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Cruise Details:

  • Up to 8 guests
  • 117 Ft. Long
  • Rating: First Class
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • English Speaking Crew of 4
  • 6 Bicycles
  • Last Visited: 2016

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Inverness to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from Scotland, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Scottish Highlander

All cruises begin in Inverness, Scotland on Sunday at 4:00 pm and return to Inverness the following Saturday. Please make arrival and departure plans on this basis. Cruise direction will be advised four weeks before departure. Barge Lady Stephanie recently cruised on the Scottish Highlander, here is her report:

Everything about this cruise -- the route, the cuisine, the excursions, the crew – ensures an experience to be cherished for a lifetime. Upon reaching the Highlander's initial docking, the astonishingly beautiful backdrop set the scene for what was easily the most gorgeous waterway I have yet cruised. The barge’s route showcases all the best lochs and landscapes, including the magnificent Loch Ness, and the populated moorings at which the Scottish Highlander overnighted could not have been any more darling.

This is a cruise with much appeal to those with interest in nature photography and active pursuits. From the expansive mountain range of Ben Nevis to the smallest of colorful thistles along the canal's edges, there is no such thing as a bad picture when cruising on the Scottish Highlander. Inspired by the lush green surroundings and wonderful cycling trails, every day I took bike rides along the canal and through the forest, at times gasping with delight because the flora and fauna was simply so sublime.

Food and wine also proved a wonderful highlight of the Scottish Highlander's program. Chef Charlotte's fresh approach to Scottish cuisine was the perfect balance of the country's rustic bounty and modern gourmet menus. Salmon, for example, was creatively presented as a rich dinner entree, while cooked-to-order breakfasts included a traditional Scottish porridge made with local oats. Cheese platters featured an array of regionally-produced cheddar, while the wine list offered tastes from both New World and Old World vineyards.

Sightseeing showcases the country's fascinating military history and lively cultural happenings. A visit to the preserved ruins of Urquhart Castle reveals a living relic of the Highland's storied past, while exploring the luxuriant gardens and nature trails of Cawdor Castle provided a lovely peek into Scotland's genteel nobility. No time in Scotland is complete without a wee dram of whisky, and our tour and tasting at Glen Ord distillery satisfied even the most sophisticated of spirit drinkers. A few special surprises are also in store for the lucky guests aboard the Scottish Highlander, which may or may not include accordions, bagpipes, and kilts!

I have never fallen in love with a country as I did Scotland while on the Scottish Highlander. This  Barge "Lassie" is confidently recommending the Scottish Highlander -- and plans to return to the Caledonian Canal as soon as possible!


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 value season Rates

Whole-Boat charter for 6: $30,500
Whole-Boat charter for 7: $31,500
Whole-Boat charter for 8: $32,500
Individuals in a Stateroom: $4,190 per person double occupancy
Individuals in a Suite: $4,850 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,550

2017 Value Season dates
April 9 - 15 April 23 - 29 October 1 - 7 October 15 - 21
April 16 - 22 April 30 - May 6 October 8 - 14 October 22 - 28

 

2017 regular season Rates

Whole-Boat charter for 6: $34,900
Whole-Boat charter for 7: $36,200
Whole-Boat
charter for 8: $37,500
Individuals in a Stateroom: $4,890 per person double occupancy
Individuals in the Suite: $5,650 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,800

2017 regular Season dates
May 7 - 13 June 18 - 24 July 30 - August 5 September 10 - 16
May 14 - 20 June 25 - July 1 August 6 - 12 September 17 - 23
May 21 - 27 July 2 - 8 August 13 - 19 September 24 - 30
May 28 - June 3 July 9 - 15 August 20 - 26
June 4 - 10 July 16 - 22 August 27 - September 2
June 11 - 17 July 23 - 29 September 3 - 9
Barge Cruise

Scottish Highlander Accommodations and Amenities

  • 117 Feet Long
  • One suite with ensuite shower bath
    147 square feet, one queen or two twin beds
  • Three cabins with ensuite shower bath
    115 square feet, one queen or two twin beds
  • In the Public Areas
  • Country house ambiance, tartan plaid decor
  • Large dining room & salon with picture windows
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • No AC
  • Deck & Wheelhouse
  • New for 2016! Wheelhouse has been enlarged to create
    a panoramic observation lounge area at the stern that
    provides the best view of the captivating Highlands scenery!
  • Sundeck
  • Fishing equipment available









