Highlands and Islands of Scotland Cruise

Michael S. Nolan
Ring of Brodgar is a unique stone circle in Scotland.
Adventure Life
Sheep walking on the road in the British countryside.
Stewart Cohen
Hiking through the unique Stones of Callanish.
Stewart Cohen
Hiking through the countryside of the British Isles.
Michael S. Nolan
Shetland pony in the Shetland Isles.
The friendly staff aboard the Lord of the Glens.
Relax in the lounge aboard the Lord of the Glens.


  • Sail through Loch Ness & learn about the legendary monster
  • Visit medieval abbey ruins & learn about the ecumenical movement
  • Hike in Cuillin Hills to spectacular views
  • Discover the ancient standing stone of Clava Cairns

The only expedition of its kind, explore Scotland as few people have on an encompassing and enchanting Scotland voyage. Walk among ancient stone monuments, weave your way through ruins of fantastic castles, and stroll through a sacred abbey. Learn the legacy of 1,300-year-old clans and visit the cemetery of Scottish monarchs. Experience the charm of modern Scotland through live music on board and a special visit to the tiny Isle of Eigg, home to about 90 souls. A tour of Scotland not to be missed.

Day 1

Inverness, Scotland

Arrive in Inverness, and embark Lord of the Glens to the strains of a highland piper. Tonight, enjoy a reception and dinner on board while docked in Inverness.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Culloden/Clava Cairns/Loch Ness

Following an optional morning walk, visit Culloden, the infamous battlefield where “Bonnie” Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746, and then see the ancient standing stones of Clava Cairns. Set sail this afternoon for your Scottish exploration on the Caledonian Canal, built between 1803 and 1822 to connect Loch Ness with the Great Glen’s three other lochs. Enter Loch Ness, cruise past the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle, and learn about the legendary monster said to inhabit the loch. Moor this evening at Fort Augustus.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Laggan Locks/Banavie/Glenfinnan

Ascend an impressive flight of locks that runs through the heart of Fort Augustus. Glide along the tree-lined canal known as Laggan Avenue, or hike or bike along the towpath and rejoin the ship at the first lock. Depart Laggan Locks and sail into Loch Lochy as you continue your tour of Scotland. Follow the canal to the town of Banavie, nestled in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Great Britain’s highest mountain. In the afternoon take the West Highland railway line over the renowned viaduct to beautiful Glenfinnan, surrounded by mountains, where there are fine walking options. Welcome local musicians on board for a lively evening of music and song.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Loch Linnhe/Oban

Lord of the Glens descends Neptune’s Staircase, a set of eight interconnected locks, and continues through Loch Linnhe to the town of Oban, set on a picturesque bay on the Firth of Lorn. Have time to explore this lively town on foot, visiting a whisky distillery and McCaig’s Tower, a monument on a hill overlooking the town and bay that was inspired by the Roman Colosseum.

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Iona / Tobermory (Isle of Mull)

This morning sail to the Isle of Mull, in the Inner Hebrides. Visit photogenic Duart Castle, an impressive fortress (with a dungeon!). Drive across Mull, then cross to Iona by ferry to explore this picturesque island. Visit the medieval abbey ruins and the rebuilt abbey church, and learn about the ecumenical movement based there. Stroll through St. Oran’s Chapel and the royal graveyard where generations of Scottish kings are buried, and enjoy a brief walking tour of Iona. Continue on to the picturesque town of Tobermory, After dinner, staff from the Wings Over Mull Birds of Prey and Conservation Center visit aboard ship.

Day 6

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Isle of Eigg or Isle of Rum / Inverie

Sail north from Tobermory to tiny Eigg this morning, catching glimpses of the islands of the Inner Hebrides along the way. At Eigg you can get a sense of what life is like for the roughly 90 people who live on this island community. Look for marine animals and birdlife, including Atlantic seals, minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and a variety of seabirds. Alternatively, you may visit the Isle of Rum, renowned for spectacular Kinloch Castle. Then sail to the town of Inverie, where you can have a drink at the most remote pub in the British Isles.

Day 7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Isle of Skye

Sail from Inverie this morning, and spend the afternoon on the Isle of Skye. Take a guided walk in the Cuillin Hills (weather permitting) amid some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. Those who prefer not to hike can explore the charming waterside town of Portree. Meet up afterward for a drink at the renowned Sligachan Hotel, a favorite with mountaineers. Celebrate your Scottish voyage at a farewell dinner on board.

Day 8

  • Breakfast

Kyle of Lochalsh/Inverness/New York

Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh and drive to Inverness for homeward bound flights.

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* Itinerary operates in reverse.
Kids under age 18 save $500 per person

Included in cruise fare:
Meals as indicated; coffee and tea with included meals; tours as shown in the itinerary services of an expedition leader and two expedition staff members aboard Lord of the Glens; local guides on all excursions; tips to local guides and bus drivers; porterage; arrival and departure transfers in Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh.

Not included in cruise fare:
Air transportation; meals not shown in itinerary; tips to ship’s crew; items of a personal nature; soft drinks such as sodas and fruit juices; alcoholic beverages other than first and last nights aboard Lord of the Glens.
Europe, Scotland, United Kingdom, Oban, Isle of Skye, Iona, Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Inverness, Culloden, Clava Cairns, Loch Ness, Fort Augustus, Banavie, Glenfinnan, Loch Linnhe, Isle of Eigg, Inverie, Kyle of Lochalsh, Western Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland
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