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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. This is a tour of Scotland not to be missed.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Inverness, Scotland
Day 2 : Culloden | Clava Cairns | Loch Ness
Day 3 : Laggan Locks | Banavie | Glenfinnan
Day 4 : Loch Linnhe | Oban
Day 5 : Sound of Mull | Duart Castle | Iona | Tobermory
Day 6 : Tobermory | Isle of Eigg or Isle of Rum|Inverie
Day 7 : Isle of Skye
Day 8 : Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh | Inverness

Highlights

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

Ship

Lord of the Glens

Places Visited

  • Europe
  • Scotland
  • United Kingdom
  • Banavie
  • Clava Cairns
  • Culloden
  • Fort Augustus
  • Glenfinnan
  • Inverie
  • Inverness
  • Iona
  • Isle of Eigg
  • Isle of Mull
  • Isle of Skye
  • Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Loch Linnhe
  • Loch Ness
  • Oban
  • Tobermory

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Ring of Brodgar is a unique stone circle in Scotland. Sheep walking on the road in the British countryside. Hiking through the unique Stones of Callanish. Hiking through the countryside of the British Isles. Shetland pony in the Shetland Isles.

Day 1 Embark in 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 Culloden | Clava Cairns | Loch Ness

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Laggan Locks | Banavie | Glenfinnan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. Follow the canal to the town of Banavie, nestled in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Great Britain’s highest mountain. In the afternoon travel to beautiful Glenfinnan, surrounded by mountains, where there are fine walking options. From Glenfinnan see the West Highland railway line’s renowned viaduct, made famous in Harry Potter movies. Welcome local musicians on board for a lively evening of music and song.

Day 4 Loch Linnhe | Oban

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Sound of Mull | Duart Castle | Iona | Tobermory

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, with time in the evening to explore this colorful place if you wish. 

Day 6 Tobermory | Isle of Eigg or Isle of Rum|Inverie

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, explore Tobermory’s lively quayside on your own or on a walk led by staff. Then sail north to tiny Eigg, 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 tiny village of Inverie, where you can have a drink at the most remote pub in the British Isles. 

Day 7 Isle of Skye

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail from Inverie this morning, and spend the day on the Isle of Skye. At the Museum of the Isles, trace the legacy of the 1,300-year-old Clan Donald, the Lords of the Isles, who once ruled the west coast of Scotland, and take a walk through the woodlands in Armadale. Then 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 Eilean Donan Castle and the charming village of Plockton. Celebrate your Scottish voyage at a farewell dinner on board. 

Day 8 Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh | Inverness

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

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Notes

Kids under age 18 save $500 per person

Included in cruise fare:
  • Meals as indicated
  • Coffee and tea with included meals
  • Soft drinks such as sodas and fruit juices aboard ship
  • 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

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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