Cruising the Highlands of Scotland & magic of Ireland (Fall 2018)

Enjoying the colours of autumn

Base Fare:
$10,860 per guest, double occupancy

Your Journey includes

Ring of Kerry Tour. West HIghalnd Line train, Edinburgh, the Cliffs of Moher and Barren, Connemara & Kylemore Abbey tour and more.
Sailing the the Caledonian Canal and the Lochs of Scotland.
Most meals daily, as noted in itinerary.
Dinner in an Irish Pub with Irish folklore and traditional music.
14 nights into unique accommodation.
5 nights aboard the Lord of the Glens, a splendidly unique and intimate yacht.
Round trip air fare from Toronto. Air gateways available across Canada.
Private car home pick up service.

Cruising the Highlands of Scotland & magic of Ireland (Fall 2018)

“Stand where the peaks meet the sky and the lochs meet the sea.” These words, written by Scottish playwright W. Gordon Smith, beautifully describe the vast and untamed beauty of Scotland and Ireland. Board the Lord of the Glens, a splendidly unique and intimate yacht, to sail the intricate waters of the Caledonian Canal and the sheltered waters of the lochs. Reflect on the legend and lore of Scotland’s past as you gaze across the Sound of Mull from Duart Castle. Learn what goes into making Guinness before enjoying a pint of your own. In all that you do, the myth and majesty of this stunning part of the world will surround you.

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Base Fare:
$10,860 per guest, double occupancy

Discover, Learn, Experience, on private excursions

  • Panoramic tour of Glasgow 

  • Kelvingrove Art Museum 

  • McCaig’s Folly, Duart Castle 

  • Isle of Mull 

  • Colourful waterfront of Tobermory 

  • West Highland Line train journey with 
Glenfinnan Viaduct 

  • Neptune’s Staircase, Caledonian Canal 

  • Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle 

  • Scottish Highlands tour 

  • Edinburgh tour with Royal Mile 

  • Yacht Britannia 

  • Dublin City Tour including St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College Old Library and book of Kells
  • Powerscourt Gardens
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Irish Pub dinner with Irish folklore, storytelling and traditional music
  • Adare and Killarney
  • Ring of Kerry tour
  • Village Bog & Sheep Dog Trials
  • Cliffs of Moher & Burren
  • Connemara & Kylemore Abbey tour

Necessities – Know the cost of your Journey before you leave home

  • All taxes incl. HST, PST, VAT 

  • All port and service charges 

  • Gratuities on all included items; all ship staff, 
your Jerry Van Dyke Journey Managers, local sightseeing guides, coach drivers, porters, attraction guides 

  • Entrance fees during sightseeing 

  • Private car home pick up or a credit, or an 
overnight at the Toronto Airport Hilton 

  • Services of a professional Journey Manager
  • Services of local guides
  • Deluxe overnight carry-on bag or backpack
  • Porterage for one piece of baggage
  • Full pre trip information and assistance
  • Airport Improvement fees
  • All sightseeing as listed

Worry free air travel

  • Toronto to Glasgow
  • Edinburgh to Dublin  Shannon to Toronto

Lovely, handpicked hotels and ships

  • Blythswood Hotel & Spa, Glasgow, 1 night 

This splendid, landmark property, commands one side of Blythswood Square, a lovely, green space in the centre of the city of Glasgow. With lovely bedrooms, an award winning spa and endless green space, this is Glasgow’s premier hotel.

  • The Caledonian, Edinburgh, 2 nights 

‘The Caley’, as it is affectionately known among Edinburgh locals, has embodied the very best in Scottish hospitality for over a hundred years. Situated at the west end of Princes Street, this former Victorian railway hotel nestles in the shadow of the historic Edinburgh Castle, just two minutes’ walk from the designer stores and fashionable bars of George Street.

  • The Brooks Hotel, Dublin, 2 nights 

Brooks is a designer boutique hotel in Dublin city centre, 5 minutes' walk from Grafton Street, St Stephen’s Green and Trinity College.
Brooks Hotel is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. It has been voted one of the 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland in the Bridgestone Guide for the past 3 years.

  • The Malton, Killarney, 2 nights 

From its distinctive architecture to its effortless service and genuine hospitality, The Malton has been a favourite retreat for over 150 years. Where else are you going to find 6 acres of gardens in the centre of a bustling town!

