Cruises 2018


Below is a list of the week long cruises that we are offering during 2018. For a list of dates and to make a booking please see  our Booking a Cruise page.

Cruise A:

On arrival at Crinan, having welcomed you to the boat, we might suggest a woodland walk to blow the journey’s cobwebs away. On Monday morning we venture through the lovely Crinan Canal built over 200 years ago by John Rennie- prepare those lock – gate pushing muscles!

On Tuesday we depart from Ardrishaig and head up Loch Fyne, famed for its kippers and beauty to anchor off Crarae gardens and for those intrepid enough to enjoy a dinghy trip ashore, walk around amongst rhododendrons and azaleas. On to admire Lachlan Castle and on again to Tarbert, a busy fishing village full of life.

Having spent the night at the pier, we continue on Wednesday morning to Lochranza on the Island of Arran. We anchor in the bay close to a seal colony and bicycles may be hired in the village.

On Thursday we steam to Millport on the Island of Great Cumbrae, famed for its chocolate shop and bicycling around the island. During lunch we continue to Rothesay, on the Island of Bute and in the afternoon you might visit Mountstuart  House or just potter around this Glaswegian holiday resort with a Victorian atmosphere and 1098 Castle.

On Friday we return to Ardrishaig via a brief look in at Loch Riddon and Tighnabruiach.

Cruise B

The itinerary is partially the same as Cruise A but we do not make a passage through the Crinan canal and have an extra day in the area. The cruise starts in Ardrishaig and ends at Plantation Quay in Glasgow. We may include Dunoon, Helensburgh (Hill House) and the James Watt Dock at Greenock, the submarine base at Faslane on the Gareloch, Carrick Castle in Loch Goil and of course a fascinating trip up the River Clyde to Glasgow.

We suggest transport back to your vehicle in Ardrishaig in the form of a taxi to Buchanan Street Bus Station (10 mins) and a West Coast Motors (or City-Link) bus (2½ hrs.)

The Puffer at Millport

The Puffer at Millport

Cruise C

The itinerary is the same as Cruise B but starts at Yorkhill Quay, Glasgow which is the pontoon immediately up-river from the ‘Glenlee’ Tall Ship beside the Riverside Museum and finishes at Ardrishaig. We suggest, if you are driving and not using public transport, you drive your car to Ardrishaig and leave it there during your holiday with us. You then take the bus from Ardrishaig to Glasgow and a taxi to Yorkhill Quay and join us on the Sunday afternoon.

Cruise D

This is a new cruise in the Loch Fyne and Clyde area starting and finishing at Ardrishaig, a small harbour at the eastern end of the Crinan Canal. Walk its colourful banks on your arrival.  We may visit any or all of the following places during the cruise according to the Skipper’s whim and fancy: Tarbert, Lochranza, Millport, Largs, Rothesay, Dunoon, Blairmore, Carrick Castle in Loch Goil, the Holy Loch, the Gareloch including passing the submarine base at Faslane, Helensburgh, Greenoch, Tighnabruaich, Loch Riddon and viewing the Maids of Bute.

Leaving Tarbert

Leaving Tarbert

Cruise E

The itinerary is the same as Cruise A but is reversed. The cruise starts at Ardrishaig and ends at Crinan.

Cruise F

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.

Passing the Isle of Luing

Passing the Isle of Luing

Cruise G

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.

Cruise H

We welcome you on board at Corpach, Fort William. On Monday morning we steam off out of the sea lock and explore Loch Linnie up to the Corran Narrows and Loch Eil, where the Puffer worked during the war. We return in the afternoon into the Caledonian Canal which was built by Thomas Telford in 1822. On Tuesday we climb Neptune’s Staircase, make our way to Gaerlochy and walk up to Loch Arkaig on the Achnacarry estate, perhaps visiting the Cameron Museum.

On Wednesday we continue along the canal, anchoring in quiet leafy Loch Oich by Invergarry Castle and walk around the estate. On to Fort Augustus and its Benedictine Abbey, via Cullochy and Kytra locks when the intrepid may wish to walk along the towpath, following the boat and picking wild fungi, blackberries and nuts.

On Thursday morning we set off early and travel to Foyers on Loch Ness for a quick walk up to the waterfall, then on to Inverness in time for shopping and perhaps an evening visit to the Eden Court theatre or cinema. We have developed a little extra itinerary by taking taxis to either Cawdor or Brodie Castles via the ancient Klava Cairns. On Friday we hope to leave the canal at Clachnaharry sea-lock and travel under the Black Isle bridge, down the Firth to Chanonry Point opposite Fort George and puff amongst dolphins and porpoises.

We return to Muirtown Canal Basin, Inverness and if travelling by car, we provide free mini-bus transport back to your vehicle.

 

Cruise I

The itinerary are the same as Cruise H, although the return transport arrangements  arereversed. You join at Muirtown Canal Basin, Inverness and the journey ends at Corpach, Fort William.