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.
After an overnight flight arrive in Inverness and board the Lord of the Glens.
M.V. Lord of the Glens
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh and transfer to the Inverness airport for your return flight home.
- Edinburgh Extension2 days from $1,790
From the ancient castle and historic tenements of the Royal Mile to the elegant Georgian terraces and crescents of new town, Edinburgh abounds with enchanting sites that tell the stories of Scotland’s proud history and culture. Experience the traditions that have inspired some of the world’s greatest artists and writers—from Sir Walter Scott to J. K. Rowling—on a two-day tour of Edinburgh’s treasures, including the crown jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. Enjoy time to wander the city’s cobbled closes and elegant gardens on your own before embarking on your expedition cruise.
After an overnight flight, arrive in Edinburgh and check in to our hotel in the heart of the Scottish capital. Spend a free afternoon exploring Edinburgh’s historic old and new towns, together designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Meander medieval streets lined with characteristic gray stone buildings in Georgian and neoclassical styles, or choose to explore natural and social history at the National Museum of Scotland. Tonight, experience a true introduction to Scottish cultural heritage at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a spectacle of pipe and drum bands, fiddlers, and Highland dancers.
Enjoy a spectacular perspective on the city from the top of Castle Rock during a visit to Edinburgh Castle, once the fortified home of Scotland’s kings and queens. Step into the room where Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to James, the first king to rule over both England and Scotland. Marvel at the crown jewels of Scotland, the oldest surviving set of crown jewels in the British Isles, and the Stone of Destiny, a ceremonial sandstone block used in the coronation of monarchs in both Scotland and England for centuries. Stroll in the footsteps of kings and queens down the sweeping Royal Mile to St. Giles Cathedral, known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh. After lunch at a local restaurant, head to the nearby port of Leith to board the Royal Yacht Britannia, on which Queen Elizabeth II and other dignitaries once sailed the world. This afternoon, choose to visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where the Queen resides when visiting Scotland, or venture out on your own to browse shops on busy Princes Street, hike the green slopes of Arthur’s Seat, or stop at a pub for a taste of haggis and a local ale.
Depart Edinburgh this morning and visit the quaint riverside town of Pitlochry and the Highland Folk Museum. Make your way to Inverness or Kyle of Lochalsh to board the Lord of the Glens to begin your expedition.