Houses and Castles of the Clyde
7 nights including 2 Gala Dinners
The Clyde has a long and often turbulent history against a backdrop of stunning scenery evoking mystery and romance. On this ever popular cruise embrace architectural gems from medieval castles to grand mansions, some of which are still family homes today.
From Greenock we travel to Finlaystone House and are welcomed by the MacMillan family, ahead of cruising Britain’s longest sea loch, Loch Fyne. Going ashore at Strachur we visit Ardkinglas House, designed by Sir Robert Lorimar and built in 1905, before travelling to Strachur House, residence of Sir Charles and Lady McLean.
The fairytale Inveraray Castle, seat of the Dukes of Argyll, opens the private apartments for us before a relaxing sail through the Kyles of Bute to Largs and a visit to the sumptuous and privately owned Ardgowan House. On the Isle of Arran we enjoy an exclusive tour of Brodick Castle.
Dumfries House was saved by the intervention of His Royal Highness, The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay in 2007 and combines the neoclassical architecture of Robert Adam with the furniture of Thomas Chippendale; here we spend a full day with lunch on the estate.
Seating barely 100 people and built in 1851, on land owned by the Boyle family, The Cathedral of the Isles on Great Cumbrae is reputed to be Britain’s smallest cathedral. Mount Stuart is testament to generations of Stuart passion and flamboyance and as we explore this wondrous structure, with its labyrinth of gardens, we learn of how this neo-gothic mansion was one of the most technologically advanced houses of its age.