10 days from $9,140 per person*
  • Visit historic sites such as Blair Castle and Eilean Donan.
  • Discover myths and legends on a cruise of the mysterious Loch Ness.
  • Take in the natural beauty of the highlands with the expert knowledge of your private guide.
  • Admire stunning scenery as you cruise along the Caledonian Canal.
  • Featuring luxurious hotels and a stay on the Spirit of Scotland Barge.
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Experience the contrast between Scotland's historic capital city and its wondrous countryside. Witness the mystical Scottish Highlands from a unique perspective as you cruise through the majestic landscapes on the Spirit of Scotland barge.

When thinking of Scotland, one pictures castles, lochs, and highlands. While Scotland is indeed all of those, there is so much more to it that you’ll discover on this journey through historic cities and picturesque countryside. Immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan feel of Edinburgh, soaking in its history as you stroll down the enchanting Royal Mile. The Scottish Highlands offer some of the most iconic landscapes in the United Kingdom and you'll explore them in a unique way, by barge. The Spirit of Scotland Barge will be your home base as you meander through the river and canal systems within the Highlands. Witness famous sites such as Eilean Donan, pictured in the movies 'Highlander' and James Bond’s 'The World is Not Enough', as well as the mysterious Loch Ness. The landscape in the Highlands ranges from rolling hills to rugged mountains and you'll experience it all on this extraordinary tour.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    • Scotland - Welcome Package
    • Optional Dinner Reservation at The Witchery Restaurant
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Edinburgh to Inverness
    Edinburgh to Inverness
    • Private Transfer - Edinburgh - Inverness [with Blair Castle Visit (8 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Inverness to Banavie to Scottish Highlands Cruise
    Inverness to Banavie to Scottish Highlands Cruise
    • Shared Transfer - Port - Vehicle/Driver
    • Embarkation & Welcome Drink
    • Dinner on Board (Included)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Banavie to Scottish Highlands Cruise
    Banavie to Scottish Highlands Cruise
    • Cruising Banavie to Laggan
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Lunch on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Loch Ness to Scottish Highlands Cruise
    Loch Ness to Scottish Highlands Cruise
    • Activity - Cruising Laggan to Kytra
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Lunch on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Fort Augustus to Scottish Highlands Cruise
    Fort Augustus to Scottish Highlands Cruise
    • Activity - Cruising Cullochy to Fort Augustus
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Lunch on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Loch Ness to Scottish Highlands Cruise
    Loch Ness to Scottish Highlands Cruise
    • Activity - Cruising Loch Ness to Dochgarroch
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Lunch on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Muirtown to Scottish Highlands Cruise
    Muirtown to Scottish Highlands Cruise
    • Activity - Cruising Muirtown to Inverness
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Lunch on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 Inverness to Edinburgh
    Inverness to Edinburgh
    • Breakfast on Board (Included)
    • Activity - Disembarkation
    • Shared Transfer - Port - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Transfer - Inverness - Edinburgh [3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Edinburgh

For your added comfort, you will have an English-speaking assistant waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful, will be provided to you on your first day in destination.

Optional:
The Witchery Restaurant located on the Royal Mile is a highly recommended dinner venue. The 16th century building located close to the Castle is lit exclusively by candlelight. The tapestry-draped main dining room is an ode to opulence: the seats are a rich red leather, the ceiling is gilded, and the walls are covered with oak panels salvaged from an old cathedral. The Secret Garden annex, meanwhile, is full of brass candlesticks and stone statues, and displays a series of painted doors that tell the story of Edinburgh's wine trade with France. The menu is equally astonishing, and the desserts absolutely divine. Please note, this is an optional experience and your reservation and meal are not included. Speak with your Destination Expert if you would like to have a reservation made for you.

Accommodation: The Balmoral

For over a century, The Balmoral hotel has found a home at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, No. 1 Princes Street. A landmark in the center of the city, the historic building’s grand clock still dominates the skyline, while its enviable location, stunning views, warm hospitality and world-class facilities provide the perfect retreat. Find solace in one of the 188 guestrooms and suites, enjoy dinner in the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant, unwind in an award-winning spa, and take Afternoon Tea under exotic palm trees, accompanied by elegant music by a professional harpist. The Rocco Forte Collection's The Balmoral is a luxury hotel in every sense of the word.

