Luxury Hotel Barge Cruises

Caledonian Canal on Spirit of Scotland

Explore the dramatic Scottish Highlands on this superb 6-night voyage along the Caledonian Canal on elegant hotel barge, Spirit of Scotland. Includes transfers, excursions, open bar and meals prepared by a Master Chef

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6 nights from £3190pp

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Spirit of Scotland cruises the beautiful Caledonian Canal and the majestic lochs of the Great Glen on this relaxing hotel barge cruise in the Scottish Highlands.

Discover the breathtaking scenery of Glencoe or enjoy panoramic views on a cable car ride to the summit of Aonach Mor mountain, before cruising to Laggan, from where you can explore Eilean Donan castle, one of the most photographed in Scotland and featured in several films.

Enjoy a falconry and birds of prey demonstration on the banks of Loch Ness and admire the magnificent tapestries and paintings at Cawdor Castle, immortalised in Shakespeare's "Scottish Play", before heading to the Muir of Ord distillery to learn about the maturing and ageing process of malts, and enjoy a special tasting.

Spirit of Scotland accommodates up to 12 guests in comfortable, en-suite cabins. There are spacious public areas, including the beautiful saloon and dining area, and sun deck, perfect for taking in the passing scenery. The crew of 6 including a Masterchef prepare and serve traditional Scottish cuisine, accompanied by fine wines and whiskies.

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Caledonian Canal on Spirit of Scotland Itinerary

Day 1 - Banavie (Scotland)

Guests are met at the Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel in Inverness and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Spirit of Scotland. A champagne welcome by the Captain and crew and perhaps an early evening stroll before our first dinner on board.

Day 2 - Laggan

Our excursion today will take us to the mystical area of Glencoe, renowned for its geographical beauty and 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 visit the ruins of the 13th century, Old Inverlochy Castle, before embarking on our first cruise, through Moy Bridge, the last hand-operated bridge of its type on the Caledonian Canal. En route, we may visit the Clan Cameron Museum, before crossing Loch Lochy. As we approach our mooring at Laggan, a Highland Piper may be there to greet us with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music. Dinner on board.

Day 3 - Cullochy

Today, 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. Our afternoon cruise today takes us across the very scenic Loch Oich, perhaps stopping en route for a spot of fishing and enjoying a walk, then onto our pretty mooring at Kytra. Dinner on board.

Day 4 - Fort Augustus

This morning we cruise to Fort Augustus and down the “flight” as the locals call it, to moor opposite the Benedictine Abbey at the entrance to Loch Ness. There is time to explore this pretty village, then after lunch on board, we visit the private, Highland Club; a spectacular exclusive set of residences and a former 19th century Benedictine Monastery with a fascinating history. It is here we are treated to a falconry and birds of prey demonstration (weather permitting) on the banks of Loch Ness, the majesty of the swooping birds against the backdrop of the sweeping Scottish Highlands is not easily forgotten. This evening we have dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Day 5 - Dochgarroch

This morning we enjoy a picturesque cruise across world-famous Loch Ness, with perhaps a chance of spotting “Nessie”, before mooring at the hamlet of Dochgarroch. After lunch we visit Cawdor Castle, forever immortalised in Shakespeare’s “Scottish Play”. 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 is still in use as a home for the Dowager Countess of Cawdor who resides there for several months of the year. (Please note, Cawdor Castle is only visited between early May and the end of September. A visit to Fort George will replace it either side of these dates.) Then we end our tour at the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic clan chieftain burial site dating back to 2000 B.C. Dinner on board.

Day 6 - Muirtown

This morning, our final cruise will take us through Tomnahurich swing bridge and through the locks to Muirtown, where there will be the opportunity to take a bicycle ride or walk to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. After lunch we visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746, next it’s on to the Muir of Ord distillery, founded in 1838 by licence holders Robert Johnstone and Donald MacLennan. We are given a fascinating description of the maturing and ageing process of their whiskies, each with its distinctive characteristics, followed by our special tasting of several single malts. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7 - Muirtown

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. Please note that the Cawdor Castle excursion is between 30th April and 7th October 2018 only. An alternative excursion to Fort George will replace it either side of these dates.

