Architectural Gems of Argyll and The Isles
7 nights including 2 Gala Dinners
Guest Speaker Caroline Knight, FSA will accompany this cruise
Hebridean Island Cruises is proud to offer this special Historical Interest cruise to celebrate the society’s 50th Anniversary.
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.
From Greenock we travel to Finlaystone House and are welcomed by the MacMillan family, ahead of an afternoon spent at Hill House appreciating the beautifully restored arts and crafts and Art Nouveau masterpiece designed by celebrated architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Cruising Britain’s longest sea loch, Loch Fyne, to Crarae where the fairytale Inveraray Castle, seat of the Dukes of Argyll, opens the private apartments for us. Going ashore at Strachur we visit Ardkinglas House, designed by Sir Robert Lorimer and built in 1905, before travelling to Strachur House, residence of Sir Charles and Lady MacLean.
A relaxing sail through the Kyles of Bute brings us to the island of the same name where Mount Stuart is testament to generations of Stuart passion and flamboyance. 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. Our final visit is the sumptuous and privately owned Ardgowan House.