Arran © Argyll Cruising

Historic Villages & Gardens Cruise

From £1595 per adult

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April — October

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Cruise around Villages and Gardens of South Argyll where the coastline and climate results in some of the best gardens in the UK alongside fascinating, traditional communities.

6-night | Villages and Gardens of South Argyll
Day 1

Join Splendour in the Holy Loch Marina at 1600hrs. Enjoy a short cruise up Loch Long and into Loch Goil, watching out for porpoises and seals. Anchor off Carrick Castle for dinner and a peaceful nights sleep.

Day 2

Travel south to the Island of Bute for an unforgettable visit to Mount Stuart House and Gardens, ancestral home to the Marquis of Bute. Relax on deck as Splendour cruises up the Kyles of Bute to her overnight anchorage in Loch Riddon.

Day 3

Walk part of the Cowal Way into the idyllic village of Tighnabruaich with stunning views over the Kyles of Bute to the islands beyond. Cruise round Ardlamont Point admiring views of Arran to the south and onto the historic fishing village of Tarbert for art galleries, Bruce’s Castle and the fishing quay. Cruise up Loch Fyne to anchor in the north bay at Stonefield Castle Hotel for a peaceful evening and overnight.

Day 4

Go ashore to walk the gardens and grounds of Stonefield. Cruise up beautiful Loch Fyne to Carae where the gardens will transport you to a Himalayan mountain gorge packed with Rhododendron and Azaleas on the banks of the cascading Carae burn. Overnight at Otter Ferry watching porpoises hunting for their dinne

Day 5

South to Brodick on the island of Arran for a visit to Brodick Castle and Gardens or the wonderful museum of country life. On the way back to the jetty look out for the chocolate factory. Cruise to the overnight anchorage between Lamlash and Holy Isle.

Day 6

Cruise round the Holy Isle home of Samye Ling buddhists, spotting feral ponies, goats and sheep. Head north to Millport on the island of Great Cumbrae with its grey seal colony, cathedral of the isles and homemade Italian ice-cream, overnight in the bay.

Day 7

A final cruise up the famous Firth of Clyde to the Holy Loch Marina for disembarkation at 1100hrs.

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Argyll Cruising
Holy Loch Marina
PA23 8FE

Key facilities

Parking Parking
Bespoke Private Small Group (1-16)
Castles Family Food and drink Island Hopping Landscapes Outdoor Activities Photography Walking/Hiking Whisky Wildlife

Tour prices


  • £1595 Per Adult
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Prices are subject to change depending on season


Tour company information

Argyll Cruising

Cruise Scotland in style. With a maximum of 8 guests, we guarantee a personalised service. Offering 3, 6, 10 and 13-night cruise itineraries we explore Argyll, Mull, The Hebrides and beyond. Meals aboard Splendour are a highlight of all our cruises, using fresh local produce. Seafood from Loch Fyne, Gin from Campbelton even toiletries provided are from the Island of Arran. All within our cruising grounds. Your knowledgeable crew are local too, discover hidden gems not listed on the typical tourist trail. All cabins aboard Splendour boast private ensuite facilities.

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