5th March - Outlook on the Clyde
Sheltered from the Atlantic by the Kintyre peninsula, the Firth of Clyde is one of the largest areas of sheltered deep water in the British Isles. The Firth's many long lochs penetrate far into the Highlands, whilst its outer reaches comprise a scattering of islands, each of different size and character.
Tuesday, 5th March
Our guests were welcomed at Greenock Ocean Terminal and piped on board before departing for our overnight anchorage.
Wednesday, 6th March
After a morning spent cruising Loch Striven we berthed alongside in Rothesay, Isle of Bute for an afternoon visit to Mount Stuart House.
When all guests were safely back on board we cruised the narrow Kyles of Bute on passage to our overnight anchorage in Loch Fyne.
Thursday, 7th March
Today was spent anchored off Strachur, Loch Fyne for a morning visit to Ardkinglas House.
Following lunch on board guests enjoyed a tour of Strachur House in the afternoon before cruising to our overnight anchorage in Loch Shira.
Friday, 8th March
This morning guests went ashore at Crarae, Loch Fyne for a behind the scenes tour of Inveraray Castle including the private apartments of the Duke of Argyll.
During the afternoon we cruised Loch Fyne on passage to Campbeltown where we remained alongside overnight.
Saturday, 9th March
Ashore in Campbeltown this morning guests enjoyed a guided tour and tasting at Springbank Distillery, which was established in 1828.
Following lunch on board we spent the afternoon circumnavigating Ailsa Craig on passage to our overnight anchorage in Lamlash Bay off the Isle of Arran. Ailsa Craig is formed from a volcanic plug from a long extinct volcano believed to be over 500 million years old.
Sunday, 10th March
Guarding the entrance to Lamlash Bay, Holy Isle has been a place of worship and meditation since the 6th century and played host to morning walks and strolls.
After lunch we cruised to Brodick, Isle of Arran, where we berthed alongside and remained overnight.
Monday, 11th March
Going ashore on the Isle of Arran, guests explored the baronial Brodick Castle, formal gardens and woodland country park.
Our final island port of call was Great Cumbrae which boasts the smallest cathedral in Britain, Cathedral of the Isles, which seats only 100 worshippers.
Tuesday, 12th March
We wish our disembarking guests a safe journey home fromk Greenock and we look forward to welcoming them all back on board very soon.