  • Park House Hotel, Galway, 2 nights 

In central Galway, the Park House Hotel blends the warmth and personality of a boutique hotel with 4-star luxury. It offers an award- winning restaurant and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. Rooms are decorated in warm colours, natural wood furnishings and luxurious fabrics. They feature TVs with sports and movie channels, laptop safes and tea/coffee-making facilities.

  • The Lord of the Glens, 5 nights 

The MV Lord of the Glens is a vessel with the elegant appeal of a luxury yacht. Indeed, the ‘Royal Yacht Britannia’ was very much in mind when it came to deciding the exterior livery with its ‘Mauritius’ deep blue hull, complemented by an all around band and resplendent eagle motifs all in gold, together with a brilliant white superstructure. She boasts all round teak clad viewing and promenade decks with rich mahogany interiors.

The Lord of the Glens is the only passenger vessel able to navigate the intricate waters of the Caledonian Canal as well as the sheltered waters around Scotland’s hauntingly beautiful fretted west coast. Her Master is able to manoeuvre the ship into almost impossibly tight locks and around the many tortuous bends, bringing the dramatic landscape even closer.

The Lord of the Glens is most certainly in sympathy with both the landscape and the environment. On stepping aboard you are greeted by a classical, colonial look with rich hardwood finishes throughout offset by cream paneling very much reminiscent of the ancient deluxe British Pullman carriage.

Of special note are the original 1929 ‘Riviera’ armchairs (PLM Orient Express), hand painted David Roberts lithographs, light fittings from the SS France and Nord Norge, restaurant chairs, overhead glass paneling, deck furniture from the RMS Windsor Castle and lovely brass friezes from the RMS Kenya Castle. Elsewhere there are scaled models of locomotives and ocean going ships. Throughout the vessel is adorned with plush carpeting and hardwood flooring with inlaid compass motifs made by craftsmen at the top of their profession.

The entire vessel is air-conditioned/heated throughout. Guests embark at the Reception level, where also are located the delightful ‘one sitting’ ‘Robert Louis Stevenson’ restaurant, the Bridge and six Top Deck State Cabins.

One Deck up, enjoy the ‘David Livingstone Lounge/Library,’ – Sir Walter Scott Lounge, and forward and aft facing viewing decks. She was rebuilt in Spain in 2000 and enjoys annual refurbishment since.





  • TWIN / DOUBLE: $10,860


  • TWIN / DOUBLE: $11,460
54 guests enjoy 27 outward facing State Cabins spread over three decks, sequentially all named after well known Scottish personages. Thomas Telford, David Roberts & Alexander Graham Bell. Each State Cabin is finished in rich hardwood finishes, plush carpeting, dressing table, stool, wardrobe, internal telephone, satellite TV and en-suite facilities with shower, WC and washbasin, air conditioning/heat, hairdryer, safe, bathrobe, radio and writing desk.


These journey fares include the current known fuel surcharges. Additional charges may apply at final payment date. 

Travel Insurance 
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Custom flight itineraries 
Do you want something different than our included air program? We are happy to help design a custom itinerary, just for you.

Pre Post overnights in Toronto 
We have a special agreement with our Toronto Airport hotel that includes 2 weeks of parking.

Journey Itinerary

Day 1


Enjoy our private car home pick up service. Jerry Van Dyke staff and your Journey Manager greet you at the Toronto airport and assist with your check in. Meet your fellow travellers and board your flight to the United Kingdom.

Day 2


Our local Blue Badge Scottish guide greets us at the airport. Board our Executive coach with extra leg room for a short journey to our hotel. Relax this afternoon in Glasgow and join your fellow guests this evening for a casual welcome dinner. (Dinner)
Overnight Glasgow, Blythswood Square Spa and Hotel

