Purpose-built to cruise the historic locks of the Caledonian Canal following a multi-million pound rebuild, Lord of the Highlands is the latest addition to Hebridean Island Cruises’ fleet of beautiful and intimate ships. Continuing the Hebridean tradition of providing the highest quality holidays afloat, the convivial company of just 38 fellow guests creates a relaxed house party atmosphere. Cruising through the Caledonian Canal and the Highlands and islands of Scotlands west coast, Lord of the Highlands takes guests on a voyage of discovery through the most beautiful scenery in the world.

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Main Info
  • Children Not allowed
  • Nursery -
  • Smoking Some
  • Style Classic
  • Decks3
  • Cabins20
  • Size -
  • Ship Type River
  • Wheelchair Cabins-
  • Crew Members-
  • Refurbished2021
  • CurrencyGBP

Access to the vessel, whilst on the Caledonian Canal, is via a lowered stepped gangway, and a ramp gangway whilst out at sea. Internally, there are two stairways each of 11 steps that inter-connect each deck level – all have a handrail. There is no lift on board and therefore, the ship is not suitable for guests with severe mobility impairment. Guests with limited mobility can be accommodated provided they are accompanied by an assisting companion.

Air Conditioning/Heating

Lord of the Highlands is both air-conditioned and heated as and when appropriate throughout the voyage. Cabins have individual controls to regulate the temperature.


We regret that children under the age of 12 cannot be accommodated.


Mobile phones are in range for most of the voyage(s), but please note some blind spots do exist, particularly in the remote lochs and islands. Mobile phones should be switched off in public rooms. Wi-Fi access is available.

Dietary Requests

Most of the usual dietary requests can be arranged providing prior notification is made. However, diets that require specific or particular religious observance cannot be accommodated.

Dress Code

Dress is generally smart casual, with perhaps a jacket worn for dinner. Extra efforts are normally made for the welcome and farewell gala dinners. Black Tie is not necessary.


Due to restrictions on space there are no dry (or wet) cleaning facilities on board. An iron and ironing board is available on request.

Medical Assistance

Since Lord of the Highlands is never more than a few hours away from port, and most times within a few minutes, medical assistance can be arranged ashore.


The ship operates a non-smoking policy in all of the interior areas, including cabins. Smoking is restricted to certain exterior deck spaces and private balconies only.

At the beginning of each voyage, the Master will conduct a safety briefing indicating the emergency procedures and facilities on board. Special care should be taken not to embark or disembark the vessel whilst in the locks. Guests should note that the companionway decks around the exterior of the vessel are principally designed for ease of access, as well as more generally for manoeuvring the vessel. Whilst berthing or navigating through the locks guests should not access these areas since they could, in certain circumstances, represent a hazard given the constant crew movements along the vessel’s length, and the stowing of fenders etc. Guests should, at all times, avoid those areas which specifically state for ‘Crew Only’.
Deck Plans
Tweedsmuir Deck

  • Caledonian Restaurant
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Bar

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Richard Hannay Deck

  • Category 1 Deluxe Cabins
  • Bridge

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John Buchan Deck

  • Category 1 Deluxe Cabins
  • Category 2 Balcony Cabins
  • Category 3 Suite

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The spacious suite features a King-sized bed and large picture windows both port and starboard affording delightful views. In addition to standard facilities, the comfortable sitting area is furnished with a sofa, coffee table and mini bar containing a selection of complimentary beverages.

Balcony Cabin

The four category 2 cabins feature twin beds and a small private balcony with teak furniture for you to enjoy the magnificent scenery. All cabins feature a dressing table, stool, wardrobe, satellite TV, private safe, hairdryer, slippers, bathrobes and an en-suite shower room with luxury Molton Brown toiletries.

Deluxe Cabin

All accommodation on the Richard Hannay Deck are Category 1 deluxe cabins. They are outward facing and boast picture windows so that no view is missed. All cabins feature a dressing table, stool, wardrobe, satellite TV, private safe, hairdryer, slippers, bathrobes and an en-suite shower room with luxury Molton Brown toiletries.


Lord of the Highlands with her convivial company of just 40 guests and a dedicated crew, cruises the historic locks of Scotland’s majestic Caledonian Canal. There is a relaxed house party atmosphere on board this small, luxury Scottish cruise ship. Where guests can relax in comfort and style as they discover this most beautiful waterway. Offering a personal service, our crew get to know guests needs and preferences. They are determined to make sure everyone has the best possible time, creating an unforgettable experience, where guests really feel at home.

Panorama Lounge

The Panorama Lounge is a comfortable place to unwind with cosy seating areas. Contemporary in design, it has a beautiful glass atrium and offers stunning views through large windows. Our delicious afternoon teas are served in the lounge, along with drinks from the bar. So grab some refreshments and enjoy a chat with like-minded fellow guests, as you travel to your next destination.

If you have questions or need any assistance at all, our friendly crew are always on hand. Personal service on this small luxury cruise ship means our team will have your preferences memorised. So you can simply relax, knowing everything is taken care of.