Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • Six staterooms with ensuite shower bath
  • All 130 sq feet with 6’6″ ceiling height
  • All with a choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • TV/DVD player
Public Areas
  • 128 feet long
  • Country house ambiance, tartan plaid decor
  • Large dining room & salon with picture windows
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Air conditioning and Central Heating
Deck & Wheelhouse
  •  Covered terrace
  • Rooftop Sundeck
  • Hot tub
  • 8 bicycles

Itineraries

Travel from Banavie to Muirtown on the Caledonian Canal

Sunday
Welcome Aboardsunday image
Welcome Aboard
Travel: Inverness to Banavie
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Spirit of Scotland at the designated meeting point in Inverness. 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. Afterward, enjoy a nightcap in the hot tub!

Monday
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Mystical Landscapes and Magical Music
Travel: Banavie to Laggan Locks
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner onboard

This morning’s excursion is to the mystical area of Glencoe, revered for its geographical beauty and known for one of the darkest times in Scottish history. Time permitting, we might also visit the ruins of the Old Inverlochy Castle, the original site of a Pictish fortress thought to have been sacked by the Vikings. An afternoon cruise is culminated with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music by an authentic Highland Piper. The canal side path beckons for a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll before Chef presents tonight's dinner.

Tuesday
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An Iconic Castle Awaits You
Travel: Laggan Locks to Cullochy
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, take in some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer during the drive to one of its best known and most photographed castles, Eilean Donan, which has been featured in films such as “Highlander” and James Bond’s “The World Is Not Enough”. Your Tour Guide returns you to the Scottish Highlander for an afternoon cruise across the very scenic Loch Oich. Relax on deck with a wee dram and watch this extraordinarily beautiful landscape slip by. Enjoy cocktails and canapes before Chef serves tonight's multi-course dinner onboard.

Wednesday
Explore Magnificent Ruins from Kingdoms Long Agowednesday image
Explore Magnificent Ruins from Kingdoms Long Ago
Travel: Cullochy to Fort Augustus
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

A morning cruise to Fort Augustus takes the barge down the flight of locks that cleverly assist the water traffic from one vertical level to another, to our gorgeous mooring at the entrance to Loch Ness. We encounter some of Scotland’s bloody past as this afternoon as we visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle in a stunning setting overlooking Loch Ness, then take a leisurely drive to the Invermoriston Falls and the “Old Bridge”. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge so you can fresh up, as tonight's dinner is taken ashore at a locally-owned pub.

Thursday
The Sweep and Scope of Caledonian Culturethursday image
The Sweep and Scope of Caledonian Culture
Travel: Fort Augustus to Dochgarroch
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Today's active adventures reveal some of the best-loved icons within Scottish culture. This morning, relax on deck as the barge gently makes her way across the world-famous Loch Ness. Once moored, your Tour Guide escorts you to the lovely Cawdor Castle, forever immortalized in Macbeth, Shakespeare’s “Scottish Play”. Then a visit to Culloden Moor reveals where last major battle on British soil took place in 1746. The day ends at Clava Cairns, a pre-historic burial site dating back to 2000 B.C.E. Back onboard, Chef is crafting tonight's dinner.

Friday
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A Wee Dram at the Glen Ord Whisky Distillery
Travel: Dochgarroch to Muirtown
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

After his morning's cruise through the Tomnahurich swing bridge and the locks to Muirtown, take a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to the Glen Ord distillery, founded in 1838 on the Black Isle by the Mackenzies of Ord. Walk through the distillery's maturing process of single and blended malts, and then enjoy a special tasting of premium whiskys. Tonight, a festive cocktail hour precedes the Captain's Dinner.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Muirtown
Meals: Breakfast onboard

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

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

Travel from Banavie to Muirtown on the Caledonian Canal

Sunday
Welcome Aboardsunday image
Welcome Aboard
Travel: Inverness to Banavie
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Spirit of Scotland at the designated meeting point in Inverness. 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. Afterward, enjoy a nightcap in the hot tub!

Monday
Mystical Battlefield, Magical Music, and Golf at Newtonmoremonday image
Mystical Battlefield, Magical Music, and Golf at Newtonmore
Travel: Banavie to Laggan Locks
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner onboard

Golf today with a morning round of 18 holes at Newtonmore Golf Course, established on the banks of the River Spey in 1893. Non-golfers will experience the historical battlefield of Glencoe amidst incredible scenery. An afternoon cruise is culminated with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music by an authentic Highland Piper. The canal side path beckons for a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll before Chef presents tonight's dinner.

