With the atmosphere of a Scottish country home, the hotel barge Scottish Highlander offers luxury barge cruise vacations along Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness, and the Highlands in Scotland Scottish Hotel Barge SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER Caledonian Canal Loch Ness Scotland

Cruising the Caledonian Canal of Scotland


As you marvel at some of Scotland's finest scenery aboard Scottish Highlander, a cruise on the mystical waterways through the Great Glen will be one that stays in memory for a long time.

At 117 feet long, she is spacious and has every comfort needed for enjoying the magnificence of the Highlands during Spring, Summer and Autumn.

Barge SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER moored at Urquhart castle
Hotel Barge Scottish Highlander moored outside of Urquhart castle.

Scottish Highlander has the atmosphere of a comfortable Country House with subtle use of tartan furnishings and landscape paintings, a reminder of the spectacular surroundings to be seen on your voyage.

Accommodation for eight guests is provided in three twin/double staterooms and one larger twin/double junior suite, each one centrally heated and with en suite facilities.

Relax in the warm and welcoming saloon which features rich-colored wooden paneling, large picture windows and comfortable leather Chesterfield sofas... perhaps with a mellow, singlemalt whisky from the very well-stocked bar.

There is a cosy observation area behind the wheelhouse where you can admire the passing scenery and chat to the Captain about life on the Caledonian Canal and its interconnecting lochs. On the forward deck area, there is more seating where you can take in the far-reaching views and take photographs as Scottish Highlander plots her course past landmarks such as Urquhart Castle perched alongside Loch Ness.

A six-night cruise includes all meals, open bar, daily escorted excursions, local transfers and use of barge facilities such as bicycles. Cuisine is traditional Scottish fare -- salmon, game and seafood, prepared by your own Master Chef. The experienced crew of four will take care of your every need.

Cruising the Highlands of Scotland

Scottish Highlander cruises the Caledonian canal between Banavie and Muirtown, through the Great Glen and along legendary Loch Ness, encountering some of Scotland's finest scenery along the way.

See ancient castles leading to the waters edge, heather-clad hillsides and arguably the finest inland cruising scenery in the world.

Enjoy legends of the past, the taste of single malt, and the mythical inhabitant of Loch Ness. All which contribute to a special magic only experienced in Scotland's dramatic Highlands.

Anchor below castles and explore the Glens, Munroes and Bens. The hotel barge Scottish Highlander has been designed specifically for Highland cruises.

Hotel Barge SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER - Barging in Scotland

Hotel Barge SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER Barging in Scotland

Hotel Barge SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER Barging in Scotland

Hotel Barge SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER Barging in Scotland
Typical Scottish Cuisine

Regional Specialties:
  • Pheasant Breast with Horseradish Sauce
  • Hickory Smoked Venision with Candied Walnuts and Blue Cheese
  • Navarin of Lamb with Fine Herbs
  • Fillet of Aberdeen Angus Beef with a Sherry and Wild Mushroom Sauce
  • Venison with Thyme, Parsley and Bay Leaf
  • Chicken Breasts with Raspberry Vinegar

Wine Cellar:
  • A good selection of French and New World wines complimented by many fine single malt whiskies and 80 Shilling Ales

Cheese Board:
  • Scottish Brie
  • Whiskey Chase
  • Isle of Kintyre Mature Cheddar
  • Stratdownn Blue
  • Orkney Smoked

Some of the Malt Whiskies Served Aboard:
  • Benromach 10-year old
  • Lagavulin 16-year old
  • Dalwhinnie 15-year old
  • Glenfiddich 12-year old
  • The Singleton of Glen Ord 15-year old
  • Bowmore 12-year old
  • The Macallan Gold, etc.

Cruise Highlights:
  • Visit Glen Coe, the scene of treachery between the Campbell and MacDonald clans
  • Tour of the Glen Ord whisky distillery
  • Cruise Lochs Ness, Oich, Lochy, and Dochfour
  • See Eilean Donan and Urquhart castles
  • Visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last battle on British soil in 1746
  • Tour Cawdor Castle and gardens. Home of Shakespeare's Macbeth
  • Spectacular scenery, wildlife and folklore
  • Excellent walking opportunities
  • Visit Clava Cairns, a prehistoric burial site

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