Offering a marvelous immersion into a fascinating world where history, nature, and activity abound, a cruise on the Scottish Highlander ensures an experience to be cherished for a lifetime.
From the expansive mountain range of Ben Nevis to the smallest of colorful thistles along the canal’s edges, the Scottish Highlander’s cruise route showcases all the best lochs and landscapes, including the magnificent Loch Ness. This sense of intense wonder and inspirational beauty translates to the many experiences found aboard, including the extraordinary cycling and walking opportunities along the Caledonian Canal, while the abundant flora and fauna in this region is perfect for all kinds of photography.
Sightseeing aligns further with Scotland’s natural charms and historical import; memorable visits to iconic castles, royal gardens, and preserved battlefields speak to Scotland’s place in the dramatic unfolding of European culture, while whisky tastings, dinner at a local pub, and an informal “living room” concert infuse the activities with modern pleasures. A few special surprises are also in store for the lucky guests aboard the Scottish Highlander, which may or may not include bagpipes and kilts!
The vessel’s cozy salon, smartly decorated with the proud plaids of the Scottish clans, encourages informal socializing, perhaps while enjoying whisky samples from the extensive onboard collection. The newly-enlarged wheelhouse creates a panoramic observation lounge area at the stern, providing the best view of the captivating countryside within the Highlands!
A fresh approach to Scottish cuisine offers the perfect balance of the country’s rustic bounty and contemporary gourmet menus; salmon is creatively presented as a rich dinner entree, and cooked-to-order breakfasts include a traditional Scottish porridge made with local oats. Cheese platters feature an array of regionally-produced cheddar, while the wine list reveals curated selections from both New World and Old World vineyards.
Cabins are richly appointed with dark wood paneling and brass accents, offering guests handsome havens of quiet comfort, and a seasoned crew of four adds further to the convivial ambiance, looking after guests with professionalism and warmth.
Last visited in 2016