Waterways of Scotland
Welcome aboard this tour featuring some of the most scenic waterways of Scotland. Sail to the pretty Isle of Bute for an included visit to Mount Stuart. Also included is a sailing to Dunoon for a garden visit and scenic excursion together with a ride on the fantastic Falkirk Wheel. On selected dates in July, this tour can be tailored to include a trip on the last seafaring paddle steamer in the world – contact us for details. Tours are based on Sunday or Monday departures.
Isle of Bute • Mount Stuart • Falkirk Wheel • Benmore Botanic Gardens • Forth Belle Boat trip
Day 1 Travel to the hotel on the banks of the River Clyde.
Day 2 Full day excursion to the Isle of Bute sailing from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay. Take a scenic tour of the island with a stop at Mount Stuart, an outstanding and flamboyant Victorian, Gothic style mansion with beautiful gardens within a 300 acre estate. Continue around the island allowing time for photo stops at the stunning bays of Scalpsie and Ettrick.
Day 3 Take the morning sailing across the Clyde to Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula. Visit Benmore Botanic Garden dramatically set in the mountains of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Highlights include the great Redwood Avenue, the Formal Garden and the Chilean Rainforest Glade. Continue via Loch Eck and Loch Fyne to the shores of Loch Lomond. A loch cruise can also be added if required.
Day 4 Travel to Falkirk this morning for a fascinating ride on the Falkirk Wheel. Built to commemorate the Millennium and as a link between the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal which lies 35 metres above. After the boat ride, learn about the project at the visitor centre. Continue to South Queensferry and board the Forth Belle for a sightseeing cruise on the Firth of Forth. Enjoy unrivalled views of Inchcolm Island with its historic abbey and both of the Forth bridges whilst listening to the guided commentary.
Day 5 Homeward journey.
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Gleddoch House Hotel, Langbank
Originally the home of the shipping Baron, Sir William Lithgow, the hotel is situated on the banks of the Clyde Estuary with splendid views of the Renfrewshire hills. With extensive refurbishment in recent years, the hotel offers modern accommodation of a high standard.
• 4 star • 70 bedrooms
• No lift but some ground floor rooms
• Leisure and spa facilities
• Indoor swimming pool
• Coach parking
Your tour includes:
• 4 nights half board in Langbank with:
Full Scottish breakfast
3 course dinner with choice and tea/coffee
• Return ferry crossings to Bute
• Admission to Mount Stuart
• Single ferry crossing to Dunoon
• Admission to Benmore Garden
• Ride on the Falkirk Wheel
• Cruise on the Firth of Forth
While we offer a very wide range of destinations it is impossible to feature everything here. If you cannot see what you are looking for please contact us to discuss your requirements.