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 or Rum, 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.

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 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

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.

Jim Richardson

Jim  RichardsonPhotographer Jim Richardson has produced more than 40 stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. Jim’s work on environmental issues for National Geographic magazine has covered topics ranging from feeding the planet to protecting our night skies from light pollution. Proud of his Celtic roots, Jim has focused on the British Isles, Ireland, and especially Scotland for the last 20 years, including two years photographing the Celtic realm for the March 2006 National Geographic article "Celt Appeal.” More recently, he covered the Scottish Moors for the May 2017 National Geographic article “Who’s Moors Are They?” He also shot and wrote “My Scottish Obsession" for National Geographic Traveler, as well as stories on Orkney, Edinburgh, the Outer Hebrides, the Inner Hebrides, and Scottish Whisky Country. In 2015, Richardson was voted as the National Geographic "Photographer's Photographer" by the Society's assignment photographers. Jim teaches and speaks internationally, and is co-founder of Eyes On Earth, which mentors young environmental photographers. Published widely, Jim has also been profiled on CBS News Sunday Morning and ABC's Nightline, and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his contributions to environmental and cultural understanding. He looks forward to sharing this part of the world with travelers on this expedition.

Jim will join the following departures:

Jun 17 - 25, 2018
Aug 03 - 11, 2019

Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


  • 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
  • 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

REV Indicates trip operates in reverse.

Expedition Cost

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

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 or Moderate

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.