Hotel Barge SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER
Cruising the Caledonian Canal of Scotland
Standard Cruise Itinerary: Muirtown to Banavie
Sunday, Day 1 : Muirtown
Guests are met at the Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel in Inverness (other locations available for Private Charter bookings) and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Scottish Highlander. Champagne Welcome and perhaps an early evening stroll to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. Dinner on board
Monday, Day 2 : Muirtown to Dochgarroch
Our first cruise will take us up the Muirtown lock flight and through Tomnahurich swing bridge, with an option to walk alongside River Ness to the hamlet of Dochgarroch. After lunch on board, we visit the Glen Ord distillery, founded in 1838 on the Black Isle by the Mackenzies of Ord. We are given a fascinating description of the maturing and ageing process of their whiskies, each with its distinctive characteristics, followed by our special tasting of several single malts, including The Singleton. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3 : Dochgarroch to Fort Augustus
This morning we enjoy Cawdor Castle, forever immortalised in Shakespeare's "Scottish Play", 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. Then we visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746. If there is time, we end our tour at the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic clan chieftain burial site dating back to 2,000 B.C. Later, we cruise through Loch Dochfour and down Loch Ness, where en route we visit Urquhart Castle, mooring right below its spectacular ruins, before continuing our cruise to Fort Augustus. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 : Fort Augustus to Cullochy
After breakfast, there is time to explore the pretty village of Fort Augustus before our cruise takes us up the "flight" and then on to our pretty mooring at Cullochy. After lunch on board, we take a gentle drive through stunning scenery to see the Falls of Foyers, set in a dramatic gorge leading to Loch Ness and made famous in a 1787 poem by Robbie Burns. This evening we have dinner ashore at a local restaurant.
Thursday, Day 5 : Cullochy to Laggan
This morning, 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. The afternoon cruise today can be partially walked as we cross the very scenic Loch Oich, perhaps stopping en route for a spot of fishing, and onto the pretty Laggan Avenue. As we approach Laggan, our Highland Piper may greet us with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music.
Friday, Day 6 : Laggan to Banavie
Our final cruise today will see us cross Loch Lochy, passing Gairlochy, where there is the option to visit the Clan Cameron Museum. We continue on to Moy Bridge, the last fully hand-operated bridge on the canal to moor at Banavie beneath Ben Nevis and a stroll from Neptune's Staircase leading down to Loch Eil. After lunch on board, our tour today takes us to the mystical battlefield of Glencoe, 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 also visit the ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7 : Banavie
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Inverness (other locations available for Private Charter bookings).
NOTE: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.
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