Secrets of the Highlands and Islands - 13th May 2024
A seven night leisurely voyage of the endlessly beautiful Caledonian Canal, hidden sea lochs and islands of Scotland’s western shore.

Secrets of the Highlands and Islands – 13th May 2024

Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh - 7 nights

Monday 13th to Monday 20th May 2024


This seven night voyage, through the very heart of the Scottish Highlands, introduces the interested traveller to the intricate and endlessly fascinating inland waters of the Caledonian Canal, the glistening waters of Loch Linnhe, the Sound of Mull, the Sound of Sleat and finally, Kyle Rhea.

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This cruise will appeal to those seeking great natural beauty, excellent cuisine and warm and friendly service from a dedicated crew. At all ports of call there is something to interest and fascinate, but there will always be an opportunity to perhaps read a book, or sip a glass of wine as the glories of the landscape slip by.

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 ab 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 13th May

Inverness – Embarkation.

Inverness and bridge going over the River Ness

Arrive in Inverness and embark Lord of the Glens. This evening, we enjoy a welcome reception and dinner whilst remaining berthed in the city.

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Tuesday 14th May

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 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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Wednesday 15th May

Cruise the Caledonian Canal and transit Neptune’s Staircase to Corpach. Scenic West Highland Railway passage over the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

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

Continue along the canal through Loch Oich, ascending to 106 feet at Laggan Locks after gliding serenely along the tree-lined section known as Laggan Avenue. Onwards through picturesque Loch Lochy, to Banavie in the 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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Thursday 16th May

Sail Loch Linnhe to Oban. Oban – Walking tour and McCaig’s Folly.

Oban in Argyll and Bute Scotland

Entering the serenely beautiful and sheltered waters of Loch Linnhe, we sail to Oban, the seafood capital of the highlands. Take a guided walk up to McCaig’s Tower; inspired by the Roman Colosseum, it affords spectacular views of the Hebrides. We berth in Oban overnight.

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Friday 17th May

Craignure, Mull – Visit to Iona. Tobermory, Mull – Free time to explore at leisure.

Iona Abbey on the island of Iona in Scotland

This morning, we sail to Craignure on Mull for a visit to the Isle of Iona, the last resting place of some 50 Scottish Kings and where St. Columba introduced Christianity to Scotland. Later, we sail to the island capital of Tobermory where brightly painted houses line the waterfront which was originally built by the British Fisheries Company to house its workers. We remain alongside overnight.

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Saturday 18th May

Eigg – Walks ashore. Inverie, Loch Nevis – Walks ashore and the Old Forge Inn.

An Sgurr the highest hill on the Island of Eigg

Sailing north to the Small Isle of Eigg this morning, we catch glimpses of the islands of the Inner Hebrides along the way. This community owned island is a nature reserve and allows us to go in search of marine animals and birdlife, including Atlantic seals, minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and a variety of seabirds. Our overnight berth is at Inverie on Loch Nevis, where you can enjoy a drink at the most remote pub on mainland Britain, The Old Forge Inn.

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Sunday 19th May

Armadale, Skye – Armadale Castle and Clan Donald Centre. Kyle of Lochalsh – Eilean Donan Castle.

Armadale Castle on the Isle of Skye

An early morning sail across the Sound of Sleat leads us to Armadale on the Isle of Skye where we trace the legacy of the Clan MacDonald at the Museum of The Isles. Our final port of call is Kyle of Lochalsh from where we visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, ahead of the farewell dinner.

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Monday 20th May

Kyle of Lochalsh – Disembarkation and transfer to Inverness.

Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh after breakfast for the onward 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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