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Scotland's Highlands and Islands

Reverse Itinerary
June 01 - 09, 2019 (9 Days)

Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Inverness, Scotland/Kyle of Lochalsh

Depart on an overnight flight to Inverness, arriving the next morning. After a drive through the Scottish Highlands, 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 Kyle of Lochalsh.

Day 3 — 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, who once ruled the west coast of Scotland, and take a walk through the woodlands of 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.

Day 4 — Inverie/Isle of Rum/Eigg/Tobermory

This morning sail to Inverie, an isolated town inaccessible by road. Then sail north to the isle of Eigg, catching glimpses of the Inner Hebrides along the way. Here, Atlantic seals can often be found sunbathing on the rocks amid teeming seabirds. Hike in the hills beneath the dramatic 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. Continue on to explore Tobermory's lively quayside.

Day 5 — Tobermory/Iona/Duart Castle/Sound of Mull

This morning, explore Tobermory on your own or on a walk led by our staff. 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. Continue to the Inner Hebrides and dock at Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Visit stunning Duart Castle, set dramatically on a bluff jutting into the Sound of Mull. Explore the keep and dungeon of this fortress.

Day 6 — Oban/Loch Linnhe

Today we visit 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. Then the Lord of the Glens ascends Neptune's Staircase, a set of eight interconnected locks.

Day 7 — Laggan Locks/Banavie/Glenfinnan

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. 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 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.

Day 8 — 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. Enjoy a whiskey tasting aboard the Lord of the Glens this evening.

Day 9 — Inverness/U.S.

After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.