Including 1 Welcome Cocktail Party and 1 Gala Dinner
Visit Ardgowan House, the magnificent 18th century Palladian mansion designed for Sir John Shaw Stewart by Hugh Cairncross, an assistant to Robert Adam, with sweeping views over the Firth of Clyde.
On the little-known Isle of Arran explore tiny Lochranza, where the Isle of Arran Distillery, officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1997, produces a unique single malt to be savoured on a fascinating tour. Gaze down on the fishing harbour at Tarbert from the hilltop ruins of ancient Tarbert Castle, now overgrown but once a great royal stronghold linked to Robert the Bruce and the earlier kings of Dalriada.
In contrast, across beautiful Loch Fyne lies the modern marina of Portavadie on the scenic Cowal Peninsula, a pleasant spot to stroll in the afternoon. Relax as Hebridean Princess cruises Loch Striven, where Barnes Wallace developed the Highball bouncing bomb in World War II, and the scenic Kyles of Bute to Victorian Rothesay.
On an afternoon visit, wonder at the Neo-Gothic exuberance of Mount Stuart House, created by the 3rd Marquess, John Crichton-Stuart. On Great Cumbrae, discover Britain's smallest cathedral at the delightful Cathedral of the Isles along the tranquil reaches of Millport Bay, sailing onwards to the Victorian resort of Largs. Kelburn Castle nearby, the ancestral home of the Earls of Glasgow, successfully melds the seeming incongruity of a medieval keep, French chateau and avant-garde graffiti-art in a grand finale to remember.