Argyll’s Secret Coast
6 nights including 2 Gala Dinners
Join Hebridean Princess on her maiden voyage of 2018 as she uncovers some of the delights of Argyll’s secret coast, exploring Britain’s longest sea loch and some of the diverse islands which pepper the Firth of Clyde.
Sailing from Greenock we head to the delightful island of Great Cumbrae where the ‘city’ of Millport boasts the smallest cathedral in Britain. Next the sumptuous and privately owned Ardgowan House awaits our arrival. The Ardgowan estate has been held by the Stewart family since the early 15th century and the present house dates to 1797.
Known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’ Arran is home to only one working distillery and here we learn the art of whisky making, before heading to Tarbert to explore on foot and take in views of Loch Fyne from the ancient castle.
Cruising further into Britain’s longest sea loch, Loch Fyne, we venture ashore at Crarae to discover Scotland’s rural history at Auchindrain Township Museum. Inveraray Jail, one of the finest and best preserved jail and courtroom complexes in the world, plays host to our next visit ahead of a guided tour of Strachur House built by General John Campbell in the 1780s.
A scenic cruise of the Kyles of Bute and Loch Striven precedes an exploration of the Isle of Bute, a popular destination in Victorian times during the heyday of holidays ‘Doon the Watter’.
Our final afternoon is spent at Hill House appreciating the beautifully restored arts and crafts and Art Nouveau masterpiece designed by celebrated architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.