The colourful town of Tobermory
The colourful town of Tobermory

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Lord of the Highlands - Highlands and Islands

In 2020 the hugely popular ‘Lord of the Glens’ will be joined by a brand new sister ship, the ‘Lord of the Highlands’.

The challenge, as with her sister ship, was to craft a vessel that could both transit the intricate waters of the Caledonian Canal as well as navigate the sheltered waters around Scotland’s hauntingly beautiful fretted west coast, the result being a splendid craft whose elegance calls to mind that of a luxury yacht.

There are 21 outward facing state cabins spread over two decks, four with their own small balcony, each named with references to John Buchan’s “THIRTY-NINE STEPS”. Each cabin is finished in hardwood finishes, plush carpeting, dressing table, stool, wardrobe, satellite tv, and en suite facilities with shower, wc and washbasin. All state cabins are air conditioned and heated with an internal telephone and picture windows. The cuisine is excellent, freshly prepared on board by a loyal and long serving brigade of chefs, drawing on the rich bounty of locally sourced produce.

The Highlands and Islands cruise combines both fresh and saltwater cruising, as the Lord of the Highlands sails between Inverness, Fort Augustus and Oban. 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.

What's included?

  •  Accommodation
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary

Please note there is no lift onboard the ship and there are a number of steps between each deck.

Today's Price
$2,020

Deposit: $405

Tour highlights:

  • Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Cruising Loch Ness, keeping an eye out just in case…
  • Negotiating Neptune’s Staircase and the rest of the Caledonian Canal
  • Enjoying a stroll in Tobermory
  • Visit to Duart Castle

Tour details

Dates September 30 2020 - October 5 2020
Duration 6 days
Cost
Today's Price
$2,020
Deposit: $405 Single supplement: $TBC
Balance due by July 8 2020
Tour code BWLOH20A

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September 30 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 1430hrs) to Oban, where we embark the MV Lord of the Highlands (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.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Lord of the Highlands

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.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Lord of the Highlands

Enjoy your breakfast on board as we sail down the Sound of Mull, 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.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Lord of the Highlands

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.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Lord of the Highlands

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.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Lord of the Highlands

Following breakfast we must sadly disembark the MV Lord of the Highlands. 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.

Meals include: Breakfast

September 30 2020: Additional Info

September 30 2020: Accommodation

The Lord of the Highlands is the sister ship of the Lord of the Glens. It boasts 21 outward facing state cabins spread across two decks each named with references to John Buchan’s “THIRTY-NINE STEPS”. Each cabin has hardwood finishes, plush carpeting, dressing table, stool, wardrobe, satellite tv, and en suite facilities with shower, wc and washbasin. All state cabins are air conditioned and heated. There is an internal telephone and picture windows.

The cuisine is freshly prepared onboard by a loyal and long serving brigade of chefs, drawing on the rich bounty of locally sourced produce. What could be more delightful than to awake to the prospect of a full scottish breakfast and for early 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?

September 30 2020: Enquiries

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