Caledonian Springtime
This delightful journey through the very heart of Scotland is full of breath-taking contrasts in scenery, history and wildlife...

Caledonian Springtime

Oban to Inverness

Tuesday 2nd May to Monday 8th May 2023

From £3,420 per person

6 nights including
1 Gala Dinners

This delightful journey through the very heart of Scotland is full of breath-taking contrasts in scenery, history and wildlife. The towering mass of Ben Nevis is a stunning backdrop to magnificent Loch Linnhe and the quintessential Scottish castle, Castle Stalker, before entering the 60-miles of the Caledonian Canal.

As one of the world’s most beautiful cruise routes, the Caledonian Canal offers the unique opportunity to experience Scotland from the perspective of the water. Navigating Neptune's Staircase is the best way to appreciate Telford's engineering masterpiece, with the canal passing through the rugged valleys along the Great Glen, a geologic fault line that shaped the landscape of the region.

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Tuesday 2nd May

Oban – Embarkation.

Embark in Oban and settle into your cabin. We remain alongside in Oban overnight.

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Wednesday 3rd May

Oban – Oban Distillery. Craignure, Mull – Duart Castle.

Oban in Scotland

Oban Distillery is both one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland and one of the smallest with just two pot stills. Our tour offers the chance to witness the traditional craftsmanship of whisky production first-hand, before enjoying a complimentary dram. During lunch, we sail to Craignure, Isle of Mull, for a tour of Duart Castle. Seat of Clan Maclean for over 700 years, it dominates the view of the Sound of Mull with its huge curtain walls and solid keep.

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Thursday 4th May

Craignure, Mull – Visit to Iona. Tobermory, Mull – Free time.

The colourful buildings of Tobermoray

We travel from Craignure to visit the sacred 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 were originally built by the British Fisheries Company to house its workers.

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Friday 5th May

Tobermory, Mull – Isle of Mull Cheese. Sail the Sound of Mull and Loch Linnhe to Corpach.

Spend this morning discovering the traditional methods still used at the Isle of Mull Cheese, the island’s only dairy farm where the local cheeses are still made by hand, before cruising the Sound of Mull and Loch Linnhe to Corpach at the entrance of the Caledonian Canal.

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Friday 6th May

Corpach – Glenfinnan Monument Visitor Centre. Transit Neptune’s Staircase and cruise the Caledonian Canal to Fort Augustus.

At the Glenfinnan Monument Visitor Centre, we discover the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the moving tribute to those who died fighting for the Jacobite cause, framed by dramatic Highland scenery. From sea level, Lord of the Highlands ascends the spectacular eight interconnected locks of Neptune’s Staircase to Banavie in the shadow of Ben Nevis, and we spend a relaxing afternoon on board as we sail through Loch Lochy and Loch Oich to Fort Augustus, which takes its name from a fort built after the defeat of the 1715 Jacobite uprising.

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Sunday 7th May

Cruise the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness. Inverness - Culloden and Clava Cairns.

Urquhart Castle lit up in the evening with Loch Ness in the background

This morning, we descend the Fort Augustus locks to Loch Ness. Pausing briefly, for a view of the ruins of Urquhart Castle, we continue the 21 mile transit of Loch Ness and Loch Dochfour, and along the man-made section of the Caledonian Canal to the cosmopolitan city of Inverness, where we disembark for our final visit to Culloden, the powerfully emotive and atmospheric battlefield where the 1745 Jacobite Rising came to a tragic end.

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Monday 8th May

Inverness – Disembarkation.

After breakfast, we say farewell and disembark in Inverness.

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Our decks and Cabins

Below you can see our decks and what cabins are on each of them. If you click the arrow you can see further information on each cabin and what it has to offer. So get exploring and get booking. We look forward to you joining us on board for an experience of a lifetime…

Lord of the Highlands Cabins

Category One Deluxe Cabins

John Buchan Deck and Richard Hannay Deck

Category One Deluxe Cabins

The 15 deluxe cabins are located on the Richard Hannay and John Buchan Decks. All feature twin beds and large picture windows.

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Category Two Balcony Cabins

John Buchan Deck

Category Two Balcony Cabins

The 4 balcony cabins are located on the John Buchan Deck and feature twin beds. The balconies afford privacy and are fitted with teak furniture for you to enjoy the magnificent scenery.

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Category Three Suite

John Buchan

Category Three Suite

The spacious suite is located at the forward end of the John Buchan Deck and features large picture windows both port and starboard affording delightful views. The sitting area is furnished with a comfortable sofa, coffee table and mini bar.

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