31st October - Houses and Castles of the Clyde

The Clyde has a long and often turbulent history against a backdrop of stunning scenery evoking mystery and romance.  On this ever popular cruise we embrace architectural gems from medieval castles to grand mansions, some of which are still family homes today.

31st October 2017.

We remained berthed alongside overnight at the Ocean Cruise Terminal, Greenock.

1st November 2017.

This morning a coach transported guests from Greenock to Finlaystone House where they were taken on a guided tour by head of the family, Mr MacMillan.

We spent the afternoon cruising Loch Fyne on passage towards our overnight anchorage off Strachur, Loch Fyne, during which our guest speaker, Stella Lyons gave the first of her talks in the Tiree Lounge entitled “The Glasgow Boys and their triumph over the Edinburgh ‘Glue-Pots’.”

2nd November 2017.

From our anchorage in Loch Fyne guests were tendered ashore at Strachur for a morning visit to Ardkinglas House which was designed by Sir Robert Lorimer and built in 1905.

In the afternoon guests enjoyed a tour of Strachur House conducted by Sir Charles McLean. 

We anchored overnight off Minard in Upper Loch Fyne. 

3rd November 2017.

This morning guests went ashore at Crarae Point and travelled to Inveraray Castle for a fascinating guided tour of the private and public apartments.

Following lunch on board we spent the afternoon cruising on passage to our overnight anchorage in Rothesay Bay, Bute during which guest lecturer Stella Lyons presented the second of her talks in the Tiree Lounge.

4th November 2017.

 After an early morning sail we arrived at Largs for our visit to Ardgowan House. Here we enjoyed a guided tour by the owner Ludovic Shaw Stewart.

During lunch we cruised to Brodick, Arran where guests explored Brodick Castle gardens.

We anchored overnight in Lamlash Bay, Arran.

5th November 2017.

Today guests disembarkled at Troon for a full day visit to Dumfries House which included a tour of the house, lunch and an exploration of the gardens and grounds.

We anchored overnight in Rothesay Bay, Bute.

6th November 2017.

From Largs this morning guests travelled by local ferry to Great Cumbrae for walks in Millport and to visit the ‘Cathedral of the Isles’, Britain's smallest cathedral.

Our final port of call was Rothesay on the Isle of Bute where guests could either take a guided tour of Mount Stuart House or explore Rothesay independently.

We anchored overnight off Greenock where the Farewell Gala Dinner took place.