Dunoon, Isle of Bute and Waverley Paddle Steamer

Join us on an exploration of Scotland's west coast from our lovely base in Dunoon. Discover the Isle of Bute with visits to charming Rothesay, Inveraray, and the fairytale castle, which is still the home to the Duke of Argyll. The highlight of our tour is a cruise on the last seaborn paddle steamer in the world, Waverley Paddle Steamer. A testament to a bygone era, experience the authentic charm of a real steamship as you cruise and enjoy the Scottish landscapes.

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Single Room Supplement from £109pp

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Your Tour Includes

  • 5 nights hotel with Scottish breakfast and 5 evening meals and 2 overnights stays in northern England with breakfast and evening meals (8-day break)
  • 4 nights hotel with Scottish breakfast and 4 evening meals (5-day break)
  • Local joining points
  • Porterage at the hotel

Itinerary

Please choose your preferred 5 or 8 day itinerary

Local departure by coach or Home Connect Service, before continuing to Scotland and your hotel for four nights.

Included Meals

  • Dinner

After breakfast, we set off for our journey to the Isle of Bute. Enjoy the scenery as we drive to Colintraive, the short crossing point over to the island.

This compact island is just 15 miles long and 5 miles wide, From the lush, fertile and rolling hills of the island's heart to the craggy, heather-covered moorlands of the north and the delightful sandy beaches around the coastline, the landscapes are extraordinarily varied. We will stop in Rothesay to give you free time to explore. Why not take the open top bus tour on the main sights, visit Bute museum, or just enjoy a stroll around the shops? For the gin lovers, you can take the opportunity to visit the Isle of Bute Distillery, famous for its Oyster Gin! We then head back to Dunoon.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Isle of Bute

Today is the highlight of our tour: a cruise on the Waverley Paddle Steamer. The world’s last seagoing paddle steamer, Waverley’s maiden voyage was on June 16, 1947 and saw her operate the route she was primarily intended – the cruise up Loch Long and Loch Goil to the villages of Lochgoilhead and Arrochar.

With almost 80 years of history, Waverley is not just a ship but a living testament to a bygone era. It showcases a magnificent triple expansion steam engine that will leave you in awe! Experience the authentic charm of a real steamship as you hear the telegraph ring, witness the engine’s graceful motion, and sense the gentle aroma of hot oil and steam. You can even watch the paddles turning through the portholes!

During your cruise, indulge in a hot or cold snack, afternoon tea and cake, a hearty meal in the Dining Saloon, or relax in one of the comfortable lounges.

Please note: The itinerary and duration of the cruise will be determined by the 2025 sailing schedule. Departure is usually from Dunoon but may be from another port depending on schedule. We reserve the right to also change the day of this excursion to best fit with the schedule. On boarding the ship if it is low tide can result in steep gangways and can be more challenging for those with mobility difficulties.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Waverley Paddle Steamer

After breakfast today, we will take a scenic drive along the shore of Loch Eck to Inveraray. Established in 1745 by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, head of the powerful Clan Campbell, Inveraray is located on the still waters of Loch Fyne.

The masterpiece of the town is the fairy tale-style Inveraray Castle. One of the earliest examples of Gothic Revival architecture, this picturesque fantasy castle, with its towering stone pillars, beautiful Gothic windows, and romantic gardens, is a must-see. Entrance is included to the castle and gardens for you to explore at your own pace. There is a lovely tea room which serves various locally sourced products including best of Mull cheddars and Arran ice creams.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Inveraray Castle
  • Inveraray

After breakfast, we start the journey to return home.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast

Local departure by coach or Home Connect Service, before continuing to our comfortable overnight hotel in northern England.

Included Meals

  • Dinner

Continue to Scotland and your hotel in Dunoon for five nights.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

After breakfast today, we will take a scenic drive along the shore of Loch Eck to Inveraray. Established in 1745 by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, head of the powerful Clan Campbell, Inveraray is located on the still waters of Loch Fyne.

