Puffer Steamboat Holiday on the West Coast of Scotland
A PARA HANDY HOLIDAY FOR YOU AMONG THE SCOTTISH ISLANDS Enjoy the nostalgia of genuine steamboat cruising and relive the romance of a generation gone whilst cruising on the West Coast of Scotland on the original steam-powered Clyde Puffer VIC 32.
We greet you at Crinan and may well suggest you enjoy our local woodland walk. However you are most welcome to stay on board and browse through our library. On Monday morning we steam silently away, out of the sea-loch and set off from Crinan for Tayvallich in Loch Sween, anchoring on the way in the Fairy Isles, swimming amongst the seals or exploring the area.
On Tuesday, having climbed Tor Mor for the view over the Sound of Jura, we may land on one of the MacCormaig Isles and on to Craighouse on Jura. On Wednesday we may continue on to Loch Melfort via distant views of the dreaded Corryvrecken whirlpool!
On Thursday we cruise to Ardmaddy Gardens or Arduaine and walk around the gardens, then on to Loch Craignish via Loch Shuna and the Dorus Mor. On Friday we return to Crinan, having stopped for lunch near Macaskin Island. You will be lucky if you see a pier on this cruise let alone civilization! So be prepared to brave the boat’s boarding ladder as we will be using the dinghy for access ashore.
This cruise is similar to Cruise F, we might if the weather is suitable go to COLONSAY by public transport, ( if available). This is a long day out so one does need some stamina. However it is well worth it. We leave the Puffer on the pier at Craighouse, Jura and taking a picnic lunch with us, we go by bus to Feolin where we board the little ferry to Port Askaig, Islay. From there we scramble up the gangplank of the enormous Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to Colonsay (approx 1 hour ).A bus tour of the Island is a possibility although you can spend the day walking and exploring this magical isle.
The beach at Kiloran is pure beauty and Colonsay House gardens are well worthwhile. We return to the Puffer the same way. The cost of the transport this day will be added to your ‘bar bill’ at the end of the week and invoiced to you accordingly. It will be approximately £25.00.
Or we might if the weather is suitable anchor in Seil Sound and dinghy ashore to walk 2 miles across Seil Island to Easdale where we take the little ferry to Easdale Island. Picnic lunch amongst the ancient slate quarries and return to the Puffer. We have recently discovered the delights of Ardmaddy garden and will try to visit here if the schedule on either Cruise F or G allows.
From £1645 per adult
August — September
Tour company information
Puffer Steamboat Holidays Ltd
Enjoy the nostalgia of genuine steamboat cruising whilst exploring the Scottish coastline and canals. Our five-day cruises include the Clyde, Crinan Canal, Caledonian Canal and the wonderful West Coast of Scotland.
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