Lord of the Glens - Highlands and Islands
The Highlands and Islands cruise combines both fresh and saltwater cruising, as the Lord of the Glens sails between Inverness, Fort Augustus and Oban. These are wonderful times of year to make this classic Scottish journey, with the first fresh greens of spring and golden autumn colours reflected in the calm waters of the tranquil lochs.
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.
Dress Code: Dress is generally smart casual, with perhaps a jacket worn for dinner. Extra efforts are normally made for the welcome and farewell receptions. Black Tie is not necessary.
Your Departure date
Deposit: £523.25 Single supplement: £900
Day 1 -
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 1430hrs) to Oban, where we embark the MV Lord of the Glens (you may also travel independently to Oban but note you will not be returned here).
This evening we will be joined by members of the crew for a welcome reception before dinner. We moor here overnight.
|Hotel||MV Lord of the Glens|
Day 2 -
Enjoy your breakfast on board, after which there will be a walking tour of Oban including the whisky distillery and McCaig’s Folly, the Coliseum‐like structure that dominates Oban’s distinctive skyline. Whilst having lunch we will we sail across the Firth of Lorne to Craignure on the Isle of Mull, where we leave the ship for a visit to nearby Duart Castle, the 13th century home of the Chief of Clan MacLean. Here we can explore the dungeons, the state rooms and appreciate the strategic position of the castle from the top of the keep. The ship meanwhile will sail to Tobermory, where we will re‐join her and moor overnight with dinner served on board.
Day 3 -
Enjoy your breakfast on board as we sail past the low and fertile island of Lismore to the Firth of Lorne and then into Loch Linnhe. This long sea‐loch, scooped out by glaciers during the last ice ages, extends north‐east to Fort William through the narrows at Corran. On arrival at Corpach, the entrance to the Caledonian Canal, we board a scheduled diesel train service which takes us 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. Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) raised his standard on the 19th August 1745 marking the start of his campaign to restore the exiled Stuarts to the throne. The Glenfinnan Monument was designed by James Gillespie Graham and erected by Alexander Macdonald of Glenaladale.
We moor for the night at Corpach, with dinner served on board.
Day 4 -
Following breakfast, we negotiate Neptune’s Staircase, an impressive series of eight inter‐connected locks that raises vessels step‐by‐step from sea level at Corpach to Banavie. From here we continue through peaceful Loch Lochy and Loch Oich as well as various man‐made sections of the Caledonian Canal, which was started in 1803 to plans produced by Thomas Telford following survey work by James Watt thirty years earlier.
At Fort Augustus we descend the series of six inter‐connected locks that runs through the centre of the town and lowers the vessel into Loch Ness.
We moor overnight in Fort Augustus, with dinner served on board.
Day 5 -
This morning following breakfast 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. We continue through Loch Dochfour and the final section of canal to Inverness.
In the evening we enjoy our farewell reception and dinner, mooring overnight here.
Day 6 -
Following breakfast we must sadly disembark the MV Lord of the Glens. A coach transfer is provided back to Inverness (arriving approx. 09.15hrs) and Inverness Airport (arriving at approx. 10.00hrs).
You are free to make your own onward arrangements.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Meals - as per the itinerary
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single supplement||Availability|
|16 April 2023||BLGS230416||16 April 2023 (Sunday)||21 April 2023 (Friday)||£1,670
|£523.25||£900||Call for availability|
|21 April 2023||BLGS230421||21 April 2023 (Friday)||26 April 2023 (Wednesday)||£1,670
|£523.25||£900||Call for availability|