 






Scottish Highlander Caledonian Canal Barge Cruise Itinerary

Banavie to MUIRTOWN on the Caledonian Canal

Sunday: Drive from Inverness to Banavie
Welcome Aboard the Scottish Highlander
A member of Scottish Highlander crew will meet you at the designated Inverness hotel at 4:00 pm. From there, you will be driven to the start of your cruise route in Banavie. Estimated driving time is two hours. Once at Banavie, enjoy the traditional champagne welcome and introduction to crew and there will be time to explore in Banavie or bicycle a bit before the first of many dinners on board.

Monday: Banavie to Laggan Locks
Explore Mystical Glencoe
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. If time permits we also visit the ruins of the 13th century, Old Inverlochy Castle, the original site of a Pictish fortress said to have been attacked by the Vikings. Our cruise will take in Moy Bridge, the last hand-operated bridge of its type on the Caledonian Canal and on to Loch Lochy. As we approach our Highland Piper should be there to greet us with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music. Dinner on board.


Tuesday: Laggan Locks to Fort Augustus
Cruise on a Staircase of Locks
Today, our cruise takes us through Loch Oich and to the top of the “flight”, as locals call it, at Fort Augustus. After lunch on board, we again encounter some of Scotland’s bloody past as we visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle on the shores of the world famous Loch Ness. A short film gives the history from St Columba’s day up to the present day with a spectacular finish. A gentle drive back will take us to Invermoriston Falls and a chance to see the “old bridge” designed by Thomas Telford and if are very lucky you may even see salmon leaping upstream. Dinner on board.

Cruises in Scotland, Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness
Wednesday: Fort Augustus 
Romantic Reconstructed Castle
This morning we cruise down the “flight” to the bottom of Fort Augustus and moor opposite the Benedictine Abbey at the entrance to Loch Ness. On our afternoon tour we will encounter some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer, as we wind our way to perhaps one of Scotland’s 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”. The idyllic setting betrays the castle’s tactical importance as it overlooks three sea lochs. This evening we have dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Thursday: Fort Augustus to Dochgarroch
Spot the Monster as You Cross Loch Ness!
This morning we enjoy a picturesque cruise across the famous Loch Ness, with perhaps a chance of spotting “Nessie”, before mooring at the hamlet of Dochgarroch. After lunch we visit 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 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.
Cruises in Scotland, Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness
Friday: Dochgarroch to Muirtown
Secrets of Whiskey Making - and Take a Wee Dram!
This morning, our final cruise will take us through Tomnahurich swing bridge and through 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. The Glen Ord distillery was founded in 1838 on the Black Isle by the Mackenzie’s of Ord. A fascinating description of the maturing and aging process of single and blended malts is followed, of course, by a tasting. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board

Saturday: Muirtown
A Sad Farewell
We will drive you into Inverness. Suggested destination points include the train station (from where trains depart to Edinburgh), local hotel or rental car office. Cabs will be available for the Inverness Airport. Do not book any transfers out of Inverness before 11:00am. Do not book a flight before noon. We hope that your cruise on Scottish Highlander will create a lifetime of memories!


Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks. Contact The Barge Lady for reservations and more information about Barging in Scotland. Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.

Scottish Highlander Sample Menus

Dinner
Roasted Sweet Pepper Tartlet with
Oyster Mushroom Duxelle and Creme Fraiche
* * *
Medley of Sea Bass, Tiger Prawns, Turbot and Crayfish on a
  Tomato and Aubergine Galette
White Butter Sauce infused with Dill
* * *
Lime and Roasted Hazelnut Tart served with
Lightly Soured Cream infused with Chopped Mint
* * * * *

Dinner
Terrine of Leek and Banana Shallots
Apricot and Cardamom Dressing
* * *
Marinated Filet of Scottish Beef
on a
Mustard Mash with Spinach and a Veal Glaze
* * *
Chilled Banana Souffle with Burnt Orange Sauce
* * * * *

Picture a Cruise in Scotland on Scottish Highland

Scotland cruises on barge Scottish Highlander

Scottish Highlander Guest Book

“An EXCEPTIONAL experience! Crew was AWESOME. Cuisine was superb. Chef Charlotte was a master, and everything on the menu was outstanding. Daily excursions were great. We lucked out on the weather as well, so everything was pretty much perfect when it came to outings. Cabins were clean and comfortable. Barge Lady services were terrific, and pre-trip information was excellent. We knew we could call upon you if we needed anything."

