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9 Days
Availability : Aug 2018 / Jun to Aug 2019
Inverness - Scotland
Inverness - Scotland
National Geographic Expeditions

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Navigate a variety of waterways aboard the nimble Lord of the Glens, including the narrow locks of the Caledonian Canal, inland lakes, and the waters surrounding Hebridean isles.
  • Our team of experts offer insights on Scottish history and culture during whisky tastings, live music performances, and more.
  • See Scotland’s stunning landscapes while kayaking across the famous Loch Ness and hiking on the Isle of Skye.
  • On select departures, attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo—an annual international celebration of military pageantry—on an optional extension in Edinburgh.

EXPEDITION TEAM

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.

ITINERARY

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.

 
DAYS 1-2: U.S./INVERNESS, SCOTLAND

Arrive in Inverness and board the Lord of the Glens.

Meals Included:Dinner Daily
Accommodations:M.V. Lord of the Glens
 
DAY 3: CULLODEN/CLAVA CAIRNS/LOCH NESS

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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 4: LAGGAN LOCKS/BANAVIE/GLENFINNAN

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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 5: LOCH LINNHE/OBAN

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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 6: ISLE OF MULL/IONA/TOBERMORY

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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 7: TOBERMORY/EIGG OR ISLE OF RUM/INVERIE

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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 8: ISLE OF SKYE

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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 9: KYLE OF LOCHALSH/INVERNESS/U.S.

Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh and transfer to the Inverness airport for your return flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast
 
WHAT TO EXPECT

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.

Expedition Team
A National Geographic expert or photographer joins the expedition team on select departures.

 
SHIPS & DECK PLANS
 
Lord of the Glens – Capacity 48 Guests

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.

 
 
WHAT’S INCLUDED
  • Transfers upon arrival/departure for guests booked on recommended group flights
  • Accommodation aboard the world-class expedition ships of the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet or a luxury chartered ship
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
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