Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview


Complimentary Bar Tab and Gratuities

Book a voyage on the National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Endurance, Sea Cloud, or Lord of the Glens and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.

Offer is for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and is subject to availability. Must book by March 31, 2019. Please call for details.

  • Navigate a variety of waterways aboard the nimble Lord of the Glens, including the narrow locks of the Caledonian Canal, inland lakes, and the waters surrounding Hebridean isles.
  • Our team of experts offer insights on Scottish history and culture during whisky tastings, live music performances, and more.
  • See Scotland’s stunning landscapes while kayaking across the picturesque Loch Linnhe or Loch Eil, and while hiking on the Isle of Skye.
  • On select departures, attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo—an annual international celebration of military pageantry—on an optional extension in Edinburgh.



On a voyage through Scotland's famed lochs and inland waterways aboard the Lord of the Glens, experience mystical landscapes dotted with medieval castles and ancient churches. Trace Scotland's compelling history on visits to battlefields, fortresses, and ancient tombs. Cruise Loch Ness; descend through the intricate lock system of Neptune's Staircase; and explore serene hills and harbor villages on the picturesque islands of Mull, Iona, Eigg or Rum, and Skye.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.


Days 1-2: U.S./Inverness, Scotland

Arrive in Inverness and board the Lord of the Glens.

Meals Included:Dinner Daily

M.V. Lord of the Glens

Day 3: Culloden/Clava Cairns/Loch Ness

Visit Culloden, the infamous battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746. See the prehistoric standing stones of Clava Cairns. Later, set sail on the Caledonian Canal. Enter Loch Ness and learn about its legendary monster. Moor at Fort Augustus for a hiking excursion.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Laggan Locks/Banavie/Glenfinnan

Ascend a flight of locks that runs through Fort Augustus. Glide down the tree-lined canal known as Laggan Avenue, or hike or bike along the towpath. Follow the canal to the town of Banavie, at the base of Great Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Drive to Glenfinnan and choose to kayak or enjoy an afternoon walk.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Loch Linnhe/Oban

Today, our ship descends Neptune’s Staircase—a set of eight interconnected locks—en route to the town of Oban. Explore Oban on foot, visiting a whisky distillery and McCaig’s Tower, a hilltop monument inspired by the Roman Colosseum.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Isle of Mull/Iona/Tobermory

Continue to the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides. Explore Duart Castle, and then take a ferry to the island of Iona. Visit the medieval abbey ruins and the rebuilt abbey church, and stroll through St. Oran’s Chapel and the royal graveyard where generations of Scottish kings are buried. Continue to charming Tobermory.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Tobermory/Eigg or Isle of Rum/Inverie

Sail to the isle of Eigg and get a sense for daily life on this tiny island community. Look for marine mammals, including Atlantic seals, minke whales, dolphins, and a variety of seabirds. Alternatively, visit the Isle of Rum, home of the lavish Kinloch Castle. Sail to the town of Inverie, and enjoy a drink at the most remote pub in the British Isles.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Isle of Skye

Continue to the Isle of Skye. At the Museum of the Isles, trace the legacy of the 1,300-year-old Clan Donald. Take a guided walk in the Cuillin Hills, or explore Eilean Donan Castle.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Kyle of Lochalsh/Inverness/U.S.

Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh and transfer to the Inverness airport for your return flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast