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.
Scotland’s Highlands and islands by luxury yacht with Monty Halls
Scotland's west coast is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the United Kingdom, with its remote and mysterious islands, highlands and spectacular lochs. There can be few better ways to see the likes of Skye, Mull and Oban than sailing to them on the luxury private yacht Lord of the Glens, which can take you to the hidden sea lochs and magical islands of Scotland's western shore.
The names Loch Ness, Loch Nevis, the Sound of Mull, Iona, Eigg, Skye, Fort Augustus, Fort William conjure up images of glistening waters, wild landscapes, towering castles, majestic flora and fauna, and myths and legends. You'll see them all with west coast resident, explorer and broadcaster Monty Halls, who will join you for the duration of your trip. He will deliver two talks as well as a photography and filming masterclass.
This is not a cruise but a private yacht experience, similar to the Royal Yacht Britannia. With just 27 outward-facing ensuite cabins, the yacht offers sumptuous accommodation and superb cuisine.
Reasons to book
Exclusive events with Monty Halls
Sail on a luxury yacht
Enjoy seafood and whisky in Oban
See Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle
Discover Culloden and the Clava Cairns
Explore Skye, Mull and Eigg
Your expert guides
- Two exclusive talks with Monty Halls
- Private Q&A session with Monty Halls
- Photography and filming masterclass with Monty Halls
- Seven nights' full-board accommodation in a James Watt Deck porthole cabin on Lord of the Glens
- All meals, including welcome and farewell dinners
- Ride on the West Highland Railway
- All excursions, tours and entry fees (as indicated in the online itinerary)
- Welcome reception
- All port dues and taxes
- Transfers from and to Inverness at pre-determined times
- 100% financially protected trip
Cat 1B James Watts Deck | Subs: £2,389 | Other readers: £2,439
Cat 2 David Roberts Deck | Subs: £2,814 | Other readers: £2,864
Cat 3 David Roberts Deck | Subs: £3,264 | Other readers: £3,314
Cat 4 Alexander Graham Bell Deck | Subs: £3,264 | Other readers: £3,314
Day1Inverness to Kyle of LochalshInverness, United Kingdom
Make your own way to Inverness, where a coach transfer will pick you up from either Inverness Airport or bus station in the afternoon. You'll drive to Kyle of Lochalsh to embark Lord of the Glens. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board while docked.
Day2Eileen Donan and SkyeIsle of Skye, United Kingdom
After breakfast you will visit Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, with its stunning setting on Loch Duich. From there it's on to the village of Plockton on the shore of Loch Carron, surrounded by a ring of hills. In the afternoon, you'll sail to the Isle of Skye to see the Clan Donald Centre and Gardens before heading to Inverie in Loch Nevis. This remote location has a famous pub that can only be accessed by boat.
Day3Eigg and MullEigg, United Kingdom
Today, you'll sail to the small island of Eigg, which came into community ownership in 1998. You will get a sense of what life is like for the 90 or so people who live here. From there you will sail around Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point of mainland Britain, and into the Sound of Mull to arrive at Tobermory. Tobermory's most famous feature is the row of brightly painted houses that lines the waterfront, built by the British Fisheries Company for £20 each to house its workers.
Day4Sound of Mull and Isle of IonaCraignure, United Kingdom
After breakfast you'll sail down the Sound of Mull to Craignure and visit to the Isle of Iona, the last resting place of 50 Scottish kings and the place where St Columba introduced Christianity to Britain. This tiny crofting island has a unique sense of peace and tranquillity. Later you'll sail across the Firth of Lorn, pausing for pictures in front of Duart Castle, the 13th-century home of the chief of Clan MacLean.
Day5Corpach, West Highland RailwayCorpach, United Kingdom
Sail north into Loch Linnhe, a fjord carved by the last ice age, and on to Corpach. Cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct on the West Highland Railway to see the Glenfinnan Monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites.
Day6Loch Lochy and Loch OichBanavie, United Kingdom
After breakfast we ascend Neptune's Staircase, an impressive flight of eight inter-connected locks that lifts the vessel 103 feet above sea level to Banavie. We then sail through peaceful Loch Lochy and Loch Oich and various man-made sections of the Caledonian Canal, which was started in 1803 to plans produced by Thomas Telford following survey work by James Watt thirty years earlier. Overnight in Fort Augustus.
Day7Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, CullodenFort Augustus, United Kingdom
Cruise Loch Ness today - 23 miles long, one mile wide and up to 600ft deep. You'll pass photogenic Castle Urquhart, and travel onwards to Culloden, scene of the last battle fought on British soil in 1746. In the evening you will be joined by members of the crew for a farewell dinner. Moor here in Inverness overnight.
Day8Return homeInverness, United Kingdom
Disembark after breakfast for your transfer to Inverness.
Lord of the Glens
Luxurious small ship with elegant furnishings, a comfortable bar and restaurant, panoramic windows and well-appointed outward facing cabins
Lord of the Glens' elegant appeal calls to mind a luxury yacht. Internally the vessel deliberately shuns the 'urban chic' and the contemporary, to be more in sympathy the landscapes it explores. On stepping aboard for the first time you will be immediately greeted by a sumptuous classical look.
Of special note are the original 1929 'Riviera' armchairs (PLM 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. Elsewhere there are scaled models of locomotives and ocean going ships. Throughout the vessel is adorned with plush carpeting by 'Brinton's' and hardwood flooring with inlaid compass motifs made by craftsmen at the top of their profession.
The whole vessel is air-conditioned and heated throughout. Guests embark at the Reception level, where you'll find the delightful 'Robert Louis Stevenson' restaurant and the Bridge, as well as the six Top Deck State Cabins. A short flight of stairs brings guests to the splendid Upper Deck, with the 'David Livingstone Lounge/Bar', which is again richly decorated in hardwood finishes and divided into two sections. The aft area is reserved for the Bar and a comfortable relaxing area, as well as a stern facing viewing deck. The forward area is perhaps reserved for quieter contemplation and spectacular viewing opportunities both through the all-round panoramic windows and the forward viewing deck.
There are 27 outward facing State Cabins spread over three decks, all named after well known Scottish personages (Thomas Telford, David Roberts & Alexander Graham Bell). 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 wash basin. All State Cabins are air conditioned and heated - the Top and Middle Deck State Cabins have a picture window, whereas the Lower Deck State Cabins have two portholes each.
The cuisine is excellent, freshly prepared onboard by a loyal and long serving brigade of chefs, drawing on the rich bounty of locally sourced produce - and what could be more delightful than to awake to the prospect of a full Scottish breakfast, and for earlier risers to take advantage of the complimentary hot beverages that await in the lounge, and for that matter for the rest of the day as well.
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