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.
Navigate a variety of waterways aboard the nimble Lord of the Glens, including the narrow locks of the Caledonian Canal, inland lakes, and the waters surrounding Hebridean isles.
Our team of experts offer insights on Scottish history and culture during whisky tastings, live music performances, and more.
See Scotland’s stunning landscapes while kayaking across the famous Loch Ness and hiking on the Isle of Skye.
Attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on an optional extension on select departures.
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. (B,L,D)
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. (B,L,D)
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. (B,L,D)
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. (B,L,D)
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. (B,L,D)
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. (B,L,D)
Day 9 — Kyle of Lochalsh/Inverness/U.S.
Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh and transfer to the
Inverness airport for your return flight home. (B)
Book any 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.
A dynamic expedition team—including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, naturalists, and regional specialists—accompanies each departure. They will share their knowledge and insights on wildlife, landscapes, and local culture, and help you get your best photos. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.
Photographer 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.
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin in 2018, add $3,940 in Category 1 and $4,480 in Category 2. For a single cabin in 2019, add $4,000 in Category 1 and $4,550 in Category 2. International airfare to and from Inverness is not included in the expedition cost.
Travelers can choose between a light or moderate activity level. For a light level of activity, they should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, or easy hikes.
For a moderate level, travelers should be prepared for multiple hours of physical activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.
Click here for a description of all activity levels.