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.
Cabin 304 on the Lord of the Glens is on the third deck directly under the lounge area which is on the top deck. It is convenient for the restaurant which is on the same deck. It has twin beds, a good window on one side and is pleasantly furnished. Plenty of storage space given it is not very large. It was very quiet. Beds were comfortable but there is a large heavy canopy covering the bed which can be cumbersome, under that is a blanket and sheet. However, the cabins were always warm at night so this wasn't a problem. We didn't find it necessarily warm during the day sometimes but this could be our inability to suss out the heating system.
The bathroom is tiny, think caravan size, so if you are disabled or of generous build you may find this tiresome and difficult to use. Bathroom has small shower unit and washbasin.