From various points abroad, we gathered in Inverness, the capital of The Highlands, to board our coach for the Kyle of Lochalsh. We first traveled along the north shore of Loch Ness, which we will sail across later in our voyage. No sightings of the infamous monster were made.

The highway continued over the mountains and down through Loch Shiel to the pier at the Kyle of Lochalsh, where our small ship, Lord of the Glens, awaited our arrival. Here we were welcomed aboard by Captain Jim Still, Hotel Manager Brian Copland, and Expedition Leader Steve Blamires.

Once we got settled into our cabins, it was time to gather in the lounge areas and become acquainted with our fellow guests and the ship's crew and Lindblad staff.

Having journeyed far, most of us were ready for a good night's sleep with dreams about tomorrow's adventures.