The masterpiece of the town is the fairy tale-style Inveraray Castle. One of the earliest examples of Gothic Revival architecture, this picturesque fantasy castle, with its towering stone pillars, beautiful Gothic windows, and romantic gardens, is a must-see. Entrance is included to the castle and gardens for you to explore at your own pace. There is a lovely tea room which serves various locally sourced products including best of Mull cheddars and Arran ice creams.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Inveraray Castle
  • Inveraray

After breakfast we set off for our journey to the Isle of Bute today. Enjoy the scenery as we drive to Colintraive which is the short crossing point over to the island.

This compact island is just 15 miles long and 5 miles wide, From the lush, fertile and rolling hills of the island's heart to the craggy, heather-covered moorlands of the north and the delightful sandy beaches around the coastline, the landscapes are extraordinarily varied. We will stop in Rothesay to give you free time to explore. Why not take the open top bus tour on the main sights, visit Bute museum, or just enjoy a stroll around the shops? For the gin lovers, you can take the opportunity to visit the Isle of Bute Distillery, famous for its Oyster Gin! We then head back to Dunoon.

We then head back to Dunoon.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Isle of Bute

Relax in the hotel and explore Dunoon at your leisure today.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today is the highlight of our tour: a cruise on the Waverley Paddle Steamer. The world’s last seagoing paddle steamer, Waverley’s maiden voyage was on June 16, 1947 and saw her operate the route she was primarily intended – the cruise up Loch Long and Loch Goil to the villages of Lochgoilhead and Arrochar.

With almost 80 years of history, Waverley is not just a ship but a living testament to a bygone era. It showcases a magnificent triple expansion steam engine that will leave you in awe! Experience the authentic charm of a real steamship as you hear the telegraph ring, witness the engine’s graceful motion, and sense the gentle aroma of hot oil and steam. You can even watch the paddles turning through the portholes!

During your cruise, indulge in a hot or cold snack, afternoon tea and cake, a hearty meal in the Dining Saloon, or relax in one of the comfortable lounges.

Please note: The itinerary and duration of the cruise will be determined by the 2025 sailing schedule. Departure is usually from Dunoon but may be from another port depending on schedule. We reserve the right to also change the day of this excursion to best fit with the schedule. On boarding the ship if it is low tide can result in steep gangways and can be more challenging for those with mobility difficulties.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Waverley Paddle Steamer

We make out way back south and onto our overnight hotel in north England.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Return home.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast

Accommodation

If travelling from the North of England, you will stay for four nights at the 3-star Argyll Hotel in Dunoon.

If travelling from the South of England, you will stay for five nights at the 3-star Esplanade Hotel in Dunoon. You will also have comfortable overnight stays outbound and inbound in the North of England.

Argyll Hotel

Argyll Hotel

Overlooking the River Clyde, the Argyll Hotel in Dunoon is set within a 19th-century building, offering warm, en-suite rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee-making facilities. Here, guests can enjoy diverse dining from two of Dunoon’s finest Scottish and Italian restaurants.

Location: 56 Argyll Street, , Dunoon, PA23 7NE

Hotel Facilities

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General
  • 3 Star
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
Room
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • Free Wifi
Service
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
Hotel
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available
Esplanade Hotel Dunoon

Esplanade Hotel Dunoon

The Esplanade Hotel is situated on the West Bay Promenade of Dunoon. Perfect for those who like to escape from the hustle and bustle, the Esplanade Hotel is the ideal location to relax & unwind with the beach right outside the hotel. Rooms are traditionally furnished and have a desk and a flat-screen TV, private bathroom fitted with a bath/shower, hairdryer, WiFi and some selected rooms also offer a sea view. The hotel also offers a bar, restaurant and lounge area.

Location: Esplanade Hotel, Victoria Parade, Dunoon ,

Hotel Facilities

Need further information? Fill in our enquiry form and we'll get back to you as soon as we can

General
  • 3 Star
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
Room
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower or Bath
  • Telephone
  • Free Wifi
Hotel
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

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