Hidden Heritage of South Argyll
6-night cruise departing Holy Loch September 29th 2012. Book now for an amazing 30% discount, which is a massive saving of £549 per person!
There are many historic hidden gems dotted around the Islands of Bute, Cumbrae and Arran as well as the beautiful sea lochs of South Argyll. The quickest and best way to visit this amazing coastline is by boat and there is no more evocative way to approaching these cultural icons than from the sea. This cruise is perfect for a complete escape to explore these historic places in their idyllic settings. The scenery is magical, wildlife is abundant and onboard you will enjoy excellent Scottish Hospitality and personal attention with meals focussing on local speciality produce. Typical highlights of this cruise are:
Typical stopovers and anchorages
Island of Bute
• The amazing Mount Stuart House and Gardens
• Rothesay Castle, dating from the 13th century described as one of the most remarkable in Scotland. A visit to the Bute Museum is a possibility with one of the best collections of local archaeology to be found in the UK
• Ascog Hall Victorian Gardens and Fernery
• St Blane's Chapel: the remains of this chapel dating from the 12th century. Nearby are the foundations of a monastery founded by Saint Blane in the 6th century. This is an incredibly peaceful spot, looking over the sea to the hills of Arran.
Island of Cumbrae
• The Cathedral of the Isles is the most delightful building and the smallest Cathedral in Europe.
Kyles of Bute
• The Kyles of Bute is one of the most scenic stretches of water in Europe, and very sheltered. We cruise through the "Burnt Islands" so named as legend has it that the defeated King Haakon of Norway cremated the Viking dead there after the battle of Largs in 1263, bringing Norse rule of Scotland to an end.
Island of Arran
• We visit the spectacular eastern coast of Arran with the opportunity to visit Lochranza, Brodick and Lamlash, each with its own history and castle.
Like all Majestic Line cruises, the actual itinerary and stopovers will depend on tides and local weather conditions; every cruise is different and a bit of an adventure. There is such a lot of choice you will not be disappointed; the Skipper consults the guests each day and tries to include any strong preferences.