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Highland Waterways Discovery

A leisurely 7-night voyage of the endlessly beautiful Caledonian Canal, hidden sea lochs and islands of Scotland’s western shore on board brand new ship, Lord of the Highlands

Small Ship Holiday
  • Eilean Donan 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.

Day 2 - Inverness - Culloden - Clava Cairns - Fort Augustus

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 - Neptune’s Staircase - Corpach - West Highland Railway - Glenfinnan.

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 the West Highland Railway over the renowned viaduct to beautiful Glenfinnan, surrounded by mountains. Our overnight mooring is in Corpach.

Day 4 - Loch Linnhe - Oban – McCaig’s Folly

Today we sail Loch Linnhe, passing mysterious lochs and islands until we reach Oban, the seafood capital of the Highlands. Take a guided walk up to McCaig’s Tower; inspired by the Roman Colosseum, it affords spectacular views of the Hebrides. We berth in Oban overnight.

Day 5 - Craignure, Mull – Iona - Tobermory, Mull

This morning, we sail to Craignure on Mull for a visit to the Isle of Iona, the last resting place of some 50 Scottish Kings and where St. Columba introduced Christianity to Scotland. 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. We remain alongside overnight.

Day 6 - Tobermory - Eigg - Inverie - Loch Nevis

After a morning tour of Tobermory Distillery, 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 allows us to go in search of marine animals and birdlife, including Atlantic seals, minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and a variety of seabirds. This evening we arrive at Inverie on Loch Nevis, where you can enjoy a drink at the most remote pub on mainland Britain, The Old Forge.

Day 7 - Armadale, Skye – Kyle of Lochalsh – Eilean Donan Castle

An early morning 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. Our final port of call is Kyle of Lochalsh from where we visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, ahead of the farewell reception and dinner.

Day 8 - Kyle of Lochalsh

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

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Price Includes

  • 7-night all-inclusive cruise on board Lord of the Highlands
  • Private coach transfers from the airport or train station to and from the ship
  • All meals on board and ashore including two gala dinners
  • Champagne, selected wines plus beer, spirits, soft drinks, tea, coffee and other hot drinks
  • Knowledgeable guides on board and on tours
  • Shore excursions as outlined in the itinerary
  • Port taxes
  • Gratuities
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