25th October - Call of the Clyde
As we leave our home port of Oban for the last time this season we head south and experience the contrasts between the Hebridean island of Islay and the Clyde islands of Arran and Bute.
After an early morning cruise up the Firth of Clyde from Holy Loch, we arrived in Greenock where disembarkation took place.
Our morning port of call today was Millport, Great Cumbrae where guests could visit the Cathedral of the Isles or take this ships bikes ashore for cycle rides on the island.
Our final visit of the cruise was the Historic Kilmun and Argyll Mausoleum which was constructed in 1790 to house the remains of the Dukes and earls of Argyll, Chiefs of the Clan Campbell and their families.
The Farewell Gala Dinner was held at anchor in Holy Loch.
A tour of the island of Arran from Lochranza was our morning excursion, this included Arran Aromatics and the local cheese shop.
During lunch we sailed to Largs for an afternoon visit to Ardgowan House, home of the Shaw Stewart family.
Our overnight anchorage was off Millport, Great Cumbrae.
This morning we landed on the privately owned Sanda Island, a site of Special Scientific Interest, for walks on the island during which seals and pups were spotted.
Our afternoon port of call was the tiny Holy Isle, off the Isle of Arran, to explore on foot.
We remained at anchor overnight off Holy Isle.
This morning was spent cruising round the Mull of Kintyre on passage towards Campbeltown.
We arrived and berthed in Campbeltown in the early afternoon where guests enjoyed a visit to Glenbarr Abbey and the Clan MacAlister centre.
We remained overnight in Campbeltown.
From Port Ellen our morning visit was the Ardbeg distillery for a tour and tasting, one of the 8 working distilleries on the Islay.
In the afternoon our guest speaker, the renowned TV and radio presenter, Miranda Krestovnikoff gave a fascinating lecture on Britain's amazing coastline and wildlife.
After dinner our guests were entertained by local musicians and some enjoyed a little dancing!
From our overnight anchorage off Ardfern marina, guests were tendered ashore where a coach transported them to visit the Kilmartin Museum, festooned with Neolithic monuments and artefacts.
During lunch on board we cruised to Loch Sween for afternoon walks at the picturesque village of Tayvallich, ahead of an early evening sail to our overnight berth Port Ellen. Isle of Islay.
Our final Oban embarkation of the season took place under bright blue skies.