed by the National Trust for Scotland.
Our overnight anchorage was in Rothesay Bay, Isle of Bute.
Embarkation took place at Greenock Ocean Terminal.