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Scottish Islands and Lochs Cruise

4.6 stars(5 reviews)

Navigate Scottish lochs on this relaxing cruise

7 days From £1,945 per person

2021 Tour code: LGR21

About the tour

This fantastic five-night cruise through the heart of the Highlands begins with a night in Edinburgh before we board our ship for a journey through the rugged coastline of Scotland's west coast to the unspoilt beauty of the Isle of Mull, up Neptune's Staircase, along the Caledonian Canal and across Loch Ness.


What’s included


Day 1 - Edinburgh

Following your individual travel to Edinburgh, your Tour Manager meets you at your hotel. After arriving, you are at leisure in Edinburgh, perhaps to explore its historic centre, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

As you wander through the narrow streets of the medieval Old Town and the elegant terraces of the Georgian New Town, it is easy to see why the city was awarded this accolade. Stroll past award-winning modern architecture and majestic old buildings, built in the area's typical grey stone, or amble down the winding alleyways which fan out from the beautiful Royal Mile, named because it runs between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.

Edinburgh Castle itself might be an excellent place to explore. The building serves a mighty symbol of Scotland's turbulent past, and overlooks the city from its perch on an extinct volcano.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Edinburgh to Inverness

Transfer to Edinburgh Waverley station to Inverness today, travelling through some of the Highland's most fantastic scenery. On arrival, we board our ship, the MV Lord of the Glens. 

  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3 - Loch Ness

On Day 3, we set sail across mystical Loch Ness, famed for its 'monster' as well as its indescribable beauty.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Banavie and the West Highland Line

Today, we sail onwards towards pretty Banavie, where we disembark our vessel for a fantastic excursion on the West Highland Line to Glenfinnan. This evening, we remain in Banavie.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Neptune’s Staircase and Tobermory

Today, we begin by ascending through the incredible feat of engineering that is Neptune's Staircase, which lowers the vessel to Corpach. From here, we continue through the myriad of lochs and rivers, out towards Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Duart Castle

Today, we arrive into Craignure, where we transfer to stunning Duart Castle. After some time here, we return to the ship for lunch, continuing to Oban where we take a tour of the whiskey distillery. We enjoy a 'wee dram', then visit McCaig's Tower, which was built to resemble the Colosseum in Rome.

This is our final evening on board, and tonight, we indulge in a Captain's farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Home

After breakfast, you are free to leave Oban at your leisure.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please Note - Cruise Itinerary

For departure LGR2103 this cruise is in reverse.

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.


Radisson Blu Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Radisson Blu Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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MV Lord of the Glens

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4.6 stars4.6 / 5 · 5 reviews

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Miss S Perry

4 stars

Submitted Nov 03 2018

Overall good cruise and food

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Mr D Porter

5 stars

Submitted May 19 2018

Hotel was good and conveniently placed Well organised. Ship -food and staff excellent. Good accommodation .Hotel in Edinburgh was good and conveniently placed near station. Appreciated transfer of baggage.

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Mr D Peterson

5 stars

Submitted May 18 2018

Excellent from start to finish. Apex Hotel in Edinburgh was very comfortable with a good breakfast, and in a good central position for sight seeing around the city. All train travel was punctual and comfortable. The cruise onboard the Lord of the Glens was superb. No adverse comments about this holiday....even the weather was perfect!

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Mr N Pearce

4 stars

Submitted Nov 08 2017

Very Good but, perhaps, a buffet style lunch would have sufficed instead of the 3-course meal. But this is nit-picking !

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Mrs P Bridgett

5 stars

Submitted May 25 2017

This holiday was fantastic from start to finish. The Lord of the Glens was lovely, the crew were really very helpful and could not do enough for you. The cabins were very comfortable with plenty of storage space. But what made all the difference to us was having our luggage transferred from Edinburgh to the boat, which meant a very easy journey by train to Oban. Would recommend this holiday if you want a totally relaxing peaceful few days.

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