Treasures of Argyll and Bute
7 nights including 2 Gala Dinners
Embark on a journey of architectural exploration as this cruise introduces us to a myriad of design styles and rare private viewings, often by a member of the family, including fine houses, baronial mansions, private apartments and an arts and crafts masterpiece.
Having heaved anchor Hebridean Princess cruises across the Clyde to appreciate the beautifully restored masterpiece of Hill House, designed by celebrated architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Set in 500 acres of ancient woodland and mature gardens, Finlaystone House has been the home to five families throughout its 800 hundred year history.
Spending a full day at the stunning 18th century Dumfries House we appreciate its 2,000 acre setting, neoclassical architecture and Thomas Chippendale furniture, ahead of a visit to Brodick Castle on Arran and a scenic cruise of Loch Fyne.
From our berth at Strachur we venture to the home of Sir Charles and Lady MacLean, Strachur House, with its sheltered flower garden, before enjoying a private visit to Ardkinglas House, generally considered to be architect Sir Robert Lorimer’s finest work. The fairy tale Inveraray Castle, ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell, opens the private apartments for us to uncover the secrets of its past.
After navigating the narrow Kyles of Bute and Loch Striven, we step ashore on the Isle of Bute to wonder at the astounding Victorian Gothic mansion, Mount Stuart House, believed to be the first home in the world to have a heated indoor swimming pool. Our final architectural gem is the sumptuous Ardgowan House, which has been held by the Stewart family since the early 15th century.