Price Includes

  • 6 nights accommodation onboard 12 passenger Hotel Barge Spirit of Scotland
  • 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
  • Transfers to and from barge
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 14th - Banavie to Muirtown - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3190
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3190 Blue Water Price from: £31700 Blue Water Price from: £32800 Blue Water Price from: £33700 Blue Water Price from: £34600 Blue Water Price from: £35500
    • Apr 21st - Muirtown to Banavie - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3190
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3190 Blue Water Price from: £31700 Blue Water Price from: £32800 Blue Water Price from: £33700 Blue Water Price from: £34600 Blue Water Price from: £35500
    • Apr 28th - Banavie to Muirtown - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3190
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3190 Blue Water Price from: £31700 Blue Water Price from: £32800 Blue Water Price from: £33700 Blue Water Price from: £34600 Blue Water Price from: £35500
  • May
    • May 5th - Muirtown to Banavie - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3190
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3190 Blue Water Price from: £31700 Blue Water Price from: £32800 Blue Water Price from: £33700 Blue Water Price from: £34600 Blue Water Price from: £35500
    • May 12th - Banavie to Muirtown - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3650
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3650 Blue Water Price from: £36200 Blue Water Price from: £37500 Blue Water Price from: £38500 Blue Water Price from: £39500 Blue Water Price from: £40500
    • May 19th - Muirtown to Banavie - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3650
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3650 Blue Water Price from: £36200 Blue Water Price from: £37500 Blue Water Price from: £38500 Blue Water Price from: £39500 Blue Water Price from: £40500
    • May 26th - Banavie to Muirtown - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3650
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3650 Blue Water Price from: £36200 Blue Water Price from: £37500 Blue Water Price from: £38500 Blue Water Price from: £39500 Blue Water Price from: £40500
  • June
    • Jun 2nd - Muirtown to Banavie - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3650
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3650 Blue Water Price from: £36200 Blue Water Price from: £37500 Blue Water Price from: £38500 Blue Water Price from: £39500 Blue Water Price from: £40500
    • Jun 9th - Banavie to Muirtown - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3650
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3650 Blue Water Price from: £36200 Blue Water Price from: £37500 Blue Water Price from: £38500 Blue Water Price from: £39500 Blue Water Price from: £40500
    • Jun 16th - Muirtown to Banavie - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3650
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3650 Blue Water Price from: £36200 Blue Water Price from: £37500 Blue Water Price from: £38500 Blue Water Price from: £39500 Blue Water Price from: £40500
    • Jun 23rd - Banavie to Muirtown - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3650
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3650 Blue Water Price from: £36200 Blue Water Price from: £37500 Blue Water Price from: £38500 Blue Water Price from: £39500 Blue Water Price from: £40500
    • Jun 30th - Muirtown to Banavie - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3650
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3650 Blue Water Price from: £36200 Blue Water Price from: £37500 Blue Water Price from: £38500 Blue Water Price from: £39500 Blue Water Price from: £40500
  • July
    • Jul 7th - Banavie to Muirtown - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3650
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3650 Blue Water Price from: £36200 Blue Water Price from: £37500 Blue Water Price from: £38500 Blue Water Price from: £39500 Blue Water Price from: £40500
    • Jul 14th - Muirtown to Banavie - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3650
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3650 Blue Water Price from: £36200 Blue Water Price from: £37500 Blue Water Price from: £38500 Blue Water Price from: £39500 Blue Water Price from: £40500
    • Jul 21st - Banavie to Muirtown - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3650
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3650 Blue Water Price from: £36200 Blue Water Price from: £37500 Blue Water Price from: £38500 Blue Water Price from: £39500 Blue Water Price from: £40500
    • Jul 28th - Muirtown to Banavie - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3650
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3650 Blue Water Price from: £36200 Blue Water Price from: £37500 Blue Water Price from: £38500 Blue Water Price from: £39500 Blue Water Price from: £40500
  • August
    • Aug 4th - Banavie to Muirtown - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3650
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3650 Blue Water Price from: £36200 Blue Water Price from: £37500 Blue Water Price from: £38500 Blue Water Price from: £39500 Blue Water Price from: £40500
    • Aug 11th - Muirtown to Banavie - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3650
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3650 Blue Water Price from: £36200 Blue Water Price from: £37500 Blue Water Price from: £38500 Blue Water Price from: £39500 Blue Water Price from: £40500
    • Aug 18th - Banavie to Muirtown - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3650
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3650 Blue Water Price from: £36200 Blue Water Price from: £37500 Blue Water Price from: £38500 Blue Water Price from: £39500 Blue Water Price from: £40500
    • Aug 25th - Muirtown to Banavie - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3650
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3650 Blue Water Price from: £36200 Blue Water Price from: £37500 Blue Water Price from: £38500 Blue Water Price from: £39500 Blue Water Price from: £40500
  • September
    • Sep 1st - Banavie to Muirtown - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3650
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3650 Blue Water Price from: £36200 Blue Water Price from: £37500 Blue Water Price from: £38500 Blue Water Price from: £39500 Blue Water Price from: £40500
    • Sep 8th - Muirtown to Banavie - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3650
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3650 Blue Water Price from: £36200 Blue Water Price from: £37500 Blue Water Price from: £38500 Blue Water Price from: £39500 Blue Water Price from: £40500
    • Sep 15th - Banavie to Muirtown - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3650
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3650 Blue Water Price from: £36200 Blue Water Price from: £37500 Blue Water Price from: £38500 Blue Water Price from: £39500 Blue Water Price from: £40500
    • Sep 22nd - Muirtown to Banavie - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3650
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3650 Blue Water Price from: £36200 Blue Water Price from: £37500 Blue Water Price from: £38500 Blue Water Price from: £39500 Blue Water Price from: £40500
    • Sep 29th - Banavie to Muirtown - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3190
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3190 Blue Water Price from: £31700 Blue Water Price from: £32800 Blue Water Price from: £33700 Blue Water Price from: £34600 Blue Water Price from: £35500
  • October
    • Oct 6th - Muirtown to Banavie - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3190
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3190 Blue Water Price from: £31700 Blue Water Price from: £32800 Blue Water Price from: £33700 Blue Water Price from: £34600 Blue Water Price from: £35500
    • Oct 13th - Banavie to Muirtown - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3190
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3190 Blue Water Price from: £31700 Blue Water Price from: £32800 Blue Water Price from: £33700 Blue Water Price from: £34600 Blue Water Price from: £35500
    • Oct 20th - Muirtown to Banavie - Sailing on: Spirit of Scotland From: £3190
      Stateroom per Person Charter Barge 8 Passengers Charter Barge 9 Passengers Charter Barge 10 Passengers Charter Barge 11 Passengers Charter Barge 12 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £3190 Blue Water Price from: £31700 Blue Water Price from: £32800 Blue Water Price from: £33700 Blue Water Price from: £34600 Blue Water Price from: £35500

Price Information

  • Single supplement: £1200 - £1400
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