Voyage round Kintyre to Oban
7 nights including 2 Gala Dinners
Leaving the Clyde and heading north we take this last opportunity to enjoy the Clyde islands in spring as we make for our home port of Oban and our first visit of the year to some of the Hebridean islands.
Leaving Greenock a majestic cruise of Loch Long and Loch Goil allows us to admire the breathtaking scenery of this part of Argyll, ahead of stretching our legs at delightful Lochgoilhead.
A sail south takes us to the late 18th-century Ardgowan House and the remains of the 15th century Ardgowan Castle, before a tour of the Isle of Arran and the Machrie Moor Standing Stones.
From Troon, Dumfries House awaits. Saved by the intervention of The Duke of Rothesay in 2007, the house is one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes with an outstanding collection of 18th century furniture, including examples of Thomas Chippendale.
Boasting an impressive collection of rare rhododendrons, Achamore Gardens welcomes us, before a viewing of the ancient Ogham Stone and sailing to neighbouring Islay, home to the famous Laphroig Distillery. Here we learn of how one of the most distinctive single malts of the world is distilled, ahead of observing the Kildalton Cross.
Prior to exploring Kilmartin Glen and Museum, home to over 800 internationally significant historic sites and monuments dating back over 5,000 years, leisurely strolls can be enjoyed at picturesque Tayvallich and the famous Crinan Canal towpath.
With Oban almost upon us we venture ashore on the island of Kerrera, which stands guard over Oban harbour.