Luxury Hotel Barge Cruises

Caledonian Canal

A 6-night luxury cruise of the Great Glen, sailing the Caledonian Canal from Muirtown aboard Hotel Barge Scottish Highlander. Includes transfers, excursions, open bar and meals prepared by a Master Chef

Cruise Only - Package Possible
6 nights

  • your hotel barge, Scottish Highlander
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • the nine locks of the Caledonian Canal
  • Loch Lochy

Call us on 01756 706512 (+44 1756 706512) to discuss this holiday

Save 10% per cabin! Applies to 21 Oct 2018 departure. Prices shown include discount. Subject to availability. Book by 14 Sep 2018

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Cruise through the glorious mountains of central Scotland, through Lochs Dochfour, Ness, Oich and Lochy enjoying spectacular scenery and visits to romantic castles, battle sites and a whisky distillery. This spectacular itinerary runs in reverse on alternate weeks.

Begin this scenic cruise with a visit to the Glen Ord distillery founded by the Mackenzies of Ord. Continue to Cawdor Castle to see its Flemish tapestries, richly-decorated rooms and fine gardens. Not far away, Culloden Moor was the site of the battle between the forces of the Duke of Cumberland and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Discover one of Scotland's most photographed castles, Eilean Donan and visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle, before heading to the mystical battlefield of Glencoe, famed for one of the darkest days in Scottish history.

The 8-passenger Scottish Highlander is decorated in Scottish Country House style, with subtle use of tartan furnishings and landscape paintings. There are four en suite cabins for her pampered passengers, looked after by a crew of 4 including a Master Chef, who conjures up delicious food using fresh local ingredients. There are bicycles on board, enabling guests to cycle the tow path or explore on their own.

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Caledonian Canal on Scottish Highlander Itinerary

Day 1 - Muirtown

Guests are met at the Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel in Inverness and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Scottish Highlander. Champagne Welcome and perhaps an early evening stroll to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. Dinner on board.

Day 2 - Dochgarroch

Our first cruise will take us up the Muirtown lock flight and through Tomnahurich swing bridge, with an option to walk alongside River Ness to the hamlet of Dochgarroch. After lunch on board, on our tour today we drive through stunning hilly scenery to take a closer look at one of Scotland’s best known exports, whisky, at the Glen Ord distillery, founded in 1838 on the Black Isle by the Mackenzies of Ord. A fascinating description of the maturing and ageing process of single and blended malts is followed by our special tasting. Dinner on board.

Day 3 - Dochgarroch - Fort Augustus

This morning we enjoy Cawdor Castle*, forever immortalised in Shakespeare’s “Scottish Play”, Macbeth. The picturesque gardens have been listed as being amongst the top 100 in the UK. The castle contains a superb collection of tapestries, pictures and furnishings and the Dowager Countess of Cawdor still lives there for part of the year. Then we visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746. If there is time, we end our tour at the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic clan chieftain burial site dating back to 2,000 B.C. Our cruise today is through Loch Dochfour and down Loch Ness with perhaps a chance of spotting “Nessie” before arriving at Fort Augustus. Dinner on board.

Day 4 - Fort Augustus

After breakfast, our cruise takes us up the “flight”, as the locals call it, at Fort Augustus and then on to our pretty mooring at Cullochy. Later, we encounter some of Scotland’s bloody past as we visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle in a spectacular setting overlooking Loch Ness. Then we have the option of a gentle drive to the Invermoriston Falls and the “Old Bridge” designed by Thomas Telford where you may even see a salmon leaping, or perhaps a visit to the Clansmen Centre in Fort Augustus for a demonstration of traditional Scottish crafts including kilt-making. This evening we have dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Day 5 - Cullochy - Laggan

This morning, we take in some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer as we drive to one of its best known and most photographed castles, Eilean Donan, which has featured in movies such as "Highlander" and James Bond's "The World Is Not Enough" and overlooks three sea lochs. The afternoon cruise today can be partially walked as we cross the very scenic Loch Oich, perhaps stopping en route for a spot of fishing, and onto the pretty Laggan Avenue. As we approach Laggan, our Highland Piper may greet us with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music. Dinner on board.

Day 6 - Banavie

Our final cruise today will see us cross Loch Lochy, passing Gairlochy, where there is the option to visit the nearby Spean Bridge Woollen Mill, or perhaps the Clan Cameron Museum. We continue on to Moy Bridge, the last fully hand-operated bridge on the canal to moor at Banavie beneath Ben Nevis and a stroll from Neptune’s Staircase leading down to Loch Eil. After lunch on board, our tour today takes us to the mystical battlefield of Glencoe, famed for one of the darkest days in Scottish history. Alternatively, we can enjoy some breath-taking panoramic views on a cable car ride to the summit of Aonach Mor mountain. If time permits, we can also visit the ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7 - Banavie

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Inverness.

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary runs in reverse on alternate weeks. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Price Includes

  • 6 nights accommodation onboard 8 passenger Hotel Barge Scottish Highlander
  • All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
  • Open bar with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  • All wines served throughout the cruise
  • Excursions and admittance fees as per itinerary
  • Use of barge facilities including bicycles and fish finder
  • Transfers to and from barge

Special Features

  • 2 Oct 2017 departure is a Whisky themed cruise. Please contact us for details