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Cruising the Caledonian Canal of Scotland Between Banavie and Muirtown

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Sunday, Day 1 - Muirtown

Guests are met in Inverness and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Spirit of Scotland. Champagne Welcome and if you wish, an early evening stroll to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. Then perhaps savour one of the hotel barge’s many single malts before your first dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 - Muirtown to Dochgarroch

Depart early for the Royal Dornoch Golf Course (1hr 30 mins drive) for a round on the Championship Golf Course, one of Scotland's famous links courses designed by Tom Morris. (Tee Time of 11.30am) Dornoch dates from 1616 and is internationally acclaimed. The cruise today will take us up the Muirtown lock flight, then a short trip along the pretty section of canal to Dochgarroch. Dinner on board. (18 holes, 6,514 yards Par 70: buggies and pull carts available)

Tuesday, Day 3 - Dochgarroch to Fort Augustus

After breakfast we transfer to Castle Stuart (20 mins drive) where we play on the Championship Links Golf Course overlooking the Moray Firth. Lunch on board and then our cruise today will take us down across the world famous Loch Ness with perhaps a chance of spotting “Nessie” before arriving at Fort Augustus. Dinner on board (18 holes, 7009 yards, Par 72: buggies and pull carts available)

Wednesday, Day 4 - Fort Augustus to Cullochy

After breakfast, our cruise takes us up the “flight”, as the locals call it, at Fort Augustus and then on to our pretty mooring at Cullochy. Later, we encounter some of Scotland’s bloody past as we visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle in a spectacular setting overlooking Loch Ness and if time a gentle drive to the Invermoriston Falls and the “Old Bridge” designed by Thomas Telford where you may even see a salmon leaping. Golf today is at nearby Fort Augustus Golf Course, probably the only course in the world kept manicured by a herd of sheep! Featuring 9 holes in a challenging canal side setting. This evening we have dinner ashore at a local restaurant. (9 hole, 5,454 yards par 67: pull carts available)

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. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 - Laggan to Banavie

After breakfast on board we transfer to Newtonmore Golf course (30 mins drive). Established in 1893 this comparatively flat, easy-walking, parkland course is full of exciting and invigorating challenges. It nestles appealingly in the midst of the Monadhliath and Grampian Mountains and on the banks of the River Spey. Afterwards we return to the Scottish Highlander and cruise to our final mooring at Banavie beneath Ben Nevis just a stroll from Neptune's Staircase of locks. If time permits we can visit the ruins of old Inverlochy Castle. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board. (18 holes, 6041 yards, Par 70, pull carts and buggies available)

Saturday, Day 7 - Banavie

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

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