- Hillary Barr Parker, cruised August, 2016

"If you think you know Scotland, think again. This is a trip you will never forget! You’ll be pampered, have some of the most delicious gourmet food you’ve ever had, meet wonderful people, and see landscape that will amaze you! Completely pampered from the first moment to the final goodbye! Mick, the captain, told us funny and amazing stories about he and Charlotte’s sailing adventures around the world. Charlotte, who is also the fantastic chef, made meals that rivaled anything you would get in a 5 star restaurant. She even made haggis a gourmet dish! Neil, the guide, made history come alive with his incredible knowledge of the places we visited. And dear Steff, the host, always had a great smile, bubbly personality and well-stocked bar waiting for us all day. We all became a great little family! And, there were several onboard surprises in the evenings! We were entertained by a delightful and very talented trio of young Scottish singers and musicians one night. Another night a local Scotsman, Ian, gave a demonstration of how and why kilts were traditionally worn and shared some funny stories about them.

Stephanie and the Barge Lady team are experts at anticipating and providing answers to every question a traveler may have. This was my second barge trip booked through The Barge Lady and I can’t wait to do another! I have recommended barge trips to all of my friends. It is a million times better than those big long-boat river cruises with 100+ people and “so-so” food (that claims to be gourmet!)”

- Carmie McCook, cruised July, 2016 (repeat Barge Lady guest)

"This was our first barge trip, and it was better than we could even imagine. Our crew aboard the Scottish Highlander was amazing. They were one of the best parts of the trip. Everything we saw on the daily excursions were interesting and beautiful, and the meals were delicious and plentiful. The cabin had all we needed, and the bed was very comfortable. Barge Lady services were excellent, and the pre-trip information was helpful. The next time we plan a barge trip we will contact The Barge Lady."

- John Moorhead, cruised July, 2015

"Thank you for the wonderful memories for the rest of my life! The Scottish Highlander crew was fantastic. Captain Mick was a lot of fun, Tour Guide Paul was a walking knowledge of history, and Hostess Danni made the trip just delightful with her sweet manner. Chef Martin was a master in the galley, and the excursions every day were wonderful with just the right mix of driving and visiting. Pre-trip information was great. The Barge Lady team makes barging a breeze. Stay as wonderful as you are!"

- Bonnie Thompson, cruised July, 2015 (repeat Barge Lady guest)

"It would be difficult to find a better crew than ours. They were kind, articulate, knowledgeable, and very attentive to our needs. Our guide's information prior to each excursion was very well researched and explained in a way that we were really looking forward to each outing. The food was healthy, fresh, and tasty -- at every meal! My dietary request was accommodated better than I could have imagined. Our cabin was lovely, very comfortable and quiet -- better than we expected. It was an unique experience which we feel very fortunate to have experienced. All of the prearrangements were very well organized. Thank you for suggesting the Scottish Highlander!"

- Catherine Haskins, cruised April, 2014

"The cruise was everything we'd hoped it would be -- and more! The crew couldn't have been better -- they were friendly, professional, conscientious, and just all-around wonderful! We felt comfortable with them, and they seemed to truly enjoy their work!

What I enjoyed the most was seeing such a variety of places with a Guide who'd grown up in the highlands -- Barry added personal information to our tours -- such as 'This is a place that my Grandfather took me to for the first time when I was about 5 or 6...' That made it feel as if we were visiting a friend who was showing us around, rather than going on a tour! We looked forward to the excursions, and they were a highlight of the cruise. Our excursions were fun, informative, and we enjoyed our Guide very much! The scenery was absolutely gorgeous, and when we needed some ambiance, the weather provided mist and fog in the most perfect places, like Loch Ness! We thoroughly enjoyed each of our excursions, and we learned a lot about Scottish history, while taking in so much of the landscape!

