Cruising the Highlands & Islands with acclaimed historian and broadcaster James Crawford - 16th September 2024
A seven night leisurely voyage of the endlessly beautiful Caledonian Canal, hidden sea lochs and islands of Scotland’s western shore.

Cruising the Highlands & Islands with acclaimed historian and broadcaster James Crawford – 16th September 2024

Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh - 7 nights

Monday 16th to Monday 23rd September 2024



Step aboard Lord of the Glens and spend eight days exploring the Caledonian Canal and the enchanting islands off Scotland’s western shore in the company of acclaimed historian and broadcaster, James Crawford , who joins for part of the cruise.

James Crawford is an acclaimed historian and broadcaster, and for over a decade has worked for and researched Scotland’s National Collection of Architecture and Archaeology. He has written and presented three series of the landmark documentary Scotland from the Sky and is the author of nine books including Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of the World’s Greatest Lost Buildings and The Edge of the Plain: How Borders Make and Break Our World – both of which were shortlisted for best non-fiction book at Scotland’s National Book Awards. His latest book is Wild History: Journeys Into Lost Scotland.

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Your adventure starts in Inverness, as you embark upon an itinerary that takes you to see some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery in the springtime. You’ll journey along the Caledonian Canal and visiting hidden sea lochs and the stunning islands of Scotland’s western shore.

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 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness at the end of the cruise. Alternatively, independent arrangements may be made to leave the ship at Kyle of Lochalsh. 

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

Monday 16th September

Inverness – Embarkation.

Inverness and bridge going over the River Ness

Make your own way to Inverness, where a coach transfer will pick you up from either Inverness Airport or bus station in the afternoon. Embark Lord of the Glens.

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Tuesday 17th September

Inverness - Culloden and Clava Cairns. Sail the Caledonian Canal to Fort Augustus.

This morning visit Culloden, the infamous battlefield where “Bonnie” Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746, and then see the ancient standing stones of Clava Cairns. Set sail this afternoon on the Caledonian Canal, built between 1803 and 1822 to connect Loch Ness with the Great Glen’s three other lochs. Enter Loch Ness, cruise past the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle. Ascend an impressive flight of locks that runs through the heart of Fort Augustus. Moor this evening at Fort Augustus.

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Wednesday 18th September

Corpach to Glenfinnan

Neptune's Staircase at Banavie near Fort William on the Caledonian Canal

Sail through the tree-lined section known as Laggan Avenue and into Loch Lochy and on until we descend Neptune’s Staircase, a set of eight interconnected locks, to the village of Corpach, nestled in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Great Britain’s highest mountain. In the afternoon we will travel by coach to beautiful Glenfinnan. Moor overnight at Corpach.

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Thursday 19th September


Oban in Argyll and Bute Scotland

Today we enter the ocean, passing mysterious lochs and islands till we reach Oban, the seafood capital of the Highlands. Join us for a walk up to McCaig’s Tower dominating the skyline of the town with great views of the Western Isles. Overnight at Oban.

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Friday 20th September

Sound of Mull and Isle of Iona

Iona Abbey on the island of Iona in Scotland

This morning we sail to Craignure for the excursion to the Isle of Iona, with a pause in front of Duart Castle for photographs. Visit Iona, the last resting place of some 50 Scottish Kings and where St. Columba introduced Christianity to Britain. Later sail to Tobermory, again on the Isle of Mull. Tobermory’s most striking feature is the gaily painted houses that line the waterfront originally built by the British Fisheries Company to house its workers for £20 each. Moor Mull overnight.

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Saturday 21st September

Tobermory to Loch Nevis

An Sgurr the highest hill on the Island of Eigg

Sail north from Tobermory, catching glimpses of the islands of the Inner Hebrides. You will cruise past Eigg, Silver Sands beach and Mallaig; look out for marine animals and birdlife along the way including Atlantic seals, minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and a variety of seabirds. Then sail to the town of Inverie in Loch Nevis, where you can have a drink at the most remote pub in the British Isles.

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Sunday 22nd September

Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle

Armadale Castle on the Isle of Skye

Early this morning you’ll sail across the Sound of Sleat to Armadale and the Isle of Skye. Visit the Clan Donald Centre. Later sail to Kyle of Lochalsh from where we visit Eilean Donan Castle. Evening Farewell Reception and Dinner tonight and overnight in Kyle.

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Monday 23rd September

Kyle of Lochalsh – Disembarkation and transfer to Inverness.

Disembark after breakfast for your transfer to Inverness.

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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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