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Scottish Highlands Cruise

4.7 stars(7 reviews)

Explore the rugged Scottish Highlands

9 days Sold out

2021 Tour code: KKR21

About the tour

After travelling on the incredibly scenic Kyle Line Railway, we explore the rugged Scottish Highlands on a voyage that takes us up Neptune's Staircase, along the Caledonian Canal and passes the glorious islands and idyllic scenery of the Inner Hebrides.


What’s included


Day 1 - Meet in Inverness

Following your individual travel to Inverness or Aviemore, your Tour Manager meets you at our hotel. After checking in, there is time at leisure to explore the historic town before dinner.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - MV Lord of the Highlands

This morning we transfer to Inverness station, where we board the train for a journey on the Kyle Line to Kyle of Lochalsh. Here, your Tour Manager bids you farewell, and you board the luxury MV Lord of the Highlands. For any queries during your time on board, there is an experienced Cruise Director. After settling in, enjoy a welcome reception and a three-course dinner on board.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Isle of Skye

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Eigg

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5- Iona

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - West Highland Line

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Neptune’s Staircase

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield and Inverness

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 - Departing Inverness

After breakfast on board, we disembark in Inverness and you are free to make your homeward journey.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

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4.7 stars4.7 / 5 · 7 reviews

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Dr T James

5 stars

Submitted 03 Oct 2018

very good atmosphere created by the staff and crew of the Lord of the Glens

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Mr S Buckley

4 stars

Submitted 20 Jun 2018

Everything went well - my only negative was the poor WiFi reception on the ship.

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Mr M Dash

4 stars

Submitted 30 May 2018

We have already made comments to the ship's owners on a few improvements we felt are needed on board.

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Mr N Hockley

5 stars

Submitted 04 Oct 2017

Well organised, well carried out , great venue.

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Mr D Stemp

5 stars

Submitted 28 Sep 2017

Every aspect of the holiday was excellent

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Mr W Riediker

5 stars

Submitted 27 Sep 2017

lovely Ship sailing along nice Islands offering impressive views, rail tour from Inverness to Kyle Lochalsh with excellent views of mountains Lochs and Lakes.

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