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Scotland’s Highlands and Islands

Scotland’s Highlands and Islands

Cruise Highlights:

  • Kayak on Loch Ness.
  • Stroll across the battlefields at Culloden where Bonnie Prince Charlie was dramatically defeated.
  • Discover Scotland from the prehistoric Clava Cairns to contemporary communities.

At a glance

Duration: 9 Days, 7 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Inverness, Scotland

From: $6,890

Season: June, August

Activities: Culture, History, Photography, Zodiacs

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Lindblad Expeditions in partnership with National Geographic

The romance and intrigue of Scotland’s countryside and traditions speak to all of us. It is a land of grand castles, beautiful moorlands, sacred abbeys, and sweeping mountains—from the long traditions of Scotland’s clans and monarchs to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s famed rebellion. Some of us adore traditional Scottish music and fare, and others love their fine single malts.

Lindblad Expeditions has been leading expeditions in Scotland since 1987, endlessly discovering new facets with their guests. And for many years now, they’ve offered in-depth journeys aboard the 48-guest Lord of the Glens. You'll never sail on a more comfortable and intimate ship that feels somehow to be a cross between a yacht and a private home. She’s extremely comfortable, with teak decks, polished wood interiors, gourmet cuisine and exceptional personal service.

And Lord of the Glens is unique—able to traverse the Caledonian Canal, which connects the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean via a passageway of lochs and canals, and also sail to the great islands of the Inner Hebrides. This allows Lindblad to offer something few others can—a nine-day journey through the heart of Scotland, one that encompasses the soul of its highlands and islands. You’ll take in Loch Ness and other Scottish lakes, the storied battlefield of Culloden, beautiful Glenfinnan, pass through the intricate series of locks known as Neptune’s Staircase, the historic Isle of Iona, and the isles of Mull, Eigg, and Skye. And there’s even time for a visit to the most remote pub in the British Isles.

You’ll have opportunities for hiking, biking, and guided walks. And kayaking on Loch Ness offers a chance to view the exquisite landscapes in a very personal way. As always, you’ll explore in the company of Lindblad's excellent staff. A historian and a naturalist will share their knowledge (and enthusiasm) with you, and provide interpretation to help you develop a full understanding of what you see.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart for Inverness, Scotland.

Day 2 — Inverness

Arrive in Inverness, and embark Lord of the Glens to the strains of a highland piper. Tonight, enjoy a reception and dinner on board while docked in Inverness. Lord of the Glens (D)

Day 3 — Culloden / Clava Cairns / Loch Ness

Following an optional morning walk, visit Culloden, the infamous battlefield where “Bonnie” Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746, and then see the ancient standing stones of Clava Cairns. Set sail this afternoon on the Caledonian Canal, built between 1803 and 1822 to connect Loch Ness with the Great Glen’s three other lochs. Enter Loch Ness, cruise past the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle, and learn about the legendary monster said to inhabit the loch. Moor this evening at Fort Augustus. Back aboard ship, there is a whisky tasting this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 4 — Laggan Locks / Banavie / Glenfinnan

Ascend an impressive flight of locks that runs through the heart of Fort Augustus. Glide along the tree-lined canal known as Laggan Avenue, or hike or bike along the towpath and rejoin the ship at the first lock. Depart Laggan Locks and sail into Loch Lochy. Follow the canal to the town of Banavie, nestled in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Great Britain’s highest mountain. In the afternoon we travel to beautiful Glenfinnan, surrounded by mountains, where there are fine walking options. From Glenfinnan we’ll see the West Highland railway line’s renowned viaduct, made famous in Harry Potter movies. Welcome local musicians on board for a lively evening of music and song. (B, L, D)

Day 5 — Loch Linnhe / Oban

Lord of the Glens descends Neptune’s Staircase, a set of eight interconnected locks, and continues through Loch Linnhe to the town of Oban, set on a picturesque bay on the Firth of Lorn. We’ll have time to explore this lively town on foot, visiting a whisky distillery and McCaig’s Tower, a monument on a hill overlooking the town and bay that was inspired by the Roman Colosseum. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Sound of Mull / Duart Castle / Iona / Tobermory

This morning we sail to the Isle of Mull, in the Inner Hebrides. Visit photogenic Duart Castle, an impressive fortress (with a dungeon!). Drive across Mull, then cross to Iona by ferry to explore this picturesque island. Visit the medieval abbey ruins and the rebuilt abbey church, and learn about the ecumenical movement based there. Stroll through St. Oran’s Chapel and the royal graveyard where generations of Scottish kings are buried, and enjoy a brief walking tour of Iona. Continue on to the picturesque town of Tobermory, After dinner, staff from the Wings Over Mull Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre visit us aboard ship. (B, L, D)

Day 7 — Tobermory / Isle of Eigg or Isle of Rum / Inverie

This morning, explore Tobermory’s lively quayside on your own or on a walk led by our staff. Then we sail north to tiny Eigg, catching glimpses of the islands of the Inner Hebrides along the way. At Eigg you can get a sense of what life is like for the roughly 90 people who live on this island community. Look for marine animals and birdlife, including Atlantic seals, minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and a variety of seabirds. Alternatively, we may visit the Isle of Rum, renowned for spectacular Kinloch Castle. Then sail to the town of Inverie, where you can have a drink at the most remote pub in the British Isles. (B, L, D)

Day 8 — Isle of Skye

We sail from Inverie this morning, and spend the day on the Isle of Skye. At the Museum of the Isles, trace the legacy of the 1,300-year-old Clan Donald, the Lords of the Isles, who once ruled the west coast of Scotland, and take a walk through the woodlands in Armadale. You’ll then take a guided walk in the Cuillin Hills (weather permitting) amid some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. Those who prefer not to hike can explore Eilean Donan Castle and the charming village of Plockton. Celebrate your Scottish voyage at a farewell dinner on board. (B, L, D)

Day 9 — Kyle of Lochalsh / Inverness / New York

Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh and drive to Inverness for homeward bound flights. (B)

Dates & Rates

Lord of the Glens Categories
2014 1 2 1S 2S
July 28* $6,990 $7,990 $8,740 $9,990
August 4, 11*, 18 $6,990 $7,990 $8,740 $9,990

*Reverse itinerary

Included in Cruise Fare

  • All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar
  • All meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated
  • Air transportation where indicated as included
  • Shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • Use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available)
  • Gratuities (except to Egyptologists and ship’s crew)
  • Taxes and service charges
  • Services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff

Not Included in Cruise Fare

  • Air transportation (except where shown as included)
  • Extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees
  • Scuba diving (where available)
  • Meals not indicated
  • Baggage/accident/travel protection plan
  • Items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, and laundry
  • Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion

Map

Scotland’s Highlands and Islands Itinerary Map

Ships

Lord of the Glens

Lord of teh GlensThe moment you step aboard the Lord of the Glens you are surrounded by the rich mahogany finishes of the reception area and lobby. The ship is magnificently appointed and brings to mind that one is in a stately country manor rather than a five-star ship. View ship details...