In the Footsteps of the Giant
7 nights including 2 Gala Dinners
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, via the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant’s Causeway.
Steaming south to wild Jura for walks from Loch na Mile and onwards to Islay, where we taste the distinctive peaty malts at Laphroaig Distillery. The Emerald Isle is calling and we follow in the footsteps of Finn McCool, to wonder at the basalt columns tumbling into the Atlantic Ocean and forming the spectacular Giant’s Causeway. Landing on the bird-watcher’s haven of Rathlin Island, a gentle stroll to the RSPB reserve and lighthouse ensues, ahead of a relaxing cruise of the North Channel and the Mull of Kintyre.
Distilling on the Kintyre peninsula dates to 1609 and the malts produced at the Glen Scotia Distillery are a fine example of this historic style. Holy Isle has a long spiritual history and provides peaceful walks ashore.
On Arran, we explore the grand baronial castle, formal gardens and woodland country park at Brodick, whilst on the island of Great Cumbrae, we discover Britain’s smallest cathedral.
Restored by the National Trust for Scotland, we can admire the visually arresting mix of architecture and design at Hill House, considered to be Charles Rennie Mackintosh's domestic masterpiece. Also designed by Mackintosh in 1894, the Mackintosh Club is a gallery and arts venue celebrating the' Glasgow Four'. We reflect on our adventure as we enjoy a scenic sail of Loch Long and Loch Goil.