5th November - 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 November.
When embarkation at Greenock Ocean terminal was complete we set sail for our overnight anchorage in Rothesay Bay, Bute.
Wednesday, 6th November.
Our first port of call was Rothesay, Isle of Bute, for a morning visit to Mount Stuart House and the restored Victorian toilets or guests could have free time to explore Rothesay independently.
We spent the afternoon relaxing on board as we cruised the Kyles of Bute and Loch Fyne on passage towards our overnight anchorage off Strachur in Loch Fyne.
Thursday, 7th November.
From Strachur guests travelled to Ardkinglas House for a morning tour.
After lunch on board they visited Strachur House during the afternoon.
We anchored overnight off Minard Castle, Loch Fyne.
Friday, 8th November.
It was a beautiful crisp and clear day for our morning visit to Inveraray Castle where our guests were welcomed by the Duke of Argyll and his family.
We spent the afternoon cruising Loch Fyne on passage towards Campbeltown where we berthed overnight.
Saturday, 9th November.
Spending the morning ashore in Campbeltown, guests enjoyed a tour and tasting at the Springbank Distillery or explored the town independently.
During the afternoon we circumnavigated Sanda Island and Ailsa Craig, on passage towards our overnight anchorage off Millport, Great Cumbrae.
Sunday, 10th November.
Going ashore at Millport the morning was spent taking walks on the island or attending the Remembrance Sunday service at the ‘Cathedral of the Isles’.
Over lunch we cruised to Holy Isle for afternoon walks ashore.
We berthed alongside in Brodick, Isle of Arran, overnight.
Monday, 11th November.
On the Isle of Arran, guests spent the morning exploring the grand baronial castle at Brodick.
The final afternoon was spent cruising on passage towards our overnight anchorage in Holy Loch.
Tuesday, 12th November.
After breakfast guests disembarked in Greenock and we hope to welcome them back on board soon.