Discover Scotland's spectacular coastline, romantic castles and wild islands on a luxuriously appointed, and exclusively chartered, small ship - in the company of Richard Sykes and historian Alistair Moffat

On this exclusive charter, you'll have the chance to sail on a luxurious private yacht through the Highlands and islands of Scotland, exploring the endlessly beautiful Caledonian Canal, hidden sea lochs and the magical islands of Scotland's western shore.

What is more, not only will you have the chance to get together with old friends, you will also be joined on this exclusive sailing by Scottish historian, Alistair Moffatt, as well as former VTA cruise director, Richard Sykes. Added to this is the fact that all your excursions are included.

Loch Ness, Loch Nevis, the Sound of Mull, Iona, Eigg, Skye, Fort Augustus, Fort William… the names conjure up images of glistening waters, wild landscapes and towering castles, of majestic flora and fauna, and of history, myth and legends. Who better to provide context to all this than award-winning writer and author, Alistair Moffat, who will give an exclusive talk and Q&A, and join you on excursions to Culloden, the Clava and Loch Ness.

There is no better way to explore this region than on board the deluxe Lord of the Glens. This is not a cruise, but a private yacht experience, similar to the Royal Yacht Britannia. With just 27 outward-facing en suite cabins and a maximum of 54 passengers, the yacht offers sumptuous accommodation, superb cuisine and supreme comfort.

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Alistair Moffat
Historian and Writer
Alistair Moffat is an award-winning writer, historian and former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television. He is the founder of Borders Book Festival and Co-Chairman of The Great Tapestry Of Scotland.
Richard Sykes
Cruise Director and entertainer
Richard is a veteran Cruise Director, having been at sea for 20 years and a Cruise Director since 2004. Voyages to Antiquity provided his last permanent position between 2016 and 2018. Since then, he’s worked as a relief CD for Fred. Olsen and as a consultant. His career has taken him from the Arctic and Antarctic to the Galapagos Islands and the Gulf of Thailand. Far from retired or retiring, he now works as a writer and performer throughout the UK.

Price includes

  • Stay in an outward-facing cabin on Lord of the Glens for seven nights
  • All events and talks with Alistair Moffatt and Richard Sykes
  • Full-board basis (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Enjoy all excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • Welcome reception
  • All port dues and taxes
  • Transfers from/to Inverness at predetermined times
  • Signed copy of Scotland: A History from Earliest Times by Alistair Moffat

Availability

From
Mon, Mon, Sep 19, 2022
To
Mon, Mon, Sep 26, 2022
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,389*

* PLEASE NOTE prices are based on two sharing and subject to availability at time of booking. Single supplement on request. For full deposit and cancellation information, visit tstours.co.uk/assets/tandc.pdf.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Inverness
    Inverness, United Kingdom

    Embark in Inverness at 4pm, before an evening welcome reception and dinner. You will be joined tonight by Alistair Moffat who will give an exclusive talk and Q&A. You'll moor in Inverness overnight tonight.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle
    Fort Augustus, United Kingdom

    This morning Alistair Moffat will join you on a 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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Loch Lochy and Corpach
    Corpach, 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 take the West Highland railway line over the renowned viaduct to beautiful Glenfinnan, surrounded by mountains. Moor overnight at Corpach.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Oban
    Oban, 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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Isle of Iona and Isle of Mull
    Tobermory, 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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Wildlife on Eigg
    Eigg, United Kingdom

    Sail north from Tobermory to tiny Eigg this morning, catching glimpses of the islands of the Inner Hebrides along the way. At Eigg you can get a sense of what life is like for the roughly 90 people who live on this island community. Look for marine animals and birdlife, 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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Kyle of Lochalsh
    Kyle of Lochalsh, United Kingdom

    Early morning 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 and Plockton. Evening Farewell Reception and Dinner. Overnight in Kyle.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Return home
    Inverness, United Kingdom

    Disembark after breakfast and drive to Inverness for your train home.

    Meals - Breakfast

Lord of the Glens

This is not a cruise, but a private yacht experience, similar to the Royal Yacht Britannia. With just 27 outward-facing en suite cabins and a maximum of 54 passengers, the yacht offers sumptuous accommodation, superb cuisine and supreme comfort.
You will love its top-notch restaruant, 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.

State Cabins

All 27 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.

Ship Information

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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Availability

From
Mon, Mon, Sep 19, 2022
To
Mon, Mon, Sep 26, 2022
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,389*

* PLEASE NOTE prices are based on two sharing and subject to availability at time of booking. Single supplement on request. For full deposit and cancellation information, visit tstours.co.uk/assets/tandc.pdf.

Call now to book 02039934304
Quote ref: VTA HIGHLANDS