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.
Guided walking tour of Oban, including visit to McCaig's tower and a whisky distillery tour and tasting
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.
Days 2-3 - 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 - 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 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 - Home
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 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
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
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.
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.
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.
Mr D Peterson
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 vacation....even the weather was perfect!
Mr N Pearce
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 !
Submitted Jun 01, 2017
The scenery looked so good in the warm sunshine, making the vacation memorable.
This vacation 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 vacation if you want a totally relaxing peaceful few days.
Europe, UK & Cruising by Rail 2019
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