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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Spring and Autumn in the Highlands

See the beauty of the Scottish Highlands on this 5-night cruise from Inverness to Oban through the majestic lochs and including a transit of the impressive Caledonian Canal. Includes guided excursions

No Fly Cruise
5 nights from £1095pp

Small Ship Holiday
  • Ben Nevis
  • Duart Castle
  • Lord of the Glens
  • Autumn in the Highlands
  • Tobermory
  • Urquhart Castle

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The Caledonian Canal runs between the mountains of the Great Glen, linking Loch Ness, Loch Oich, Loch Lochy and Loch Linnhe. Climbing and descending through spectacular lock systems to emerge on Scotland's wild west coast at Fort William, there are wonderful views of Ben Nevis before sailing to the Isle of Mull and Oban.

The scenic Great Glen follows a diagonal fault-line between north-east Inverness and Carpach to the south-west. The project to join its lochs was led by Thomas Telford and began in 1803, creating a navigable route of sixty beautiful miles. The locks at Fort Augustus comprise six of the twenty-nine, dropping to Loch Oich. Weave through islets, passing forests and romantic castles en route to Loch Lochy.

Admire mountain scenery as you sail to Banavie. Navigate the dramatic 8-rise locks of Neptune's Staircase to emerge in Fort William, overlooked by Britain's highest mountain, the mighty Ben Nevis. See the famous brightly-painted waterfront of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull and visit Duart Castle before sailing to Oban.

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Caledonian and Great Glen Explorer Itinerary

Day 1 - Inverness

Embark ship in Inverness and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board. Moor in Inverness overnight.

Day 2 - Loch Dochfour - Loch Ness

Sail in the morning via the first man-made section of the Caledonian Canal into Loch Dochfour, before reaching Loch Ness. The 21 mile transit of Loch Ness provides for a brief photo opportunity by pausing in front of the ruins of Urquhart Castle before reaching Fort Augustus. The afternoon is free to explore Fort Augustus where everything is close to hand. Moor Fort Augustus overnight.

Day 3 - Loch Oich - Loch Lochy - Banavie

Your ship is elevated from the shores of Loch Ness with the assistance of six inter-connected locks than run through the centre of Fort Augustus, before entering the stunningly impressive tree-lined Laggan Avenue. Later continue into Loch Oich, Loch Lochy and finally to Banavie in the very shadow of Ben Nevis itself. The afternoon is reserved for a passage on the scheduled West Highland train from Banavie to Glenfinnan Viaduct. Moor Banavie or Corpach overnight, depending on canal traffic.

Day 4 - Corpach - Tobermory

Descending the spectacular eight inter-connected locks of Neptune's Staircase your ship is lowered to sea level at Corpach and then it is out to sea for a passage along the sheltered waters of Loch Linnhe and the Sound of Mull before reaching Tobermory. Tobermory is best explored on foot and there is plenty of time in the afternoon to visit the famed gaily painted waterfront. Moor Tobermory overnight

Day 5 - Craignure - Oban

The voyage concludes with a call at Craignure (Mull) for the visit to Duart Castle. Later sail to Oban, followed by an afternoon walk to include a Whisky Distillery & Mcaig's Folly. Farewell reception and dinner this evening. Moor Oban overnight.

Day 6 - Oban

Disembark after breakfast and drive 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.

Voyage Through the Heart of Scotland Itinerary

Day 1 - Oban

Embark your ship in Oban.

Day 2 - Oban - Craignure

Explore Oban, the gateway of the isles, on foot and visit the impressive McCaig’s Folly for spectacular vistas across the bay to the Atlantic Isles. During lunch, we sail to Craignure, Isle of Mull, for a tour of 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. We berth overnight in Tobermory or Oban.

Day 3 - Tobermory - Corpach

Onwards to Mull’s island capital of Tobermory, for a morning exploring the brightly painted harbour town, before cruising the Sound of Mull and Loch Linnhe to Corpach at the entrance of the Caledonian Canal. From sea level, Lord of the Glens ascends the spectacular eight inter-connected locks of Neptune’s Staircase to Banavie in the shadow of Ben Nevis, where we moor overnight.

