Explore the rugged Scottish Highlands
After travelling on the incredibly scenic Kyle Line Railway, we explore the rugged Scottish Highlands from the comfort of our luxury ship. This fantastic voyage takes us up to Neptune's Staircase, through picturesque lochs, along the Caledonian Canal and passes the glorious islands and idyllic scenery of the Inner Hebrides.
Meet your group and Tour Manager at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness. After checking in, there is time at leisure to explore the historic town before dinner.
This morning we transfer to the railway station where we board the train for a journey on the Kyle Line to Kyle of Lochalsh. This is one of the most scenic railway lines in Europe, climbing over the purple moors of the highlands and passing numerous lochs and mountains as we traverse from east to west coast.
On arrival in Kyle of Lochalsh, your Tour Manager bids you farewell, as we board the luxury MV Lord of the Glens. After settling in to your cabin, we enjoy a welcome reception and three-course dinner on board.
After indulging in our first breakfast on board, we enjoy a morning visit to Eilean Donan Castle, set dramatically in the middle of the confluence of Lochs Duich, Long, and Alsh, before going on to the picturesque village of Plockton. From here, we return to our vessel to sail via Kyle Rhea and the Sound of Sleat to Armadale on the Isle of Skye. Later in the day we visit the Clan Donald Centre and Gardens, before we sail to the town of Inverie, located on Loch Nevis.
We moor at Inverie for the night, giving you the chance to have a drink at the Old Forge, which boasts the title of the most remote pub in Great Britain, being 20 miles away from the nearest road.
This morning we sail around Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point of mainland Britain. We reach Eigg, a tiny island dominated by 'an Sgurr', a dramatic pitchstone ridge.
Whilst on board, look out for the myriad of marine animals and birds that inhabit the island and its surrounding waters, including minke whales, dolphins, porpoises, and a wide variety of seabirds. After exploring Eigg, we sail into the Sound of Mull towards Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, the second largest Island of the Inner Hebrides.
The route takes us past the dramatic scenery of Scotland's west coast, with views of untouched moorland sloping down to jagged rock faces on the shore. We then arrive in Tobermory, the capital of the Isle of Mull, located in the north of the island. This lovely little fishing port is famed for its brightly coloured houses. We moor here for the night, giving you the chance to further explore the pretty harbour of Tobermory.
We sail along the Isle of Mull to Craignure today, where we enjoy an excursion to the hidden and beautiful Isle of Iona. This unspoilt island is only accessible from Mull, and is filled with pristine beaches and wild terrain. Later, we return to Craignure, where we sail across to Oban.
Here, we take some time to photograph the lovely 13th century Duart Castle. We moor at Oban overnight On Day 6, we leave Oban to sail along Loch Linnhe to Corpach, located at the entrance of the Caledonian Canal. This afternoon, we take the West Highland line over the beautiful Glenfinnan viaduct to the village of the same name. Tonight, we moor at Corpach.
We sail this morning to ascend the incredible feat of engineering that is Neptune's Staircase, a flight of eight inter-connected locks that take the vessel along the Caledonian Canal, through Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, and Laggan Avenue. We arrive at our mooring space for the night, Fort Augustus.
Loch Ness is our destination on Day 8. We cross this beautiful stretch of water, which has fostered tales of the famous 'monster' because of it's murky and mysterious depths, and take in the stunning surrounding scenery, including the ruins of Urquhart Castle.
This afternoon, we enjoy a fascinating excursion to Culloden, the site of the battlefield where 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' and his forces were defeated in 1745. We also visit the ancient standing stones of the Clava Cairns. This evening, we enjoy a farewell reception and dinner on board, spending the night moored in Inverness.
After breakfast on board, we disembark in Inverness and you are free to make your homeward journey.
West Highland Line
We take a ride on the world-famous West Highland Line to Glenfinnan, affording us tremendous views of the Scottish Highlands.
Whilst we are on the Isle of Skye we pay a visit to charming Portree, the largest town on the island. Its attractive waterfront and collection of colourful townhouses make it an interesting place to explore.
We visit Tobermory, known for its collection of colourful seafront town houses, with time to explore.
Eilean Donan Castle
Set on a small tidal island, this picturesque castle is no stranger to film and television series and provides us with a fantastic excursion on Day 3.
We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to and from Inverness Airport (INV), which is approximately 10 miles from your base in Inverness.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
We also offer an alternative departure that features a fabulous tour around some other parts of the Highlands. Lasting 13 days, you spend Days 1 and 2 in Edinburgh, before heading to Glen Spean on Day 3. You enjoy a journey on the West Highland Line on Day 4, and on Days 5 - 12, your cruise is as above. Tour Code: KLR19.
You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.
An escorted experience and travel during your tour
The services of a professional Tour Manager up to embarkation of the MV Lord of the Glens
Standard Class rail travel throughout
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
Explore the rugged Scottish Highlands