Monday, 23 November 2015

Islands of the Clyde

Monday 7th Mar to Friday 11th Mar 2016 - 4 night cruise

The elegance of Hebridean Princess allows us to sample the beauty of the Clyde islands in comfort with this wonderful four night itinerary that takes us to Britain’s smallest cathedral and a privately owned island, designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Steaming from Greenock we sail towards Britain’s smallest cathedral on the delightful island of Great Cumbrae. The cathedral was commissioned by the 6th Earl of Glasgow, George Boyle, designed by William Butterfield and completed in 1848. Arran is the largest of the Clyde islands and plays host to our next port of call where we enjoy a tour of this once popular island retreat.

Onwards to the privately owned Sanda Island, designated as 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.

An afternoon sail allows us to circumnavigate 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.

Cruising to Bute we take a tour of this island of distinctly contrasting landscapes ahead of our last visit to Rothesay Castle, previously described as one of the most imposing castles in Scotland owing to its long standing history and unusual circular design.