NEW FOR 2021 – Due to popular demand this program has sold out through alumni pre-sales. Contact us for wait list opportunities and to be first on the list for future Scotland programs.
We invite you to join Brand g Vacations for an LGBT+, inclusive, guaranteed full ship charter, exploring Scotland’s Royal Majesty.
This tour offers a fascinating insight into Scotland’s history and its Royal connections past and present with unparalleled access to the former and current homes of the Her Majesty The Queen and Her Majesty The Queen Mother. Following two nights in Inverness, enjoy a breathtaking 7-day luxury cruise from Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness on board the Lord of the Highlands. See Scotland’s famous scenery and visit the islands of Eigg, Iona and Skye as well as the towns of Tobermory, Fort William and Laggan and sail on famous Loch Ness. Following the cruise, our exploration continues with three nights in Edinburgh. Here we tour Edinburgh castle, Holyrood Palace while taking in the famous Scottish atmosphere and culture. Our last night ends with a Royal Invitation to a luxury State farewell dinner onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia.
September 14 to June 26, 2021 – USD $6999.00
Welcome buffet reception in Inverness
Traditional Highland Dinner in Inverness with local entertainment
2 nights hotel accommodation in Coul House Hotel, Inverness including breakfast
Lunch at Prince Charles Rothesay Arms Hotel
7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation
Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise
Free flowing house wine and local beer with lunch and dinner during cruise
Hosted receptions throughout the cruise
Lunch at HM The Queen Mother’s former home Glamis Castle
Three nights deluxe accommodation in The Hilton Carlton Edinburgh.
Exclusive lunch at the award winning Michael Neave Kitchen and Whisky Bar, Edinburgh
Optional tours of Stirling Castle or Roslin Chapel
Formal state dining on the Royal Yacht Britannia, HM The Queens former floating home.
What about the weather?
The weather in Scotland and especially on the islands will be varied. Prepare for wet and windy conditions as well as bright sunshine. Layering clothing items is always your best bet, as this allows each person to adjust to any temperature, including artificially maintained temperature, by removing or adding items throughout the day.
What is the local and on board currency?
The local currency and the official currency on board the Lord of the Highlands is the UK Pound. During the cruise, we operate on a cashless system, with all purchases billed to your onboard account. At the end of the cruise, bills may be settled in cash with UK cash or by credit card with Visa or MasterCard. The Lord of the Highlands does not provide a currency exchange service, nor is there an ATM on board. In Inverness and Edinburgh you will find options for obtaining pounds at both Scottish and English banks.
What if I have dietary requirements (allergies, religious restrictions, or preferences)?
We will make every effort to accommodate special dietary requests. Please inform our office at least 45 days prior to departure of these requests.
How do I power and charge my devices?
The voltage in Scotland is officially 220/50Hz. To use any electrical product from the US that is not dual voltage, you will need an electrical converter. You will also need a type G plug adapter. Because the voltage may fluctuate at times, we also recommend unplugging your devices when not in use or when leaving them unattended.
What should I expect on the included shore excursions?
Most shore excursions during your travel program are included (exceptions are Roslin Chapel and Stirling Castle). Excursions are led by expert guides, and guests are normally divided into two groups. Electronic listening devices, where required, are complimentary to all guests in order to ensure that guests are able to hear their guides, without disturbing nearby wildlife.
Brand g makes every effort to ensure that shore excursions are performed as promoted and outlined. In certain circumstances beyond our control, it may not be possible or practical for an excursion to be modified.
Will there be smoking areas?
The comfort and safety of our guests is our first priority. Smoking is not permitted in the suites or enclosed, public areas on board. Smoking will be allowed in designated smoking areas only.
What are pre-paid gratuities?
Gratuities are customary expressions of appreciation for a job well done. It is our goal to ensure that the service you receive is as wonderful as the sites you visit. Gratuities for the included portions of this program have been pre-paid. At your own discretion you may choose to provide additional tips.
What should I wear?
Comfortable, casual clothing is appropriate both onshore and on board. You will find a significant amount of walking over very uneven terrain during your time ashore. We recommend comfortable walking shoes with good ankle support, as well as head covering to protect from the sun. At some sites, you may also be required to have knees and shoulders covered. Don’t forget to pack a waterproof jacket (preferably hooded) for unpredictable rain and cooler temperatures. You may also wish to bring something a bit dressier for one or two evenings. For our Gala evening on the Royal Yacht Britannia we will provide you with complimentary full-dress kilt (incl. shoes) and a sash for those who wish to wear a cocktail dress or trouser suit (not provided). Should you not wish to wear the complimentary kilt, please bring your own formal clothes for this special event.
I have concerns about my physical ability. What do I do?
Guests with mobility issues should discuss their concerns with Brand g at the time of booking. Guests requiring the use of a mobility device, such as a wheelchair, motorized scooter, or walker, may not be able to participate in many shore excursions or use them on board the ship.
