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.