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

Cruise Only - Package Possible
6 nights from £2950pp

  • Glencoe
  • Loch Lochy
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Setting of the film, Highlander
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Cawdor Castle

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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.

Visit the dramatic ruins of Urquhart Castle which overlooks the famous Loch Ness, and admire the magnificent tapestries and paintings at Cawdor Castle, immortalised in Shakespeare's "Scottish Play", before heading to the Glen 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, with the opportunity of enjoying a walk en route, then onto our pretty mooring at Cullochy. 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. After lunch on board, we encounter some of Scotland’s bloody past as we visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle in a spectacular setting overlooking Loch Ness, then take a gentle drive to the Invermoriston Falls and the “Old Bridge” designed by Thomas Telford where you may even see a salmon leaping. 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. Then we visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746 and 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

Today, our final cruise will take us through Tomnahurich swing bridge and then 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 drive through stunning hill 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 Mackenzie’s of Ord. A fascinating description of the maturing and ageing process of single and blended malts is followed by our special tasting. 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

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Banavie to Muirtown

Departure Date Stateroom per person Charter barge from
Spirit of Scotland
Aug 05, 19; Sep 02, 16£3390£33200
Sep 30; Oct 14£2950£29500

Muirtown to Banavie

Departure Date Stateroom per person Charter barge from
Spirit of Scotland
Jul 29; Aug 12, 26; Sep 09£3390£33200
Sep 23; Oct 07, 21£2950£29500

Price Information

  • Charter barge from price is based on 8 passengers chartering the vessel. Charters are also available for 9, 10, 11 and 12 passengers - please contact us for pricing
  • Single supplement: £1100 - £1300