Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

  • 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.
  • Attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo—an annual international celebration of military pageantry—on select, optional extensions in Edinburgh.

Itinerary

Itinerary

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

After an overnight flight, arrive in Inverness and board the Lord of the Glens. Gather for a reception and dinner on board, accompanied by a performance by junior Scottish dancers.

Meals Included:Day 2 (Dinner)
Accommodations:

M.V. Lord of the Glens for the entire voyage

Day 3: Culloden/Clava Cairns/Loch Ness/Fort Augustus

Visit Culloden, the infamous battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746. See the prehistoric standing stones of Clava Cairns. This afternoon, set sail on the Caledonian Canal. Enter Loch Ness and learn about the legendary monster. Ascend an impressive flight of locks that run through the heart of Fort Augustus, and moor at the top of the village to set out on a hiking excursion.

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

Continue along the tree-lined canal known as Laggan Avenue and ascend the 106 Laggan Locks. Sail on across picturesque Lochs Oich and Lochy, and then descend the legendary Neptune's Staircase—a set of eight interconnected locks dropping into the sea loch at Corpach. Drive inland to Glenfinnan to explore this stunning location now famous for Harry Potter, or chose to explore Loch Linnhe by kayak from our moorings in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

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

Glide through Loch Linnhe en route to the town of Oban, situated on a picturesque bay on the Firth of Lorn. Explore Oban on foot, visiting a whisky distillery and McCaig’s Folly, a hilltop monument inspired by the Roman Colosseum. This evening, enjoy a whisky tasting onboard our ship.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Sound 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. Back onboard, we navigate the dramatic Sound of Mull and stay moored overnight at the picturesque fishing village of Tobermory. In the evening, meet with a member of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust to learn about their efforts to protect marine mammals in these waters.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: 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 Old Forge, 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. See the ruins of Armadale Castle, ancestral home of the MacDonalds, and take a walk through the beautiful woodlands and gardens. Then sail for Kyle of Lochalsh, where afternoon options include a guided walk on the Balmacara Estate or an opportunity to explore Eilean Donan Castle. Celebrate your voyage with a Scottish farewell dinner onboard.

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