Holy Loch Port
|Location: 55° 59’ N 004° 56’ W|
|No. of Berths: 1|
|Berth details:||Max L.O.A. 90m (120m by 2012)|
|Anchorage Position:||55° 59.51’ N 004° 56.31’ W|
|Distance to Landing Stage: 0.1 NM|
|Tidal range/movement: 3.4m|
|Pilotage: No compulsory pilotage|
|Town centre: 3 km|
|Shuttle to town: Available on request|
|Nearest airport: Glasgow Airport, 105km|
Managing Director, Holy Loch Port Ltd, Rankins Bay, Sandbank, Dunoon, PA23 8FE
T: +44 (0)1369 700810 F: +44(0)1369 700810
Unlike other Clyde ports, Holy Loch Port gives you the opportunity to enjoy some of the best scenery in Scotland before you even leave the ship. Holy Loch is one of the Clyde's finest natural harbours. Its deep anchorage allows immediate entry into lovely Argyll and the ideal starting point for a variety of fascinating and enjoyable full and half day shore excursions.
As "Marine Gateway to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park" where seascape meets landscape, Holy Loch Port is within a short distance of lochs, castles, mountains and picturesque villages. Beyond the Cowal Peninsula, the array of stunning scenery and historical heritage unfolds - west to the beautiful Isle of Bute, the picturesque village of Inveraray and the port of Oban, "Gateway to the Isles", north to the majestic mountain and loch scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and east to the historic city of Stirling and the fashion, cultural and architectural centre that is Glasgow, Scotland's largest city.
Holy Loch Port is one of the most spectacular and picturesque locations in the United Kingdom.
The following is a list of popular excursions that are available.
It should be noted that these details are not definitive but are intended to demonstrate the range of excursions and activities available to cruise passengers visiting Holy Loch Port as part of a cruise. Please note that, in many cases and with prior arrangement, half day tours can be combined to create full day itineraries
Shore excursions are normally pre-booked onboard via the cruise line concerned. Cruise Scotland cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of this information and all details and tour descriptions should be checked with the cruise line concerned.
HALF DAY Benmore Botanic Gardens
Benmore Botanic Gardens, with its magnificent mountainside setting, is a joy to behold. Its 140 acres - entered via the spectacular Giant Redwood Avenue - boast a famous collection of flowering trees and shrubs, including over 300 species of Rhododendron. Trails throughout the garden lead to the beautiful Formal Garden, hillside woodlands and a dramatic 450 feet viewpoint overlooking the mountains and Holy Loch. You can also enjoy the cafe, shop and exhibitions in the Courtyard Gallery.
1 HOUR, FULL OR HALF DAY Glasgow Sea Safari
Glasgow Sea Safari offers unforgettable marine adventures and wildlife tours amongst the beautiful islands of the lower Clyde. On board the 12 seat rigid inflatable boats, clients will enjoy frequent sightings of seals, oyster catchers, gannets, cormorants and occasionally porpoise, dolphins and whales. You can book a variety of group days which can include meals, helicopters, golf, clay shooting and quad biking.
1 HOUR, FULL OR HALF DAY Quad Mania
Quadmania offers a great outdoor experience. Within a 2,000 acre estate, you can enjoy quad biking, archery, clay shooting or a team challenge course. Adults of any age and ability and children from age 8 can spend an hour or more on one sport or try multi-activity packages.
FULL DAY Mount Stuart House
Mount Stuart House, Britain's most spectacular Victorian Gothic house, is the architectural fantasy of the third Marquess of Bute. Situated on the Isle of Bute, the house and grounds are open daily, spring and summer, giving visitors the opportunity to explore at their own pace or to take a guided tour. Over 300 acres of gardens, pasture and woodland unroll towards the unspoiled coastline.
1 HOUR Chainsaw Craft
Near Dunoon, Chainsaw Craft's Andy Maclachlan has, for 20 years, created sculptures inspired mainly by local wildlife. Visitors can browse the carvings on display, whilst watching Andy use only a chainsaw to carve sculptures from locally grown timber. Most works are bought as garden or patio features and many are commissioned for public spaces and often appear all over the world.
FULL DAY Inverary Castle
Inveraray Castle was built for the 5th Duke of Argyll in 1789 from an initial drawing by Sir John Vanbrugh and developed by Roger Morris and William Adam. The colourful gardens, park and woodland, featuring spectacular rhododendrons, azaleas and conifers, offer a selection of walks with glimpses of local wildlife and beautiful scenic views. Fieldsports are also available and a gift shop and tearoom complete the Inveraray Castle experience.