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'Scottish Highlander'- Caledonian Canal & Loch Ness

Canal Barge Cruises: Tranquil voyages along Europe's scenic canals and rivers

Itinerary

Day 1: SUNDAY

Meet in Inverness for transfer to ‘Scottish Highlander,’ moored at Muirtown. After a champagne welcome, cruise along the picturesque, heather-lined canal.

'Scottish Highlander'   |   Meals: D
Day 2: MONDAY

Visit 14th-century Cawdor Castle with its beautifully landscaped gardens and superb collection of tapestries, paintings and furniture. Continue to Culloden Moor, the site of the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746. Then cruise to Fort Augustus, passing the shores of Loch Ness with its fabled “monster,” to moor near Fort Augustus Abbey.

'Scottish Highlander'   |   Meals: B,L,D
Day 3: TUESDAY

Cruise up the staircase of five locks through the village of Fort Augustus. After lunch, visit Urquhart Castle, a ruined stronghold strategically positioned on a rocky peninsula on the banks of Loch Ness. Dine this evening at a local restaurant.

'Scottish Highlander'   |   Meals: B,L,D
Day 4: WEDNESDAY

After a morning cruise to Cullochy Locks via Kytra, drive through Glenmoriston and highland countryside to romantic Eilean Donan Castle, the idyllic setting for the 1986 film Highlander.

'Scottish Highlander'   |   Meals: B,L,D
Day 5: THURSDAY

Leave Cullochy Locks for a morning cruise via two locks at Laggan through Lochs Oich and Lochy to Gairlochy. At Spean Bridge, visit the World War II Commando Memorial overlooking the town and shop for traditional knitwear and tweeds at the Woollen Mill. Then take the gondola ride to the summit of Aonach Mòr in the Ben Nevis range.

'Scottish Highlander'   |   Meals: B,L,D
Day 6: FRIDAY

Visit the evocative battlefields of Glencoe, setting for the third Harry Potter film. Return to ‘Scottish Highlander’ by way of the Ben Nevis distillery for insight into the secrets of whisky making (including a wee dram or two). Your final cruise to Banavie is via Neptune’s Staircase, a spectacular flight of eight locks. Later, gather for a farewell dinner on board your barge.

'Scottish Highlander'   |   Meals: B,L,D
Day 7: SATURDAY

After breakfast, transfer to Inverness where your journey ends.

Meals: B

Cruise itinerary operates in reverse direction on alternate weeks.

Canal Barge Cruising in Europe is a relaxed way of travel that is inherently flexible and subject to change. The above itinerary is an example of the places you may see and visit during your cruise; your actual itinerary may vary.

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