Only 20 mins. by road from The Foresters House. Finlaystone is a small country estate, home of the current Chief of the MacMillan Clan. With its spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde, Finlaystone can reveal important insights into over eight centuries of Scotland's history and architecture. Scots as diverse as John Knox and Robert Burns have walked the grounds that are today attracting visitors from all over the world. If you are tracing your Scottish ancestors this is the place where you will receive expert advice.
Interested in Robert Burns the famous Scottish poet? Well this is the area for you. Greenock has many associations with Burns and is the home to the Mother Club which was formed in 1802. Robert Burns worked as an excise man in the Greenock Customs House which as been restored and open to the public. Alloway which is the birthplace of Burns and is home to the Burns Cottage, Monument and Gardens is only just over an hours drive down the coast road from The Foresters.
Mount Stuart House is the family home of the Stuarts of the Island of Bute and is one place not to be missed. Mount Stuart is a spectacular Victorian Gothic House and was the magnificent architectural fantasy of the 3rd Marquess of Bute. The house reflects, in its artistic, astrological and religious content, the diverse interest of the 3rd Marquess. The house is situated in 300 acres of designed landscape and 18th century woodlands. In order to fully enjoy the many aspects of the house and gardens you are advised to spend a full day visiting the house and the grounds. It takes less than one hour to reach Mount Stuart House from the Forester's House. The ferry for the island of Bute leaves from Wemyss Bay Station/ferry terminal which is less than 10 minutes from Inverkip. The Station at Wemyss Bay dates back to Victorian time and it is worth while spending a few minutes in it while passing through to board the ferry. The 20 minute crossing takes you across the Firth of Clyde to the beautiful island of Bute. The ferry terminal on the island is situated in the town of Rothesay. Our present Prince of Wales is also Duke of Rothesay and the ancient Castle of Rothesay is situated in the centre of the town. This is also worth a visit. Buses regularly leave from the ferry terminal to take visitors to Mount Stuart House. There is no problem for visitors wishing to take their own car on the ferry and making their own way to the house. I can assure you that this will be a day to remember.
Magnificent in its setting, splendid in its natural beauty, Kelburn Castle and Country Centre gives its many visitors of all ages a chance to experience history, beauty, mystery and adventure which is Kelburn's special kind of enchantment. Kelburn Castle is the family home of the Earl of Glasgow and dates from the 13th Century. It is still lived in by the present Earl and his family. The castle makes an impressive background to Kelburn's exotic gardens, famous trees and romantic Glen, long regarded as one of Scotland's most beautiful woodlands. A network of pathways and footbridges lead you upwards past waterfalls and deep gorges to spectacular views over the Firth of Clyde. Kelburn is situated on the South side of Largs which is a lovely coastal town only 10 minutes drive from the Foresters House.
Also in Largs is Vikingar which is the amazing multimedia experience that takes you from the first Viking raids in Scotland to their defeat in the Battle of Largs. With the help of the latest technology travel back in time - enter the Battlefield at Largs and experience the Viking adventure as history is brought to life.
When in Largs you should visit the internationally renowned Nardini's Cafe which is situated on the sea front. Nardini's is famous for its pastries and ice cream.
Often described as Scotland in miniature, and is easily accessible from The Foresters House. The ferry leaves from Ardrossan which is a 30 minute journey from the Foresters House. It is then best to park your car and go as a passenger. The journey takes less than one hour and during this time you will have lovely views of the Firth of Clyde. While on Arran it is worth visiting Brodick Castle. There are buses available at the ferry terminal to take you to the castle. The castle, now cared for by the National Trust for Scotland, was the formal seat of the Duke of Hamilton. Part of the castle dates back to the 13th Century and it contains fine rooms and many treasures including 16th century furniture and paintings. The woodland garden is famous for its world class rhodeodendron collection.
This is an extremely impressive and interesting castle. This was where President Eisenhower and Winston Churchill planned the D Day landings. A great day out.
Take a day out to Inverary. This can be done in a circular tour by taking the ferry to Dunoon only 10 minutes from the Foresters House. Journey to Inverary via the Holy Loch, Loch Eck and Loch Fyne. While in Inverary visit the beautiful fairy tale castle of Inverary home to the Chief of the Campbell clan. You can also go to Jail (prison) while in Inverary. The preserved jail, which won the European Museum of the Year Award, gives its visitors a chilling insight into how the penal system was run in ancient days. Step back into history and meet the warders, matrons and prisoners and discover what the day-to-day life in the jail was once like. Many of the poor souls who were unfortunate to end up in the jail were shipped off to Australia. Return to The Foresters via Loch Long and Loch Loch Lomond..
The Waverley is the last sea going paddle steamer in the world. It is based on the river Clyde and in the summer months she makes frequent cruises from Greenock and Largs. A unique day out.
Stirling is about one and a half hours drive from Inverkip. There you can visit Stirling Castle and the famous Wallace Monument which contains a dramatic historical portrayal using the latest technology, of the famous Scottish hero who was portrayed by Mel Gibson in the film Braveheart.
Glasgow with its wonderful shops, art galleries, museums, cathedrals etc. etc. is only a 45 minute train journey from Inverkip into the city centre.
Ancient capital of Scotland, is about one and half to two hours journey by car. Much better to take the train to Glasgow and then to Edinburgh. If you get your timing right you can be in Edinburgh from Inverkip in less than 2 hours giving you plenty of time to visit the Edinburgh landmarks.
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