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

  • 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 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 date 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 departure:

Jun 17 - 25, 2018

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2018
  • 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
2019
  • Jun 01 - 09, 2019 REV
  • Jun 08 - 16, 2019
  • Jul 20 - 28, 2019
  • Jul 27 - Aug 04, 2019 REV
  • Aug 03 - 11, 2019
  • Aug 10 - 18, 2019 REV
  • Aug 17 - 25, 2019
  • Aug 24 - Sep 01, 2019
  • Aug 31 - Sep 08, 2019

REV Indicates trip operates in reverse.

Expedition Cost

2018
Lord of the Glens
Category 1 $7,880
Category 2 $9,000

2019
Lord of the Glens
Category 1 $7,990
Category 2 $9,100

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.

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Activity Level

Light/Moderate

Travelers 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, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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