Luxury Hotel Barge Cruises

Caledonian Canal on Spirit of Scotland

Explore the dramatic Scottish Highlands on this brand new 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 £2790pp

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

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

Save 10% per cabin! Applies to 18 Jun and 2, 16, 30 Jul departures. Prices shown include discount. Book by 17 July 2017

Save 10% per charter! Applies to 9, 23 Jul and 13, 20 Aug departures. Prices shown include discount. Book by 17 July 2017

No single supplement! Applies to selected departures. Offer is not combinable. Subject to availability.

Caledonian Canal on Spirit of Scotland Special Offer

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)

You will be met at the Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel in Inverness and transferred by private minibus to the hotel barge, Spirit of Scotland. Enjoy a Champagne welcome on board and perhaps take a stroll before dinner this evening.

Day 2 - Laggan

Discover the beautiful scenery of Glencoe or take the cable car ride to the summit of Aonach Mor mountain. Time permitting, you may be able to explore the ruins of the 13th-century Old Inverlochy Castle, before rejoining the barge. Cruise through Moy Bridge and on to Loch Lochy. There may be the opportunity to stop en route at the Clan Cameron Museum. As Spirit of Scotland approaches Laggan, you may be able to hear a rendition of Scottish music by a Highland Piper. Dinner on board.

Day 3 - Cullochy

Disembark and travel to one of Scotland's most photographed castles, Eilean Donan, which has appeared in films including James Bond's "The World Is Not Enough". Spirit of Scotland then cruises across picturesque Loch Oich and on to Cullochy to moor for the evening. Dinner on board.

Day 4 - Fort Augustus

This morning, cruise to Fort Augustus and down the flight to a mooring opposite the magnificent Benedictine Abbey at the entrance to the famous Loch Ness. Enjoy lunch on board before an excursion to the ruins of Urquhart Castle, the stunning Invermoriston Falls and the "Old Bridge", designed by Thomas Telford. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 5 - Dochgarroch

This morning, Spirit of Scotland cruises Loch Ness before mooring at the beautiful hamlet of Dochgarroch. After lunch, head to the impressive Cawdor Castle and its colourful gardens. The castle has spectacular tapestries and furnishings and is home to the Dowager Countess of Cawdor for several months of the year. Later, explore Culloden Moor which was the scene of Britain's last major battle, before continuing to the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic battle site. Dinner on board. Please note: The Cawdor Castle excursion is only available between 30 Apr and 1st Oct 2017. Outside of these dates, there will be an alternative excursion to Fort George.

Day 6 - Muirtown

Spirit of Scotland cruises through Tomnahurich swing bridge and on to the locks, where there will be the opportunity to cycle or walk to the sea lock for spectacular views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. After lunch, travel to the Glen Ord distillery to learn about one of Scotland's most renowned exports, whisky. There will also be the opportunity to taste the whisky. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board this evening.

Day 7 - Muirtown

Disembark after breakfast and transfer by privater minibus to 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 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

2017 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Banavie to Muirtown

Departure Date Stateroom per person Charter barge from
Spirit of Scotland
Jul 02, 16, 30£2871£31700
Aug 13£3190£28530
Aug 27; Sep 10£3190£31700
Sep 24; Oct 08, 22£2790£27500

Muirtown to Banavie

Departure Date Stateroom per person Charter barge from
Spirit of Scotland
Jun 25£3190£31700
Jul 09, 23£3190£28530
Aug 06£3190£31700
Aug 20£3190£28530
Sep 03, 17£3190£31700
Oct 01, 15£2790£27500

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 - £1050 - £1200