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We invite you to join Brand g Vacations for an LGBT+, inclusive, guaranteed full ship charter, exploring Scotland’s Royal Majesty.
This tour offers a fascinating insight into Scotland’s history and its Royal connections past and present with unparalleled access to the former and current homes of the Her Majesty The Queen and Her Majesty The Queen Mother. Following two nights in Inverness, enjoy a breathtaking 7-day luxury cruise from Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness on board the Lord of the Highlands. See Scotland’s famous scenery and visit the islands of Eigg, Iona and Skye as well as the towns of Tobermory, Fort William and Laggan and sail on famous Loch Ness. Following the cruise, our exploration continues with three nights in Edinburgh. Here we tour Edinburgh castle, Holyrood Palace while taking in the famous Scottish atmosphere and culture. Our last night ends with a Royal Invitation to a luxury State farewell dinner onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Lord of the Highlands
Scotland’s highlands and coastline are both exceptionally beautiful but seeing them both on one cruise is impossible for cruise ships – but not the nimble Lord of the Highlands.
Newly commissioned, Lord of the Highlands will join her sister ship Lord of the Glens and embark on her inaugural voyage in 2020. Both luxury expedition vessels feature in the Lindblad and National Geographic portfolios. At just 150 feet, this elegant vessel can squeeze through the Caledonian Canal linking the North Sea to the Atlantic, but her design as a seafaring yacht means she can sail through the Atlantic with aplomb too. It’s all done in grand style, the locks and lochs, the starkly beautiful islands of the Inner Hebrides all viewed from the comforts of a ship that feels like a small stately home. Lord of the Highlands features polished wood, teak decks, sumptuous fabrics and upholstery contribute to the cosy feel as much as the intimate size – there are just 21 mainly twin-bedded cabins, all well-appointed accommodating 42 guests.
The open top deck, with tables and chairs is a wonderful place to watch the glorious Scottish country and seascapes slip past; while the lounge and bar on board Lord of the Highlands provide all the warmth and welcome of a good country house hotel.
Dining on Lord of the Highlands
Dining on board Lord of the Highlands is a treat – the restaurant is an elegant room, with fine views without, sparkling crystal and fine china within. The meals are exceptional too. A full Scottish breakfast welcomes the day, and local ingredients sourced en- route are the basis of hearty buffet-style lunches and dinners. Dinner is served at a single seating, with some tables for odd numbers to allow for easy mingling.
You will enjoy complimentary wines with lunch & dinner and a full bar service is available at reasonable prices at all other times. Select tours may also include a beverage.
Year built: 2019
Number of cabins: 21
Capacity: 42 passengers
Amenities: All cabins are equipped with air-conditioning, central heating, bathroom with shower, satellite TV, safe, hairdryers, 220 V electrical outlets — and each gives you a view of the river.
Coul House Hotel, Inverness
This beautiful 1820`s Grade a listed Mackenzie mansion is well located (just 25 minutes north of Inverness) on the door step of the Highland wilderness. Having exclusive use of this beautiful 21 room hotel offers access to delicious food, great wine and a warm friendly welcome.
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout hotel
Large comfortable beds
Luxury en-suite bathrooms
Complimentary Wi-Fi and Smart televisions
Hairdryer, Iron and ironing board
Tea and coffee making facilities
Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
Blending perfectly into the historic surroundings of the Royal Mile, Hilton Edinburgh Carlton is an iconic element of the city. The building dates back to 1900s and is part of the impressive North Bridge which links Edinburgh’s Old and New town together, giving you easy access to countless shopping, dining and entertainment. Once one of Edinburgh’s top department stores, the building was fully refurbished in 2016 to bring the décor back to its stylish best.
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
Concierge Services and Luggage storage services
Complimentary business services
Lounge, Bar and Restaurant
Laundry and dry-cleaning service (additional charge)
40” Smart TV
Tea and coffee making service
Wake Up service
Ergonomic Desk Chair and work desk
Hilton Serenity Bed
Optional Morning Excursion – Stirling Castle – June 25
Departs Edinburgh – appx 5 hrs
Morning tour of historical Stirling Castle.
Optional Morning Excursion – Roslin Chapel – June 25
Departs Edinburgh – appx 4 hrs
Morning tour of Roslin castle made famous in The Davinci Code.
- Welcome buffet reception in Inverness
- Traditional Highland Dinner in Inverness with local entertainment
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Coul House Hotel, Inverness including breakfast
- Lunch at Prince Charles Rothesay Arms Hotel
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation
- Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise
- Free flowing house wine and local beer with lunch and dinner during cruise
- Hosted receptions throughout the cruise
- Lunch at HM The Queen Mother’s former home Glamis Castle
- Three nights deluxe accommodation in The Hilton Carlton Edinburgh.
- Exclusive lunch at the award winning Michael Neave Kitchen and Whisky Bar, Edinburgh
- Optional tours of Stirling Castle or Roslin Chapel
- Formal state dining on the Royal Yacht Britannia, HM The Queens former floating home.
