30th October - Architectural Gems of Argyll & the Isles
Embark on a journey of architectural exploration as this cruise introduces us to a myriad of design styles and rare private viewings, often by a member of the family, including grand houses, baronial mansions and private apartments.
Tuesday, 30th October.
Guests were piped on board at Greenock and settled into their cabins prior to welcome drinks in the Tiree Lounge and the first experience of Hebridean Princess cuisine at dinner in the Columba Restaurant.
Wednesday, 31st October.
From Greenock guests travelled to Finlaystone House for a morning tour conducted by the current Chief of the Clan MacMillan who have lived there for five generations.
We sailed into Holy Loch during lunch and were tendered ashore at the marina for our afternoon visit to the Historic Kilmun and Argyll Mausoleum, built in 1790 to house the remains of the Dukes and Earls of Argyll, Chiefs of the Clan Campbell, and their families.
From Holy Loch we sailed into Britain's longest sea loch on passage to our overnight anchorage in the Minard Narrows, Upper Loch Fyne.
Thursday, 1st November.
Anchoring off Crarae this morning, guests went ashore to enjoy a guided tour of Inveraray Castle and the private apartments of the Duke of Argyll.
Going ashore at Strachur our afternoon visit was the residence of Sir Charles and Lady MacLean, Ardkinglas House.
We anchored In Kames Bay, off the Isle of Bute overnight.
Friday, 2nd November.
Before breakfast, some early-risers made their way up to the bridge deck for a sunrise cruise through the Kyles of Bute and were rewarded with stunning views, glass-clam waters and autunmal colours.
During breakfast we cruised into Rothesay, Bute for our morning tour of Mount Stuart House.
We spent the afternoon relaxing on board as we cruised on passage towards Troon. During the afternoon guest speaker Caroline Knight gave the first two of her talks in the Tiree Lounge.
We berthed alongside in Troon overnight.
Saturday, 3rd November.
Our first visit today was the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum where guests could delve into the history of Scotland's favourite son.
Our next architectural gem was the sumptuous Ardgowan House where owner Sir Ludovic Shaw-Stewart led a guided tour.
We remained alongside in Troon overnight where local musicians entertained guests after dinner in the Tiree Lounge.
Sunday, 4th November.
Guests spent the full day today at Dumfries House, exploring the house and gardens and enjoying lunch on the estate.
We anchored overnight in Rothesay Bay.
Monday, 5th November.
From Largs guests took the local ferry to Great Cumbrae to visit the Cathedral of the Isles during the morning. Seating barely 100 people, the cathedral was built on land owned by the Boyle family.
Our final foray ashore was to the home of Lord Glasgow, Kelburn Castle which is thought to be the oldest castle in Scotland to have been continuously inhabited by the same family.
The Farewell Gala Dinner was held at anchor off Greenock where we remained overnight.
Tuesday, 6th November.
Disembarkation took place at Greenock Ocean Terminal. We hope all our guests have enjoyed visiting the architectural gems of Argyll and the Isles and we wish them a safe journey home.