The Firth of Clyde to the Firth of Lorn
7 nights including 2 Gala Dinners
As we say a fond farewell to the Clyde and head for our home port of Oban, we explore the Kintyre peninsula and the picturesque lochs and pretty fishing villages in the Heart of Argyll.
Before navigating Loch Striven and the Kyles of Bute, we venture ashore at Benmore Botanic Garden to witness one of the world's finest collections of rhododendrons.
Sitting on the shores of Loch Fyne, Portavadie is wild and remote, and here we explore on foot the surrounding area which abounds with beautiful hills, glens, ancient forests, a rugged coastline and white sandy beaches.
On the Kintyre peninsula, our next port of call is the village of Tarbert with panoramic views from Robert the Bruce’s 14th century ruined castle, before we head to the island known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’. Arran is home to only one working distillery and here we learn the art of whisky making and taste a wee dram.
From Campbeltown, we travel to Saddell Abbey with its remarkable collection of medieval grave slabs. Our final port of call on the Clyde is the privately owned Sanda Island where we stretch our legs before rounding the Mull of Kintyre, on passage to Achamore Gardens on the Isle of Gigha.
After exploring the scenic village of Tayvallich, we enjoy a gentle stroll or cycle ride along the towpath of the Crinan Canal. Finally, Kilmartin Glen beckons. Here we discover some of the 800 ancient monuments and reveal the rich archaeological legacy for which the area is famous.