Our food was much better than I'd thought it would be --I'd been to Scotland before, and I think I lost weight that time -- but our Chef, Sasha, provided us with all the traditional Scottish flavors, but made with her own modern twist! Perfect!! We had such a variety of food and flavors -- it was fantastic! We loved being greeting one night, as we pulled into our berth, by a bagpiper just for us! And we had onboard music one night after dinner by some local teenagers, who were incredibly talented -- definitely a highlight that just made a wonderful cruise even more spectacular! The barge was comfortable, and well-decorated --and we were extremely well-cared for, as we have been on all of our barge trips! The bathroom was a bit larger than I thought it would be, and that was a nice surprise! The bed was comfy, and the towels were always fluffy and soft.

This cruise was one of the most wonderful weeks we ever spent! There is just nothing as relaxing as barging -- it's the perfect vacation! We really couldn't think of ANY way to improve this particular cruise... it was magical!! We felt prepared for our train trips, and left feeling confident we had what we needed! (and we DID!) We knew what to expect, and didn't really have to figure anything out ourselves -- that makes the trip SO relaxing! We have always had a fantastic experience with the Barge Lady trips we've taken --thank you!! Thanks again for everything! We will be talking about this trip for years to come!"

- Monica and Andy Johnson, cruised August, 2013

Scottish Highlander Blog Posts, Recipes, Articles and Videos

Ask any Barge Lady, and she’ll tell you: when it comes to travel, more is better! Explore below for more of everything we love – videos, articles, blog posts, recipes and MORE!

 

Scottish Highlander - Fort Augustus - Gateway to Loch Ness from Hotel Barging on Vimeo.

Cocktails and Canapes on the Caledonian Canal
Barge Lady Stephanie, sipped and savored these delightful drinks cruising along the Caledonian Canal aboard Scottish Highlander - and snagged the recipes to share!

 

 

 

Barge Cruising in Scotland On The Scottish Highlander
Barge Lady friend, Debi Vaci recounts her cruise along the Caledonia Canal in Scotland aboard deluxe barge Scottish Highlander

+ - Overview

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 8 guests
  • 117 Ft. Long
  • Rating: First Class
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • English Speaking Crew of 4
  • 6 Bicycles
  • Last Visited: 2016

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Inverness to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from Scotland, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Scottish Highlander

All cruises begin in Inverness, Scotland on Sunday at 4:00 pm and return to Inverness the following Saturday. Please make arrival and departure plans on this basis. Cruise direction will be advised four weeks before departure. Barge Lady Stephanie recently cruised on the Scottish Highlander, here is her report:

Everything about this cruise -- the route, the cuisine, the excursions, the crew – ensures an experience to be cherished for a lifetime. Upon reaching the Highlander's initial docking, the astonishingly beautiful backdrop set the scene for what was easily the most gorgeous waterway I have yet cruised. The barge’s route showcases all the best lochs and landscapes, including the magnificent Loch Ness, and the populated moorings at which the Scottish Highlander overnighted could not have been any more darling.

This is a cruise with much appeal to those with interest in nature photography and active pursuits. From the expansive mountain range of Ben Nevis to the smallest of colorful thistles along the canal's edges, there is no such thing as a bad picture when cruising on the Scottish Highlander. Inspired by the lush green surroundings and wonderful cycling trails, every day I took bike rides along the canal and through the forest, at times gasping with delight because the flora and fauna was simply so sublime.

Food and wine also proved a wonderful highlight of the Scottish Highlander's program. Chef Charlotte's fresh approach to Scottish cuisine was the perfect balance of the country's rustic bounty and modern gourmet menus. Salmon, for example, was creatively presented as a rich dinner entree, while cooked-to-order breakfasts included a traditional Scottish porridge made with local oats. Cheese platters featured an array of regionally-produced cheddar, while the wine list offered tastes from both New World and Old World vineyards.

Sightseeing showcases the country's fascinating military history and lively cultural happenings. A visit to the preserved ruins of Urquhart Castle reveals a living relic of the Highland's storied past, while exploring the luxuriant gardens and nature trails of Cawdor Castle provided a lovely peek into Scotland's genteel nobility. No time in Scotland is complete without a wee dram of whisky, and our tour and tasting at Glen Ord distillery satisfied even the most sophisticated of spirit drinkers. A few special surprises are also in store for the lucky guests aboard the Scottish Highlander, which may or may not include accordions, bagpipes, and kilts!

