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Highland Waterways Discovery

A 7-night leisurely voyage of the endlessly beautiful Caledonian Canal, hidden sea lochs and islands of Scotland’s western shore.

Small Ship Holiday
Loch Linnhe
Inverness Castle

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This seven night voyage, through the very heart of the Scottish Highlands, introduces the interested traveller to the intricate and endlessly fascinating inland waters of the Caledonian Canal, the glistening waters of Loch Linnhe, the Sound of Mull, the Sound of Sleat and finally, Kyle Rhea.

This cruise will appeal to those seeking great natural beauty, excellent cuisine and warm and friendly service from a dedicated crew. At all ports of call there is something to interest and fascinate, but there will always be an opportunity to perhaps read a book, or sip a glass of wine as the glories of the landscape slip by.

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Highland Waterways Discovery Itinerary

Day 1 - Inverness

Arrive in Inverness and embark Lord of the Highlands. This evening we remain berthed in the city.

Day 2 - Culloden - Cruising Caledonian Canal

This morning visit Culloden, the infamous battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746, and observe the ancient standing stones of Clava Cairns. We set sail this afternoon on the Caledonian Canal, built between 1803 and 1822 to connect the Great Glen’s four lochs. Entering Loch Ness, we pass the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle, before ascending the impressive flight of locks that runs through the heart of Fort Augustus, the scenic and historic village, ahead of the welcome gala reception and dinner.

Day 3 - Banavie - West Highland Railway

Continue along the canal through Loch Oich, ascending to 106 feet at Laggan Locks after gliding serenely along the tree-lined section known as Laggan Avenue. Onwards through picturesque Loch Lochy, before descending Neptune’s Staircase, a set of eight interconnected locks dropping 64 feet into the sea lock at Corpach. After lunch, we take a scheduled train along part of the West Highland Railway and over the renowned viaduct to beautiful Glenfinnan, surrounded by mountains.

Day 4 - Loch Linnhe - Oban

Today we sail Loch Linnhe, passing mysterious lochs and islands until we reach Oban. Oban Distillery is both one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland and one of the smallest with just two pot stills. Pre-dating the town it was originally established in 1794. Our tour offers the chance to witness the traditional craftsmanship of whisky production first-hand, before enjoying a complimentary dram.

Day 5 - Craignure (Isle of Mull) - Tobermory

This morning, we sail to Craignure on Mull for a visit to Duart Castle. Seat of Clan Maclean for over 700 years, it dominates the view of the Sound of Mull with its huge curtain walls and solid keep. Later, we sail to the island capital of Tobermory where brightly painted houses line the waterfront which were originally built by the British Fisheries Company to house its workers.

Day 6 - Tobermory - Isle of Eigg

This morning we sail north to the Small Isle of Eigg, catching glimpses of the islands of the Inner Hebrides along the way. This community owned island is a nature reserve and offers tranquil walks. A sail across the Sound of Sleat leads us to Armadale on the Isle of Skye, where we trace the legacy of the Clan Donald at the Museum of The Isles.

Day 7 - Kyle of Lochalsh

From our berth at Kyle of Lochalsh, we visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, ahead of our final port of call, the pretty conservation village of Plockton, known as the ‘Jewel of the Highlands’ with stunning views of Loch Carron.

Day 8 - Kyle of Lochalsh

Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh after breakfast for the onward transfer to Inverness.

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

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel insurance

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