SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND 
Spirit of Scotland is a 12-passenger Scottish hotel barge offering luxury barge cruise vacations along the Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness, and the Highlands in Scotland.
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Hotel Barge SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND
Cruising the Caledonian Canal of Scotland
Between Banavie and Muirtown

Standard Classic Cruise Itinerary



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Standard Itinerary between Banavie and Muirtown

Sunday, Day 1 - Banavie

Guests are met at the Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel in Inverness (other locations available for Private Charter bookings) and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Spirit of Scotland. A champagne welcome by the Captain and crew and perhaps an early evening stroll before our first dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 - Banavie to Laggan

Our excursion today will take us to the mystical area of Glencoe, renowned for its geographical beauty and 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 visit the ruins of the 13th century, Old Inverlochy Castle, before embarking on our first cruise, through Moy Bridge, the last hand-operated bridge of its type on the Caledonian Canal. En route, we may visit the Clan Cameron Museum, before crossing Loch Lochy. As we approach our mooring at Laggan, a Highland Piper may be there to greet us with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 - Laggan to Cullochy

Today, 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.

Our afternoon cruise today takes us across the very scenic Loch Oich, with the opportunity of enjoying a walk en route, then onto our pretty mooring at Cullochy. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 - Cullochy to Fort Augustus

This morning we cruise to Fort Augustus and down the "flight" as the locals call it, to moor opposite the Benedictine Abbey at the entrance to Loch Ness. There is time to explore this pretty village, then 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 - Fort Augustus to Dochgarroch

This morning we enjoy a picturesque cruise across world-famous Loch Ness, with perhaps a chance of spotting "Nessie", where en route we visit Urquhart Castle, mooring right below its spectacular ruins, before continuing our cruise to moor at the hamlet of Dochgarroch. After lunch we visit Cawdor Castle (the Cawdor Castle excursion is between 30th April and 7th October 2018 only. An alternative excursion to Fort George will replace it either side of these dates), 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 is still in use as a home for the Dowager Countess of Cawdor who resides there for several months of the year. Then we visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746 and end our tour at the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic clan chieftain burial site dating back to 2000 B.C. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 - Dochgarroch to Muirtown

Today, our final cruise will take us through Tomnahurich swing bridge and then the locks to Muirtown, where there will be the opportunity to take a bicycle ride or walk to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. After lunch we drive through stunning hill 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 Mackenzie's of Ord. A fascinating description of the maturing and ageing process of single and blended malts is followed by our special tasting. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 - Muirtown

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Inverness.


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