Day 3


Glasgow comes alive during our panoramic tour which discovers one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan destinations in Europe. Our tour includes many highlights including Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. This amazing building is set within the beautiful surroundings of Kelvingrove Park including Glasgow University, the Glasgow Museum of Transport and Park Grove and Trinity College Towers.
At the world famous Willow Tea Rooms, enjoy morning coffee and tea served with traditional scones, local jams and cake. Our adventure continues into the mountainous region of Scotland, full of beautiful Lochs and incredible scenery. Lunch is enjoyed in a special local restaurant before continuing to Oban to board the lovely Lord of the Glens. This beautiful family owned and operated vessel is perfect for exploring this region of Scotland. To provide you with a small group experience on the overall journey, our group will consist of approximately 34 guests. Having enjoyed the Lord of the Glens many times in the past, we are confident the on board experience, with other English speaking guests will be superb.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight in Moor Oban, the Lord of the Glens

People make Glasgow
Glasgow, one of Europe's most vibrant, dynamic and stylish cities, has been named the number one UK destination “on the rise.” The city’s historical legacy is held in many different places: museums and art galleries, libraries and archives, historic buildings, parks and gardens, rivers and canals from its archaeology to its architecture.

Day 4


Our morning walking tour includes a visit and tasting at the local whiskey distillery. Discover an interesting structure high on the hill overlooking Oban known locally as ‘McCaig's Tower’ but referred to by many Scots as ‘McCaig's Folly.’ Sail across the beautiful Oban Bay and Loch Linnhe to enter the Sound of Mull for our mooring at Craignure. Here we disembark for an adventure to the very picturesque Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull. Standing proudly on a cliff top guarding the Sound of Mull, Duart enjoys one of the most spectacular and unique positions on the West Coast of Scotland. Our scenic drive brings us back to the Lord of the Glens in Tobermory. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight in Moor Tobermory, the Lord of the Glens

Duart Castle
One of the most spectacular and unique sites on the West Coast of Scotland, the castle stands on a crag at the end of the peninsular jutting out into the Sound of Mull at the intersection of the Sound of Mull, Loch Linne and the Firth of Lorne and within view of the neighbouring castles of Dunstaffnage, Dunollie, Aros and Ardtornish, part of a chain of castles up the Sound of Mull to Mingary Castle.

Day 5


Enjoy free time this morning to explore the lovely village of Tobermory and its gaily painted waterfront. A relaxing sail down the length of the very scenic Sound of Mull brings us to Loch Linnhe and the start of the Caledonian Canal at Corpach. Later in the day, we board the West Highland Line to Glenfinnan with its famous viaduct and beautiful Loch. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight in Moor Corpach, the Lord of the Glens

Built as a fishing port in the late 18th century, Tobermory is now the main town on the Isle of Mull. With its colourful frontage curving round its natural harbour, Tobermory is one of the most instantly recognisable of Scotland’s island-towns.

West Highland Line
One of the top railway journeys in the world, this section of the famous line has achieved worldwide coverage through the Harry Potter films and the Jacobite Steam Train. The fabulous scenery surrounds us and includes the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, a late Victorian construction and a site to behold. Over 100 feet in height and made up of 21 arches this viaduct is a beautiful piece of engineering and a glorious sight.

Day 6


This morning we begin our ascent of Neptune’s Staircase, a series of inter-connected locks that raises the vessel to the very pleasant village of Banavie. Sail through the very shadow of Ben Nevis itself and its startling 2,000 ft cliffs into Loch Lochy, along Loch Oich and the impressive tree lined Laggan Avenue to Fort Augustus. Here a series of inter-connected locks runs through the centre of the town and lowers the vessel to the world famous Loch Ness. Take some time this afternoon to explore the lovely village of Fort Augustus during free time. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight in Moor Inveroich, the Lord of the Glens

Neptune’s Staircase
The most impressive single engineering feat on the Caledonian Canal is this ladder of eight locks that raises vessels to a height of 70 feet above sea level over a distance of 500 yards. Climbing the ladder on the Lord of the Glens is the ideal way to understand how this deceptively simple process works.

Day 7


This morning we sail along the famous Loch Ness, Scotland's deepest loch. Of course, it has its own brooding Highland charm and with the fable-or-fiction mystique of the Loch Ness monster, this picturesque Loch along the famous Scottish nature trail, it continues to bring curious onlookers from the world over. The Lord of the Glens pauses briefly in front of Urquhart Castle for photos before sailing along Loch Dochfour and in to Inverness. Join the Captain this evening for his farewell reception and dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight in Moor Inverness, the Lord of the Glens

Urquhart Castle
The magnificently situated Urquhart Castle, on the banks of Loch Ness, was once one of Scotland’s largest castles. Urquhart witnessed considerable conflict throughout its 500 years as a medieval fortress from the 13th to 17th centuries.