Spirit of Scotland Barge Cruise Tours 2020 - 2021 -  The Witchery Restaurant
The Witchery Restaurant
Spirit of Scotland Barge Cruise Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Edinburgh
Edinburgh

Day 2: Edinburgh - Inverness

Departing with a private driver-guide this morning, transfer from Edinburgh to Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands, ensuring an abundance of stunning Highland scenery en route; rugged mountain ranges, serene lochs, and sweeping vistas. Along the way, you'll stop for a visit and tour of Blair Castle and its gardens and grounds, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Dating back to the 13th century, see over 700 years of Atholl family history brought to life within exquisite 18th century interiors. The castle enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire. Afterward, continue to Inverness.

Accommodation: Rocpool Reserve

The discreet boutique hotel Rocpool Reserve offers first class luxury in the heart of Inverness - an invitation to come and indulge. Glow, not glitter. Quality, not quantity. With just 11 guestrooms, Rocpool Reserve will redefine the experience forever, as here, it's about elegance, not exhibitionism. Each room in this beautifully restored Georgian mansion includes exclusive, modern and elegant design, pulling in lavish features such as double voyeur showers, outdoor hot tubs, private balconies, or split level rooms. Rocpool Reserve offers an exquisite dining experience in the on-site a la carte restaurant, and an alluring cocktail bar with provocative, contemporary style. The overall result is an exclusive hideaway in the center of Inverness.

Spirit of Scotland Barge Cruise Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Blair Castle
Blair Castle
Spirit of Scotland Barge Cruise Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Inverness
Inverness

Day 3: Inverness - Banavie - Scottish Highlands Cruise

With a pickup at your designated meeting place, you'll be transferred as a small group to Banavie for your awaiting ship.

Welcome aboard!

Take some time to get settled in your stateroom. A champagne welcome will be followed by an evening stroll before your first dinner on board.

Please note, your cruise itinerary is a sample. It may operate in reverse order, and aspects are subject to change. 

Accommodation: Spirit of Scotland Barge

The Spirit of Scotland is an elegant hotel barge with extensive public areas inside and out that are perfect from which to admire the spectacular Highlands scenery in comfort as she sedately cruises the Caledonian Canal and the lochs of the Great Glen. Accommodating up to 12 passengers in comfort, her interior features a bright and spacious saloon and dining area with picture windows, a separate bar, and an integral forward wheelhouse giving views of the cruise route ahead. The 6 air-conditioned cabins offer a choice of twin or double beds, and are complemented by well-designed en suite washrooms with showers. Outside, there are separate areas where you can relax on a recliner or perhaps in the heated spa pool, as well as a covered dining terrace. The large upper sun deck is the ideal place to admire the breath-taking backdrop and historic landmarks. All this, together with the traditional Scottish cuisine, fine wines and wide range of whiskies served on board by an attentive crew of 6, combine to ensure a truly memorable cruising experience.

Spirit of Scotland Barge Cruise Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Scottish Highlands
Scottish Highlands
Spirit of Scotland Barge Cruise Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Spirit of Scotland Barge
Spirit of Scotland Barge

Day 4: Banavie - Scottish Highlands Cruise

Your group excursion today will take you to the mystical area of Glencoe, renowned for its geographical beauty and famed for one of the darkest days in Scottish history. Alternatively, you can enjoy some breath-taking panoramic views on a cable car ride to the summit of Aonach Mor mountain. If time permits, you can visit the ruins of the 13th century, Old Inverlochy Castle, before embarking on your first cruise, through Moy Bridge, the last hand-operated bridge of its type on the Caledonian Canal. En route, you may visit the Clan Cameron Museum, before crossing Loch Lochy. Approaching the mooring at Laggan, a Highland Piper may be there to greet you with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music. Dinner on board.

Accommodation: Spirit of Scotland Barge
Spirit of Scotland Barge Cruise Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Glencoe
Glencoe

Day 5: Loch Ness - Scottish Highlands Cruise

On your excursion today, take in some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer as you drive to one of its best known and most photographed castles, Eilean Donan, which has featured in movies such as “Highlander” and James Bond’s “The World Is Not Enough”, and overlooks three sea lochs. Your afternoon cruise today heads across the very scenic Loch Oich, with the opportunity of enjoying a walk en route, then onto a pretty mooring at Kytra. Dinner on board.

