22nd October - In the Footsteps of the Giant
This spellbinding cruise takes in a wonderful diversity of landscapes with a Celtic flavour, beautiful in all seasons, from the contrasting southern Inner Hebrides to the sheltered islands of the Clyde.
Tuesday, 22nd October.
For the last time in 2019 guests embarked in Oban. Once the safety drill had been completed we departed from Lighthouse Pier on passage to our overnight anchorage in Loch na Mile, Jura.
Wednesday, 23rd October.
After a morning spent relaxing on board, we berthed in Port Ellen, Islay for an afternoon visit to Ardbeg Distillery for a tour and tasting, or go for walks on the island.
We remained alongside in Port Ellen overnight.
Thursday, 24th October.
This morning we sailed around the Mull of Kintyre to Campbeltown.
Guests toured the Glen Scotia Distillery, visited the Linda McCartney memorial garden and enjoyed strolls through Campbeltown past the old cinema. Other guests walked to over the causeway to Davaar Island and explored the Crucifixion Cave.
We remained alongside in Campbeltown overnight and local musicians provided evening entertainment in the Tiree lounge.
Friday, 25th October.
During breakfast guests were tendered ashore at Holy Isle for morning walks.
In the afternoon we berthed in Brodick, Isle of Arran where guests visited Brodick Castle and gardens and enjoyed refreshments in the café.
We remained alongside in Brodick overnight.
Saturday, 26th October.
This morning was spent in Rothesay, Isle of Bute where guests could explore independently and discover the Victorian toilets and the unusual circular castle.
In the afternoon guests enjoyed a tour of Mount Stuart House, the Victorian neo-Gothic mansion which is the ancestral home of the Marquesses of Bute.
We anchored overnight in Rothesay Bay.
Sunday, 27th October.
This morning we berthed in Largs where guests visited the hidden gem of Hunterston House and Castle, seat of the Clan Hunter.
Over lunch we sailed to Great Cumbrae and tendered guests ashore in Millport for an afternoon visit to the tiny Cathedral of the Isles.
We anchored overnight off Greenock.
Monday, 28th October.
After an early morning sail to Rhu, guests were tendered ashore at the marina to visit Charles Rennie Mackintosh's masterpiece, Hill house and the Mackintosh club.
The final afternoon was spent relaxing on board as guests enjoyed a scenic cruise up Loch Long and Loch Goil. The Farewell Gala dinner was held at anchor off Greenock.
Tuesday, 29th October.
Guests disembarked at Greenock Ocean terminal after breakfast and we wish them a safe onward journey.