Europe & Baltic
(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.
Cruise departs every Sunday between Mar 31 - Oct 27, 2013.
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 cruise and dinner on board.
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 we 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. After lunch you cruise Loch Dochfour to Fort Augustus anchoring for time to admire Urquhart Castle and then cruise the south shore of Loch Ness to moor near Fort Augustus Abbey.
After breakfast you'll cruise up the staircase of five locks through the village of Fort Augustus, which gives plenty of time to shop and look around this pretty Caledonian gem. Fort Augustus also has a charming heather-laced golf course, where the official green keepers are sheep! For your tour today you drive through Glen Moriston and stunning highland countryside to romantic medieval Eilean Donan Castle, setting for the film Highlander. It has an idyllic island setting with commanding views of three sea lochs and frequent sightings of otters, dolphins and the Isle of Skye. Following the abortive Jacobite rising of 1719, the ruins of the castle were abandoned for 200 years until the 20th century when a complete reconstruction was undertaken. You'll dine out tonight at a local restaurant.
You leave Fort Augustus this morning and cruise to Laggan Locks via Kytra and Cullochy locks, across the pretty little Loch Oich and through Laggan Avenue where the imposing woodland comes down to the waters edge. After lunch, you'll visit Urquhart Castle and Invermoriston Falls where if you are lucky, you may see a wild salmon leaping its way upstream.
Today you leave Laggan Locks for a morning cruise across Loch Lochy to Gairlochy. In the afternoon there is the opportunity to see the World War II Commando memorial, or perhaps the woollen mill at Spean Bridge, selling traditional knitwear and tweeds. There will also be a mountain gondola trip which will take you 2150 feet up the slopes of Britain’s eighth highest mountain, Aonach Mor, to enjoy the panoramic scenery from above.
Today you'll cruise from Gairlochy to the top of ‘Neptune’s staircase’ at Banavie, a flight of eight locks and a spectacular feat of engineering. You also pass Moy Bridge the last original, hand-operated bridge on the Caledonian Canal. Your tour is the mystic battlefields of Glencoe and on the way back you visit the Ben Nevis distillery for an insight into the secrets of the various stages of whisky preparation and of course, taste a wee dram or two. Farewell Captain's Dinner on board.
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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