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Review: Glen Tarsan

Cruise - River Cruise

The Majestic Cruise

  • By SilverTraveller MacMcLay

    2 reviews

  • Jul 2012
  • Partner
  • Special occasion
  • Inside

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The Majestic line first came to our attention in a review in the Daily Mail or perhaps the Mail on Sunday, I don't remember which. We had been looking for something special to celebrate a 50th wedding aniversary and this seemed perfect.



The departure was special and a sign of what was ahead, we were piped of by a local bagpipe player and some unusual for this year, warm sunshine. As we cruised down the Clyde, the last remaining paddle wheel steamer (Waverly) passed us going the other way, a majestic sight. Our first night was spent moored up near the end of Loch Striven, a perfect setting for our first meal on board. The food was just marvelous, I won't go into detail just go and find out for yourselves. The water was calm and so sleep was not not disturbed and we awoke to the sound of the generator being turned on to allow the chef to make breakfast.



The second day we cruised to Rothesay where we disembarked for a visit to Mount Stuart House and gardens. We were lucky as the weather stayed fine and warm so we saw the house and gardens at their best. The house is amazing though perhaps not to everyone's taste. Whatever your taste you will find something of interest.



In the afternoon we cruised down the Kyles of Bute to Tighnabruaich, the scenary was just amazing. We went ashore at Tighnabruaich and a couple of use walked along a coastal track to Loch Riddon, a wonderful walk and a great way to prepare for the next feast. Again the mooring was very calm and the scenary so beautiful.



The next morning we left Loch Riddon and headed for Tarbert on Loch Fynne. Tarbert is pretty little fish port with the remains of a castle on the hill above. I enjoyed pottering arounf the fishing boats, watching the catch being unloaded whilst some of the group hit the shops or local bar! After a very satisfying lunch we cruised down Loch Fynne and back to moor at Otter Ferry where we managed a quick drink in the Oystercatcher, a lovely pub with wonderful views across the Loch with the setting sun. Back on board we were treated to another marvelous meal as the sun set on our last night aboard.



The next morning we were treated to another hearty breakfast and a short cruise to Portavadie for departure. We were met at the harbour by a minibus for the short ride back to Holy Loch to pick up our car. The ride back went through some marvelous scenary with wonderful views down the Kyles of Bute.



Summing up this is a marvelous cruise with greate scenary, wonderful food and friendly crew. My favourite activity was sitting on the bridge with the captain as the world passed by. The crew were so helpful and friendly with nothing too much trouble. If you enjoy food and scenary you must not miss out on this cruise, with a maximum of 11 guests it is a great experience and only a short distance from Glasgow. Just amazing, give it a go.

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  • ESW
    over 7 years ago
    This sounds a marvellous cruise through superb scenery.