Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts – from naturalists to regional specialists – who will share their knowledge and insights the wildlife, landscape and local culture. Select a member of the expedition team below to see their bio and dates.
On a voyage through Scotland’s famed lochs and inland waterways aboard the Lord of the Glens, experience mystical landscapes dotted with medieval castles and ancient churches. Trace Scotland’s compelling history on visits to battlefields, fortresses, and ancient tombs. Cruise Loch Ness; descend through the intricate lock system of Neptune’s Staircase; and explore serene hills and harbor villages on the picturesque islands of Mull, Iona, Eigg or Rum, and Skye.
This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.
Arrive in Inverness and board the Lord of the Glens.
Visit Culloden, the infamous battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746. See the prehistoric standing stones of Clava Cairns. Later, set sail on the Caledonian Canal. Enter Loch Ness and learn about its legendary monster. Moor at Fort Augustus for a kayaking or hiking excursion.
Ascend a flight of locks that runs through Fort Augustus. Glide down the tree-lined canal known as Laggan Avenue, or hike or bike along the towpath. Follow the canal to the town of Banavie, at the base of Great Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Drive to Glenfinnan and enjoy an afternoon walk.
Today, our ship descends Neptune’s Staircase—a set of eight interconnected locks—en route to the town of Oban. Explore Oban on foot, visiting a whisky distillery and McCaig’s Tower, a hilltop monument inspired by the Roman Colosseum.
Continue to the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides. Explore Duart Castle, and then take a ferry to the island of Iona. Visit the medieval abbey ruins and the rebuilt abbey church, and stroll through St. Oran’s Chapel and the royal graveyard where generations of Scottish kings are buried. Continue to charming Tobermory.
Sail to the isle of Eigg and get a sense for daily life on this tiny island community. Look for marine mammals, including Atlantic seals, minke whales, dolphins, and a variety of seabirds. Alternatively, visit the Isle of Rum, home of the lavish Kinloch Castle. Sail to the town of Inverie, and enjoy a drink at the most remote pub in the British Isles.
Continue to the Isle of Skye. At the Museum of the Isles, trace the legacy of the 1,300-year-old Clan Donald. Take a guided walk in the Cuillin Hills, or explore Eilean Donan Castle.
Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh and transfer to the Inverness airport for your return flight home.
Your expedition experience can be tailored to the activity level you choose, whether it’s light or moderate or a little of both. Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time, sometimes on uneven terrain. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to cultural or historic sites, Zodiac cruises, and nature walks, with options for more physical activities such as hiking and kayaking.
A National Geographic expert or photographer joins the expedition team on select departures.
The M.V. Lord of the Glens is the only deluxe passenger vessel able to navigate both the inland waterways of the Caledonian Canal and the open sea. This recently reconstructed 150-foot teak-lined motor yacht accommodates 48 guests. Each tastefully appointed cabin features a private bathroom, a picture window (except for two cabins), air-conditioning, and satellite television. The chef prepares meals using local products and specialties. The ship’s two observation lounges are ideal for enjoying the extraordinary passing scenery.
Prices are per person based on double or single occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include international airfare to/from your destination. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.