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

Depart on an overnight flight to Inverness, arriving the next morning. Board the Lord of the Glens to the strains of a highland piper and settle into your cabin—your home for the next seven nights. Gather for a reception and dinner on board while docked in Inverness.
M.V. Lord of the Glens (D)

Day 3 — Culloden/Clava Cairns/Loch Ness

After a morning walk, visit Culloden, the infamous battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746. See the prehistoric standing stones and passage tombs of Clava Cairns. This afternoon, set sail on the Caledonian Canal, built in the early 19th century to create a route between western and eastern Scotland. Enter Loch Ness, cruise past the ruins of Urquhart Castle, and learn about the legendary monster said to inhabit the loch. Moor this afternoon at Fort Augustus and set out on a kayak excursion or a hike.
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Day 4 — Laggan Locks/Fort Augustus

Ascend an impressive flight of locks that runs through the heart of Fort Augustus. Glide down the tree-lined canal known as Laggan Avenue; or hike or bike along the towpath and rejoin the ship at the first lock. Moor at Fort Augustus and set out on a kayak excursion or a hike.
(B,L,D)

Day 5 — Loch Linnhe/Oban/Banavie/Glenfinnan

Today, the 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. Explore this lively town on foot, visiting a whiskey distillery and McCaig's Tower, a monument on a hill overlooking the town and bay. Sail into Loch Lochy and follow the canal to the town of Banavie, set in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Great Britain's highest mountain. In the afternoon we travel to beautiful Glenfinnan, nestled within the mountains, and enjoy an afternoon walk. Return to the ship and welcome local musicians on board for a lively evening of music and song.
(B,L,D)

Day 6 — Sound of Mull/Duart Castle/Iona

Continue to the Inner Hebrides and dock at Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Visit stunning Duart Castle this afternoon, set dramatically on a bluff jutting into the Sound of Mull. Explore the keep and dungeon of this fortress. 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.
(B,L,D)

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

This morning, explore picturesque Tobermory on your own or on a walk led by our staff. Then sail north to the isle of Eigg, catching glimpses of the islands of the Inner Hebrides along the way. Here, Atlantic seals can often be found sunbathing on the rocks amid myriad seabirds. Hike in the hills beneath the striking An Sgurr ridge and learn about the community that thrives on this remote isle. Or head to the Isle of Rum, renowned for spectacular Kinloch Castle. Later, sail to Inverie, an isolated town inaccessible by road.
(B,L,D)

Day 8 — Isle of Skye

Continue north to the Isle of Skye. At the Museum of the Isles, trace the legacy of the 1,300-year-old Clan Donald, who once ruled the west coast of Scotland, and walk through the woodlands in Armadale. Take a guided walk in the Cuillin Hills (weather permitting) amid some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery. Or explore Eilean Donan Castle and the quaint village of Plockton. Celebrate your voyage at a festive farewell dinner on board.
(B,L,D)

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

Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh and drive through the Highlands to Inverness. Then transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
(B,L)

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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.

Catherine Karnow

Catherine KarnowBorn and raised in Hong Kong, photographer Catherine Karnow first traveled across Scotland to illustrate a book on the Scotch whisky trail. She's been drawn back since, and recently lead a workshop in Scotland. Catherine has photographed everything from Australian Aborigines and Bombay film stars to the victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam. She shot the cover story "Inside Provence" for National Geographic Traveler's April 2006 issue and captured rare images of Prince Charles for the May 2006 National Geographic magazine feature "Not Your Typical Radical." Catherine's film Brooklyn Bridge premiered at the Berlin Film Festival.

Catherine will join the following departure:

Jul 26 - Aug 03, 2015

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2014
  • Aug 04 - 12, 2014 (waitlist only)
  • Aug 11 - 19, 2014 REV (waitlist only)
  • Aug 18 - 26, 2014 (waitlist only)
2015
  • Jul 26 - Aug 03, 2015
  • Aug 02 - 10, 2015 REV
  • Aug 09 - 17, 2015
  • Aug 16 - 24, 2015 REV
  • Aug 23 - 31, 2015
  • Aug 30 - Sep 07, 2015 REV

REV Indicates trip operates in reverse.

Expedition Cost

2014 and 2015
 
Category 1 $6,990
Category 2 $7,990

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin in 2014 and 2015, add $1,750 in Category 1 and $2,000 in Category 2.

International airfare to/from Iverness is not included in the expedition cost.

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