I came across the most fantastic bargain, a day trip which includes sailing on five CalMac ferries. The price of £90 includes a car and four passengers. We departed from Ardrossan Ayrshire sailing to the lovely island of Arran. On the large ferry Caledonian Isles our American friends were delighted to have a full Scottish breakfast whilst enjoying the fantastic scenery.
On arrival in Brodick we visited the shops to buy the local produce tea, chocolate etc. We then drove to the north of the island to Lochranza.
We then sailed across the Kilbrannan Sound to the Kintyre Peninsula. There was a short drive on a single track road to the main road then onto Tarbert. We even managed a spot of fishing in Loch Fyne before catching our third ferry to Portavadie.
Portavadi was a hub of activity with the new marina, lodges and restaurants.
Whilst heading to Colintrive ferry terminal we were lucky to see the Waverly, the oldest sea-going paddle steamer in the World, when she called into Tighnabruiach.
Before reaching Colintrive the views over the Kyles of Bute were spectacular. From Colintrive the short sail over to the island of Bute was wonderful. It was tempting to stay onboard and go back and forth.
Rothesay, the only town on the island is steeped in rich history. A visit to the ancient castle in the centre of the town was a must. The fish suppers served from the award winning chippie were absolutely delicious.
The day was rounded of splendidly by another picturesque sail over to the mainland town of Wemyss Bay.
The tour was really seeing Scotland in Miniature. You can start the tour at any point and travel in any direction, and take as long as you like to complete it.
Our friends from overseas were thrilled with the whole day.
Has anybody else been on this mini tour?