Spring & Autumn in The Highlands (Lord of The Highlands)

Spring & Autumn in The Highlands (Lord of The Highlands)

From GBP £1,095

Description

A five night sheltered water cruise through the Highlands of Scotland.

Nothing to clutter the view, just hauntingly beautiful Scottish Highland scenes brought effortlessly to your panoramic window, this together with excellent cuisine and deluxe State Cabin accommodations provides for a truly unique travel experience. This five night voyage on board the deluxe ‘Lord of the Highlands’ encompasses the main highlights of a voyage through the very heart of the Scottish Highlands, including a transit of the intricate and endlessly fascinating inland waters of the Caledonian Canal.

The voyage commences at Inverness and continues via Loch Dochfour and Loch Ness to Fort Augustus and onto beautiful Loch Oich, the highest point of the canal, before reaching Loch Lochy and finally to Corpach (Fort William) which lies in the shadow of Ben Nevis and the gateway to the sea. At Corpach there is time to take the famed ‘West Highland Line’ train to Glenfinnan (Viaduct) returning to ‘Lord of the Highlands’ via the Glenfinnan Monument.

At Corpach the ‘Lord of the Highlands’ passes through the sea lock and enters the serenely beautiful sheltered waters of Loch Linnhe and then it is onto the Sound of Mull, and to the gaily painted waterfront at Tobermory. The voyage concludes with a call at Craignure (Isle of Mull) for the visit to Duart Castle before reaching the ‘gateway of the isles’ at Oban.

The voyage as shown operates from Inverness to Oban, whilst it should be noted that the voyage operates in the reverse sequential order on alternate sailings, (details available on request).

Transfers are provided from/and to Inverness and the ‘Lord of the Highlands’.

Alternatively independent arrangements may be made to join/leave the vessel at Oban as appropriate, with the train to (or from) Glasgow being particularly convenient when disembarking (or commencing) in Oban.

Trip Name
Spring & Autumn in The Highlands (Lord of The Highlands)
Days
5
Overview
Vessel Type: Small Ship Length: 43 metres Passenger Capacity: 21 cabins - 40 passangers Built: 2019 The challenge as with her sister vessel ‘Lord of the Glens’ was to craft a vessel that could both transit the intricate waters of the Caledonian Canal as well as navigate the sheltered waters around Scotland’s hauntingly beautiful fretted west coast, the result being the splendid ‘Lord of the Highlands’. Its elegance calls to mind that of a luxury yacht. There are 21 outward facing state cabins spread over two decks each named with references to John Buchan’s “THIRTY-NINE STEPS”. Each cabin is finished in hardwood finishes, plush carpeting, dressing table, stool, wardrobe, satellite tv, and en suite facilities with shower, wc and washbasin. All state cabins are air conditioned and heated with an internal telephone and picture windows. The cuisine is excellent, freshly prepared onboard by a loyal and long serving brigade of chefs, drawing on the rich bounty of locally sourced produce. What could be more delightful than to awake to the prospect of a full scottish breakfast and for early risers to take advantage of the complimentary hot beverages that await in the lounge and for that matter for the rest of the day as well? Lord of the Highlands was constructed by Spanish craftsmen in Vigo for completion in July 2019 but will only enter passenger service in May 2020.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1: Inverness
Embark in Inverness at 4pm. Evening Captain’s welcome reception & dinner. Moor Inverness overnight
Day 2 - Day 2: Loch Ness & Fort Augustus
Sail in the morning via the first man-made section of the Caledonian Canal into Loch Dochfour, before reaching Loch Ness. The 21 mile transit of Loch Ness provides for a brief photo opportunity by pausing in front of the ruins of Urquhart Castle before reaching Fort Augustus. The afternoon is free to explore Fort Augustus where everything is close to hand. Moor Fort Augustus overnight.
Day 3 - Day 3: Loch Oich, Loch Lochy & Banavie
The ‘Lord of the Glens’ is elevated from the shores of Loch Ness with the assistance of six inter-connected locks than run through the centre of Fort Augustus, before entering the stunningly impressive tree-lined Laggan Avenue. Later continue into Loch Oich, Loch Lochy and finally to Banavie in the very shadow of Ben Nevis itself. The afternoon is reserved for a passage on the scheduled West Highland train from Banavie to Glenfinnan Viaduct returning to the vessel via the Commando Memorial. Moor Banavie overnight.
Day 4 - Day 4: Tobermory
Descending the spectacular eight inter-connected locks of ‘Neptune’s Staircase’ the ‘Lord of the Glens’ is lowered to sea level at Corpach and then it is out to sea for a passage along the sheltered waters of Loch Linnhe and the Sound of Mull before reaching Tobermory. Tobermory is best explored on foot and there is plenty of time in the afternoon to visit the famed gaily painted waterfront. Moor Tobermory overnight.
Day 5 - Day 5: Craignure & Oban
The voyage concludes with a call at Craignure (Mull) for the visit to Duart Castle. Later sail to Oban, followed by an afternoon walk to include a Whisky Distillery & Mcaig’s Folly. Evening Captain’s farewell reception and dinner. Moor Oban overnight.
Day 6 - Day 6: Oban (on to Inverness)
Disembark after breakfast and drive to Inverness.
Day 7 - Please Note:
Timings and schedule are subject to weather conditions and tide.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
30-09-202004-10-2020GBP £1,095BRIDGE DECK CAT 1
30-09-202004-10-2020GBP £1,295MAIN DECK STANDARD CAT 2
30-09-202004-10-2020GBP £1,495BRIDGE DECK CAT 3
30-09-202004-10-2020GBP £1,600MAIN DECK & BALCONY CAT 4
30-09-202004-10-2020GBP £1,995OWNERS SUITE CAT 5

Inclusions

    • Stop in front of the ruins of Urquhart Castle
    • Explore Fort Augustus
    • Enjoy a passage on the scheduled West Highland train from Banavie to Glenfinnan Viaduct
    • Discover Tobermory
    • Visit Duart Castle

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