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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Spirit of Scotland' - Caledonian Canal & Loch Ness 2018

7 days from $4,450

Limited to 12 guests


Savings available on select cabin dates. Contact A&K for details.

New for 2018, 'Spirit of Scotland' is the perfect place to admire the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands in serenity and comfort. Sedately cruising the Caledonian Canal and the lochs of the Great Glen, she evokes the style of the traditional steamers that operated here in days gone by. Her bright and spacious salon has large picture windows as well as separate bar and dining areas. On board, enjoy delectable Scottish cuisine and a selection of local whiskies that immerse you in the local culinary culture. View the route ahead from the unique forward wheelhouse, relax in a recliner, or lounge in the heated spa pool on the expansive sun deck. Go ashore to explore romantic castles and storied lochs, visit historic battlefields and sample whiskies at a distillery. Family, golf and Whisky Trail theme cruises are available for chartering parties with special interests.

Spirit of Scotland Deck Plan

Vessel Information

126 feet long, 17 feet wide with air conditioning and central heating

Capacity for 12 guests in 6 double/twin cabins, each outward facing with en suite bathroom

Salon with stereo system, television and assortment of CDs/DVDs

Rooftop sun deck, partially shaded with spa tub

Guest-friendly wheelhouse with depth sounder, radar & fish finder

Bicycles provided

Internet access (limited in some areas)

All meals and beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) included

Deck Plan
Day 1

Meet in Inverness and transfer to 'Spirit of Scotland,' moored at Banavie. After a welcome reception, perhaps enjoy an early evening stroll before dinner on board.

'Spirit of Scotland'
Meals: Dinner
Day 2

Visit the evocative battlefields of Glencoe, scene of an infamous 17th-century massacre — one of the darkest days in Scottish history. After lunch, your barge cruises across Loch Lochy to the overnight mooring at Laggan Locks.

'Spirit of Scotland'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

Explore romantic Eilean Donan Castle, the idyllic setting for films such as Highlander and the James Bond adventure The World is Not Enough. A scenic cruise on Loch Oich offers walking opportunities along the way. Tonight, moor at peaceful Cullochy.

'Spirit of Scotland'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

Cruise to Fort Augustus to descend its flight of five locks and moor opposite a Benedictine abbey. After lunch, visit the spectacular ruins of Urquhart Castle, set on a rocky peninsula on the banks of Loch Ness. Continue to Invermoriston Falls with its old bridge designed by Thomas Telford. Dine ashore this evening at a local restaurant.

'Spirit of Scotland'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5

Cruise scenic Loch Ness, keeping an eye peeled for its fabled monster, said to inhabit the murky waters, which are over 700 feet deep. After lunch, visit 14th-century Cawdor Castle, with its beautifully landscaped gardens and superb collection of tapestries, paintings and furniture. At Culloden Moor, view the site of the last pitched battle on British soil in 1746. Continue to Clava Cairns, a prehistoric clan burial site dating from 2,000 BC.

'Spirit of Scotland'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6

'Spirit of Scotland' cruises past the opened Tomnahurich swing bridge today, continuing to its final mooring at Muirtown. Visit the Glen Ord whisky distillery, which has been producing one of Scotland's best-known exports since 1838. Enjoy an explanation of the single and blended malt aging process followed by a tasting. Later, gather for a farewell dinner on board your barge.

'Spirit of Scotland'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7

After breakfast, transfer to Inverness where your journey ends.

Meals: Breakfast

Cawdor Castle is visited during cruises from Apr 29 through Sep 30. Cruises before or after these dates will visit historic Fort George instead.

Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.

2019 Travel / 2019 prices available on request. Please contact A&K for details.

Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy unless noted as charter. Contact A&K for availability.

  • Departing Every Sunday Between September 23 - October 27
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Journey Details

Minimum age (for Independent Bookings) is 12 years old.

Reduced pricing available for Private Charters of 8-11 guests.

Family, golf or Whisky Trail theme cruises available for Private Charters (supplements may apply).

Special Offer Terms & Conditions

New bookings only. Offers subject to availability and may be withdrawn at anytime.

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