Highlights of the Firth of Clyde
Monday 6th to Friday 10th March 2017
4 nights including 1 Gala Dinner
The relaxing ambience of Hebridean Princess allows us to enjoy the beauty of some of the lower Clyde islands on this cruise which encompasses history, heritage, a distillery and delightful walks ashore.
Sailing into mysterious Holy Loch our first visit is to Historic Kilmun and the Argyll Mausoleum. Built in 1790 the Argyll Mausoleum was constructed to house the remains of the Dukes and Earls of Argyll, Chiefs of the Clan Campbell and their families.
Travelling south we are welcomed to the privately owned Mount Stuart House, held by the Stuart family since the early 15th century.
The gardens at The National Trust for Scotland’s Brodick Castle date back to 1710 and offer a glimpse into another world and another time, whilst the country park provides waymarked routes that extend for up to a mile.
Returning to the mainland we discover the oldest independent family-owned distillery in Scotland – Springbank, where many of the ancient distilling methods are still applied in the distillery today.
Onwards to the privately owned island of Sanda, designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its importance to both migrating and breeding birds and which is home to the first bird observatory on the west coast of Scotland.
Our cruise concludes with a circumnavigation of the imposing island of Ailsa Craig, once quarried for its blue hone granite used in the making of curling stones, but now home to vast numbers of gannets and an increasing population of puffins.