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.
Your Departure date
Deposit: $707 Single supplement: $1,260
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 1530hrs) to Muirtown Basin at the start of the first section of the Caledonian Canal, 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.
|Hotel||MV Lord of the Glens|
Day 2 -
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.
This afternoon you are free to explore Fort Augustus before dinner is served on the ship in the evening. We moor overnight in Fort Augustus.
Day 3 -
After breakfast 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, which was started in 1803 to plans produced by Thomas Telford following survey work by James Watt thirty years earlier. By the time the canal finally opened in 1822 it had taken 17 years and cost £840,000, but instead of the 20 foot depth in Telford's plans, the canal when it initially opened was only 14 feet deep, too shallow for many of the increasingly large ships being built at the time. A second phase of construction was then undertaken between 1844 and 1847 and what emerged from this was the canal originally proposed by Telford. The irony was that by the time the canal was finally complete, steam ships could make the passage around Scotland much more easily than the sailing ships in whose era it was designed. We continue through peaceful Loch Oich and Loch Lochy to Banavie.
In the afternoon 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 Banavie, with dinner served on board.
Day 4 -
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. Here 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 for independent exploration of Tobermory, the principal town on Mull whose multi-coloured buildings ringing the harbour will be familiar to many. There are a number of interesting craft shops and a famous pub. We moor overnight in Tobermory.
Day 5 -
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. Here we can explore the dungeons, the state rooms and appreciate the strategic position of the castle from the top of the keep. After lunch on board 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 be joined by members of the crew once again for our farewell reception and dinner, mooring overnight here.
Day 6 -
Following breakfast we disembark. A coach transfer is provided back to Inverness Bus Station (where we expect to arrive at approx 1230hrs) and Inverness Airport (approx 1300hrs). Alternatively you may return home independently.
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)||$2,235
|$707||$1,260||Call for availability|
|21 April 2023||BLGS230421||21 April 2023 (Friday)||26 April 2023 (Wednesday)||$2,235
|$707||$1,260||Call for availability|