Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness

Scenic Scottish Tours

Lord of the Glens - Heart of the Highlands

8 days From £2,095

14 September 2020

This seven-night cruise combines both fresh and saltwater cruising, as the Lord of the Glens sails from Kyle of Lochalsh to the islands of Skye and Mull to Oban, featurning some of the remote and breathtakingly beautiful scenery of Scotland’s west coast, and then through the Caledonian Canal to Inverness.

Highlights include Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy and Thomas Telford’s engineering masterpiece Neptune’s Staircase, a series of eight interconnected locks that takes vessels back to sea-level near Fort William. In between our cruising, there is also a full programme of shore excursions including visits to Armadale on the Isle of Skye, the little islands of Eigg and Iona, colourful Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, romantic Eilean Donan Castle, the Glenfinnan Monument, Culloden Battlefield and prehistoric Clava Cairns.

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 summer treat to be savoured.

What's included?

  •  Accommodation
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary

Call for availability £2,295

Deposit: £459 Single supplement: £1,400

Tour highlights:

  • Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Enjoying the views from the ‘Sir Walter Scott’ bar and lounge
  • Romantic Eilean Donan Castle
  • Inverie, home to the remotest pub in mainland Britain
  • The peaceful Isle of Iona
  • Negotiating Neptune’s Staircase and the rest of the Caledonian Canal
  • Cruising Loch Ness, keeping an eye out just in case…

Tour details

Dates 14 September 2020 - 21 September 2020
Duration 8 days
Cost £2,295 Deposit: £459 Single supplement: £1,400 Balance due by 22 June 2020
Activity Level Easy-Going
Tour code BWLGH20D

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14 September 2020: Itinerary

Travel under own arrangement to Inverness (rail/air connections can be arranged on request). A coach transfer is provided from Inverness Airport (approx. 1300hrs) or Inverness Bus Station (approx. 1530hrs) to Muirtown Basin, Inverness, where we embark the MV Lord of the Glens.

This evening we will be joined by members of the crew for a welcome reception before dinner. We moor here overnight.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: MV Lord of the Glens

After breakfast this morning we depart by coach on an excursion to the National Trust for Scotland’s Visitor Centre at Culloden, the scene of the last battle fought on British soil in 1746, and the Clava Cairns, a group of exceptionally well-preserved burial cairns that were built about 4000 years ago. We set sail this afternoon on the Caledonian Canal, built between 1803 and 1822 to connect Loch Ness with the Great Glen’s three other lochs. 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.

We ascend an impressive flight of locks that runs through the heart of Fort Augustus, where we moor this evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: MV Lord of the Glens

After breakfast this morning we sail through the tree-lined section known as Laggan Avenue and into Loch Lochy, where we continue until we descend Neptune’s Staircase, a set of eight interconnected locks. We arrive in the village of Corpach, nestled in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. In the afternoon we depart by train on the West Highland railway, travelling over the impressive Glenfinnan Viaduct.

We moor overnight in Corpach.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: MV Lord of the Glens

Today after breakfast we enter the ocean, passing mysterious lochs and islands until we reach Oban, the seafood capital of the Highlands. Join us for a walk up to McCaigs Tower, dominating the skyline of the town with great views of the Western Isles. We moor overnight here.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: MV Lord of the Glens

Following breakfast this morning we sail to Craignure, the main ferry port of Mull, pausing for photographs in front of Duart Castle, the 13th century home of the Chief of Clan MacLean. We depart by coach for a visit to the Isle of Iona, the last resting place of some 50 Scottish Kings and the place where St Columba introduced Christianity to Britain. The tiny island has a unique sense of peace and tranquillity. This afternoon we sail to Tobermory. Tobermory’s most famous and striking feature is the row of brightly painted houses that lines the waterfront, originally built by the British Fisheries Company for £20 pound each to house its workers.

We moor in Tobermory overnight.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: MV Lord of the Glens

Enjoy your breakfast this morning as we depart on an early morning sail to the tiny island of Eigg, where you get a sense of what life is like for the 90 or so people who live on this island, which came into community ownership in 1998. Look out for marine animals and birdlife, including Atlantic seals, minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and a variety of seabirds.

We then sail to the town of Inverie in Loch Nevis, one of the most remote locations in Scotland with a famous pub which can only be accessed by boat. We moor in Inverie overnight.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: MV Lord of the Glens

As we enjoy breakfast this morning we sail across the Sound of Sleat to Armadale on the Isle of Skye. Here we will visit the Clan Donald Centre, before we sail to Kyle of Lochalsh this afternoon to visit Eilean Donan Castle. This must be one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, with its impossibly romantic setting on Loch Duich. The beginnings of Eilean Donan Castle reach back into the early mists of time - evidence of a pictish fort was found in vitrified rock uncovered during excavations, some of which has been kept for visitors to see. We will also visit the picturesque village of Plockton, a National Trust for Scotland conservation village with in incomparable location on a sheltered bay of Loch Carron, surrounded by a ring of hills.

In the evening we will be joined by members of the crew reception and dinner, and moor here in Kyle overnight.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: MV Lord of the Glens

Following breakfast we disembark. A coach transfer will take you back to Inverness Bus Station (approx. 10.30hrs and Inverness Airport (approx. 1100hrs)

Meals include: Breakfast

14 September 2020: Additional Info

14 September 2020: Accommodation

There are 27 deluxe State-cabins accommodating 54 passengers each tastefully furnished in mahogany finishes, with dressing table and stool, hairdryer, satellite TV, individually controlled air-conditioning/heating, safe deposit box, music system, internal telephone and en-suite facilities (shower, toilet, and washbasin). Cabin wall lighting is from the SS France. In addition to the storage for suitcases under the beds there is a full size wardrobe. 

All cabins are outside facing with 23 having large picture windows (with tinted glass for extra privacy) and four lower deck State Cabins with two large portholes each. State Cabins are distributed across three decks with most being comprised of twin beds. 

The cuisine is excellent, freshly prepared onboard by a loyal and long serving brigade of chefs, drawing on the rich bounty of locally sourced produce - and what could be more delightful than to awake to the prospect of a full Scottish breakfast, and for earlier risers to take advantage of the complimentary hot beverages that await in the lounge, and for that matter for the rest of the day as well.

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