Day 8


Travel through the stunning beauty of the Scottish Highlands, along breathtaking Lochs and endless mountains. At the impressive Scone Palace we enjoy a traditional lunch followed by a personal tour. Our scenic, relaxing adventure continues into Edinburgh. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight Edinburgh, The Caledonian

Scone Palace
Scone Palace has an exciting and colourful history. Fifteen hundred years ago it was the capital of the Picts. In the intervening centuries, it has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, including Macbeth and Robert The Bruce. It houses an outstanding collection of antiques, paintings and rare artifacts and the grounds are renowned throughout the world.

Day 9


Today we explore one of the United Kingdom’s most famous cities. Explore the closes along the Royal Mile, dine in a truly unique Scottish pub, visit the Royal Yacht Britannia and enjoy free time in the afternoon to do as much or as little as you please. To provide you with a relaxing afternoon and evening, free of commitment to indulge in the local gastronomic opportunities, dinner is on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Overnight Edinburgh, The Caledonian

Built on extinct volcanoes atop an inlet from the North Sea (the Firth of Forth) and enveloped by rolling hills, lakes (lochs), and forests, Edinburgh invites exploration. This is a city of elegant streets, cobbled alleys, and incomparable sunsets.

Day 10


We fly to Dublin this morning to begin our exploration of the Emerald Isle. Dublin City has lots of Viking history, fabulous food and is officially the friendliest locale in the world! Our local guide and friendly coach driver share the famous Irish hospitality. We leave the city for a relaxing drive to the beautiful Co. (County) Kildaire and travel into County Wicklow for a visit of Powerscourt House and Gardens, one of the most beautiful in Ireland. We return to Dublin to check in to our hotel and some free time is given to relax or explore on your own. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Overnight Dublin, Brooks Hotel

Day 11


Our tour today is the perfect way to discover Dublin, a lovely Irish town. We begin at St. Patrick’s Cathedral which was founded in 1191 and is the largest Church in Ireland. Continuing, we see Dublin Castle, City Hall and lively Temple Bar. Our final stop of the morning is Trinity College and the Old Library to see the Book of Kells, a stunningly beautiful manuscript containing the Four Gospels. It is Ireland's most precious medieval artifact, and is generally considered the finest surviving illuminated manuscript to have been produced in medieval Europe. Following free time for lunch we visit the Guinness storehouse to discover what goes into making a pint of Guinness – the ingredients, the processes, the effort. The journey ends in the Gravity Bar on the top floor with a pint of Guinness and the best view in the city! This evening join us for a traditional Irish meal including Irish Folklore, storytelling and live traditional music. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Overnight Dublin, Brooks Hotel

Trinity College, Old Library
The Long Room - The main chamber of the Old Library is the Long Room, and at nearly 65 metres in length, it is filled with 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books. Marble busts of the great philosophers and writers of the western world line the Long Room, a collection that began in 1743.

Day 12


This morning enjoy a lovely drive to the village of Adare. Adare is located in the south west of Ireland and is regarded as being Ireland's prettiest and most picturesque village. It is a haven for those wishing to escape, unwind and take in its medieval surroundings. Situated on the river Maigue, a tributary of the river Shannon, Adare is steeped in history dating back to 1200ad and has been the subject of many rebellions, wars and conquests, leaving behind a legacy of historical monuments. Following lunch we continue to Killarney where we check in to our hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight Killarney, The Malton

Day 13


Cinematic sea views, secluded white-sand beaches and mountains shrouded in mist. Believe the hype: the Ring of Kerry has earned its reputation as one of the most beautiful regions in Ireland. The scenic route passes through lively villages with bustling pubs, charming bookshops and pretty cafés. A visit is not complete without seeing the village Bog and Sheep Dog Trials. No day on the Ring is complete without lunch at the Smugglers Inn and free time to wander in the lovely village of Sneem. Tonight enjoy a casual walk to dinner at Cellar One in Killarney. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight Killarney, The Malton

Ring of Kerry
Picture the scene. In the gorgeous surrounds of Killarney National Park in County Kerry, a young girl struggles with her camera. She’s trying to fit a giant pink rhododendron plant into her shot. There's a click. A guide walking past spots her taking the shot and offers a slice of local insight: “It’s a weed, you know. They have to cut it back in the summer. The bushes totally take over the mountains.” On the Ring of Kerry, it seems, even the weeds are worth photographing.