Accommodation: Spirit of Scotland Barge
Spirit of Scotland Barge Cruise Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle

Day 6: Fort Augustus - Scottish Highlands Cruise

This morning, cruise to Fort Augustus and down the “flight” as the locals call it, to moor opposite the Benedictine Abbey at the entrance to Loch Ness. Enjoy time to explore this pretty village before having lunch on board. Next, you’ll visit the private Highland Club, a spectacular exclusive set of residences and a former 19th century Benedictine Monastery. Weather pending, you’ll be treated to a falconry and birds of prey demonstration on the banks of Loch Ness, the majesty of the swooping birds against the backdrop of the sweeping Scottish Highlands a sight not easily forgotten. This evening you’ll enjoy dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Spirit of Scotland Barge
Spirit of Scotland Barge Cruise Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Birds of Prey Demonstration
Birds of Prey Demonstration

Day 7: Loch Ness - Scottish Highlands Cruise

This morning, enjoy a picturesque cruise across world-famous Loch Ness, with perhaps a chance of spotting “Nessie”, before mooring at the hamlet of Dochgarroch. After lunch, visit Cawdor Castle, forever immortalized in Shakespeare’s 'Macbeth'. The picturesque gardens have been listed as being among the top 100 in the UK. The castle contains a superb collection of tapestries, pictures and furnishings, and is still in use as a home for the Dowager Countess of Cawdor who resides there for several months of the year. Then, visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746 and end your tour at the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic clan chieftain burial site dating back to 2,000 B.C. Dinner on board.

Accommodation: Spirit of Scotland Barge
Spirit of Scotland Barge Cruise Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Clava Cairn
Clava Cairn

Day 8: Muirtown - Scottish Highlands Cruise

Today, your final cruise brings you through Tomnahurich swing bridge and then the locks to the Muirtown area of Inverness, where there will be the opportunity to take a bicycle ride or walk to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. After lunch, you’ll visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746. Continue on to the Muir of Ord distillery, founded in 1838 by license holders Robert Johnstone and Donald MacLennan. Enjoy a fascinating description of the maturing and ageing process of their whiskies, each with its distinctive characteristics, followed by our special tasting of several single malts. Experience a memorable Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Accommodation: Spirit of Scotland Barge
Spirit of Scotland Barge Cruise Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Culloden Memorial
Culloden Memorial

Day 9: Inverness - Edinburgh

This morning you'll disembark from your barge, bidding your captain and crew farewell as you make landfall.

Upon disembarkation, you'll be transferred by minibus back to your initial meeting point.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for transfer to Edinburgh. Approximate travel time is 3 hours.

Accommodation: The Balmoral

Day 10: Edinburgh

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

The Balmoral : Edinburgh

For over a century, The Balmoral hotel has found a home at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, No. 1 Princes Street. A landmark in the center of the city, the historic building’s grand clock still dominates the skyline, while its enviable location, stunning views, warm hospitality and world-class facilities provide the perfect retreat. Find solace in one of the 188 guestrooms and suites, enjoy dinner in the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant, unwind in an award-winning spa, and take Afternoon Tea under exotic palm trees, accompanied by elegant music by a professional harpist. The Rocco Forte Collection's The Balmoral is a luxury hotel in every sense of the word.

Spirit of Scotland Barge Cruise Tours 2020 - 2021 -  The Balmoral Hotel
The Balmoral Hotel

Rocpool Reserve: Inverness

The discreet boutique hotel Rocpool Reserve offers first class luxury in the heart of Inverness - an invitation to come and indulge. Glow, not glitter. Quality, not quantity. With just 11 guestrooms, Rocpool Reserve will redefine the experience forever, as here, it's about elegance, not exhibitionism. Each room in this beautifully restored Georgian mansion includes exclusive, modern and elegant design, pulling in lavish features such as double voyeur showers, outdoor hot tubs, private balconies, or split level rooms. Rocpool Reserve offers an exquisite dining experience in the on-site a la carte restaurant, and an alluring cocktail bar with provocative, contemporary style. The overall result is an exclusive hideaway in the center of Inverness.

