1st March 2016 - Doon the Watter

Our maiden voyage of the year explores the Argyll lochs and visits a castle, grand house, Victorian jail and courtroom complex and Britain's smallest cathedral.

7th March 2016

This morning a stunning sunrise was on display in Greenock ahead of disembarkation.  We hope that all our guests have enjoyed this cruise and have a safe journey home.

6th March 2016

From Holy Loch, this mornning's port of call was Benmore Botanic Garden with its avenue of Giant Redwoods and where a red squirrel was spotted.  

The final afternoon of the cruise was spent relaxing on board as we cruised the pictureseque Loch Long and Loch Goil, ahead of the Farewell Gala Dinner at which Hotel Manager Iain Gibson and Sous Chef George Little performed Robbie Burns' Address to the Haggis.  Thanks to Lyn Walton for the image.

 

5th March 2016

Still enjoying the delights of Britain's longest sea loch, Loch Fyne, guests went ashore at the fishing village of Tarbert to explore on foot.

Returning to the ship for lunch we then cruised to the modern marina at Portavadie where guests once again stretched their legs.

4th March 2016

Today guests enjoyed a full day ashore at Loch Fyne.  The morning was spent exploring the town of Inveraray, including the Victorian jail, said to be one of the best preserved jail and courtroom complexes in the world.  Lunch was taken asore at the Loch Fyne Oyster bar.

Following lunch guests visited Ardkinglas House before re-joining the ship by beach landing craft.

3rd March 2016

From our overnight anchorage in Rothesay Bay we cruised to Millport, Great Cumbrae for a  morning visit to the Cathedral of the Isles.

During lunch we cruised to  Brodick, Isle of Arran, where guests enjoyed an island tour in the afternoon which included Lochranza Castle,

We anchored overnight in Loch Fyne.

2nd March 2016

The first morning of the cruise dawned bright and clear as we arrived in Rothesay Bay for a visit to Ascog Hall Gardens and Victorian Fernery.  The weather even allowed the refreshment hamper its first outing!

During the afternoon guests visited Rothesay Castle, recognised for its unusual circular design and history dating back to the 13th century.

1st March 2016

Our first embarkation of the season took place at the Ocean Terminal in Greenock.  Guests were piped on board and welcomed by Captain Trevor Bailey and Chief Purser Dave Indge.