Day 4 - Fort Augustus

From Banavie we take the West Highland Train to Glenfinnan and cross the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct which overlooks Loch Shiel and the Jacobite monument. Considered by many to be the most scenic railway line in the world, we travel through a scenic landscape of mountains, steep-sided lochs, and heather moors. Spending a relaxing afternoon on board we sail through Loch Lochy then transit the tranquil, tree-lined Laggan Avenue to Loch Oich where we moor overnight at the top of the series of locks at Fort Augustus.

Day 5 - Fort Augustus - Loch Ness

This morning, we decend the Fort Augustus locks to Loch Ness, which takes its name from a fort built after the defeat of the 1715 Jacobite uprising, before setting sail along Loch Ness. Pausing briefly, for a view of the ruins of Urquhart Castle, we continue the 21 mile transit of Loch Ness and Loch Dochfour, and along the first man-made section of the Caledonian Canal to the cosmopolitan city of Inverness, where the farewell reception and dinner are held.

Day 6 - Inverness

Disembark after breakfast.

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

  • 5 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
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2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • September
    • Sep 27th - Inverness to Oban - Sailing on: Lord of the Glens From: £1095
      Cat 1 Lower Deck Cabin Cat 2 Middle Deck Cabin Cat 3 Middle Deck Superior Cabin Cat 4 Upper Deck Cabin
      Brochure Price from: £1095 Brochure Price from: £1295 Brochure Price from: £1495 Brochure Price from: £1495
  • October
    • Oct 2nd - Oban to Inverness - Sailing on: Lord of the Glens From: £1095
      Cat 1 Lower Deck Cabin Cat 2 Middle Deck Cabin Cat 3 Middle Deck Superior Cabin Cat 4 Upper Deck Cabin
      Brochure Price from: £1095 Brochure Price from: £1295 Brochure Price from: £1495 Brochure Price from: £1495
    • Oct 14th - Oban to Inverness - Sailing on: Lord of the Glens From: £1095
      Cat 1 Lower Deck Cabin Cat 2 Middle Deck Cabin Cat 3 Middle Deck Superior Cabin Cat 4 Upper Deck Cabin
      Brochure Price from: £1095 Brochure Price from: £1295 Brochure Price from: £1495 Brochure Price from: £1495

2022 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 4th - Inverness to Oban - Sailing on: Lord of the Glens From: £1260
      Cat 1 Lower Deck Cabin Cat 2 Middle Deck Cabin Cat 3 Middle Deck Superior Cabin Cat 4 Upper Deck Cabin
      Brochure Price from: £1260 Brochure Price from: £1480 Brochure Price from: £1700 Brochure Price from: £1700
    • Apr 20th - Oban to Inverness - Sailing on: Lord of the Glens From: £1260
      Cat 1 Lower Deck Cabin Cat 2 Middle Deck Cabin Cat 3 Middle Deck Superior Cabin Cat 4 Upper Deck Cabin
      Brochure Price from: £1260 Brochure Price from: £1480 Brochure Price from: £1700 Brochure Price from: £1700
  • October
    • Oct 1st - Oban to Inverness - Sailing on: Lord of the Glens From: £1260
      Cat 1 Lower Deck Cabin Cat 2 Middle Deck Cabin Cat 3 Middle Deck Superior Cabin Cat 4 Upper Deck Cabin
      Brochure Price from: £1260 Brochure Price from: £1480 Brochure Price from: £1700 Brochure Price from: £1700
    • Oct 6th - Inverness to Oban - Sailing on: Lord of the Glens From: £1260
      Cat 1 Lower Deck Cabin Cat 2 Middle Deck Cabin Cat 3 Middle Deck Superior Cabin Cat 4 Upper Deck Cabin
      Brochure Price from: £1260 Brochure Price from: £1480 Brochure Price from: £1700 Brochure Price from: £1700
    • Oct 11th - Oban to Inverness - Sailing on: Lord of the Glens From: £1260
      Cat 1 Lower Deck Cabin Cat 2 Middle Deck Cabin Cat 3 Middle Deck Superior Cabin Cat 4 Upper Deck Cabin
      Brochure Price from: £1260 Brochure Price from: £1480 Brochure Price from: £1700 Brochure Price from: £1700

Price Information

  • Sole occupancy of a twin/double cabin is 160% of above per person rates
  • On Lord of the Glens Cat 3 and Cat 4 Cabins are twin cabins only. On Lord of the Highlands Cat 2 and Cat 4 cabins are twin cabins only; Cat 5 has twin beds that can be pushed together.
Map for Spring and Autumn in the Highlands