I have never fallen in love with a country as I did Scotland while on the Scottish Highlander. This  Barge "Lassie" is confidently recommending the Scottish Highlander -- and plans to return to the Caledonian Canal as soon as possible!


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 value season Rates

Whole-Boat charter for 6: $30,500
Whole-Boat charter for 7: $31,500
Whole-Boat charter for 8: $32,500
Individuals in a Stateroom: $4,190 per person double occupancy
Individuals in a Suite: $4,850 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,550

2017 Value Season dates
April 9 - 15 April 23 - 29 October 1 - 7 October 15 - 21
April 16 - 22 April 30 - May 6 October 8 - 14 October 22 - 28

 

2017 regular season Rates

Whole-Boat charter for 6: $34,900
Whole-Boat charter for 7: $36,200
Whole-Boat
charter for 8: $37,500
Individuals in a Stateroom: $4,890 per person double occupancy
Individuals in the Suite: $5,650 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,800

2017 regular Season dates
May 7 - 13 June 18 - 24 July 30 - August 5 September 10 - 16
May 14 - 20 June 25 - July 1 August 6 - 12 September 17 - 23
May 21 - 27 July 2 - 8 August 13 - 19 September 24 - 30
May 28 - June 3 July 9 - 15 August 20 - 26
June 4 - 10 July 16 - 22 August 27 - September 2
June 11 - 17 July 23 - 29 September 3 - 9

Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise

Scottish Highlander Accommodations and Amenities

  • 117 Feet Long
  • One suite with ensuite shower bath
    147 square feet, one queen or two twin beds
  • Three cabins with ensuite shower bath
    115 square feet, one queen or two twin beds
  • In the Public Areas
  • Country house ambiance, tartan plaid decor
  • Large dining room & salon with picture windows
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • No AC
  • Deck & Wheelhouse
  • New for 2016! Wheelhouse has been enlarged to create
    a panoramic observation lounge area at the stern that
    provides the best view of the captivating Highlands scenery!
  • Sundeck
  • Fishing equipment available









 






Scottish Highlander Caledonian Canal Barge Cruise Itinerary

Banavie to MUIRTOWN on the Caledonian Canal

Sunday: Drive from Inverness to Banavie
Welcome Aboard the Scottish Highlander
A member of Scottish Highlander crew will meet you at the designated Inverness hotel at 4:00 pm. From there, you will be driven to the start of your cruise route in Banavie. Estimated driving time is two hours. Once at Banavie, enjoy the traditional champagne welcome and introduction to crew and there will be time to explore in Banavie or bicycle a bit before the first of many dinners on board.

Monday: Banavie to Laggan Locks
Explore Mystical Glencoe
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. If time permits we also visit the ruins of the 13th century, Old Inverlochy Castle, the original site of a Pictish fortress said to have been attacked by the Vikings. Our cruise will take in Moy Bridge, the last hand-operated bridge of its type on the Caledonian Canal and on to Loch Lochy. As we approach our Highland Piper should be there to greet us with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music. Dinner on board.


Tuesday: Laggan Locks to Fort Augustus
Cruise on a Staircase of Locks
Today, our cruise takes us through Loch Oich and to the top of the “flight”, as locals call it, at Fort Augustus. After lunch on board, we again encounter some of Scotland’s bloody past as we visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle on the shores of the world famous Loch Ness. A short film gives the history from St Columba’s day up to the present day with a spectacular finish. A gentle drive back will take us to Invermoriston Falls and a chance to see the “old bridge” designed by Thomas Telford and if are very lucky you may even see salmon leaping upstream. Dinner on board.

