Lord of the Glens - 6 days (Highlands and Islands)
The Lord of the Glens has proved enormously popular, with its winning combination of comfortable cruising and breathtaking scenery. Sailing at a relaxed pace, with every aspect of your holiday already taken care of – can you think of a better way to take in all this glorious corner of the world has to offer?
We begin at Inverness at the northern end of the canal and cruise Loch Ness to Fort Augustus. The vessel is then lifted by a series of six inter-connected locks that leads to peaceful Loch Oich and onwards to Banavie in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Here we see Thomas Telford’s engineering masterpiece Neptune’s Staircase, a series of eight interconnected locks that takes vessels back to sea-level near Fort William. We then sail out into the sea and cruise south on Loch Linnhe, the long fjord-like loch that leads down towards Mull and Oban, where the voyage concludes. In between our cruising, there is also a full programme of shore excursions including a train journey and visit to the Glenfinnan Monument and visits to Duart Castle and Tobermory.
The MV Lord of the Glens has 27 beautifully appointed and well-equipped state cabins, all with windows and en-suite facilities. The ‘Robert Louis Stevenson’ restaurant presents cuisine using local and freshly sourced produce whilst the ‘Sir Walter Scott’ bar and lounge on the upper deck provides for magnificent all-around panoramic views of the Highland scene. With all meals and excursions included this cruise offers excellent value for money, a spring or autumn treat to be savoured.
We meet in Inverness, where we embark the MV Lord of the Glens. In the evening the Captain will host a reception before dinner and we moor for the night here in Kyle.
This morning we depart on a cruise that takes us the length of Loch Ness. This most famous of Scottish lochs is 23 miles long, a mile wide and up to 600ft deep, which is a lot of water in which to hide if you are a monster! Whether ‘Nessie’ is a relic from the age of dinosaurs or just a carefully cultivated myth remains to be seen, but keep a careful look out just in case! On the way we pass by the ruins of Castle Urquhart, which provides the perfect photo opportunity.
This afternoon you are free to explore Fort Augustus, before dinner is served on the ship. We moor overnight in Fort Augustus.
We ascend the series of six inter-connected locks that runs through the centre of Fort Augustus and sail through various man-made sections of the Caledonian Canal. We continue through peaceful Loch Oich and Loch Lochy to Banavie. In the afternoon we board a train service along the shores of Loch Eil and across the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct for a visit to the Glenfinnan Monument. In a dramatic setting at the head of Loch Shiel, the monument was built in 1815 to commemorate the Jacobites who fought and fell during the 1745 uprising.
We moor for the night at Banavie, with dinner served on board.
Following breakfast, we negotiate Neptune’s Staircase, an impressive series of eight inter-connected locks that lowers vessels step-by-step to sea level at Corpach, close to Fort William. We leave the Caledonian Canal and enter Loch Linnhe. This long sea-loch, scooped out by glaciers during the last ice ages, extends south-west from Fort William through the narrows at Corran and on past the low and fertile island of Lismore to the Firth of Lorne. This afternoon you are free to explore Tobermory, the principal town on Mull whose multi-coloured buildings ringing the harbour will be familiar to many. We moor overnight in Tobermory.
Enjoy your breakfast as we sail to Craignure. On arrival we leave the ship for a visit to Duart Castle, the 13th century home of the Chief of Clan MacLean. We can explore the dungeons, the state rooms and appreciate the strategic position of the castle from the top of the keep. After lunch, we sail down the Sound of Mull and across the Firth of Lorne to the bustling port of Oban, whose distinctive skyline is dominated by the Coliseum-like McCaig’s Folly. This afternoon there will be a walking tour including the whisky distillery and McCaig’s Folly. In the evening we join the Captain once again for our farewell reception and dinner.
Following breakfast we disembark. A coach transfer is provided back to Inverness Bus Station or Inverness Airport. Alternatively you may return home independently.
- Full board in a lower deck twin cabin
- Return coach transfers between Inverness and the ship
- Full cruising programme plus shore excursions/visits (detailed itineraries available)
Supplements per person
- 5 nights’ accommodation in lower deck twin cabin on full board basis. All cabins have en-suite facilities
- Four days cruising with shore excursions to the Glenfinnan Monument, Duart Castle, Tobermory, Oban whisky distillery and McCaig’s Folly
- Return coach transfers from Inverness