Highland Waterways Discovery
A seven night leisurely voyage of the endlessly beautiful Caledonian Canal, hidden sea lochs and islands of Scotland’s western shore..

Highland Waterways Discovery

Inverness to Kyle of Lochash - more dates available

Monday 19th September to Monday 26th September 2022

From £3,850 per person

7 nights including
2 Gala Dinners

Also departs on:
Monday 16th to Monday 23rd May 2022
Monday 30th May to Monday 6th June 2022
Monday 13th to Monday 20th June 2022
Monday 27th June to Monday 4th July 2022
Monday 11th to Monday 18th July 2022
Monday 25th July to Monday 1st August 2022
Monday 8th to Monday 15th August 2022
Monday 22nd to Monday 29th August 2022
Monday 5th to Monday 12th September 2022
Monday 19th to Monday 26th September 2022

A seven night leisurely voyage of the endlessly beautiful Caledonian Canal, hidden sea lochs and islands of Scotland’s western shore.
This seven night voyage, through the very heart of the Scottish Highlands, introduces the interested traveller to the intricate and endlessly fascinating inland waters of the Caledonian Canal, the glistening waters of Loch Linnhe, the Sound of Mull, the Sound of Sleat and finally, Kyle Rhea.
This cruise will appeal to those seeking great natural beauty, excellent cuisine and warm and friendly service from a dedicated crew. At all ports of call there is something to interest and fascinate, but there will always be an opportunity to perhaps read a book, or sip a glass of wine as the glories of the landscape slip by.

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See our itinerary below...

Below you can explore the itinerary for this cruise. Click on the arrows to see more information on each days itinerary. Simply click the ‘Book this Cruise’ button to get booking and embark on an exciting journey with us…

Inverness – Embarkation

Arrive in Inverness and embark Lord of the Highlands. This evening we remain berthed in the city.

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Visit to Culloden and Clava Cairns. Caledonian Canal to Fort Augustus.

Leanach Cottage on Culloden Battlefield near Inverness

This morning visit Culloden, the infamous battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746, and observe the ancient standing stones of Clava Cairns. We set sail this afternoon on the Caledonian Canal, built between 1803 and 1822 to connect the Great Glen’s four lochs. Entering Loch Ness, we pass the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle, before ascending the impressive flight of locks that runs through the heart of Fort Augustus, the scenic and historic village, ahead of the welcome gala reception and dinner.

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Transit Neptune’s Staircase to Corpach. Scenic West Highland Railway passage to Glenfinnan.

Continue along the canal through Loch Oich, ascending to 106 feet at Laggan Locks after gliding serenely along the tree-lined section known as Laggan Avenue. Onwards through picturesque Loch Lochy, before descending Neptune’s Staircase, a set of eight interconnected locks dropping 64 feet into the sea lock at Corpach. After lunch, we take the West Highland Railway over the renowned viaduct to beautiful Glenfinnan, surrounded by mountains. Our overnight mooring is in Corpach.

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Sail Loch Linnhe to Oban. Oban – Walking tour and McCaig’s Folly.

Oban in Scotland

Today we sail Loch Linnhe, passing mysterious lochs and islands until we reach Oban, the seafood capital of the Highlands. Take a guided walk up to McCaig’s Tower; inspired by the Roman Colosseum, it affords spectacular views of the Hebrides. We berth in Oban overnight.

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Craignure, Mull – Visit to Iona. Tobermory, Mull – Free time to explore at leisure.

IOna Abbey on the Isle of Iona in Scotland

This morning, we sail to Craignure on Mull for a visit to the 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. We remain alongside overnight.

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Tobermory - Distillery tour. Eigg – Walks ashore. Inverie, Loch Nevis – Overnight berth.

The colourful buildings of Tobermoray

After a morning tour of Tobermory Distillery, we sail north to the Small Isle of Eigg, catching glimpses of the islands of the Inner Hebrides along the way. This community owned island is a nature reserve and allows us to go in search of marine animals and birdlife, including Atlantic seals, minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and a variety of seabirds. This evening we arrive at Inverie on Loch Nevis, where you can enjoy a drink at the most remote pub on mainland Britain, The Old Forge.

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Armadale, Skye – Armadale Castle and Clan Donald Centre. Kyle of Lochalsh – Eilean Donan Castle.

Eileen Donan Castle in Scotland

An early morning sail across the Sound of Sleat leads us to Armadale on the Isle of Skye where we trace the legacy of the Clan Donald at the Museum of The Isles. Our final port of call is Kyle of Lochalsh from where we visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, ahead of the farewell reception and dinner.

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Kyle of Lochalsh – Disembarkation and transfer to Inverness.

Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh after breakfast for the onward transfer to 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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