10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2012
We travelled on the Lord of the Glens from Oban to Inverness over a 5 night period in October. The weather, surprisingly, was fantastic bar one or two light showers. We travelled from Oban to Mull, then up through the Caledonian canal to ... Read More
We travelled on the Lord of the Glens from Oban to Inverness over a 5 night period in October. The weather, surprisingly, was fantastic bar one or two light showers. We travelled from Oban to Mull, then up through the Caledonian canal to Inverness. This trip is unusual. Firstly, you get to see places you wouldn't normally unless you want to take long car trips. Seeing the Highland scenery from the centre of a Loch is also a bonus and there is a lot of wonderful scenery to see. As it was October we saw some fantastic autumn colours and there was plenty to experience along the way. Parts of the canal are stunning and you get the opportunity to stop off to visit Glenfinnan and travel across the viaduct, Tobermory and Duart Castle on Mull and Fort Augustus. This was a relaxing and peaceful holiday. Food superb. Despite the 7.30 pm sitting we were served relatively quickly. Yes they wait till each one on your table is finished but you don't really notice this and anyway you are so engrossed in conversation with your fellow passengers that time passes quickly. The lounge area on the top of the vessel is great for sitting and enjoying a drink or a cup of tea while you watch the canal scenery pass by. So weather, really, is not necessarily a drawback if you can't get outside. Yes the cabins are small but we found ours (on the top deck) fine and there was plenty of storage. It was also very quiet. Beds comfortable and a nice large window to look out of. The only drawback for me was the bathroom, which is very small, and as I am of ample proportions I did find this a bit of a nuisance. There are some steep stairs leading from one deck to the the other. I managed reasonably well but it is worth bearing in mind if you are really bad on your legs. The crew, especially Brian the hotel(ship) manager, are wonderful. They are attentive and give good service. Brian organised some trips for us and my husband enjoyed a couple of walks led by Brian along the canal towpaths. The ship is spotless and tastefully decorated although, I too, did notice the rather strange choice of Egyptian prints on the walls! There seem to be a lot of companies offering holidays on Lord of the Glens so its worth doing some research as to what is the best combination/deal for you, but we loved it and would certainly go again. We enjoyed the unusual experience, loved the scenery and relished the slow pace of life which suited us very well. We did it with Great Railway Journies and can't fault them. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2012
When we looked into this cruise I looked for reviews, and found 3, so thought I would add another one, should people want to go into the wilds of Scotland. We started at Inverness train Station-where we met Brian. A very very helpful hotel ... Read More
When we looked into this cruise I looked for reviews, and found 3, so thought I would add another one, should people want to go into the wilds of Scotland. We started at Inverness train Station-where we met Brian. A very very helpful hotel manager. As the coach is not allowed to park near the train station, for the first of many occasions he had to think on his feet. He soon collected us all up though and we were on our way.The boat is small ,but perfectly formed. Our cabin-302 ,was right next to reception ,but we never heard any noise. The cabins are small-very small...but what surprised us was how every nook and cranny is utilised. the cabin ate up the contents of 2 large cases and their contents with ease. cases go under the beds-very large space here, and there is a large drawer, a double wardrobe, and 8 sets of drawers,plus a hidey hole in the dressing table. (not sure if the cabins lower down have this hidey hole) the bathroom is tiny tiny-think canal boat/caravan,with a small shower-with curtain, toilet, and small basin. Again there was storage here for toiletries-two large wire cages, more than enough for all of our things. The rest of the ship is equally very nice, and cosy, well decorated. On the top deck are 2 lounges ,with comfy seating....can you guess what secret the large curved seat in the front holds, most things have more than one use. The dining rooms holds everyone at one seating. you can sit where you like but for lunch and dinner everyone has all of their courses served at the same time. 1st course-that is cleared away, then 2nd course etc. the evening meal usually took up to 2hrs for this reason. All the food is fresh and was really really lovely....very well done. The cruise was down the Caledonian Canal and around some of the inner Hebrides at the end. Due to the weather (windy and wet) when we were in the open seas, Brian had to do a lot of thinking on his feet. We went everywhere we were supposed to, but maybe not in the order we should have done. I think if you consider doing one of these cruises ,and they involve the open sea you have to be prepared for a lot of changes...On one island we were about to disembark ,when it was decided we would not be staying there due to an approaching storm, and it appears running out of food-could not have that could we? We set of for more sheltered berthing, and somewhere where more fresh food could be purchased. I feel a word should also be put in here for the barman Gordon-by the 2nd night he knew what we drank and our cabin number. He was always very friendly, and it was not his fault that the two times the contents of the bar took a tumble in rough seas ,he was not around!!!! Would we go on here again.Yes we would-we saw some lovely lovely places that we would not otherwise have had the chance of seeing. The whole thing was most enjoyable. If anything lets things down I would say it is the bathrooms,but how can they alter them. If they cut down on the cabins, less people, so more expensive cruises... Ages on our cruise I would say low 50's upwards, with most at the higher end. You do need to be able to use stairs on this boat as they are quite steep. Go and learn some wonderful things and see some wonderful parts of Scotland Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2011
Had a five day cruise on LotG in April last year, from Inverness to Oban. We were incredibly lucky with the weather, and the Highlands of Scotland were looking their absolute best. We travelled to Inverness by train, and were met at ... Read More
Had a five day cruise on LotG in April last year, from Inverness to Oban. We were incredibly lucky with the weather, and the Highlands of Scotland were looking their absolute best. We travelled to Inverness by train, and were met at the station by a coach which transferred us to the ship. (The same coach and driver were to follow us and take us on excursions at the various stops over the next few days.) On arrival at the ship we were met by Brian, the cruise director, purser, Maitre d', and just about everything else. The ship is small, holding just 54 passengers, but is the maximum size that can fit through the locks in the Caledonian Canal. The main public room is the combined lounge and bar on the upper deck, with large windows to view the passing scenery. The dining room is one deck below. Tea and excellent coffee are freely available in the lounge. Open deck space is plentiful for the number of passengers. Meals are single sitting at a set time, and you are free to choose your table companions in tables for four or six. The food is excellent, using often local produce. Beware, the waiter will offer to pour you glasses of wine, but each glass is recorded and added to your bar bill (though not extortionate). We were in a category 3 cabin (the most expensive) and it was not large by cruise ship standards, though perfectly adequate for a short cruise. The beds were very comfortable. The most interesting bit was the passage through the Caledonian Canal, and in good weather this is simply exquisite. There are several flights of locks to pass through, and this adds to the interest. Excursions were arranged to various places of interest on the trip, such as Glenfinnan, Duart and Torosay Castles, and these were included in the price of the cruise. Brian was always on hand to answer any questions, and to assist with any problems. On our cruise we found that most people were early bedders, and my wife and I often found we were the last in the bar. Overall we found it an excellent experience, not super-luxurious but very comfortable and enjoyable. The crew went about their duties in an unobtrusive manner, though it was possible to chat to the captain while he was maneuvering the ship in the locks. Did I mention Brian? Omni-present, very affable and helpful, he was the public face of the ship, and greatly contributed to the success of the cruise. This is not for people who want glitzy ships with climbing walls, skating rinks and 4000 other passengers, but for a low key and intimate experience I would thoroughly recommend it. Read Less
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