Clyde Island Explorer
5 nights including 1 Gala Dinner
Join the excitement and thrill of the first cruise of the season as Hebridean Princess takes us to some of the finest houses on the Clyde as well as Britain’s smallest cathedral and a mountainside botanic garden.
Sailing from Greenock we head to the Isle of Bute where Mount Stuart stands testament to generations of Stuart passion and flamboyance. As we explore this wondrous gothic structure and its labyrinth of gardens, we learn of how this neo-gothic mansion was one of the most technologically advanced houses of its age.
The delightful island of Great Cumbrae is home to Britain’s smallest cathedral, The Cathedral of the Isles, with its vivid tiles and stained glass. Before a leisurely walk on neighbouring Little Cumbrae, the sumptuous and privately owned Ardgowan House awaits our arrival. The Ardgowan estate has been held by the Stewart family since the early 15th century and the present house dates to 1797.
The tiny Holy Isle allows us to take a stroll ashore, ahead of a tour of the Isle of Arran. Affectionately known as ‘Scotland in miniature’, this vibrant island is considered to possess the great qualities of Scotland.
With its magnificent mountainside setting, Benmore Botanic Garden boasts a world-famous collection of plants. Established in 1863, we are welcomed by an impressive avenue of giant redwoods which now stand over 50 metres high.
Our final afternoon is spent cruising the Upper Clyde and learning of how this mighty river was once so significant for industry and trade.