Cruises in Scotland, Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness
Wednesday: Fort Augustus 
Romantic Reconstructed Castle
This morning we cruise down the “flight” to the bottom of Fort Augustus and moor opposite the Benedictine Abbey at the entrance to Loch Ness. On our afternoon tour we will encounter some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer, as we wind our way to perhaps one of Scotland’s 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”. The idyllic setting betrays the castle’s tactical importance as it overlooks three sea lochs. This evening we have dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Thursday: Fort Augustus to Dochgarroch
Spot the Monster as You Cross Loch Ness!
This morning we enjoy a picturesque cruise across the famous Loch Ness, with perhaps a chance of spotting “Nessie”, before mooring at the hamlet of Dochgarroch. After lunch we visit 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 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.
Cruises in Scotland, Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness
Friday: Dochgarroch to Muirtown
Secrets of Whiskey Making - and Take a Wee Dram!
This morning, our final cruise will take us through Tomnahurich swing bridge and through 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. The Glen Ord distillery was founded in 1838 on the Black Isle by the Mackenzie’s of Ord. A fascinating description of the maturing and aging process of single and blended malts is followed, of course, by a tasting. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board

Saturday: Muirtown
A Sad Farewell
We will drive you into Inverness. Suggested destination points include the train station (from where trains depart to Edinburgh), local hotel or rental car office. Cabs will be available for the Inverness Airport. Do not book any transfers out of Inverness before 11:00am. Do not book a flight before noon. We hope that your cruise on Scottish Highlander will create a lifetime of memories!


Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks. Contact The Barge Lady for reservations and more information about Barging in Scotland. Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.

+ - Menu

Scottish Highlander Sample Menus

Dinner
Roasted Sweet Pepper Tartlet with
Oyster Mushroom Duxelle and Creme Fraiche
* * *
Medley of Sea Bass, Tiger Prawns, Turbot and Crayfish on a
  Tomato and Aubergine Galette
White Butter Sauce infused with Dill
* * *
Lime and Roasted Hazelnut Tart served with
Lightly Soured Cream infused with Chopped Mint
* * * * *

Dinner
Terrine of Leek and Banana Shallots
Apricot and Cardamom Dressing
* * *
Marinated Filet of Scottish Beef
on a
Mustard Mash with Spinach and a Veal Glaze
* * *
Chilled Banana Souffle with Burnt Orange Sauce
* * * * *

Picture a Cruise in Scotland on Scottish Highland

Scotland cruises on barge Scottish Highlander

Scottish Highlander Guest Book

“An EXCEPTIONAL experience! Crew was AWESOME. Cuisine was superb. Chef Charlotte was a master, and everything on the menu was outstanding. Daily excursions were great. We lucked out on the weather as well, so everything was pretty much perfect when it came to outings. Cabins were clean and comfortable. Barge Lady services were terrific, and pre-trip information was excellent. We knew we could call upon you if we needed anything."

- Hillary Barr Parker, cruised August, 2016

"If you think you know Scotland, think again. This is a trip you will never forget! You’ll be pampered, have some of the most delicious gourmet food you’ve ever had, meet wonderful people, and see landscape that will amaze you! Completely pampered from the first moment to the final goodbye! Mick, the captain, told us funny and amazing stories about he and Charlotte’s sailing adventures around the world. Charlotte, who is also the fantastic chef, made meals that rivaled anything you would get in a 5 star restaurant. She even made haggis a gourmet dish! Neil, the guide, made history come alive with his incredible knowledge of the places we visited. And dear Steff, the host, always had a great smile, bubbly personality and well-stocked bar waiting for us all day. We all became a great little family! And, there were several onboard surprises in the evenings! We were entertained by a delightful and very talented trio of young Scottish singers and musicians one night. Another night a local Scotsman, Ian, gave a demonstration of how and why kilts were traditionally worn and shared some funny stories about them.

Stephanie and the Barge Lady team are experts at anticipating and providing answers to every question a traveler may have. This was my second barge trip booked through The Barge Lady and I can’t wait to do another! I have recommended barge trips to all of my friends. It is a million times better than those big long-boat river cruises with 100+ people and “so-so” food (that claims to be gourmet!)”

- Carmie McCook, cruised July, 2016 (repeat Barge Lady guest)

"This was our first barge trip, and it was better than we could even imagine. Our crew aboard the Scottish Highlander was amazing. They were one of the best parts of the trip. Everything we saw on the daily excursions were interesting and beautiful, and the meals were delicious and plentiful. The cabin had all we needed, and the bed was very comfortable. Barge Lady services were excellent, and the pre-trip information was helpful. The next time we plan a barge trip we will contact The Barge Lady."

