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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Scottish Highlander' - Caledonian Canal & Loch Ness 2020


7 days from $4,590

Limited to 8 guests

Cruise a scenic route along canal, loch and river on the graceful 'Scottish Highlander,' savoring traditional Scottish fare. Explore ancient castles and forts, visit one of Scotland's oldest whisky distilleries, and keep an eye out for Nessie as you cruise fabled Loch Ness.
'Scottish Highlander' - Caledonian Canal & Loch Ness Vessel

Vessel Information

117 feet long, 16.5 feet wide air conditioning and central heating throughout

Capacity for 8 guests in 1 double/twin suite and 3 double/twin cabins, each outward facing with en suite bathroom

Salon with stereo system and assortment of CDs

Outer deck includes all-weather, guest-friendly bridge with depth sounder, radar and fish finder

Bicycles provided

Internet access (limited in some areas)

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

Deck Plan
Day 1
SUNDAY

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

'Scottish Highlander'
Meals: Dinner
Day 2
MONDAY

At Culloden Moor, see the site of the last major battle on British soil in 1746. Then, visit Tomatin Distillery, producer of award-winning whisky since 1897, for a tour and tasting.

'Scottish Highlander'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
TUESDAY

Visit 14th-century Cawdor Castle* with its beautifully landscaped gardens and superb collection of tapestries, paintings and furniture. Cruise Loch Ness in search of its infamous monster — said to inhabit the murky waters, which are over 700 feet deep. Visit the imposing ruins of Urquhart Castle, set on a rocky peninsula on the banks of Loch Ness, making a scenic stop at Invermoriston Falls.

'Scottish Highlander'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
WEDNESDAY

Cruise up a staircase of five locks in the village of Fort Augustus, continuing to the pretty village of Cullochy. Experience a falconry display at the Highland Club, getting up close and personal with an array of birds demonstrating their flying skills. Dinner is ashore tonight at a local restaurant.

'Scottish Highlander'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
THURSDAY

Explore romantic Eilean Donan Castle this morning, the idyllic setting for films such as Highlander and James Bond's The World Is Not Enough. Cruise on scenic Loch Oich to Laggan Locks, the overnight mooring.

'Scottish Highlander'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
FRIDAY

Cruise across Loch Lochy, cruising through the locks of Neptune's Staircase, to moor at Banavie. Visit the evocative battlefields of Glencoe, scene of an infamous 17th-century massacre — one of the darkest days in Scottish history. Later, gather for a farewell dinner on board your barge.

'Scottish Highlander'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
SATURDAY

After breakfast, transfer to Inverness where your journey ends.

Meals: Breakfast

*Cawdor Castle is visited during cruises from May 3 through Sep 20. 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.

Book a 2021 cruise at 2020 pricing when you reserve by May 31, 2020. Contact A&K for details.


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

  • Departing Every Sunday Between Apr 12 - May 3, 2020
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    Cabin
    Price
    $4,590
    Single Supplement
    $1,700
    Cabin Class
    Suite
    Price
    $5,290
    Single Supplement
    $1,700
    Cabin Class
    Private Charter
    Price
    $35,500
    Single Supplement
    N/A
    How many people are travelling in your group?
  • Departing Every Sunday Between May 10 - Sep 27, 2020
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    Cabin
    Price
    $5,350
    Single Supplement
    $1,950
    Cabin Class
    Suite
    Price
    $6,190
    Single Supplement
    $1,950
    Cabin Class
    Private Charter
    Price
    $41,000
    Single Supplement
    N/A
    How many people are travelling in your group?
  • Departing Every Sunday Between Oct 4 - Oct 25, 2020
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    Cabin
    Price
    $4,590
    Single Supplement
    $1,700
    Cabin Class
    Suite
    Price
    $5,290
    Single Supplement
    $1,700
    Cabin Class
    Private Charter
    Price
    $35,500
    Single Supplement
    N/A
    How many people are travelling in your group?
Journey Details

Minimum age for Individual Travel is 12 years.

Reduced pricing available for Private Charters of 6-7 guests or Honeymoon Charters for 2.

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


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