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Expedition Details


On a voyage through Scotland's famed lochs and inland waterways aboard the Lord of the Glens, experience mystical landscapes dotted with medieval castles and ancient churches. Trace Scotland's compelling history on visits to battlefields, fortresses, and ancient tombs. Cruise Loch Ness; descend through the intricate lock system of Neptune's Staircase; and explore serene hills and harbor villages on the picturesque islands of Mull, Iona, Eigg, and Skye.

Trip Highlights

    • Kayak on Loch Ness and wander through the colorful seaside town of Tobermory.
    • Stroll across the battlefields at Culloden where Bonnie Prince Charlie was dramatically defeated.
    • Hike through stunning scenery on the Isle of Skye, and learn about the tiny community on the remote island of Eigg.
    • Attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo on an optional extension in Edinburgh.

Itinerary - 9 Days

Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Inverness, Scotland

Arrive in Inverness and board the Lord of the Glens
M.V. Lord of the Glens (D)

Day 3 — Culloden/Clava Cairns/Loch Ness

Visit Culloden, the infamous battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746. See the prehistoric standing stones of Clava Cairns. Later, set sail on the Caledonian Canal. Enter Loch Ness and learn about its legendary monster. Moor at Fort Augustus for a kayaking or hiking excursion.

Day 4 — Laggan Locks/Banavie/Glenfinnan

Ascend a flight of locks that runs through Fort Augustus. Glide down the tree-lined canal known as Laggan Avenue, or hike or bike along the towpath. Follow the canal to the town of Banavie, at the base of Great Britain’s highest mountain. Drive to Glenfinnan and enjoy an afternoon walk. Return to the ship, where we’ll welcome local musicians for an evening of music.

Day 5 — Loch Linnhe/Oban

Today, our ship descends Neptune’s Staircase—a set of eight interconnected locks—en route to the town of Oban. Explore Oban on foot, visiting a whisky distillery and McCaig’s Tower, a hilltop monument inspired by the Roman Colosseum.

Day 6 — Isle of Mull/Iona/Tobermory

Continue to the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides. Explore Duart Castle, and then take a ferry to the island of Iona. Visit the medieval abbey ruins and the rebuilt abbey church, and stroll through St. Oran’s Chapel and the royal graveyard where generations of Scottish kings are buried. Continue to charming Tobermory.

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

Sail to the isle of Eigg and get a sense for daily life on this tiny island community. Look for marine mammals, including Atlantic seals, minke whales, dolphins, and a variety of seabirds. Alternatively, visit the Isle of Rum, home of the lavish Kinloch Castle. Sail to the town of Inverie, and enjoy a drink at the most remote pub in the British Isles.

Day 8 — Isle of Skye

Continue to the Isle of Skye. At the Museum of the Isles, trace the legacy of the 1,300-year-old Clan Donald. Take a guided walk in the Cuillin Hills, or explore Eilean Donan Castle.

Day 9 — Kyle of Lochalsh/Inverness/U.S.

Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh and transfer to the Inverness airport for your return flight home.

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Special Offer

Complimentary Bar Tab and Gratuities

Book any 2017 departure and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew. Offers are for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to availability. Please call for details.

Expedition Team

Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts--from naturalists to regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes and local culture. The expert featured below will be part of the expedition team on the dates noted.

Jim Richardson

Jim  RichardsonPhotographer Jim Richardson has produced more than 40 stories for National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Traveler, where he is a contributing editor. Jim’s recent work on environmental issues resulted in two cover stories for National Geographic in 2008—one on light pollution and another on the state of the world’s soil. More recently, Jim shot and wrote the National Geographic Traveler story titled "My Scottish Obsession" for the August/September 2012 issue. His work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, Life, and Sports Illustrated, and been featured on CBS News Sunday Morning and ABC's Nightline. The Society's assignment photographers voted Jim the National Geographic "Photographer's Photographer" in 2015.

Jim will join the following departures:

Aug 13 - 21, 2017
Jun 17 - 25, 2018

Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


  • Jun 18 - 26, 2017
  • Jun 25 - Jul 03, 2017 REV
  • Jul 16 - 24, 2017
  • Jul 23 - 31, 2017 REV
  • Jul 30 - Aug 07, 2017
  • Aug 06 - 14, 2017 REV
  • Aug 13 - 21, 2017
  • Aug 20 - 28, 2017 REV
  • Jun 10 - 18, 2018
  • Jun 17 - 25, 2018 REV
  • Jul 22 - 30, 2018
  • Jul 29 - Aug 06, 2018 REV
  • Aug 05 - 13, 2018
  • Aug 12 - 20, 2018 REV
  • Aug 19 - 27, 2018
  • Aug 26 - Sep 03, 2018 REV

REV Indicates trip operates in reverse.

Expedition Cost

Lord of the Glens
Category 1 $7,570
Category 2 $8,640

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin in 2017, add $3,790 in Category 1 and $4,320 in Category 2. International airfare to and from Inverness is not included in the expedition cost.

Please note: the pricing above is valid for 2018 departures booked by March 31, 2017.

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