Castles and Clans
6 nights including 2 Gala Dinners
This new cruise exposes the history and intrigue behind some of Scotland’s greatest castles and reveals how the powerful clans of the past jostled for power and supremacy over years gone by.
Leaving our home port of Oban, a peaceful sojourn to the Isle of Rum allows us to appreciate the grand red sandstone architecture and bespoke decoration of the once flamboyant Kinloch Castle.
Dating from the 15th century and seat of Clan Macneil, Kisimul is the only significant surviving medieval castle in the Outer Hebrides. Known as the ‘Castle in the Sea’ it is accessed by small boat from Castle Bay, Barra.
Navigating a northerly course, we head to the Kildonan Museum, which holds over 10,000 items related to the social, domestic and cultural history of South Uist and then, from our anchorage at Dunvegan, we explore Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.
Cameras at the ready for the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan, and onwards to Armadale Castle, spiritual home of Clan Donald, to explore the historic gardens and woodland trails around the romantic ruins of the castle.
From the colourful Georgian town of Tobermory, there is the opportunity to enjoy Glengorm Castle, ahead of a farewell champagne reception at the imposing Duart Castle, hosted by Sir Lachlan Maclean, current Chief of the Clan Maclean.