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Scottish Islands & Lochs Cruise


Navigate Scottish locks on this relaxing cruise

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Travel among a group of like-minded travelers led by a professional tour manager

2023 Tour code: GR-LGRA-23

About the tour

This fantastic five-night cruise through the heart of the Highlands begins with a night in Edinburgh before we board our ship for a journey through the rugged coastline of Scotland's west coast to the unspoiled beauty of the Isle of Mull, up Neptune's Staircase, along the Caledonian Canal, and across Loch Ness.


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What’s included


Day 1 - Edinburgh

Following your individual travel to Edinburgh, meet your group and tour escort at your hotel. After arriving, you are at leisure, perhaps to explore Edinburgh's historic center, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

As you wander through the narrow streets of the medieval Old Town and the elegant terraces of the Georgian New Town, it is easy to see why the city was awarded this accolade. Stroll past award-winning modern architecture and majestic old buildings, built in the area's typical grey stone, or amble down the winding alleyways which fan out from the beautiful Royal Mile, named because it runs between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.

Edinburgh Castle itself might be an excellent place to explore. The building serves a mighty symbol of Scotland's turbulent past and overlooks the city from its perch on an extinct volcano. Overnight Edinburgh.

  • Dinner
Days 2-3 - Edinburgh to Inverness

Transfer to Edinburgh Waverley station to Inverness today, traveling through some of the Highland's most fantastic scenery. On arrival, we board our ship, the MV Lord of the Glens.

On Day 3, we set sail across mystical Loch Ness, famed for its 'monster' as well as its indescribable beauty. Overnight ship.

  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 - Banavie and the West Highland Line

Today, we sail onwards towards pretty Banavie, where we disembark our vessel for a fantastic excursion on the West Highland Line to Glenfinnan. This evening, we remain in Banavie. Overnight ship.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Neptune’s Staircase and Tobermory

Today, we begin by ascending through the incredible feat of engineering that is Neptune's Staircase, which lowers the vessel to Corpach. From here, we continue through the myriad of lochs and rivers, out towards Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Overnight ship.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Duart Castle

Today, we arrive into Craignure, where we transfer to stunning Duart Castle. After some time here, we return to the ship for lunch, continuing to Oban where we take a tour of the whiskey distillery. We enjoy a 'wee dram', then visit McCaig's Tower, which was built to resemble the Colosseum in Rome.

This is our final evening on board, and tonight, we indulge in a Captain's farewell dinner. Overnight ship. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Home

After breakfast, you are free to leave Oban at your leisure.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please Note

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, Edinburgh

Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, Edinburgh

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London North Eastern Railway
West Highland Line


MV Lord of the Glens
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