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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Spirit of Scotland' - Caledonian Canal & Loch Ness 2020

7 days from $4,790 per person

Limited to 12 guests

Admire the breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands in comfort aboard 'Spirit of Scotland,' which evokes the style of traditional steamers that plied the waters in days gone by. Relax in the spacious salon with its large picture windows, or lounge in the heated spa pool on the expansive sun deck. Go ashore to explore romantic castles, visit historic battlefields and tour a distillery to learn about the whisky-making process.

Vessel Information

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

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. Experience a falconry display at the Highland Club, getting up close and personal with an array of birds demonstrating their flying skills. 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. Continue to Clava Cairns, a prehistoric clan burial site dating from 2000 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. Then visit Tomatin Distillery, producer of award-winning whisky since 1897, for a tour and 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 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.

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

  • 2020
  • Departing Every Sunday Between Oct 4 - October 25, 2020
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Journey Details

Minimum age for Individual Travel is 12 years.

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

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

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