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Secrets of the Highlands and Islands

A unique 7-night small ship cruise along the dramatic Caledonian Canal through Scotland's Great Glen and Loch Ness, and onto the hauntingly beautiful Hebridean Islands of Mull, Skye, Iona and Eigg

No Fly Cruise
7 nights from £2540pp

Small Ship Holiday
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Loch Ness
Tobermory on the Isle of Mull
Lord of the Glens

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

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.

J329 Operated by Lord of the Glens


Secrets of the Highlands & Islands Itinerary

Day 1 - Inverness

Arrive in Inverness and embark Lord of the Glens. This evening, we enjoy a welcome reception and dinner whilst remaining berthed in the city.

Day 2 - Culloden - Loch Ness - 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, where we remain overnight.

Day 3 - Cruise the Caledonian Canal and transit Neptune’s Staircase to Corpach. Scenic West Highland Railway passage over the Glenfinnan Viaduct

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, to Banavie in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Descending the spectacular eight inter-connected locks of Neptune’s Staircase, Lord of the Glens is lowered to sea level at Corpach. In the late afternoon, we take a scheduled train along part of the West Highland Railway and over the renowned viaduct to beautiful Glenfinnan; curving high over the waters of Loch Shiel, it found fame in the Harry Potter films for the Hogwarts Express.

Day 4 - Oban

Entering the serenely beautiful and sheltered waters of Loch Linnhe, we sail to 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 - Tobermory (Isle of 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 was originally built by the British Fisheries Company to house its workers. We remain alongside overnight.

Day 6 - Tobermory - Isle of Eigg - Inverie

Sailing north to the Small Isle of Eigg this morning, we catch 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. Our overnight berth is at Inverie on Loch Nevis, where you can enjoy a drink at the most remote pub on mainland Britain, The Old Forge Inn.

Day 7 - Kyle of Lochalsh

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 MacDonald 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 dinner.

Day 8 - Inverness

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

The Captain reserves the right to alter the itinerary if weather conditions prevent the ship from calling at a scheduled port of call.

Price Includes

  • 7-night cruise
  • Full-board accommodation in chosen cabin category
  • Excursion package as described in itinerary
  • Transfers to and from Inverness station or airport at specified times
  • All port taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Flights from the UK
  • Gratuities
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks

2024 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • September
    • Sep 2nd - Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh - Sailing on: Lord of the Glens From: £2540
      Cat 1 Lower Deck Cabin Cat 2 Middle Deck Cabin Cat 3 Middle Deck Superior Cabin
      Blue Water Price from: £2540 Blue Water Price from: £3030 Blue Water Price from: £3570

Price Information

  • On Lord of the Glens Cat 3 and Cat 4 Cabins are twin cabins only
  • Sole occupancy of a twin/double cabin is 160%-175% of above per person rates, available on lower deck cabins only, subject to availability
  • Please note prices are updated regularly from a third party price feed and may fluctuate from those shown. Please contact us for latest prices
  • Prices shown usually include all available discounts
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