Day 14


Today is a day of dramatic scenery, friendly locals and historic venues. The Burren, in North County Clare and parts of South County Galway is like no other place in Ireland. There are no bogs and very few pastures. Instead there are huge pavements of limestone called 'clints' with vertical fissures called 'grikes' with views that are truly spectacular.
Enjoy lunch with the Cassidy Family who have long family roots in the Burren. The Cliffs of Moher are simply stunning. At over 200m high, one can easily view the cliffs, the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains to the north in Connemara and Loop Head to the south. 
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight Galway, Park House Hotel

Cassidy’s Pub
The Cassidy Family have owned and operated a pub and grocery business in Carron since before 1830. This original restaurant has a farm on which they rear their own beef and goat for the menu. Moreover, the Cassidy Family are taking care of horses and concentrate on breeding Irish Draughts and Connemara ponies.

Day 15


Enjoy the breathtaking coastal landscape of Connemara, situated at the very edge of Europe on the west coast of Ireland. It is surely one of the most beautiful, unspoilt places in Ireland. From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, you'll know you're in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape. At Kylemore Abbey, tour the Abbey and explore the over 6 acres of Victorian Walled Gardens. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Overnight Galway, Park House Hotel

Jerry Van Dyke Difference
Our farewell lunch is at the splendid Renvyle House. Enjoy a delicious meal accompanied by storied memories of your recent journey. This extra planning ensures your final evening on this incredible journey is as relaxing or as adventurous as you please.

Kylemore Abbey & Walled Garden
Visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and learn about its history and tales of tragedy and romance. Explore the 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden with its magnificent restored buildings. Discover great walks through the grounds.

Day 16


We bid our Irish friends a fond Gaelic Blessing “Na h-uile la gu math duit,” (May all your days be good,) before boarding our flights for home. All guests enjoy our private car service to their home (where available). Guests departing by ground at Pearson Airport are personally greeted and assisted to their private car home or to their hotel transfers. (Breakfast)

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Journey Highlights

Discover Edinburgh

The city of Edinburgh, one of the most famous cities in the UK, seems to revolve around its impressive castle, which towers over the city in all its regal splendor. Leading up to the castle is the Royal Mile, a bustling street along which you can visit quaint shops and a truly unique Scottish pub. Visit the Royal Yacht Britannia and wander through the elegant streets and cobbled alleys of the city, looking out every so often at the surrounding hills, lochs, and forests.

Ring of Kerry tour

Cinematic sea views, secluded white-sand beaches, and mountains shrouded in mist have earned the Ring of Kerry a reputation as one of the most beautiful regions in Ireland. The scenic route carries you past stunning views of the sea and through lively villages with bustling pubs, charming bookshops, and pretty cafés. A visit is not complete without seeing the Kerry Bog Village and the Sheep Dog Trials. Then, after a hearty lunch at the Smugglers Inn, wander gently through the colourful village of Sneem.

Sail the Lochs on the Lord of the Glens

It’s rare to find a mode of transportation as beautiful and iconic as the areas through which it travels. The Lord of the Glens is the only passenger vessel able to navigate the intricate waters of the Caledonian Canal and the sheltered waters of Scotland’s legendary lochs. Gaze across the haunting beauty of Loch Ness from the ship’s teak-clad viewing and promenade decks or disembark to explore castles steeped in myth. Wherever the stunning Lord of the Glens goes, the spirit of Scotland is never far behind.


As the capital and largest city of Ireland, Dublin is full of hidden treasures to discover. From the modern Samuel Beckett Bridge to the historic Dublin Castle, this city’s diverse attractions are each infused with a unique flavour of Irish charm. A highlight of your trip is sure to be a visit to Powerscourt House and Gardens; originally a 13th-centruy castle, it was extensively renovated during the 18th century by German architect Richard Cassels. Before you leave, be sure to stop at one of the city’s characterful pubs for a scrumptious pint of Guinness.


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