2. Luxury canal cruise

Lord of the Glens, in the colours of Royal Yacht Britannia, traverses Scotland’s Caledonian Canal from coast to coast, also nipping out to Mull. The ship carries 54 passengers in golden age of cruising/Pullman carriage style, between Inverness and Oban, swanning through a bevy of lochs (including Loch Ness) and squeezing through 36 locks, including the eight of Neptune’s Staircase. The ship is a treasure trove (light fittings from SS France, armchairs from the Côte d’Azur Pullman Express, deck chairs from RMS Windsor Castle) and cabins are rich with mahogany.

A five-night Memories of Scotland cruise between Inverness and Oban, sailing on nine dates in April, May and October 2014, costs from £790pp (0207 328 1123; magnacarta.bz).