Scottish Islands & Lochs Cruise (Rail & Cruise) 2020 Great Rail Journeys
This fantastic five-night cruise through the heart of the Highlands begins with a night in Edinburgh before you board your ship for a journey through the rugged coastline of Scotland's west coast to the unspoilt beauty of the Isle of Mull, up Neptune's Staircase, along the Caledonian Canal and across Loch Ness.
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.
Transfer to Edinburgh Waverley 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, we set sail across mystical Loch Ness, famed for its 'monster' as well as its indescribable beauty.
Today, sail onwards towards pretty Banavie, where you'll disembark your vessel for a fantastic excursion on the West Highland Line to Glenfinnan. This evening, remain in Banavie.
Today, begin by ascending through the incredible feat of engineering that is Neptune's Staircase, which lowers the vessel to Corpach. From here, we continue through the myriad of lochs and rivers, out towards Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.
Today, arrive into Craignure, where you'll transfer to stunning Duart Castle. After some time here, return to the ship for lunch, continuing to Oban where you'll take a tour of the whiskey 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, indulge in a Captain's farewell dinner.
After breakfast, you are free to leave Oban at your leisure.
|7 October 2020||£1,595|
- Standard Class Rail
- 1 nights' hotel accommodation in Edinburgh
- 5-night cruise aboard MV Lord of the Glens (James Watt Lower Deck)
- UK Tour Manager up to embarkation of the MV Lord of the Glens
- 16 meals including 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners
- 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