Tuesday
An Iconic Castle Awaits Youtuesday image
An Iconic Castle Awaits You
Travel: Laggan Locks to Cullochy
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner onboard

This morning, take in some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer during the drive to one of its best known and most photographed castles, Eilean Donan, which has been featured in films such as “Highlander” and James Bond’s “The World Is Not Enough”. Your Tour Guide returns you to the Scottish Highlander for an afternoon cruise across the very scenic Loch Oich. Relax on deck with a wee dram and watch this extraordinarily beautiful landscape slip by. Enjoy cocktails and canapes before Chef serves tonight's multi-course dinner onboard.

Wednesday
Castle Ruins and Fort Augustus Golfwednesday image
Castle Ruins and Fort Augustus Golf
Travel: Cullochy to Fort Augustus
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard; dinner ashore

A morning cruise to Fort Augustus takes the barge down a flight of locks to our gorgeous mooring at the entrance to Loch Ness. Golfers enjoy 9 holes at Fort Augustus Golf Course, possibly the only course in the world manicured by a herd of sheep! Non-golfers will visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle, then take drive to the Invermoriston Falls and the “Old Bridge”. Return to the barge for tonight's special dinner, taken ashore at a local pub.

Thursday
Cruise Across Loch Ness and Castle Stuart Links Coursethursday image
Cruise Across Loch Ness and Castle Stuart Links Course
Travel: Fort Augustus to Dochgarroch
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, relax on deck as the barge gently floats across the world-famous Loch Ness. Golfers will then play 18 holes at Castle Stuart, overlooking the picturesque Moray Firth, while non-golfers tour Cawdor Castle, forever immortalized in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”. A visit to Culloden Moor reveals a 17th century battlefield, followed by a pre-historic burial site dating back to 2000 B.C.E. Back onboard, Chef is crafting tonight's dinner.

Friday
A Wee Dram and Royal Dornoch Golf Coursefriday image
A Wee Dram and Royal Dornoch Golf Course
Travel: Dochgarroch to Muirtown
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The golfers have an early departure for an 18 hole round and light lunch at Royal Dornoch, dating from 1616 and one of Scotland’s most acclaimed courses. The non-golfers will enjoy a scenic cruise to Muirtown, with plenty of opportunity to walk or bicycle. At mid-afternoon, both groups will meet at the Glen Ord distillery to experience the maturing process of single and blended malts, followed by a special tasting of premium whiskeys. Return to Spirit of Scotland for the festive cocktail hour and Captain’s Dinner.

Saturday
A Sad Farewellsaturday image
A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Muirtown
Meals: Breakfast onboard

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

Please note: Golf cruises include pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the golf clubs. Hire of clubs, caddy or buggy and all other personal expenses at the courses are not included. On alternate weeks, the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change depending on the availability of the individual courses.

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Smoked Slow-Roasted Ribs
  • Curried Mussels
  • Harissa and Mustard-Dressed Mixed Green Salad
  • Wild Mushroom and Truffle-Stuffed Mixed Peppers
  • Triple Chocolate Pistachios and Golden Raisin Brownie
  • A Selection of Coffees, Tea, and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Slow Roasted Pumpkin veloute with roasted pumpkin
  • Trio of Salmon with Citrus Crushed potatoes, Roasted Cauliflower, White Wine & Dill Sauce
  • Highland Brie and Organic Dunlop
  • Caramelized Brioche with Basil Roasted Pineapple, Caramel Swipe, Fresh Cherry
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • 1 Dinner Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
Wine
  • Reuilly 2016, Henri Beurdin
  • Valpolicella Ripasso 2015, Villa Borghetti
  • Marquis de Pennautier Viognier 2015 PGI Pays d’Oc
  • Cotes du Rhone Belleruche 2015 M. Chapoutier
  • Montagny 1er Cru, 2015
  • Plan de Dieu, 2014, Domain Durieu

Rates & Dates

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise for 12 guests$52,000$60,000
Private Cruise for 11 guests$50,700$58,500
Private Cruise for 10 guests$49,400$57,000
Private Cruise for 9 guests$48,100$55,500
Private Cruise for 8 guests$46,400$53,700
Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$4,690$5,450
Single-Occupancy Supplement$1,750$2,000

2019 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season
Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
April14-20, 21-27, 28-4
May5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
June2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
July7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-3
August4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31
September1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5
October6-12, 13-19, 20-26

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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