A former Royal Marines Officer who worked for Nelson Mandela in the early '90s, Monty left the forces to pursue a career in expeditions, travel journalism, and marine biology. He has presented award-winning documentaries and become a renowned speaker and writer.
Cruise Scotland’s western islands and the Caledonian Canal and meet Monty Halls
This unforgettable seven-night cruise will take you to the best of Scotland's enchanting islands and mountains from a luxurious base on small ship Lord of the Glens.
Explorer and travel journalist Monty Halls joins you for your first few days on board, hosting two talks, joining a wildlife-spotting expedition, and hosting a photography masterclass.
Your cruise starts on the Caledonian Canal, where you'll sail through the eight locks of Neptune's Staircase, descending to sea level to sail around some of Scotland's beautiful western isles, including Eigg, Mull, and Skye.
There are lots of excursions to look forward to, with visits to Culloden, Clava Cairns, McCaig's Tower, and Eilean Donan Castle. You'll also ride the West Highland Railway through heather-clad hills along what's often voted the world's most scenic railway route.
Evenings will be spent on board Lord of the Glens enjoying delicious dinners with your fellow travellers.
Reasons to book
Sail on a small ship
Ride an iconic railway line
Visit historic landmarks
Cruise the Caledonian Canal
See Scotland’s islands
Drink at Britain's most remote pub
Your expert guide
- Seven-night cruise aboard Lord of the Glens on a full board basis
- Excursions as indicated in the itinerary
- All port dues and taxes
- Transfer from/to Inverness at pre-determined times
- Talk, Q&A and excursion with Monty Halls
Day1InvernessInverness, United Kingdom
You'll board Lord of the Glens at Inverness today. After settling in, Monty Halls joins the group for a welcome reception and dinner while the ship remains overnight in Inverness.
Day2Culloden, Clava Cairns, and the Caledonian CanalFort Augustus, United Kingdom
Today, you'll sail the Caledonian Canal to Fort Augustus. Before you depart, Monty Halls joins you on a visit to Culloden, the infamous battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746. You'll see the ancient standing stones of Clava Cairns before returning to the ship and setting sail on the Caledonian Canal - an impressive waterway built between 1803 and 1822 to connect the Great Glen's four lochs.
As you enter Loch Ness, you'll pass the ruins of Urquhart Castle before ascending the flight of locks that runs through the heart of Fort Augustus, the pretty and historic village where you'll dock overnight.
Day3Cruise the Caledonian CanalBanavie, United Kingdom
In the company of Monty Halls, you'll continue along the canal through Loch Oich, ascending to 106 feet at Laggan Locks after gliding along the tree-lined section known as Laggan Avenue. Onwards through picturesque Loch Lochy to Banavie in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Next, you'll descend the spectacular eight interconnected locks of Neptune's Staircase, lowering to sea level at Corpach.
In the late afternoon, you'll board a train along part of the West Highland Railway and over the Glenfinnan viaduct - made even more famous by its appearance in the Harry Potter movies - curving high over the waters of Loch Shiel.
Day4Loch Linnhe and ObanOban, United Kingdom
Entering the beautiful waters of Loch Linnhe, you'll sail to Oban, the seafood capital of the Highlands. You'll take a guided walk to McCaig's Tower, inspired by the Roman Colosseum, with views of the Hebrides. You'll berth overnight in Oban.
Day5Mull and TobermoryCraignure, United Kingdom
This morning, you'll sail to Craignure on Mull for a visit to the Isle of Iona, the last resting place of Scottish Kings. Later, you'll sail to the island capital of Tobermory, where brightly painted houses line the waterfront.
Day6EiggEigg, United Kingdom
Sailing north to the Isle of Eigg this morning with glimpses of the islands of the Inner Hebrides along the way. This community-owned island is a nature reserve where you can spot marine animals and birdlife, including Atlantic seals, minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and seabirds. The ship docks overnight at Inverie on Loch Nevis, where you can pay a visit to the most remote pub in mainland Britain.
Day7Armadale, SkyeArmadale, United Kingdom
Sail across the Sound of Sleat to Armadale on the Isle of Skye to trace the legacy of the Clan MacDonald. The final port of call is Kyle of Lochalsh to visit Eilean Donan Castle before gathering with your fellow passengers for a farewell dinner.
Day8Kyle of LochalshInverness, United Kingdom
Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh after breakfast for the onward transfer to Inverness.
Lord of the Glens
A charming, small ship with elegant furnishings, a comfortable bar and restaurant, panoramic windows and outward-facing cabins.
There are nautical nods, including scaled models of ocean-going vessels and hardwood flooring inlaid with compass motifs made by artisans. There are 26 outward-facing State Cabins spread over three decks and finished in rich hardwood, plush carpeting, and en-suite facilities.
A single restaurant serves freshly prepared dishes by a loyal brigade of chefs, drawing on the rich bounty of local produce. The aft area is reserved for the Bar, a comfortable, relaxing place, and a stern-facing viewing deck.
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