Autumn Colours in the Highlands

4 Nights

Sailing from: Inverness to Inverness:
A 4 night leisurely circular voyage of the endlessly beautiful Caledonian Canal in early spring and late autumn.

Nothing to clutter the view, just hauntingly beautiful Scottish Highland scenes during early spring and late autumn when the snow-clad mountains are arguably at their grandest and brought effortlessly to your panoramic window - combined with excellent cuisine and deluxe State Cabin accommodations provide for a truly unique and restful travel experience.

This four night voyage, on board the deluxe ‘Lord of the Glens’, encompasses the main highlights of a voyage through the very heart of the Scottish Highlands and describes a circle based on the City of Inverness, introducing the interested traveller to the intricate and endlessly fascinating inland waters of the Caledonian Canal.

The voyage commences (and finishes) at Inverness and variously continues via LochColours of spring image 1 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 Banavie, which lies in the shadow of Ben Nevis, before the return voyage to Inverness. The arrangement will appeal to those seeking great natural beauty, excellent cuisine, sumptuous accommodation as well as cultural/musical interludes and certainly no organised coach excursions since, on this voyage, everything is close to hand and best explored on foot - if the impulses so demand. The tariff provides for a full Scottish breakfast, luncheon, high tea and a splendid dinner.  The day (or evening) is punctuated, at opportune moments, with interesting talks and gentle musical interludes or feel free simply to escape, perhaps read a book or sip a glass of wine as the glories of the landscape slip by. 

Day by Day Itinerary, Sailing Dates, Tariffs & Inclusions

Day 1)
Embark ‘Lord of the Glens’ in Inverness at 15.00 hours.  Commence our sail via the first man-made section of the Canal to Dochgarroch. Evening Captain’s welcome reception and dinner. Moor Dochgarroch overnight.

Day 2)
Following breakfast continue our sail along the Caledonian Canal into Loch Dochfour before reaching Loch Ness. The 21 mile transit of Loch Ness provides for a brief photo opportunity pausing in front of the ruins of Urquhart Castle before reaching Fort Augustus. The afternoon is reserved for independent exploration of Fort Augustus where everything is close to hand. Moor Fort Augustus overnight.

Day 3)
The ‘Lord of the Glens’ is then elevated from the shores of Loch Ness with the assistance of six inter-connected locks that run through the centre of Fort Augustus before entering theColours of spring image 2 stunningly impressive tree-lined Laggan Avenue. Later continue into Loch Oich and Loch Lochy before reaching Banavie in the very shadow of Ben Nevis itself.  It is a short walk alongside Neptune’s Staircase to Banavie railway station for the West Highland train journey to the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the impressive loch-side monument, before transferring by coach to the ‘Lord of the Glens’ where the vessel in the meantime has turned round for the return voyage to Laggan, itself in the heart of the Scottish Highland scene. Moor along the Great Glen overnight.

Day 4)
Sail in the morning - this time seeing the landscape from a different perspective - until reaching Inverness, and the conclusion of the voyage. Evening Captain’s farewell reception and dinner.  Moor Inverness overnight.

Day 5)
Disembark after breakfast. Parting of the ways. 
Complimentary parking close to the vessel, subject to availability.

Embarkation (Day 1) is at 15:00 and Disembarkation (Day 5) is at 09:30. 

Taxi fares to the ship from Inverness airport are approximately £20 and from Inverness railway station £10.

Sailings dates
None scheduled currently

Tariff - ( per person sharing a twin or double)

  • Lower Deck State Cabin: to be advised  
  • Middle Deck State Cabin: to be advised    
  • Middle Deck Superior and Top Deck State Cabins: to be advised  

Sole occupancy of a twin/double cabin = add 60% to the above per person rates

Inclusions: Full board, excursion as indicated in itinerary, all port and taxes and dues. Not included: Gratuities.

Timings and schedule are subject to weather conditions and tide.

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