Scotland Travel has some of the most rugged and romantic scenery in the world, seen at its best in a summer cruise in the protected waters of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Our regular summer season on board the luxury yacht Lord of the Glens provides the ideal opportunity for Scotland cruises to these magical waters. The itinerary reaches from the Highland capital of Inverness on the North Sea coast in the east to the magical islands of the Hebrides off Scotland’s Atlantic coast in the west, traversing the Highlands along the spectacular Caledonian Canal, one of the great engineering feats of Britain’s Industrial Revolution, constructed in the opening decades of the nineteenth century. Lord of the Glens was purpose-built to fit the small locks of this charming canal, now little used by commercial traffic, and is the largest vessel able to make the transit, making it a tourist attraction in its own right as guests on board will discover as they are greeted enthusiastically on arrival at such charming canal-side communities as Fort Augustus on the eastern shore of Loch Ness. The Caledonian Canal was constructed by joining a series of natural lakes - known as lochs in Highland Scotland – and to cruise across a famous body of water like Loch Ness, deeper than any part of the North Sea between Scotland and continental Europe and the largest body of fresh water in the British Isles, is an unforgettable experience. These lochs lie along the natural geological fault of the Great Glen, a natural route-way used continuously since prehistoric times, and today home to one of Scotland’s most celebrated long-distance trails, used by walkers and cyclists. We have bicycles on board Lord of the Glens so that guests can cycle as well as hike the traffic-free Great Glen Way that runs beside the canal. There is also a unique opportunity to kayak in Loch Ness itself. Lord of the Glens is small enough to come alongside daily in charming locations and to moor overnight in small welcoming communities such as the fishing village of Inverie which, although on the Scottish mainland, has no access by road with any other community in Scotland. Each day provides the opportunity for individual exploration on foot or by bicycle as well as the guided walks or regularly offered by the ship’s naturalists, historians and photographers. Such exploration comes into its own in the many small island communities visited, islands that are often virtually traffic-free. Join us aboard Lord of the Glens for adventurous exploration of the Scottish Highlands and Islands that will stay in the memory long after your Scotland adventure cruise is over.
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