Also, guests who may be limited in their ability to walk long distances may also have difficulties, as there is often uneven terrain on many shore excursions. Please discuss any concerns or questions with your physician.
Lord of the Highlands
Scotland’s highlands and coastline are both exceptionally beautiful but seeing them both on one cruise is impossible for cruise ships – but not the nimble Lord of the Highlands.
Newly commissioned, Lord of the Highlands will join her sister ship Lord of the Glens and embark on her inaugural voyage in 2020. Both luxury expedition vessels feature in the Lindblad and National Geographic portfolios. At just 150 feet, this elegant vessel can squeeze through the Caledonian Canal linking the North Sea to the Atlantic, but her design as a seafaring yacht means she can sail through the Atlantic with aplomb too. It’s all done in grand style, the locks and lochs, the starkly beautiful islands of the Inner Hebrides all viewed from the comforts of a ship that feels like a small stately home. Lord of the Highlands features polished wood, teak decks, sumptuous fabrics and upholstery contribute to the cosy feel as much as the intimate size – there are just 21 mainly twin-bedded cabins, all well-appointed accommodating 42 guests.
The open top deck, with tables and chairs is a wonderful place to watch the glorious Scottish country and seascapes slip past; while the lounge and bar on board Lord of the Highlands provide all the warmth and welcome of a good country house hotel.
Dining on Lord of the Highlands
Dining on board Lord of the Highlands is a treat – the restaurant is an elegant room, with fine views without, sparkling crystal and fine china within. The meals are exceptional too. A full Scottish breakfast welcomes the day, and local ingredients sourced en- route are the basis of hearty buffet-style lunches and dinners. Dinner is served at a single seating, with some tables for odd numbers to allow for easy mingling.
You will enjoy complimentary wines with lunch & dinner and a full bar service is available at reasonable prices at all other times. Select tours may also include a beverage.
Year built: 2019
Number of cabins: 21
Capacity: 42 passengers
Amenities: All cabins are equipped with air-conditioning, central heating, bathroom with shower, satellite TV, safe, hairdryers, 220 V electrical outlets — and each gives you a view of the river.
Optional Morning Excursion – Stirling Castle – June 25
Departs Edinburgh – appx 5 hrs
Morning tour of historical Stirling Castle.
Optional Morning Excursion – Roslin Chapel – June 25
Departs Edinburgh – appx 4 hrs
Morning tour of Roslin castle made famous in The Davinci Code.
Coul House Hotel, Inverness
This beautiful 1820`s Grade a listed Mackenzie mansion is well located (just 25 minutes north of Inverness) on the door step of the Highland wilderness. Having exclusive use of this beautiful 21 room hotel offers access to delicious food, great wine and a warm friendly welcome.
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout hotel
Large comfortable beds
Luxury en-suite bathrooms
Complimentary Wi-Fi and Smart televisions
Hairdryer, Iron and ironing board
Tea and coffee making facilities
Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
Blending perfectly into the historic surroundings of the Royal Mile, Hilton Edinburgh Carlton is an iconic element of the city. The building dates back to 1900s and is part of the impressive North Bridge which links Edinburgh’s Old and New town together, giving you easy access to countless shopping, dining and entertainment. Once one of Edinburgh’s top department stores, the building was fully refurbished in 2016 to bring the décor back to its stylish best.
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
Concierge Services and Luggage storage services
Complimentary business services
Lounge, Bar and Restaurant
Laundry and dry-cleaning service (additional charge)
40” Smart TV
Tea and coffee making service
Wake Up service
Ergonomic Desk Chair and work desk
Hilton Serenity Bed
This evening enjoy a Scottish themed welcome dinner with local entertainment in the Coul House Hotel. (B/L/D)
This afternoon get fitted for your kilt or pick up your highland sash before we set of for a luxurious tour and farewell experience on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, HM The Queens former floating home. Follow in the footsteps of Kings, Queens, Prime Ministers and Presidents. One of the most famous ships in the world, on board, Her Majesty The Queen’s former floating Royal residence, you will find the same high standards today as when The Royal Yacht Britannia was in Royal service.
The Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh will provide you with a truly unforgettable evening See all the private and public rooms, including the State Drawing Room. During your tour of Britannia, you will receive a unique insight into life aboard in days gone by.
Following the tour join your fellow guests in the State Drawing Room for a glass or two of chilled champagne and a selection of irresistible canapés. You are then invited into the State Dining Room, where world leaders and celebrities were entertained, from Frank Sinatra and Ursula Andress to Presidents Mandela and Clinton. you are cordially invited to dine in HM The Queens state dining room. The finest crystal, gleaming cutlery, fresh flowers and personalized menus embossed with Britannia’s unmistakable gold crest await you. Dine on the finest food and wines fit for a Queen. (B/D)
47 Elizabeth Bay Road
Elizabeth Bay NSW
02 8667 3336