Explore the rugged Scottish Highlands on a cruise on the Lord of the Highlands
About the Tour
After traveling on the incredibly scenic Kyle Line Railroad, we explore the rugged Scottish Highlands on a voyage that takes us up Neptune's Staircase, along the Caledonian Canal and passes the glorious islands and idyllic scenery of the Inner Hebrides.
- Scenic rail journeys on the Kyle Line and West Highlands Line
- Hotel accommodations for 1 night
- 7-night cruise aboard the MV Lord of the Highlands
- 22 meals
- Excursions to Isle of Mull, Tobermory and Craignure
- Cruise on Loch Ness
- Visits to the Isle of Skye, Duart Castle and Fort Augustus
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
Day 1 - Meet in InvernessMeet your group and Tour Manager at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness. After checking in, there is time at leisure to explore the historic town before dinner. (D)
Day 2 - MV Lord of the HighlandsThis morning we transfer to Inverness station, where we board the train for a journey on the Kyle Line to Kyle of Lochalsh. Here, your Tour Manager bids you farewell, and you board the luxury MV Lord of the Highlands. For any queries during your time on board, there is an experienced Cruise Director. After settling in, enjoy a welcome reception and a three-course dinner on board. (B, D)
Day 3 - The Isle of SkyeAfter indulging in our first breakfast on board, we enjoy a morning visit to Eilean Donan Castle, set dramatically in the middle of the confluence of Lochs Duich, Long, and Alsh, before going on to the picturesque village of Plockton. From here, we return to our vessel to sail via Kyle Rhea and the Sound of Sleat to Armadale on the Isle of Skye. Later in the day we visit the Clan Donald Center and Gardens, before we sail to the town of Inverie, located on Loch Nevis.
We moor at Inverie for the night, giving you the chance to have a drink at the Old Forge, which boasts the title of the most remote pub in Great Britain, being 20 miles away from the nearest road. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - EiggThis morning we sail around Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point of mainland Britain. We reach Eigg, a tiny island dominated by 'an Sgurr', a dramatic pitchstone ridge.
Whilst on board, look out for the myriad of marine animals and birds that inhabit the island and its surrounding waters, including minke whales, dolphins, porpoises, and a wide variety of seabirds. After exploring Eigg, we sail into the Sound of Mull towards Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, the second largest Island of the Inner Hebrides.
The route takes us past the dramatic scenery of Scotland's west coast, with views of untouched moorland sloping down to jagged rock faces on the shore. We then arrive in Tobermory, the capital of the Isle of Mull, located in the north of the island. This lovely little fishing port is famed for its brightly colored houses. We moor here for the night, giving you the chance to further explore the pretty harbor of Tobermory. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - IonaWe sail along the Isle of Mull to Craignure today, where we enjoy an excursion to the hidden and beautiful Isle of Iona. This unspoiled island is only accessible from Mull, and is filled with pristine beaches and wild terrain. Later, we return to Craignure, where we sail across to Oban.Here, we take some time to photograph the lovely 13th century Duart Castle. We moor at Oban overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 6 – The West Highland LineToday, we leave Oban to sail along Loch Linnhe to Corpach, located at the entrance of the Caledonian Canal. This afternoon, we take the West Highland Line over the beautiful Glenfinnan viaduct to the village of the same name. Tonight, we moor at Corpach. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Neptune’s StaircaseWe sail this morning to ascend the incredible feat of engineering that is Neptune's Staircase, a flight of eight inter-connected locks that take the vessel along the Caledonian Canal, through Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, and Laggan Avenue. We arrive at our mooring space for the night, Fort Augustus. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - InvernessLoch Ness is our destination today. We cross this beautiful stretch of water, which has fostered tales of the famous 'monster' because of its murky and mysterious depths, and take in the stunning surrounding scenery, including the ruins of Urquhart Castle.
This afternoon, we enjoy a fascinating excursion to Culloden, the site of the battlefield where 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' and his forces were defeated in 1745. We also visit the ancient standing stones of the Clava Cairns. This evening, we enjoy a farewell reception and dinner on board, spending the night moored in Inverness. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Departing InvernessAfter breakfast on board, we disembark in Inverness and you are free to make your homeward journey. (B)
Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
Located within a short distance of Inverness city center, the Kingsmills Hotel benefits from its beautiful setting, within four acres of gardens and in close proximity to the Inverness Golf Club. Hotel facilities include a restaurant and bar, free and paid Wi-Fi, a gym and spa, and an indoor pool.
The Kyle Line
Travel from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh aboard the Kyle Line. This iconic train is a single track railway that completes its full route in just under 3 hours. The train runs through moors and mountains, quaint towns and some of Scotland’s more populated areas. It is not uncommon to see animals grazing through the countryside, and as the train reaches its final destination, views of the Isle of Skye are simply breathtaking.
West Highland Line
Named as the “Most Scenic Railway Line in the World” 2 years in a row, the West Highland Line offers a beautiful rail journey through Scotland. Riders begin their journey in the heart of Scotland in Glasgow and have the option to choose three end destinations: Mallaig, Fort William and Oban. Along the way, the dramatic Scottish landscape unfolds. Enjoy a look at lochs, moors, mountains and the coastline as you meander through the countryside.
Providing the entirety of mainland Scotland with transport links, Abello Scotrail is a fantastic commuter service that means even the farthest reaches of this wild and wonderful country is easily accessible. Running since 1983 under a variety of operators, this service has numerous lines, including one that stretches from the tip, Thurso, down to Edinburgh.
The lines on the Scotrail service are some of the most scenic in the world. The Kyle Line, the West Highland Line, and the Hadrian's Wall line are all services by Scotrail trains. The West Highland Line, stretching between Glasgow to Mallaig, stopping off at Fort William and with an offshoot line to Oban, is arguably the most famous of this line. There are numerous stunning sights to look out for on this route - from the breathtaking wilds of the highlands, to the peaks of the craggy mountains, to the iconic 21-spans of the beautiful Glennfinnan Viaduct.
MV Lord of the Highlands
Brand new for 2020, the sleek MV Lord of the Highlands' facilities are spread across three spacious decks. On board, you'll find a superb restaurant as well as a bar and lounge area. Decorated in regal Scottish style, each cabin features a picture window or balcony, flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi and full en suite bathrooms.
With room for up to 40 passengers and 17 crew, there'll always be someone on hand to assist you, and the intimate surroundings just add to the special atmosphere of both this ship and cruise.
Passport & Visa Requirements
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