Discover scenic Scotland from the water, as you sail through its lochs and around its islands on a five-night small ship cruise

This trip is sold out, but you can still experience the stunning Scottish scenery on board Lord of the Glens with Monty Halls in October 2023. Find out more here.

Embark small yacht-style ship Lord of the Glens and set sail from Inverness, as you pass through the Caledonian Canal. During the first few days of your trip, you'll be joined by proud Scotswoman and broadcaster Kirsty Wark. Kirsty will chat with guests about the history of modern Scotland, as well as her life and career.

Sailing through Loch Ness, you'll pass the ruins of Urquhart Castle before reaching the scenic village of Fort Augustus. Highlights on the following day include sailing into Loch Oich, the highest point of the Caledonian Canal and descending the eight inter-connected locks of Neptune's Staircase. Here, you'll disembark to ride a train along the West Highland Railway, over the renowned Glenfinnan Viaduct - made famous by the Harry Potter films.

Pass the calm waters of Loch Linnhe and Sound of Mull as you reach the island and arrive at the pretty town of Tobermory. The Isle of Mull's capital is the perfect size for exploring on foot and you'll get to see the brightly-coloured buildings that line the harbour. Oban will be your final stop, where you'll dock overnight and enjoy a farewell dinner.

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Kirsty Wark
Broadcaster and Journalist

Kirsty Wark is an award-winning Scottish broadcaster and journalist. Starting her career on Radio Scotland, she is now Newsnight's longest-serving presenter. Kirsty also presented 'The Women Who Changed Modern Scotland' which tells the stories of key women who have had a role in shaping Scotland over the last 50 years.

Price includes

  • A five-night full-board cruise
  • Welcome reception and dinner
  • Visits to Culloden battlefield, Duart Castle, Tobermory and McCaig's Folly
  • Walking tour of Oban
  • Travel on the West Highland Railway
  • All port taxes
  • Transfers to and from Inverness and Oban at pre-determined times

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Category 3 Cabin (Double Occupancy)

Price (per person) £2324.00

Category 3 Cabin (Double Occupancy) 1:

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  1. Day
    Inverness, United Kingdom

    You'll board Lord of the Glens in Inverness in the late afternoon. There's time to settle into your cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship before an evening welcome reception and dinner with time to mingle with your fellow passengers. Lord of the Glens moors in Inverness overnight, ready to sail tomorrow morning.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    Culloden, Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness, and Fort Augustus
    Culloden, United Kingdom

    This morning, the ship sets sail to Culloden, the battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746. You'll see the ancient standing stones of Clava Cairns, a prehistoric site above the River Nairn, before an afternoon sailing takes you through the Caledonian Canal. This engineering marvel was built between 1803 and 1822 to connect the Great Glen's four lochs. On Loch Ness, you'll pass the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle, before ascending the flight of locks that runs through the heart of Fort Augustus, the scenic and historic village, where Lord of the Glens remain overnight.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    Loch Oich, Laggan Avenue, Loch Lochy, Banavie, Neptune’s Staircase, and Glenfinnan
    Banavie, United Kingdom

    You'll sail into Loch Oich, the highest point of the Caledonian Canal, continuing through the tree-lined Laggan Avenue to Loch Lochy, eventually arriving at Banavie in the shadow of Ben Nevis. You'll descend the eight inter-connected locks of Neptune's Staircase, lowering Lord of the Glens to sea level at Corpach.

    In the afternoon, you'll disembark Lord of the Glens to board a train, travelling along part of the West Highland Railway route and over the famous 21-arch viaduct to beautiful Glenfinnan, curving high over the waters of Loch Shiel.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    Loch Linnhe, Sound of Mull, and Tobermory
    Tobermory, United Kingdom

    This morning, you'll sail into the sheltered waters of Loch Linnhe, passing Castle Stalker. Then it's onwards to the Sound of Mull, for an excellent views of the brightly painted waterfront at Tobermory. It's a place best explored on foot, so the afternoon is spent exploring the Georgian harbour town and island capital.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    Isle of Mull and Oban
    Craignure, United Kingdom

    The voyage continues with a call at Craignure on the Isle of Mull, stopping to visit Duart Castle. Finally, you'll sail to Oban for a walking tour to impressive McCaig's Folly which dominates the skyline. A farewell dinner is held alongside in Oban.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    Oban, United Kingdom

    After breakfast, you'll disembark Lord of the Glen in Oban and transfer to Inverness for your journey home.

    Meals - Breakfast

Lord of the Glens

This is not a cruise, but a private yacht experience, similar to the Royal Yacht Britannia. With just 26 outward-facing en suite cabins and a maximum of 52 passengers, the yacht offers sumptuous accommodation, superb cuisine and supreme comfort.
You will love its top-notch restaurant, elegant bar, panoramic windows, armchairs from the Orient Express and David Roberts lithographs.

Style & Character

This a ship that favours the classic over the contemporary - rich hardwood finishes throughout offset by cream paneling, very much reminiscent of Belmond's British Pullman. The fixtures, fittings and furnishings are beautiful - individually chosen and each offering their own story. Of special note are the original 1929 'Riviera' armchairs (Orient Express), hand painted David Roberts lithographs, light fittings from the SS France and Nord Norge, restaurant chairs, overhead glass paneling, deck furniture from the RMS Windsor Castle and lovely brass friezes from the RMS Kenya Castle.

State Cabins

All 26 State Cabins are outward facing. They are spread over three decks, appropriately named after well known Scottish people (Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Telford, David Roberts etc ). Each State Cabin is finished in rich hardwood finishes, plush carpeting, dressing table, stool, wardrobe, internal telephone, satellite TV and en-suite facilities with shower, WC and washbasin.
All State Cabins are air-conditioned/heated - the Top and Middle Deck State Cabins have a picture
window, whereas the Lower Deck State Cabins have two portholes each.

Food & Drink

The cuisine is excellent, freshly prepared onboard by a team of experienced chefs with a focus on locally sourced produce. From its hearty classic Scottish breakfast to sumptous dinners, the Robert Louis Stevenson Restaurant will not disappoint.

On the Upper Deck you will find the well-stocked David Livingstone Bar and Walter Scott Lounge richly decorated in hardwood finishes.

You will enjoy complimentary hot beverages in the lounge throughout.

Ship Information

Access to the vessel whilst on the Caledonian Canal is via a lowered stepped gangway, and a ramp gangway whilst out at sea. Internally there are three stairways each of 11 steps that inter-connect each deck level - all have a handrail.
There is no lift onboard and therefore, unfortunately, the Ship is not suitable for guests with severe mobility impairment. Guests with limited mobility can be accommodated provided they are accompanied by an assisting companion. Collapsible wheelchairs can be stowed in reception (providing advance notice is given) - but whilst they cannot be used anywhere onboard they can be used on any excursions.

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