There is the rare opportunity to take part in a historic tour of Ardgowan House, castle and gardens is a privately owned late 18th-century mansion near Inverkip.

The Ardgowan Estate has been held by the Stewart family since the early 15th century, and towards the end of that century their tower house Ardgowan Castle was built within the site of the previous Inverkip Castle fortress.

The present house was erected in 1797 and completed in 1801 from designs by Cairncross. It is the seat of the Shaw Stewart baronets, currently Sir Ludovic Houston Shaw Stewart, 12th Baronet of Greenock and Blackhall.

There is now the opportunity for a curated tour and traditional high tea of light refreshments and home baking. 

The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland state on their website: "Ardgowan Estate has been in the same family for over 600 years and has a colourful history.

"It evolved from a solitary watchtower to a country estate; there have been battles, witch hunts and wartime bombings, and encounters with Robert the Bruce, Napoleon and Florence Nightingale."

The event takes place on Saturday, June 8 as part of the Kip Festival, and is being run in conjunction with the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland

For bookings, go here.