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(Tour code: LGR20)

Navigate Scottish lochs on this relaxing cruise

This fantastic five-night cruise through the heart of the Highlands begins in Edinburgh before we board our ship for a journey along the rugged coastline of Scotland's west coast to the unspoilt beauty of the Isle of Mull. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.

  • Edinburgh
  • Oban
  • The Isle of Mull
  • Tobermory
  • Loch Ness
  • Inverness
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    4 Lunches
  • 5 nights onboard the MV Lord of the Glens

Scottish Islands & Lochs Cruise 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Edinburgh


Following your individual travel to Edinburgh, your Tour Manager meets you at your hotel. After arriving, you are at leisure in Edinburgh, perhaps to explore its historic centre, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

As you wander through the narrow streets of the medieval Old Town and the elegant terraces of the Georgian New Town, it is easy to see why the city was awarded this accolade. Stroll past award-winning modern architecture and majestic old buildings, built in the area's typical grey stone, or amble down the winding alleyways which fan out from the beautiful Royal Mile, named because it runs between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.

Edinburgh Castle itself might be an excellent place to explore. The building serves a mighty symbol of Scotland's turbulent past, and overlooks the city from its perch on an extinct volcano.

  • Dinner
Days 2-3 MV Lord of the Glens
MV Lord of the Glens

Edinburgh to Inverness, and embarkation

Transfer from Edinburgh Waverly station to Inverness today, travelling through some of the Highland's most fantastic scenery. On arrival, we board our ship, the MV Lord of the Glens. On Day 3, set sail across mystical Loch Ness, famed for its 'monster' as well as its serene beauty.

  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Glenfinnan Viaduct
Glenfinnan Viaduct

Banavie and the West Highland Line

Today, sail onwards towards pretty Banavie, where you disembark our vessel for a fantastic rail excursion on the West Highland Line to Glenfinnan. This evening, the ship moors in Banavie.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Neptune’s Staircase
Neptune’s Staircase

Neptune’s Staircase and Tobermory

Today, begin by ascending through the incredible feat of engineering that is Neptune's Staircase, which lowers the vessel to Corpach. From here, continue through the myriad of lochs and rivers out towards Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Duart Castle
Duart Castle

Duart Castle

Today, we arrive in Craignure, where we take an excursion to stunning Duart Castle. After some time here, return to the ship for lunch, continuing to Oban where we take a tour of the whisky distillery. Enjoy a 'wee dram', then visit McCaig's Tower, which was built to resemble the Colosseum in Rome. This is your final evening on board, and tonight, you indulge in a captain's farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Oban

Homeward bound

Disembark in Oban after breakfast, where you are free to return home at your leisure.

  • Breakfast

Departure Times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager up to embarkation & from disembarkation of the MV Lord of the Glens
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 1 nights' hotel accommodation in Edinburgh
  • 5-night cruise aboard MV Lord of the Glens (James Watt Lower Deck)

Delicious meals included

  • 16 meals including 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided walking tour of Oban, including visit to McCaig's tower and a whiskey distillery tour and tasting
  • Tour of Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull
  • Journey on the West Highland Line
  • Cruise on Loch Ness and Neptune's Staircase


Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Helen Laverack
Luke Simpson
Scottish Islands & Lochs Cruise

Navigate Scottish lochs on this relaxing cruise


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