Europe & Baltic Cruises
(Scottish Highlands Cruise)
Cruise Loch Ness, Loch Oich, Loch Lochy and the Caledonian Canal as you voyage the Scottish Highlands aboard a luxury barge. With a maximum of only 8 guests aboard, you'll enjoy an intimate sailing, with daily guided excursions, and an onboard chef who prepares regional specialties daily from freshly harvested local products. Visit Cawdor Castle, home of Shakespere's Macbeth, and Culloden Moor, the last British based battleground from 1746. Visit Glencoe, recalling treachery between the Campbell and MacDonald clans, and tour the Ben Nevis Whiskey distillery for a genuine Scotch tasting experience. See the impressive Eilean Donan and Urquhart castles, and revel in the spectacular scenery, wildlife and folklore that this majestic region has to offer.
2013: Cruise departs every Sunday between Mar 31 - Oct 27.
2014: Cruise departs every Sunday between Mar 30 - Oct 26.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to the Inverness Airport.
Glenmoriston Town House Hotel is an award winning 4 star hotel situated on the banks of the River Ness in the Scottish Highlands. The decor is warm, welcoming and elegant while the rooms are dedicated to comfort and relaxation. Guests can indulge in a delicious meal from the award winning restaurant, and take in all the sights that are situated nearby.
Please note that this hotel does not have an elevator. Please let your Sales Advisor know if you would like to arrange porterage service prior to your arrival.
Inverness is the City in the Highlands where you'll find the warmest of welcomes - whether you choose to visit, explore, shop, relax or just live Inverness. It's in a Scot's nature to be friendly and helpful, and the locals are always up for a chat. Explore this city with your private guide by foot.
With a pickup at your desginated meeting place, you'll be transfered by minibus to your awaiting ship at port.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in your stateroom. A champagne welcome will be followed by an evening stroll to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths.
The 8 passenger Scottish Highlander has the atmosphere of a Scottish Country House with subtle use of tartan furnishings and landscape paintings. At 117 feet she is spacious and has every comfort needed for year round cruising. She is also equipped with 8 bikes and your tour guide would be happy to recommend the best routes to explore. On board you will find four en-suite cabins each with a choice of twin or double beds. One of the cabins is a larger suite which has been designed for those who want extra space during their cruise. The experienced crew of four, led by your captain, ensure attention to your every need. Cuisine is traditional Scottish fare, salmon, game, venison and seafood, prepared by your own Master Chef.
This morning you visit the 14th century fairytale Cawdor Castle immortalised by Shakespeare with Macbeth, housing a superb collection of tapestries, pictures and furniture with beautiful landscaped gardens. If Cawdor is not open you'll visit Fort George, the finest example of 18th-century military engineering you’ll find anywhere in the British Isles. This vast garrison fortress was begun in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden (1746), which crushed the final Jacobite Rising. You'll also visit Culloden Moor, site of the last battle on British soil in 1746. The cruise today takes you up the Muirtown lock flight and through Tomnahurich swing bridge, with an option to walk alongside the delightful River Ness to the hamlet of Dochgarroch.
A tour today drives you through stunning hilly scenery to take a closer look at one of Scotland’s best known exports, whisky, at the Glen Ord distillery founded in 1838 on the Black Isle by the Mackenzies of Ord. A fascinating description of the maturing and aging process of single and blended malts is followed by a special tasting. You also visit the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic clan chieftain burial site dating back to 2000 BC. Your cruise today takes you through Loch Dochfour past the Burton family estate and down the world famous Loch Ness with perhaps a chance of spotting “Nessie” before arriving at Fort Augustus.
After breakfast, you encounter some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer as you take a drive to one of Scotland’s best known and most photographed castles, Eilean Donan, which has featured in movies such as "Highlander" and James Bond' "The World Is Not Enough". The idyllic setting betrays the castle's tactical importance as it also overlooks three sea lochs. Later your cruise will take you up the “flight”, as the locals call it, at Fort Augustus. This evening you have dinner ashore at a local restaurant.
In the morning you again encounter some of Scotland’s bloody past with a visit to the ruins of Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness. A short film explains some of the history from St Columba's day to the present with a spectacular finale. A gentle drive takes you back to the Invermoriston Falls and a chance to see the “Old Bridge” designed by one Thomas Telford and if you are very lucky you may even see a salmon leaping. The cruise today can again be partially walked and will take you all the way through stunning Loch Oich and onto the Laggan Avenue, often described as the prettiest part of the canal. Approaching Laggan, a Highland Piper greets you with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music.
Visit the mystical and ethereal area called Glencoe, known for its geographical beauty and famed for one of the darkest days in Scottish history. If time permits, you'll 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. The cruise today will see you sail along Loch Lochy, and you'll encounter Moy Bridge, the last original and fully hand-operated bridge on the canal, before mooring at Banavie beneath Ben Nevis and a stroll from Neptune’s Staircase leading down to Loch Eil.
This morning you'll disembark from your barge, bidding your captain and crew farewell as you make landfall.
Upon disembarkation, you'll be transfered by minibus back to your initial meeting point.
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