Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field

  • Oban & Glenfinnan

    We began our day docked in the thriving town of Oban, perhaps most famous for the whisky of the same name. Blustery winds buffeted us as we walked to the distillery for a tour around the facility. It was a fascinating experience, learning about the whisky-making process and the history of this distillery. Following the tour, we trekked up a steep hill to visit McCaig's Tower, a prominent landmark above the town. It was built in 1897 by a local banker as a monument to his family. Today there are gardens inside and a commanding view of the surroundings.

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  • Armadale, Eilean Donan

    It has been an incredible voyage aboard Lord of the Glens. It was our last day together, and we spent it at Armadale, the spiritual home of the McDonald Clan, and Eilean Donan, the most iconic castle one could imagine in Scotland. The first part of the day was spent walking among the incredible flower gardens at Armadale, which are renowned for their beauty. Then, at Eilean Donan, we had a tour of the iconic medieval castle where many modern-day movies have been filmed. On our way back to the ship, we stopped at Plockton, a small seaside town where we were excited to see a local festival and treated to some wonderful music and dancing in the center of town.

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  • Tobermory & Inverie

    Lord of the Glens had been moored overnight in Tobermory, the main village on the Isle of Mull, and this morning we had the opportunity to explore this astonishingly colorful little village, spread gently across a small bay and framed by high cliffs all around. The day was wet and windy but nonetheless the staff offered a choice of shore activities—a long walk out to one of the historic Stevenson lighthouses along the clifftop from where we were docked, a photo walk with National Geographic photographers, and an historic walk through the little village with our shipboard historian. 

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  • Iona & Mull

    Morning came early in Oban for our day of travel to Mull and the magical island of Iona. Clouds blanketed the hills of Mull as we cruised toward our docking at Craignure, where our bus waited. The driver was a gem, his running commentary a perfect match for the stunning landscape of Mull. By turn, he pointed out their stupendous rainfall (4.2 meters a year), deer on the hills, the elementary school with just five students, the scarecrow that was actually a skeleton riding a bicycle, all the movies that had been filmed in the area, and much of the island gossip—all while negotiating the one-track road and traffic that slid by, inches away. He made the long drive to Phionnphort a delight.

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  • Oban, Scotland

    If Oban, Scotland, is known for anything, it is whisky. If it were Ireland, whisky would be spelled with an “e” and it would look like this: whiskey. But it’s not, so no hate mail. Oban, however, is more than just the distillery bearing its name. It is a vibrant community with a connection to the sea and fisheries that are found here. It is also a bustling tourist town and has many sites to see and participate in.

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  • Fort Augustus to Corpach

    Activities today started even before breakfast had been served when a group of our fellow travelers took the opportunity to walk along the canal tow path—flat, even, straight—toward the first set of locks that the ship would encounter. It was wet and gray, but spirits were high.

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  • Inverness & Loch Ness

    Our first day on board Lord of the Glens started with a beautiful, sunny morning in Muirton overlooking the city of Inverness, shimmering below us as we lay quietly in the canal. Our destination was the famous battlefield of Culloden, where on April 16, 1746, the rebel Jacobite army under Bonnie Prince Charlie met a well-prepared government army commanded by the Duke of Cumberland. The consequences of their defeat on that field reverberated through the Highlands for many years to come, leading to suppression of the culture, population clearances, and emigration to the new world.

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  • Fort Augustus & Inverness

    Beautiful mist hung around the brows of the mountains surrounding us as we headed down the lock system at Fort Augustus, destined for Loch Ness. As we set forth into the deep, dark waters of the loch, we heard an excellent talk on the history of Scotland’s monarchy and the fateful Jacobite rebellion, just in time for our afternoon visit to the famous Culloden battlefield.

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  • Scottish Highlands

    After waking up in Craignure, we departed the Isle of Mull and headed to the mainland and the port town of Oban. Oban is a bustling metropolis of the west coast, with a population of 25,000 and a thoroughfare for ferries, taking people to and from the Hebridean Islands. As we sailed across the Firth of Lorne, it became clear that it was going to be another glorious, sunny day.

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