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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Glorious Gardens of the West Coast

Experience Scotland's gardens in full bloom on this all-inclusive cruise along the west coast, with visits to remote Lip na Cloiche Garden, the walled garden at Ardmaddy Castle and Inverewe, the jewel in the crown of Highland gardens

No Fly Cruise
7 nights

Small Ship Holiday
  • Azaleas
  • Inverewe Gardens
  • Iona Abbey

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Join luxury small ship Hebridean Princess in Oban and discover some of Scotland’s most diverse gardens which feature plants from around the world in idyllic natural settings.

Wander through the woodland trails of the glorious Armadale Castle gardens then continue to the colourful Inverewe Garden on the picturesque shores of Loch Ewe, a real jewel in the crown of Highland Gardens. Discover the beauty of Attadale Gardens where magnificent sculptures are nestled in amongst the water gardens and woodland.

Sail past the Small Isles to explore the hidden gem of Lip na Cloiche Garden then experience the tranquillity of Iona Abbey before visiting Colonsay House Gardens which has been in the same family for over 100 years. Stroll through the walled garden of Ardmaddy and appreciate the array of unusual plants, relax in the peaceful atmosphere of Crarae and visit the plantsman’s paradise of Arduaine Garden.

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Glorious Gardens of the West Coast Itinerary

Day 1 - Oban (Scotland)

Embark Hebridean Princess in Oban.

Day 2 - Armadale

The beautiful gardens of Armadale Castle span over 40-acres, are sheltered by 200-year-old trees and attractively complement the Gothic mansion ruins. Later, cruise through Kyle Rhea and The Narrows.

Day 3 - Gairloch

Discover amazing species, wonderful botanicals and pre-historic trees in the award-winning Inverewe Gardens which are known as the jewel in the crown of Highland gardens.

Day 4 - Kyle of Lochalsh

Enjoy a visit to the colourful Attadale Gardens and admire the impressive sculptures dotted amongst the woodland then cruise past the Small Isles and the west coast of Mull.

Day 5 - Ulva Ferry - Iona

The garden at Lip na Cloiche boasts a wide range of unusual plants, shrubs and trees and is notable for its variety of old iron farm implements and striking pieces of driftwood which have been used to integrate the garden with the landscape. After exploring the Lip na Cloiche gardens, sail to the sacred island of Iona to discover the historic abbey church.

Day 6 - Colonsay - Ardmaddy

The gardens at Colonsay House have been in the Strathcona family for over 100 years; the enchanting landscape and serene woodlands are a joy to explore. Shielded by woodland, Ardmaddy Castle Gardens feature beautiful rhododendrons, azaleas and climbing plants.

Day 7 - Craobh Haven

Explore Crarae Garden, a peaceful haven of Himalayan plants and tumbling waterfalls, before heading to the 20-acre plantsman’s paradise of Arduaine Garden.

Day 8 - Oban

Disembark Hebridean Princess in Oban.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night all-inclusive cruise
  • Private coach transfers from the local airport or train station to and from the ship
  • All meals on board and ashore
  • Champagne, selected wines plus beer, spirits, soft drinks, tea, coffee and other hot drinks
  • Knowledgeable guides on board and on tours
  • Shore excursions as outlined in the itinerary
  • Use of the ship’s bicycles
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Port taxes
  • Gratuities

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel to and from the private coach transfer points
  • Wines from the Library Wines list
  • Private shore visits organised by request which are not part of the itinerary
  • Personal telephone calls
  • Items purchased from the shop on board
  • Personal laundry

Special Features

  • Guest speaker:
  • David R Mitchell has over 40 years' experience in Scottish Horticultre and was previously a curator at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, where he is now a Research Associate. He is also Chairman of Scotland's Garden Scheme and a Trustee of the National Trust for Scotland and Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
Map for Glorious Gardens of the West Coast