Caledonian and Great Glen Explorer - 12th October 2024
A six night sheltered water cruise through the Highlands of Scotland.

Caledonian and Great Glen Explorer – 12th October 2024

Inverness to Oban - 6 nights

Saturday 12th to Friday 18th October 2024

From £2,450 per person

6 nights

Nothing to clutter the view, just hauntingly beautiful Scottish Highland scenery brought effortlessly to your panoramic window. This, together with excellent cuisine and delightful accommodation, provides for a truly unique travel experience

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This six night cruise 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 and a ride on the West Highland Railway line, over the famed Glenfinnan viaduct.

Below you can explore the itinerary for this cruise. Click on the arrows to see more information on each days itinerary. Simply click the ‘Book this Cruise’ button to get booking and embark on an exciting journey with us…

*Transfers are provided from Oban to Inverness at the end of the cruise. Alternatively, independent arrangements may be made to leave the ship at Oban, with the train to Glasgow being particularly convenient.

Category 1 Cabins – James Watt Deck – Portholes Category 2 Cabins – David Roberts Deck – Windows Category 3 Cabins – Alexander Graham Bell
& David Robert Deck – Windows

Saturday 12th October

Inverness – Embarkation.

Inverness and bridge going over the River Ness

Embark in Inverness at 4pm and settle into your cabin, prior to the welcome reception and dinner. We remain alongside in Inverness overnight.

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Sunday 13th October

Inverness – Culloden and Clava Cairns. Cruise the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness to Fort Augustus.

The Caledonian Canal on a sunny day

This morning visit Culloden, the infamous battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746, and observe the ancient standing stones of Clava Cairns. We set sail this afternoon on the Caledonian Canal, built between 1803 and 1822 to connect the Great Glen’s four lochs. Entering Loch Ness, we pass the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle, before ascending the impressive flight of locks that runs through the heart of Fort Augustus, the scenic and historic village, where we remain overnight.

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Monday 14th October

Cruise the Caledonian Canal to Banavie and transit Neptune’s Staircase to Corpach. Scheduled West Highland Train passage over the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Corpach and Ben Nevis by Fort William

Lord of the Glens enters beautiful Loch Oich, the highest point of the canal. Later, we continue into the stunningly impressive tree-lined Laggan Avenue, Loch Lochy and finally to Banavie in the very shadow of Ben Nevis. Descending the spectacular eight inter-connected locks of Neptune’s Staircase, Lord of the Glens is lowered to sea level at Corpach. In the late afternoon, we take a scheduled train along part of the West Highland Railway and over the renowned viaduct to beautiful Glenfinnan; curving high over the waters of Loch Shiel, it found fame in the Harry Potter films for the Hogwarts Express.

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Tuesday 15th October

Sail Loch Linnhe and the Sound of Mull to Tobermory, Mull. Tobermory, Mull – Free time to explore at leisure.

Tobermory on the Isle of Mull

This morning we enter the serenely beautiful and sheltered waters of Loch Linnhe, passing Castle Stalker where the Monty Python film the Holy Grail was filmed, set on its own Island. Onwards to the Sound of Mull, we are bound for the gaily painted waterfront at Tobermory. Best explored on foot, our afternoon is spent at leisure, exploring the Georgian harbour town and island capital.

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Wednesday 16th October

Sail to Craignure, Mull. Craignure, Mull – Visit to Iona.

Duart Castle on a sunny day

The voyage continues with a call at Craignure, Isle of Mull from where we travel to the Isle of Iona, the last resting place of some 50 Scottish Kings and where St. Columba introduced Christianity to Scotland. Discover the tranquility of this sacred isle and its restored Benedictine Abbey.

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Thursday 17th October

Craignure, Mull – Duart Castle. Oban – Walking tour including McCaig’s Folly.

Oban waterfront

This morning we visit Duart Castle, home of great Jacobite supporters, Clan Maclean. The position of Duart was well chosen, it is sited on a high crag at the end of a peninsula jutting into the Sound of Mull, commanding the channel between Mull and the mainland. Finally, we sail to the ‘gateway of the isles’, Oban, for a walking tour and the impressive McCaig’s Folly which dominates the skyline. Our farewell dinner is held alongside in Oban.

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Friday 18th October

Oban – Disembarkation and transfer to Inverness.

After breakfast, we say farewell and disembark in Oban.

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Our decks and Cabins

James Watt Deck

Category One Cabin

These cabins are located on the James Watt Deck, two decks below the reception level. Cabins 103 and 105 are twin bedded and cabin 104 and 106 can be either double or twin bedded. Each cabin has two large portholes.

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David Roberts Deck

Category Two Cabin

These cabins are located on the David Roberts Deck being one deck below the reception level. There are four twin berth cabins (201, 202, 209 and 210) and four double bedded cabins (211, 212, 219 and 218). All having picture windows.

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Category Three Cabin

This category comprises of nine twin-berthed Superior Cabins on the David Roberts Deck being one deck below the reception level. These cabins are the largest cabins on the vessel. All having picture windows.

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Alexander Graham Bell Deck

Category Three Cabin

This category comprises of six twin-berthed cabins on the Alexander Graham Bell Deck being at the reception level and the same level as the restaurant. All having picture windows.

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