- See Balmoral Her Majesty’s Scottish home set in the heart of Scotland
- View the spectacular Cairngorms and take in the breathtaking scenery of Scotland’s wilderness
- Visit Culloden where “Bonnie” Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746
- Take the West Highland railway line over the renowned viaduct to beautiful Glenfinnan, made famous in the Harry Potter films
- Enjoy Loch Ness and search for the world-famous Loch Ness Monster “Nessie” and take in the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle
- Sail Neptune’s Staircase in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Great Britain’s highest mountain
- Visit Eigg where you can get a sense of what life is like for the roughly 90 people who live on this island community
- Visit the World Heritage site, the Isle of Iona the last resting place of some 50 Scottish Kings and where St. Columba introduced Christianity to Britain and home to Duart Castle
- Visit Tobermory on the Isle of Mull
- Tour Glamis Castle, former home of HM The Queen Mother and enjoy a private tea in the kitchen
- Visit Holyrood Palace, HM The Queen’s formal home in Edinburgh and view the Queen’s gallery
- Enjoy a guided tour of the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle
- Explore the Royal Yacht Britannia and enjoy a Luxury State Dinner
Welcome to Scotland. Our guides will meet you at the airport to assist with your transfer to the Coul House Hotel conveniently located and in an area of natural beauty. After settling in to the hotel, enjoy the remainder of your day by walking the hotel grounds and making use of its public areas. Join us in the evening for a welcome reception and buffet.
This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a morning briefing from your hosts. After, we’ll visit Her Majesty The Queen’s Scottish home, Balmoral for an insight into Royal life in a palace. You will have a private lunch in HRH Prince Charles Restaurant Rothesay Arms where you can also shop for luxury gifts in Duchy Highgrove shop.
This evening enjoy a Scottish themed welcome dinner with local entertainment in the Coul House Hotel.
After Breakfast we depart from Inverness for a 2.5-hour scenic drive through the beautiful West of Scotland to the Kyle of Lochalsh to board the Lord of The Highlands. Our luxury 7-night voyage begins with a welcome reception and dinner. Moor Kyle of Lochalsh overnight.
This morning we visit Eileen Donan Castle and the picturesque village of Plockton. After, we sail via Kyle Rhea and the Sound of Sleat to Armadale on the Isle of Skye. Here we’ll see the Clan Donald Centre and Gardens before sailing to the small village of Inverie on Loch Nevis. Moor Inverie overnight.
Early this morning we sail around Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point of mainland Britain and arrive at the tiny island of Eigg. Here you get a sense of what life is like for the roughly 90 people who live in this island community. After exploring the island, we sail into the Sound of Mull to arrive at Tobermory 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 pound each. Moor Mull overnight.
Today we sail to Craignure on Mull to make a visit to the Isle of Iona, the last resting place of some 50 Scottish kings and where St Columba introduced Christianity to Britain. Return to the vessel at Craignure and sail across to Oban – the seafood capital of Scotland – with a pause in front of Duart Castle for photographs. Moor Oban overnight.
Morning sail via the Sound of Mull and Loch Linnhe to the village Corpach and the entrance to the Caledonian Canal. This afternoon, we take the West Highland railway line, made famous in the Harry Potter films, over the renowned viaduct to beautiful Glenfinnan. Moor Corpach overnight.
This morning we ascend Neptune’s Staircase, a flight of eight inter-connected locks that lift the vessel 103 feet, then we sail along the Caledonian Canal via Loch Lochy, Laggan Avenue, Loch Oich to Fort Augustus. Moor Fort Augustus overnight.
This morning we descend the flight of locks at Fort Augustus and sail across Loch Ness pausing approximately half way in front of Urquhart Castle for photographs. Later we cross Loch Dochfour and arrive at Inverness. This afternoon we visit Culloden, the famous battlefield where “Bonnie” Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were defeated and then see the ancient stones of Clava Cairns. This evening we’ll enjoy a farewell reception and dinner. Moor Inverness overnight.
We disembark in Inverness after breakfast at 9:00am and board our luxury motor coaches to Edinburgh. En- route we’ll experience stunning scenery and exceptional wildlife. We stop for a short break in Aviemore before continuing to Glamis Castle, former home of HHR The Queen Mother. Here we dive into the splendor of the life of a Queen and experience a lunch fit for a Queen before setting off for our luxury Hotel in Edinburgh. After checking in and settling into your luxury room, enjoy some free time to explore the city or relax.
After your included Scottish breakfast enjoy the morning exploring Scotland’s Historic Capital City of Edinburgh. Join our expert tour guides for a tour of Holyrood Palace, HM The Queen’s formal Scottish home and The Queen’s Gallery. Enjoy lunch at the award winning Michael Neave Kitchen and Whisky Bar situated just off the Royal Mile. followed by a guided tour of the Royal Mile and the historic cobbled streets with entrance to Edinburgh castle. Tonight enjoy the evening on your own.
After breakfast enjoy some free time to explore Edinburgh on your own and do some shopping. Or, book the optional tour to Roslin Chapel (made famous in the Da Vinci Code) the optional tour visiting historic Stirling Castle.
This afternoon get fitted for your kilt or pick up your highland sash before we set of for a luxurious tour and farewell experience on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, HM The Queens former floating home. Follow in the footsteps of Kings, Queens, Prime Ministers and Presidents. One of the most famous ships in the world, on board, Her Majesty The Queen’s former floating Royal residence, you will find the same high standards today as when The Royal Yacht Britannia was in Royal service.
The Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh will provide you with a truly unforgettable evening See all the private and public rooms, including the State Drawing Room. During your tour of Britannia, you will receive a unique insight into life aboard in days gone by.
Following the tour join your fellow guests in the State Drawing Room for a glass or two of chilled champagne and a selection of irresistible canapés. You are then invited into the State Dining Room, where world leaders and celebrities were entertained, from Frank Sinatra and Ursula Andress to Presidents Mandela and Clinton. you are cordially invited to dine in HM The Queens state dining room. The finest crystal, gleaming cutlery, fresh flowers and personalized menus embossed with Britannia’s unmistakable gold crest await you. Dine on the finest food and wines fit for a Queen.
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure this morning before our hosts transfer you to the airport or train station for your trip home or onward destination. Hotel check-out is at 11:00am this morning.
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