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The Highlands & Inner Hebrides Cruise

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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.

  • Scenic rail journey on the Kyle Line
  • Experience the glorious West Highlands Line
  • Visit to the Isle of Skye
  • The Isle of Mull
  • Discover Eigg
  • Explore Tobermory
  • Craignure
  • Duart Castle and Fort Augustus
  • Cruise on Loch Ness
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Journey on the Kyle Line
    Journey on the West Highlands Line
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    6 Lunches
  • MV Lord of the Glens
    7 Night Cruise

The Highlands & Inner Hebrides Cruise 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 Inverness

Meet in Inverness

Following your individual travel to Inverness, 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 Glens
MV Lord of the Glens

MV Lord of the Glens

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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

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 Tobermory


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
Days 5-6 Iona

Iona and the West Highland Line

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 7-8 Urquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle

Neptune’s Staircase and Inverness

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Inverness Castle
Inverness Castle

Departing Inverness

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

  • Breakfast

Included in your Tour

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.

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.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager up to embarkation & from disembarkation of the MV Lord of the Glens
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 1 night's hotel accommodation in Inverness
  • 7-night cruise on the MV Lord of the Glens (James Watt Lower Deck)

Delicious meals included

  • 22 meals including 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Scenic rail journey on the Kyle Line
  • Experience the glorious West Highlands Line
  • Visit to the Isle of Skye
  • Excursion to the Isle of Mull
  • Discover Eigg
  • Explore Tobermory
  • Excursion to Craignure,
  • Visits to Duart Castle and Fort Augustus
  • Cruise on Loch Ness

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade your cabin to the Middle Deck: £500 per person (twin occupancy only)
  • Upgrade your cabin to a superior Middle Deck Cabin: £1000 per person (twin occupancy only)

Please note: This tour may not be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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Explore the rugged Scottish Highlands


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