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.
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.
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. On Day 3, we set sail across mystical Loch Ness, famed for its 'monster' as well as its indescribable beauty.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast, you are free to leave Oban at your leisure.
We enjoy time in Scotland's majestic capital, Edinburgh, exploring its medieval Old Town and the attractive terraces of the Georgian New Town.
We enjoy time at Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull, the ancestral home of the MacLean clan, who owned large areas of land in Argyll and the Inner Hebrides.
We visit Tobermory, known for its collection of colourful seafront town houses, with time to explore.
West Highland Line
We take a ride on the world-famous West Highland Line to Glenfinnan, affording us tremendous views of the Scottish Highlands.
We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to Edinburgh Airport (EDI), which is approximately 8 miles from your base in Edinburgh. Our recommended departure airport is Inverness Airport, which approximately 119 miles from your final end point in Oban.
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Our journey between Edinburgh and Inverness and/or Inverness and Edinburgh are on board the London North Eastern Railway service, in either First or Standard Class. (The class of travel will be specified in the tour itinerary.)
Travelling First Class on London North Eastern Railway services means air-conditioned carriages with extra space and larger, reclining seats, each with their own table. Complimentary tea, coffee, mineral water and orange juice are served at your seat and complimentary newspapers are sometimes available.
Providing the entirety of mainland Scotland with transport links, Abello Scotrail is a fantastic commuter service that means even the farthest reaches of this wild and wonderful country is easily accessible. Running since 1983 under a variety of operators, this service has numerous lines, including one that stretches from the tip, Thurso, down to Edinburgh.
The lines on the Scotrail service are some of the most scenic in the world. The Kyle Line, the West Highland Line, and the Hadrian's Wall line are all services by Scotrail trains. The West Highland Line, stretching between Glasgow to Mallaig, stopping off at Fort William and with an offshoot line to Oban, is arguably the most famous of this line. There are numerous stunning sights to look out for on this route - from the breathtaking wilds of the highlands, to the peaks of the craggy mountains, to the iconic 21-spans of the beautiful Glennfinnan Viaduct.
Another famed line that we utilise on the Scotrail network includes the Kyle of Lochalsh line, running 63 miles between Dingwall and Kyle of Lochalsh. With spectacular views of the Isle of Skye as you come towards the pretty Kyle of Lochalsh, this particular line is certainly a glorious introduction to both of the Highlands of Scotland and the Hebrides. Other particularly beautiful places that the network explores include the Cairngorm National Park, on the Inverness to Edinburgh line, which passes through magnificent and verdant pine forests, as well as nearby the iconic Cairngorm Mountain.
The stock that traverses the lines are comfortable and modern, with spacious carriages and seating, as well as large windows through which to see the passing beauty of the Scottish countryside. New trains will be coming soon in the next few years, with more services, power sockets, Wi-Fi, and improved accessibility.
Also known as 'the Iron Road to the Isles', a journey on the West Highland Line is an epic rail adventure that takes passengers through some of the world's most beautiful and dramatic landscapes. In fact the line has twice been voted the world's best rail journey by readers of Wanderlust magazine.
Running from Glasgow's Queen Street station, the train runs through the city's outskirts and on to Helensburgh. From here the train begins its ascent into the famous Highlands.
Soon the train skirts the beautiful Loch Long, followed by the immense Loch Lomond, as it makes its way up the ever-increasing gradients. The journey continues alongside the Loch - Britain's largest body of inland water - whilst winding through pretty wooden slopes.
Continuing northward through charming isolated villages, the train then climbs more than 500 feet (150 m) in just five miles, before arriving at the tiny hamlet Crianlarich. Here the West Highland Line splits into two branches. One continues to Fort William and Mallaig, the other heads west to Oban.
The 4-Star Apex Waterloo Place Hotel is ideally located at the eastern end of Princes Street, close to Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station. The rooms feature a television, fridge, safe, tea and coff ee making facilities, luxury toiletries and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Our luxury ship, MV Lord of the Glens, is the only passenger vessel of its kind, designed to navigate both the Scottish inland waterways of the Caledonian Canal and the open sea. It offers a truly unique way to take in the peaceful atmosphere and timeless landscape of Scotland's most dramatically beautiful lochs.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!