Historic Castles and Glorious Gardens
7 nights including 2 Gala Dinners
The rich history of this deeply rooted region is unwrapped with this seven night cruise of stunning ancient castles and breathtaking, early summer gardens carried out in true Hebridean Princess style.
Arduaine Garden allows us to explore 20 acres of outstanding woodland plants under a canopy of Japanese larch, before exploring Colonsay House Gardens, considered to be one of the finest rhododendron gardens in Scotland.
We learn the history of Christianity at the restored Benedictine abbey on Iona, ahead of a visit to the densely planted Lip na Cloiche Garden, with stunning views of Loch Tuath and the Isle of Ulva.
Following a cruise of the Small Isles, Loch Dunvegan is where we enjoy the delights of the 5 acres of formal castle gardens, and as we admire the work of Osgood MacKenzie at Inverewe Garden we compare the feel of Attadale Gardens, with its waterfall and sunken fernery.
Onwards to the Isle of Rum and the Edwardian folly that is Kinloch Castle, built in 1901 by Lancaster industrialist George Bullough. We relive MacDonald clan history at Armadale Castle where the 40 acre gardens attractively balance the Gothic mansion ruins.
Ardtornish Estate spreads out around Loch Aline and is set against a backdrop of heather glens, babbling rivers and stunning shorelines. Here we discover the garden which has been sculpted out of a rocky hillside and boasts extensive views to the hills of Mull. We conclude our voyage with a Champagne reception at Duart Castle, hosted by the Chieftain of Clan MacLean, Sir Lachlan MacLean.