- John Moorhead, cruised July, 2015

"Thank you for the wonderful memories for the rest of my life! The Scottish Highlander crew was fantastic. Captain Mick was a lot of fun, Tour Guide Paul was a walking knowledge of history, and Hostess Danni made the trip just delightful with her sweet manner. Chef Martin was a master in the galley, and the excursions every day were wonderful with just the right mix of driving and visiting. Pre-trip information was great. The Barge Lady team makes barging a breeze. Stay as wonderful as you are!"

- Bonnie Thompson, cruised July, 2015 (repeat Barge Lady guest)

"It would be difficult to find a better crew than ours. They were kind, articulate, knowledgeable, and very attentive to our needs. Our guide's information prior to each excursion was very well researched and explained in a way that we were really looking forward to each outing. The food was healthy, fresh, and tasty -- at every meal! My dietary request was accommodated better than I could have imagined. Our cabin was lovely, very comfortable and quiet -- better than we expected. It was an unique experience which we feel very fortunate to have experienced. All of the prearrangements were very well organized. Thank you for suggesting the Scottish Highlander!"

- Catherine Haskins, cruised April, 2014

"The cruise was everything we'd hoped it would be -- and more! The crew couldn't have been better -- they were friendly, professional, conscientious, and just all-around wonderful! We felt comfortable with them, and they seemed to truly enjoy their work!

What I enjoyed the most was seeing such a variety of places with a Guide who'd grown up in the highlands -- Barry added personal information to our tours -- such as 'This is a place that my Grandfather took me to for the first time when I was about 5 or 6...' That made it feel as if we were visiting a friend who was showing us around, rather than going on a tour! We looked forward to the excursions, and they were a highlight of the cruise. Our excursions were fun, informative, and we enjoyed our Guide very much! The scenery was absolutely gorgeous, and when we needed some ambiance, the weather provided mist and fog in the most perfect places, like Loch Ness! We thoroughly enjoyed each of our excursions, and we learned a lot about Scottish history, while taking in so much of the landscape!

Our food was much better than I'd thought it would be --I'd been to Scotland before, and I think I lost weight that time -- but our Chef, Sasha, provided us with all the traditional Scottish flavors, but made with her own modern twist! Perfect!! We had such a variety of food and flavors -- it was fantastic! We loved being greeting one night, as we pulled into our berth, by a bagpiper just for us! And we had onboard music one night after dinner by some local teenagers, who were incredibly talented -- definitely a highlight that just made a wonderful cruise even more spectacular! The barge was comfortable, and well-decorated --and we were extremely well-cared for, as we have been on all of our barge trips! The bathroom was a bit larger than I thought it would be, and that was a nice surprise! The bed was comfy, and the towels were always fluffy and soft.

This cruise was one of the most wonderful weeks we ever spent! There is just nothing as relaxing as barging -- it's the perfect vacation! We really couldn't think of ANY way to improve this particular cruise... it was magical!! We felt prepared for our train trips, and left feeling confident we had what we needed! (and we DID!) We knew what to expect, and didn't really have to figure anything out ourselves -- that makes the trip SO relaxing! We have always had a fantastic experience with the Barge Lady trips we've taken --thank you!! Thanks again for everything! We will be talking about this trip for years to come!"

- Monica and Andy Johnson, cruised August, 2013

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Scottish Highlander Blog Posts, Recipes, Articles and Videos

Ask any Barge Lady, and she’ll tell you: when it comes to travel, more is better! Explore below for more of everything we love – videos, articles, blog posts, recipes and MORE!

 

Scottish Highlander - Fort Augustus - Gateway to Loch Ness from Hotel Barging on Vimeo.

Cocktails and Canapes on the Caledonian Canal
Barge Lady Stephanie, sipped and savored these delightful drinks cruising along the Caledonian Canal aboard Scottish Highlander - and snagged the recipes to share!

 

 

 

Barge Cruising in Scotland On The Scottish Highlander
Barge Lady friend, Debi Vaci recounts her cruise along the Caledonia Canal in Scotland aboard deluxe barge Scottish Highlander


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