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Scottish Islands & Lochs Cruise

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(Tour code: LGR20)

Navigate Scottish lochs on this relaxing cruise

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.

  • Edinburgh
  • Oban
  • The Isle of Mull
  • Tobermory
  • Loch Ness
  • Inverness
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • Selected Excursions
    MV Lord of the Glens
    5 Nights Cruise
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

Scottish Islands & Lochs Cruise 2020Tour Details

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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 center, 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
Days 2-3 Inverness

Edinburgh to Inverness

Transfer to Edinburgh Waverley station to Inverness today, traveling 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.

  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 West Highland Line
West Highland Line

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 Neptunes Staircase
Neptunes Staircase

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
Duart Castle

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 whisky 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 Oban


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

  • Breakfast

Included in your Tour


We enjoy time in Scotland's majestic capital, Edinburgh, exploring its medieval Old Town and the attractive terraces of the Georgian New Town.

Duart Castle

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 colorful 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.

Recommended Airport

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.

Visa Requirements

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.

Departure Times

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.

What’s included

An escorted experience and travel during your tour

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

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 1 nights' hotel accommodation in Edinburgh
  • 5-night cruise aboard MV Lord of the Glens (James Watt Lower Deck)

Delicious meals included

  • 16 meals including 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided walking tour of Oban, including visit to McCaig's tower and a whisky distillery tour and tasting
  • Tour of Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull
  • Journey on the West Highland Line
  • Cruise on Loch Ness and Neptune's Staircase

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers


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