Barging in Scotland
BARGING TRIPS IN SCOTLAND
Cruise in Scotland surrounded by spectacular mountains, scenery, and wildlife. The Caledonian Canal is one of the world's great waterways.
At the heart of the Great Glen, high up in the north of Scotland, the Caledonian Canal opened in 1822 to provide a shortcut for sailing ships between the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Inverness is the transportation hub of the area, with good train connections from Edinburgh and flights from London. Most of our guests combine their Scottish barge cruise with time in Edinburgh or Glasgow to make a complete 10 day tour of Scotland. Barging in Scotland can also be combined with a stay at one of the great golf resorts, such as Gleneagles or St. Andrews.
The Caledonian Canal is actually a series of small canals connecting four natural lakes – or lochs as they are known in Scotland: Loch Lachy, Loch Oich, Loch Dochfour and Loch Ness, home of the famed monster. Today’s traffic is mostly pleasure cruisers, although one can spot the occasional fishing boat or navy vessel.
This is a great cruise for lovers of nature: The Caledonian Canal is surrounded by spectacular mountains, scenery and wildlife. There is a sense of time forgotten in this area, as well as the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster. A beautiful and relaxing way to experience Scotland from the water and do a lot of sightseeing, too.
Neptune’s Staircase at Corpath, which raises or lowers your barge some 70 feet! Cawdor Castle (immortalized by Shakespeare at the home of Macbeth) with lovely gardens and superb collection of antique tapestries, paintings and furniture. Shop for traditional Scottish woolens and tweeds in towns along the way. Hoist a “wee dram” at the whisky distillery of Ben Nevis. Castles and battlefields showcasing the history of Scotland. Look for the Loch Ness Monster!
The 8-passenger Scottish Highlander is designed and decorated to reflect the area and is operated by a low key, but efficient crew. Relax and enjoy true Scottish hospitality!