A balance of sailing, savoring and exploring idyllic islands

Each Scottish Highlands tour aboard Lord of the Glens is crafted to offer a holistic, panoramic experience of the sweep of Scottish history and the beauty of its moorlands and islands. Flexibility is the hallmark of a Lindblad-National Geographic expedition, and our daily itineraries will sometimes adjust to take advantage of unique opportunities.  


Embark: Inverness

Disembark: Kyle of Lochalsh

The ship travels from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh on the itinerary below.


  • DAY 1-2: U.S./Inverness, Scotland/Embark

    Fly overnight and arrive in Inverness. Board Lord of the Glens and settle into your cabin. Gather for a reception and dinner on board, and a performance by junior Scottish dancers. (Day 2: D)

  • DAY 3: Culloden/Clava Cairns/Loch Ness

    Visit Culloden, the infamous battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746. See the prehistoric standing stones and passage tombs of Clava Cairns. This afternoon, set sail on the Caledonian Canal and enter Loch Ness, where we’ll learn about the legendary monster said to inhabit the loch. Moor at Fort Augustus and set out on a hike. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: Laggan Locks/Banavie/Glenfinnan

    Ascend an impressive flight of locks that runs through the heart of Fort Augustus. Glide along the tree-lined canal known as Laggan Avenue, and sail across picturesque Lochs Oich and Lochy. From the town of Banavie, drive to Glenfinnan to explore this spectacularly scenic location now famous for Harry Potter, or chose to explore Loch Linnhe by kayak from our moorings in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. This evening, we have a whisky tasting aboard ship. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5: Loch Linnhe/Oban

    Today descend Neptune’s Staircase, a set of eight interconnected locks, and continue through Loch Linnhe to the town of Oban, set on a picturesque bay on the Firth of Lorn. There is time to explore this lively town on foot, visiting a whisky distillery and McCaig’s Folly, a monument on a hill overlooking the town and bay that was inspired by the Roman Colosseum. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6: Sound of Mull/Duart Castle/Iona/Tobermory

    Sail to the Isle of Mull, in the Inner Hebrides. Drive across Mull, then cross to Iona by ferry to explore this picturesque island. Visit the medieval abbey ruins and the rebuilt abbey church. Stroll through St. Oran’s Chapel and the royal graveyard where Scottish kings including Macbeth are buried. On Mull, visit Duart Castle, home to Clan Maclean. Re-joining our ship, we sail the dramatic Sound of Mull for our overnight berth at the picturesque fishing community of Tobermory. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7: Tobermory/Isle of Eigg or Isle of Rum/Inverie

    Explore colorful Tobermory and learn about the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust’s efforts to protect marine mammals in these waters. Then sail north to either Eigg, Rum or even Canna, depending on conditions. The islands have populations of fewer than one hundred souls, and teem with wildlife. Look for marine animals, including Atlantic seals, minke whales, basking sharks, harbor porpoises and a colony of Manx shearwaters. Then sail to the tiny village of Inverie, where you can have a drink at the Old Forge, the most remote pub in the British Isles. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 8: Isle of Skye

    Continue north to the Isle of Skye. At the Museum of the Isles, trace the legacy of the 1,300-year-old Clan Donald, who once ruled the west coast of Scotland, and walk through the woodlands of Armadale. Take a guided walk in the Cuillin Hills (weather permitting), or explore Eilean Donan Castle and the quaint village of Plockton. Celebrate your voyage at a farewell dinner on board. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 9: Kyle of Lochalsh/Inverness/Depart

    Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh and drive through the highlands to Inverness. Then transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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