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Highland Gardens

A seven night leisurely voyage of the endlessly beautiful Caledonian Canal, hidden sea lochs and islands of Scotland’s western shore.

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7 nights

Small Ship Holiday
Tobermory
Kyle of Lochalsh
Inverie
Isle of Skye

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Scotland boasts a diverse collection of gardens which are home to a vast collection of plants from around the world, in spectacular natural settings. Experience the rich diversity of Scotland’s west coast gardens and explore botanic beauty on this horticultural extravaganza.

Visit some of the area’s best kept secrets including Attadale in Wester Ross and Ardchattan Priory. The mild climate of north-west Scotland is dramatically influenced by the North Atlantic Drift offshore, giving rise to world-class gardens that are a rarity on such northerly latitudes. All are unique, not only for their magnificent collections but for the wild, untamed beauty in which they stand, with unsurpassed views.

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Highland Gardens Itinerary

Day 1 - Kyle of Lochalsh

Arrive in Kyle of Lochalsh and embark Lord of the Highlands.

Day 2 - Kyle of Lochalsh

Attadale Gardens were skilfully restored by their owner, Nick MacPherson, as an artist’s garden after the 1980 storm, with long ranging views to Skye. Recent developments include a new waterfall and pond, with an impressive sculpture collection scattered throughout the 20 acre site. We sail the coast of Sutherland to Gairloch where we berth overnight.

Day 3 - Gairloch - Inverie

From Gairloch, we travel to Sir Osgood Mackenzie’s masterppiece, Inverewe Garden, home to over 2,500 exotic and tropical species of plant and shrub. This jewel in the crown of highland gardens is now in the ownership of the National Trust for Scotland. We berth overnight in Inverie, Loch Nevis.

Day 4 - Armadale, Isle of Skye - Tobermory, Mull

Cruising to Skye, we discover the epic history of Clan Donald at Armadale Castle where the 40 acre gardens attractively complement the Gothic mansion ruins, sheltered by 200 year old trees. Later, we cruise around the most westerly point of the British mainland, Ardnamurchan, to the Isle of Mull and its capital Tobermory where brightly painted houses line the waterfront; originally built by the British Fisheries Company to house its workers. We remain alongside at the island overnight.

Day 5 - Oban

Ardchattan Priory Garden, originally planted by medieval monks, affords breathtaking views over Loch Etive to Mull and Ben Cruachan. We spend a relaxing afternoon on board as we sail Loch Linnhe, passing mysterious lochs and islands until we reach the Caledonian Canal at Corpach.

Day 6 - Corpach

Lying in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Fort William boasts Britain’s only mountain gondola which transports us to over 2,000 ft up the north face of Aonach Mòr. Later, we ascend Neptune’s Staircase, a set of eight interconnected locks, which lift the vessel 64 feet to Banavie, and sail through Lochs Lochy and Oich before transitting the tranquil, tree-lined Laggan Avenue to our overnight berth at Fort Augustus.

Day 7 - Loch Ness

A scenic sail of Loch Ness leads us to our final visit at Cawdor Castle Gardens, forever immortalised in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth.’ The castle boasts three very different gardens each with their own unique history and appearance. Displaying a wealth of flora and fauna, the gardens at Cawdor Castle are ever changing with the seasons. The farewell reception and dinner are held at our overnight berth in Inverness.

Day 8 - Inverness

Disembark in Inverness after breakfast, for the onward journey home.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full-board cruise
  • House wines, spirits, beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee
  • All shore excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • 2 Gala dinners

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