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Heart of the Highlands: A Unique Exploration of Scotland

Heart of the Highlands: A Unique Exploration of Scotland North America Highlands
, Scotland

Contact provider for price 12 Days May-August
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Lindblad Expeditions 24 people max
  • Inverness, scotland, united kingdom
  • Boats, Barges & Small Ship Cruises trips
Scotland's magnificent Highlands are a beautiful region of mountains, lochs, glens and stately castles. Heart of the Highlands, offered exclusively in the U.S. by Lindblad Expeditions, introduces travelers to the wonders of the Highlands from the vantage of the inland waterway that links Scotland's famed lochs. Until recently, no ship could take passengers through this region due to its size-limiting waterways. Now you can voyage through this scenic countryside in spectacular style: aboard the 54-guest luxury yacht Lord of the Glens.

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Heart of the Highlands: A Unique Exploration of Scotland North America Highlands , Scotland

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Special information

  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.

Itinerary

Day 1 - U.S./Fly overnight to Inverness, Scotland

Day 2 - Inverness/Embark Lord of the Glens

Arrive in Scotland and embark our ship in Inverness, capital of the Highlands. Moor overnight at Muirtown Lock.

Day 3 - Culloden/Loch Ness/Fort Augustus

Today Highland history comes alive at legendary Culloden Battlefield, where Bonnie Prince Charlie fought in 1746. Visit the impressive 18th-century Fort George, built to ensure that the Jacobites would never rise again, and see the ancient standing stones of Clava Cairns. In the afternoon, sail the length of Loch Ness, past the ruins of Urquhart Castle, and moor at Fort Augustus.

Day 4 - Caledonian Canal/Laggan Locks

this morning is at leisure to explore Fort Augustus. After lunch, we sail scenic Loch Oich along tree-lined Laggan Avenue, where golden eagles are often spotted. Join a guided walk in this natural area of Scotland. Moor at Laggan Locks.

Day 5 - Glencoe/Banavie

Cross Loch Lochy this morning to Banavie, in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Great Britain. Explore rugged Glencoe, some of the finest walking country in the Highlands rich with flora and fauna, and hear tales of the infamous MacDonald massacre of 1692. Moor at Banavie.

Day 6 - Neptune's Staircase/Tobermory

Our day begins with the descent of Neptune’s Staircase, a series of eight locks that lowers our ship. Cruise magnificent Loch Linnhe into the Sound of Mull, past historic Duart Castle. Visit Torosay Castle, with its magnificent gardens, and continue to the attractive town of Tobermory with its unique clock tower.

Day 7 - Isles of Mull & Iona, Inner Hebrides/Tobermory

Today we sail to the isles of Mull and Iona, the heart of Celtic Christianity. Walk through the ancient nunnery and along the stone walls to 12th-century Iona Abbey, where sixty kings lie buried including Duncan and Macbeth. Return to Mull and visit Duart Castle, an enchanting setting for afternoon tea.

Day 8 - Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides/Armadale

Cruise scenic Loch Nevis to Armadale on the rugged Hebridean isle of Skye, legendary for its snow-capped Cuillin Mountains. Visit the ancestral home and gardens of the Clan MacDonald and enjoy a nature walk on the trails. Moor Armadale.

Day 9 - Isle of Skye/ Kyle of Lochalsh

Sail along the Sleat Peninsula, known as the Garden of Skye, to arrive at Lyle of Lochalsh. Afternoon exploration on romantic Skye and the island’s postcard-perfect capital, Portree. Moor at Kyle of Lochalsh.

Day 10 - Loch Carron/Gairloch

A day cruising in protected water, viewing the stunning scenery of Lochs Carron and Torridon en route to the fishing village of Gairloch.

Day 11 - Inverewe/Gairloch

This morning we visit the famous Inverewe Gardens. Tempered by the Gulf Stream, the delightful gardens are an anomaly of subtropical color – grown at the same latitude as St. Petersburg! We take a stroll through nearby Ullapool, a neat town of whitewashed cottages and shops filled with highland crafts.

Day 12 - Gairloch/Disembark/Inverness/Home

Disembark in Gairloch and drive to Inverness for flights home, or on to other adventures.

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