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

Caledonian Canal Explorer

Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness - more dates available

Monday 26th September to Monday 3rd October 2022

From £3,850 per person

7 nights including
2 Gala Dinners

Also departs on:
Monday 23rd to Monday 30th May 2022
Monday 6th to Monday 13th June 2022
Monday 20th to Monday 27th June 2022
Monday 18th to Monday 25th July 2022
Monday 1st to Monday 8th August 2022
Monday 15th to Monday 22nd August 2022
Monday 29th August to Monday 5th September 2022
Monday 12th to Monday 19th September 2022
Monday 26th September to Monday 3rd October 2022

A seven night leisurely voyage of the endlessly beautiful Caledonian Canal, hidden sea lochs and islands of Scotland’s western shore. Sail over the sea to the remote and beautiful islands of the Inner Hebrides, and voyage along one of Great Britain's most famous inland waterways, the Caledonian Canal on board Lord of the Highlands which offers a unique perspective on Scotland in grand style. Visit medieval castles, sacred Iona, the isles of Mull, Eigg, and Skye, take a ride on a scenic railway to beautiful Glenfinnan, and see the storied battlefield of Culloden. Sail along the remarkable, 60 mile long Caledonian Canal, which connects four of Scotland's famous lochs; Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich, and Loch Lochy.

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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…

Kyle of Lochalsh – Embarkation.

Arrive in Kyle of Lochalsh and embark Lord of the Highlands

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Kyle of Lochalsh – Eilean Donan Castle. Armadale, Skye – Armadale Castle and Clan Donald Centre. Inverie, Loch Nevis – Overnight berth.

Eileen Donan Castle in Scotland

Cameras at the ready for our visit to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by majestic scenery. Departing from Kyle of Lochalsh we sail the narrows of Kyle Rhea and the Sound of Sleat to Armadale where we discover the epic history of Clan Donald at the Museum of the Isles. We berth overnight in Loch Nevis where we can explore Inverie, home to mainland Britain’s remotest pub. Tonight, enjoy the welcome reception and gala dinner on board.

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Eigg – Walks ashore. Tobermory, Mull – Free time to explore at leisure.

A stunning bay with crystal blue waters on the Isle of Eigg on a sunny day with An Sgurr in the background

An early morning sail to the Small Isle of Eigg allows us to experience what life is like for the island community of 90 people, living in the shadow of the dramatic pitchstone ridge of An Sgùrr. Later, we cruise around the most westerly point of the British mainland, Ardnamurchan, to the Isle of Mull and its capital Tobermory where brightly painted houses line the waterfront; originally built by the British Fisheries Company to house its workers. We remain alongside at the island overnight.

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Oban - Walking tour and McCaig’s Folly. Oban – Oban Distillery. Craignure, Mull – Overnight berth.

Oban in Scotland

This morning, we sail to Oban, the seafood capital of the Highlands, for a guided walk up to McCaig’s Tower. This prominent landmark, on Battery Hill, was inspired by the Roman Colosseum. After lunch on board, we tour the Oban Distillery and taste a wee dram before cruising to our overnight berth in Craignure on the Isle of Mull.

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Craignure, Mull – Visit to Iona. Sail the Sound of Mull and Loch Linnhe to Corpach.

IOna Abbey on the Isle of Iona in Scotland

From Craignure we travel to Iona, the last resting place of some 50 Scottish Kings and where St. Columba introduced Christianity to Scotland, for an island tour and visit to the restored Benedictine monastery. We spend a relaxing afternoon on board as we sail the Sound of Mull and Loch Linnhe, passing mysterious lochs and islands until we reach the Caledonian Canal at Corpach.

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Scenic West Highland Railway to Glenfinnan. Transit Neptune’s Staircase, Lochs Lochy and Oich to Cullochy.

After lunch, we take the scheduled West Highland Railway over the 21-arched viaduct to beautiful Glenfinnan, which overlooks Loch Shiel and the Jacobite monument. Later, we ascend Neptune’s Staircase, a set of eight interconnected locks, which lift the vessel 64 feet to Banavie, and sail through Lochs Lochy and Oich before transitting the tranquil, tree-lined Laggan Avenue.

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Fort Augustus - Free time. Visit to Culloden and Clava Cairns.

Leanach Cottage on Culloden Battlefield near Inverness

At Fort Augustus we enjoy free time to explore this walkers paradise which affords spectacular views down Loch Ness, or you may prefer to relax and watch boats navigating the locks. A scenic sail of Loch Ness leads us to our final visit of Culloden, the infamous battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746, and observe the ancient standing stones of Clava Cairns, ahead of the farewell reception and dinner at our overnight berth in Inverness.

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Inverness – Disembarkation.

Disembark in Inverness after breakfast, for the onward journey home.

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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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