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Scottish Highlander: Classic Barge Cruise in Scotland

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,609

Enjoy Scottish Highland scenery while leisurely cruising through outstanding landscapes and lochs on an intimate small cruise boat. Included is a schedule of sightseeing which takes in historic castles, a whisky distillery with tastings and famous bloody battlefields.


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The 8 passenger Scottish Highlander has the atmosphere of a Scottish Country House with subtle use of tartan furnishings and landscape paintings. She is spacious and has every comfort needed for year round cruising. On board you will find four en-suite cabins each with a choice of twin or double beds. Cuisine is traditional Scottish fare – salmon, game and seafood, prepared by your own Master Chef, and the experienced crew of four will take care of your every need.
Meet in Inverness and transfer to the Scottish Highlander which will be moored at Muirtown where you will have wonderful views of the Moray and Beauly Firths (Bays). Settle in for your 6 night cruise.

The next morning brings a tour to Cawdor Castle, the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The castle contains interesting tapestries, pictures and furniture and has attractive gardens. Then it’s on to Culloden Moor, site of the famous battle with the English in 1746. Later cruise to Dochgarroch.

The following day, drive to the Glen Ord Whisky Distillery for explanations on the making of the drink plus a tasting session. Afterwards, visit Clava Cairns, the burial site of a Scottish Chieftain some 4000 years old. Then cruise through Loch Dochfour and Loch Ness, famous for the monster, “Nessie”. Arrive for a 2 night stop at Fort Augustus. The next morning, drive to Eilean Donan Castle which overlooks 3 sea lochs. Later cruise back to Fort Augustus.

The next morning, visit Urquhart Castle and Inver Moriston Falls before cruising to Laggan for overnight.

From here, travel to the mystic battlefield of Glencoe. The Massacre at Glencoe was part of the repercussions of the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Then cruise to Loch Lochy and moor at Banavie beneath Scotland’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

The next morning, travel back by road to Inverness.

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,609

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Day 1

Muirtown

This tour commences at 12:00pm. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

Today you will be met at the designated meeting point in Inverness and transfer you to Scottish Highlander moored at Muirtown. Here you will receive a champagne welcome and an early evening stroll to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. Dinner on board.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration6 Nights
Accommodation

Scottish Highlander

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    Scottish Highlander



    The 8 passenger Scottish Highlander has the atmosphere of a Scottish Country House with subtle use of tartan furnishings and landscape paintings. At 117 feet she is spacious and has every comfort needed for year round cruising. On board you will find four en-suite cabins ...

    The 8 passenger Scottish Highlander has the atmosphere of a Scottish Country House with subtle use of tartan furnishings and landscape paintings. At 117 feet she is spacious and has every comfort needed for year round cruising. On board you will find four en-suite cabins each with a choice of twin or double beds. One of the cabins is a larger suite which has been designed for those who want extra space during their cruise. Cuisine is traditional Scottish fare - salmon, game and seafood, prepared by your own Master Chef, and the hotel barge's experienced crew of four will take care of your every need. A cruise aboard Scottish Highlander along the Great Glen as you admire some of Scotland's finest scenery will be unforgettable.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Bicycles
    • Binoculars
    • Board Games
    • Heating
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Library
    • Restaurant
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Muirtown to Dochgarroch

This morning we enjoy Cawdor Castle, forever immortalized in Shakespeare's 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. You visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746. The cruise today will take you up the Muirtown lock flight and through Tomnahurich Swing Bridge, with an option to walk alongside River Ness to Dochgarroch. Dinner on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Dochgarroch to Fort Augustus

Today you will drive through stunning 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 distilling and maturing process of single and blended malts is followed by the special tasting. You also visit Clava Cairns, a clan chieftain burial site dating back to 2,000 BC. Your 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Fort Augustus

On your excursion today you will encounter some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer as we take a drive to one of Scotland's 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. Later, cruise up the "flight", as locals call it, at Fort Augustus. This evening you will have dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Fort Augustus to Laggan Locks

In the morning you again encounter some of Scotland's bloody past as we visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Later, a gentle drive will take you back to the Inver Moriston Falls and the "Old Bridge" designed by one Thomas Telford. You may even see a salmon leaping. The cruise today can again be partially walked as you cross Loch Oich and onto the pretty Laggan Avenue. As you approach Laggan, your Highland piper greets you with some stirring tunes. Dinner on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Laggan to Banavie

The tour today takes you to the mystical battlefield of Glencoe, famed for one of the darkest days in Scottish history. If time permits, you also visit the ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle. The final cruise today will see you sail along Loch Lochy through Moy Bridge, the last fully hand-operated bridge on the canal, before mooring at Banavie beneath Ben Nevis. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Banavie

After breakfast it is time to disembark Scottish Highlander. From here you will be transferred to the designated drop off point in Inverness.

Dropped off is around 09:15am.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2017: Sundays April  9 through October 22

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Local transfers between Inverness and the hotel barge
  • 6 night cruise
  • All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
  • Open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • All wines served throughout the cruise
  • Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary
  • The services of 4 crew
  • Barge facilities
  • Bicycles and a sonic fish finder

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Transfers to/from the meeting point
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals/drinks off the boat
  • Gratuities

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share in low season, and include all taxes. Subject to availability.

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