Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • One suite with ensuite shower bath, 147 square feet, one queen or two twin beds
  • Three cabins with ensuite shower bath115 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
  • 117 Feet Long
  • New for 2016! Wheelhouse has been enlarged to createa panoramic observation lounge area at the stern thatprovides the best view of the captivating Highlands scenery!
  • Sundeck
  • Fishing equipment available

Itineraries

Travel from Banavie to Muirtown on the Caledonian Canal

Sunday
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Private Chauffeured Transfer to the Barge
Travel: Inverness to Banavie
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by Scottish Highlander crew at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in Banavie. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before the first of many gourmet dinners is served. .

Monday
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Explore Mystical Glencoe
Travel: Banavie to Laggan Locks
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner aboard

This morning’s excursion is 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. Approaching tonight's mooring, a Highland Piper should be there to greet you with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music. Explore the canal side path on bicycle or on foot before Chef presents tonight's dinner.

Tuesday
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Cruise on a Staircase of Locks
Travel: Laggan Locks to Fort Augustus
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner aboard

This morning's cruise sails through Loch Oich and to the top of the “flight”, as locals call it, at Fort Augustus. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to 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 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. Back onboard, socialize in the salon, as cocktail hour precedes another gourmet dinner.

Wednesday
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Breathtaking Scenery Surrounding an Iconic Castle
Travel: Fort Augustus
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard; dinner ashore

This morning, cruise down the “flight” to the bottom of Fort Augustus and moor opposite the Benedictine Abbey at the entrance to Loch Ness. This afternoon's excursion reveals some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer while en route to perhaps one of Scotland’s best known castles, Eilean Donan, which has been featured in movies such as “Highlander” and James Bond’s “The World is Not Enough”. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge so you can freshen up before tonight's festive dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Thursday
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Immerse into Scottish Culture and History
Travel: Fort Augustus to Dochgarroch
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, enjoy a scenic cruise across the famous Loch Ness, with perhaps a chance of spotting “Nessie”! This afternoon, a visit to Cawdor Castle reveals the setting forever immortalized in Shakespeare’s “Scottish Play”, Macbeth. You then explore the museum and battlefield of Culloden Moor, the scene of the last major military conflict on British soil in 1746. The afternoon culminates at the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic clan chieftain burial site dating back to 2000 B.C. Drinks and dinner are served onboard.

Friday
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Secrets of Scottish Whiskey, Revealed
Travel: Dochgarroch to Muirtown
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, a final cruise sails through the Tomnahurich swing bridge and through the locks to Muirtown, where bicycling and walking opportunities abound. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to a working distillery for an exploration of Scotland’s best known exports, whisky. The Glen Ord distillery was founded in 1838; a fascinating description of the maturing and aging process of single and blended malts is followed, of course, by a special tasting. Back onboard, Chef is putting the final touches on tonight's Captain’s Dinner.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer to Inverness
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back to a designated drop off point in Inverness.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Potato and Haddock Soup served with Oatmeal Bread
  • Ham and Vegetable Quiche
  • Cheeses: Scottish Brie, Campbelltown Smoked Cheddar, and Lanark Blue
  • A Selection of Coffees, Tea, and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Roasted Sweet Pepper Tartlet with Oyster Mushroom Duxelle and Creme Fraiche
  • Marinated Filet of Scottish Beef on a Bed of Potato Mash
  • Caboc, Inverloch, and White Scottish Cheddar
  • Cranachan Rponge with Raspberry Whiskey Cream
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • 1 Dinner Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
Wine
  • Julio Bouchon,  Sauvingnon Blanc, 2007 Chile
  • Grave del Friuli DOC bidoli,  Pinot Grigio,  2007 Italy
  • Petit Chablis 2010, France
  • Rioja 2010,  Baron De Barbon, Spain
  • Cote-du-Rhone 2009,  Rasteau, France
  • Haut Medoc AC,  Chateau Puy Castera Merlot,  2002 France

Rates & Dates

Accomodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise (up to 2 guests)$26,500$29,700
Private Cruise (up to 6 guests)$30,500$34,900
Private Cruise for 7 guests$31,500$36,200
Private Cruise for 8 guests$32,500$37,500
Double Stateroom (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$4,190$4,890
Suite (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$4,850$5,650
Single-Occupancy Supplement$1,550$1,800

2018 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season, Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season, Blue Bold Dates = High Season

Month
Days
April1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-4
May6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-2
June3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
July1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-3
August5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
September2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
October7-13, 14-20, 21-27

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 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.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from Scotland
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

*All rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted.

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