Spirit of Scotland Barge Cruise Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Rocpool Reserve Hotel
Rocpool Reserve Hotel
Spirit of Scotland Barge Cruise Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Rocpool Reserve
Rocpool Reserve

Spirit of Scotland Barge : Scottish Highlands Cruise

The Spirit of Scotland is an elegant hotel barge with extensive public areas inside and out that are perfect from which to admire the spectacular Highlands scenery in comfort as she sedately cruises the Caledonian Canal and the lochs of the Great Glen. Accommodating up to 12 passengers in comfort, her interior features a bright and spacious saloon and dining area with picture windows, a separate bar, and an integral forward wheelhouse giving views of the cruise route ahead. The 6 air-conditioned cabins offer a choice of twin or double beds, and are complemented by well-designed en suite washrooms with showers. Outside, there are separate areas where you can relax on a recliner or perhaps in the heated spa pool, as well as a covered dining terrace. The large upper sun deck is the ideal place to admire the breath-taking backdrop and historic landmarks. All this, together with the traditional Scottish cuisine, fine wines and wide range of whiskies served on board by an attentive crew of 6, combine to ensure a truly memorable cruising experience.

Spirit of Scotland Barge Cruise Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Spirit of Scotland Barge
Spirit of Scotland Barge
Spirit of Scotland Barge Cruise Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Bar & Lounge
Bar & Lounge

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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    Fantastic tour that met all our special requests! Our anniversary celebration was perfect! Our grandchildren made so many memories from playing in the fields of the farm to sailing through the fjords and eating desserts at all the bakeries! A marvellous intergenerational experience!

  • Julie S — July 05, 2019 — Europe

    Thank you to Daniel for making our family’s trip to Greece so enjoyable and memorable. We asked him for an “Instagram” worthy trip, and he delivered! The hotels on the islands were stunning, and our private tour guides at each stop easily accommodated our individual wishes. Our trip was the perfect mix of relaxation and exploration.

  • Elizabeth B — July 20, 2019 — Europe

    I cannot tell you how impressed we were with your services. Everything from the drivers to the hotels to guides was five stars! We never had to wait in line and were treated like royalty. I highly recommend the private boat ride/tour to Capri. It was fabulous! We had never been to Italy and left feeling like we learned so much. We fell in love with the people and culture. We cannot wait to have Kensington book our next adventure.

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    It was the first time we have used a company of this nature to manage our bookings. Most often I book my rooms, and tours, but after this experience, I would definetely use Kensington again for a trip of this type. Our Destination truly supported us and allowed us to make changes until the plan was just perfect for us. This truly showed when we were in country and everthing went off perfectly. I was worried to have other book items on my families behalf seeing as we were traveling with kids (age 8 and 10), but I feel our destination Expert did take that into account and it was perfect.

  • Lisa B — July 20, 2019 — Europe

    I cannot tell you how impressed we were with your services. Everything from the drivers to the hotels to guides was 5 stars! We never had to wait in line and were treated like royalty. I highly recommend the private boat ride/tour to Capri. It was fabulous! We had never been to Italy and left feeling like we learned so much. We fell in love with the people and culture. We cannot wait to have Kensington book our next adventure.

  • Kim E — July 14, 2019 — Europe

    This was the first time we have used a company of this nature to manage our bookings. Most often I book my own rooms, and tours, but after this experience I would definetely use Kensington again for a trip of this type. Our Destination truly supported us and allowed us to make changes until the plan was just perfect for us. This truly showed when we were in country and everthing went off perfectly. I was worried to have other book items on my families behalf seeing as we were traveling with kids (age 8 and 10) but I feel our destination Expert did take that into account and it was perfect.

  • Keith M — July 13, 2019 — Europe

    There is so much to say about this amazing family trip to northern Spain we just came home from, but in short, the trip was even more than we could have hoped for - From the planning to the tour guides, drivers and accommodations our needs were met and in most cases surpassed. There is no way the trip could have been as successful without the help of Maryanne from Kensington Tours and her team.

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    The trip overall was amazing and all the activities and travel plans went so very smoothly. Our whole familiy really enjoyed every day of the trip. Patrick McCallion, the expert from your agency who helped us, was awesome! He not only set up everything perfectly for us but helped us with reservations for dinners at fine dining places and answered many questions we had in advance. We did leave our glasses in the van at one point in Barcelona and had to contact the local agent who quickly retrieved the glasses for us without any problem. We highly recommend this agency given the quality of the experience, the smoothness of the itinerary, and the flexibility to tailored the experience to our needs. Thank

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    This was our 6th Kensington tour. We have gone as a couple on trips and taken our children sometimes to destinations all over the world. We have never been disappointed and have had the most personal and professional service. We would not even consider using anyone else. Thank you Alania for everything! Our most recent trip to Russia and Scandinavia was fabulous and perfectly planned!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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