Bestselling novelist and weather presenter Carol Kirkwood, who trained with the Met Office, has been presenting the weather for more than 20 years and famously danced with Pasha Kovalev in the 13th series of Strictly Come Dancing. Carol grew up in Morar on Scotland's west coast. Her latest novel, Secrets of the Villa Amore, is set on the Amalfi Coast.
Cruise Scotland's Highlands & Islands with Carol Kirkwood
Your adventure starts in Inverness, as you embark upon an itinerary that takes you to see some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery in the springtime. You'll journey along the Caledonian Canal and visiting hidden sea lochs and the stunning islands of Scotland's western shore.
Proud Scotswoman and weather presenter Carol Kirkwood will join you for part of the cruise. Carol will join your for an evening, delighting the group with stories of her Scottish childhood and anecdotes from her career, followed by a chance to ask her questions.
Your cruise will take you to Loch Ness, Loch Nevis, Fort Augustus and Fort William, and you'll be treated to views of rugged landscapes, impressive castles and beautiful lochs - and you might even catch a glimpse of local wildlife.
From the ship you will also see views of Silver Sands beaches in Morar, where Carol grew up, and where the movie Local Hero was filmed.
You'll also see the tree-lined Laggan Avenue, Neptune's Staircase, and the impressive engineering marvel that is the Glenfinnan viaduct. Visits to Oban, the Sound of Mull, the Isle of Iona, and the Isle of Skye complete a varied and busy itinerary seeing the highlights of western Scotland.
Reasons to book
Hear from Carol Kirkwood
Experience small-ship cruising
The engineering successes of Scotland
Your expert guides
- Hear tales of growing up in Scotland in an exclusive talk and Q&A session with Carol Kirkwood
- Stay in an outward-facing cabin on small ship Lord of the Glens for seven nights
- Tuck into fresh Scottish food every day (full-board included)
- Enjoy all excursions as indicated in the itinerary
Pick up point
Cruises commencing in Inverness
Inverness airport 15.15 or The Kingsmill Hotel Inverness 16.00
Cruises commencing in Oban
Inverness airport 13.15 or The Kingsmill Hotel Inverness 14.00
Cruises commencing in Kyle of Lochalsh
Inverness airport 13.15 or The Kingsmill Hotel Inverness 14.00
The Lord of the Glens
*This information is indicative and subject to change*
Day1InvernessInverness, United Kingdom
Make your own way to Inverness, where a coach transfer will pick you up from either Inverness Airport or the pick-up point (Leonardo Hotel) in the afternoon. Embark Lord of the Glens.
Day2Culloden, Loch Ness and Fort AugustusFort Augustus, United Kingdom
This morning visit Culloden, the infamous battlefield where "Bonnie" Prince Charlie's Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746, and then see the ancient standing stones of Clava Cairns. Set sail this afternoon on the Caledonian Canal, built between 1803 and 1822 to connect Loch Ness with the Great Glen's three other lochs. Enter Loch Ness, cruise past the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle. Ascend an impressive flight of locks that runs through the heart of Fort Augustus. Moor this evening at Fort Augustus.
Day3Corpach to GlenfinnanCorpach, United Kingdom
Sail through the tree-lined section known as Laggan Avenue and into Loch Lochy and on until we descend Neptune's Staircase, a set of eight interconnected locks, to the village of Corpach, nestled in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Great Britain's highest mountain. In the afternoon we will travel by coach to beautiful Glenfinnan. Moor overnight at Corpach.
Day4ObanOban, United Kingdom
Today we enter the ocean, passing mysterious lochs and islands till we reach Oban, the seafood capital of the Highlands. Join us for a walk up to McCaig's Tower dominating the skyline of the town with great views of the Western Isles. Overnight at Oban.
Day5Sound of Mull and Isle of IonaCraignure, United Kingdom
This morning we sail to Craignure for the excursion to the Isle of Iona, with a pause in front of Duart Castle for photographs. Visit Iona, the last resting place of some 50 Scottish Kings and where St. Columba introduced Christianity to Britain. Later sail to Tobermory, again on the Isle of Mull. Tobermory's most striking feature is the gaily painted houses that line the waterfront originally built by the British Fisheries Company to house its workers for £20 each. Moor Mull overnight.
Day6Tobermory to Loch NevisInverie, United Kingdom
Sail north from Tobermory, catching glimpses of the islands of the Inner Hebrides. You will cruise past Eigg, Silver Sands beach and Mallaig; look out for marine animals and birdlife along the way including Atlantic seals, minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and a variety of seabirds. Then sail to the town of Inverie in Loch Nevis, where you can have a drink at the most remote pub in the British Isles.
Day7Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan CastleIsle of Skye, United Kingdom
Early this morning you'll sail across the Sound of Sleat to Armadale and the Isle of Skye. Visit the Clan Donald Centre. Later sail to Kyle of Lochalsh from where we visit Eilean Donan Castle. Evening Farewell Reception and Dinner tonight and overnight in Kyle.
Day8Return home from Kyle of LochalshInverness, United Kingdom
Disembark after breakfast for your transfer to Inverness.
Lord of the Glens
Lord of the Glens
This is not a cruise, but a private yacht experience, similar to
the Royal Yacht Britannia. With just 26 outward-facing en suite
cabins and a maximum of 52 passengers, the yacht offers sumptuous
accommodation, superb cuisine and supreme comfort.
You will love its top-notch restaurant, elegant bar, panoramic windows, armchairs from the Orient Express and David Roberts lithographs.
Style & Character
This a ship that favours the classic over the contemporary - rich hardwood finishes throughout offset by cream paneling, very much reminiscent of Belmond's British Pullman. The fixtures, fittings and furnishings are beautiful - individually chosen and each offering their own story. Of special note are the original 1929 'Riviera' armchairs (Orient Express), hand painted David Roberts lithographs, light fittings from the SS France and Nord Norge, restaurant chairs, overhead glass paneling, deck furniture from the RMS Windsor Castle and lovely brass friezes from the RMS Kenya Castle.
All 26 State Cabins are outward facing. They are spread over
three decks, appropriately named after well known Scottish people
(Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Telford, David Roberts etc ). Each
State Cabin is finished in rich hardwood finishes, plush carpeting,
dressing table, stool, wardrobe, internal telephone, satellite TV
and en-suite facilities with shower, WC and washbasin.
All State Cabins are air-conditioned/heated - the Top and Middle Deck State Cabins have a picture
window, whereas the Lower Deck State Cabins have two portholes each.
Food & Drink
The cuisine is excellent, freshly prepared onboard by a team of experienced chefs with a focus on locally sourced produce. From its hearty classic Scottish breakfast to sumptous dinners, the Robert Louis Stevenson Restaurant will not disappoint.
On the Upper Deck you will find the well-stocked David Livingstone Bar and Walter Scott Lounge richly decorated in hardwood finishes.
You will enjoy complimentary hot beverages in the lounge throughout.
Access to the vessel whilst on the Caledonian Canal is via a
lowered stepped gangway, and a ramp gangway whilst out at sea.
Internally there are three stairways each of 11 steps that
inter-connect each deck level - all have a handrail.
There is no lift onboard and therefore, unfortunately, the Ship is not suitable for guests with severe mobility impairment. Guests with limited mobility can be accommodated provided they are accompanied by an assisting companion. Collapsible wheelchairs can be stowed in reception (providing advance notice is given) - but whilst they cannot be used anywhere onboard they can be used on any excursions.
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