€3,490 Per Person
- Country / RegionScotland /
- Duration7 Days/6 Nights
- Cruise CodeBTSCO0716
- ItineraryMuirtown to Banavie
- Max Passengers8
- Cruise HighlightsAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary Drinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusion Sun deckTransportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions Activity Use of bicyclesMeals Gourmet meals paired with wine and cheeseItinerary Cruise between Muirtown and BanavieInclusion WiFi on board
Scottish Highlander is a luxurious and spacious hotel barge that cruises along the Great Glen and the canals of Loch Ness. It features four en-suite cabins, a saloon and sundeck. This beautiful barge can accommodate up to eight passengers.
- All-inclusive 6-night/7-day cruise
- Daily excursions and entry fees to:
- Glen Ord whisky distillery
- Walk along the River Ness to the hamlet of Dochgarroch
- Urquhart Castle, overlooking the Loch Ness
- Eilean Donan 13th-century castle, pictured on many Scottish shortbread tins
- Cawdor Castle and its gardens, home to Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'
- Culloden Moor, scene of the last battle on British soil in 1746
- Excellent walking and fishing opportunities
- All gourmet meals and open-bar 24/7
- Attentive service from 4 crew members
- Transfers between Inverness and Scottish Highlander
- Cruise from April to October/Sunday departures
- Short cruises available from 3 nights
- Bookings available by the cabin. Alternatively, this barge may be fully chartered for the exclusive use of your group.
Munro of Marinated Salmon; Rack of Lamb on a Scotch Broth Risotto with Mint infused Olive Oil; Fillet of Aberdeen Angus Beef with a Sherry and Wild Mushroom Sauce; Hickory Smoked Venision with Candied Walnuts and Blue Cheese
Single Malt Whiskies Served Aboard
Laphroaig 10 Year Old; Lagavulin 16 Year Old; Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old; Bowmore 12 Year Old; Isle of Jura 10 Year Old; Talisker 10 Year Old; Highland Park 12 Year Old; Macallan 10 Year Old Fine Oak; Glen Ord 12 Year Old; Benromach Speyside 10 Year Old
Isle of Kintyre Mature Cheddar; Scottish Brie; Whisky Chase; Dunsyre Blue; Connage Smoked; Lanark Blue; Caboc; Gruth Dhu; Black Crowdie; Strathdon Blue; Bonchester
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Muirtown to Banavie
Day 1, Sunday
Guests are met at the Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel in Inverness and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Scottish Highlander. Champagne Welcome and perhaps an early evening stroll to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. Dinner on board.
Day 2, Monday
Our first cruise will take us up the Muirtown lock flight and through Tomnahurich swing bridge, with an option to walk alongside River Ness to the hamlet of Dochgarroch. After lunch on board, on our tour today we drive through stunning hilly scenery to take a closer look at one of Scotland’s best known exports, whisky, at the Glen Ord distillery, founded in 1838 on the Black Isle by the Mackenzies of Ord. A fascinating description of the maturing and ageing process of single and blended malts is followed by our special tasting. Dinner on board.
Day 3, Tuesday
This morning, we enjoy Cawdor Castle**, forever immortalised in Shakespeare’s “Scottish Play”, Macbeth. The picturesque gardens have been listed as being amongst the top 100 in the UK. The castle contains a superb collection of tapestries, pictures and furnishings and the Dowager Countess of Cawdor still lives there for part of the year. Then, we visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746. If there is time, we end our tour at the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic clan chieftain burial site dating back to 2,000 B.C. Our cruise today is through Loch Dochfour and down Loch Ness with perhaps a chance of spotting “Nessie” before arriving at Fort Augustus. Dinner on board.
Day 4, Wednesday
After breakfast, our cruise takes us up the “flight”, as the locals call it, at Fort Augustus and then on to our pretty mooring at Cullochy. Later, we encounter some of Scotland’s bloody past as we visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle in a spectacular setting overlooking Loch Ness, then take a gentle drive to the Invermoriston Falls and the “Old Bridge” designed by Thomas Telford where you may even see a salmon leaping. This evening we have dinner ashore at a local restaurant.
Day 5, Thursday
This morning, we take in some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer as we 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. The afternoon cruise today can be partially walked as we cross the very scenic Loch Oich, perhaps stopping en route for a spot of fishing, and onto the pretty Laggan Avenue. As we approach Laggan, our Highland Piper may greet us with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music. Dinner on board.
Day 6, Friday
Our final cruise today will see us cross Loch Lochy, passing Gairlochy, where there is the option to visit the Clan Cameron Museum. We continue on to Moy Bridge, the last fully hand-operated bridge on the canal to moor at Banavie beneath Ben Nevis and a stroll from Neptune’s Staircase leading down to Loch Eil. After lunch on board, our tour today takes us to the mystical battlefield of Glencoe, famed for one of the darkest days in Scottish history. Alternatively, we can enjoy some breath-taking panoramic views on a cable car ride to the summit of Aonach Mor mountain. If time permits, we can also visit the ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Inverness.
Note: On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. Please note that the Cawdor Castle excursion is available between 30th April and 1st October 2018 only. An alternative excursion to Fort George will replace it either side of these dates.
Scottish Highlander Deck Plan
- 4 crew
- 36 metres long
- 4 twin/double en-suite cabins (11 - 14 sqm)
- Centrally heated
- 8 bicycles available on board
- CD player, iPod dock and sonic fish finder
- WiFi (subject to local reception)
- Air-conditioned minibus
Dates & Prices
Rates for 2018
Departure Dates Stateroom per person Suite per person Single Supplement April 1,8, 15, 22, 29 3,490 Euros 4,090 Euros 1,300 Euros May 6 3,490 Euros 4,090 Euros 1,300 Euros May 13, 20, 27 4,090 Euros 4,750 Euros 1,500 Euros June 3, 10, 17, 24 4,090 Euros 4,750 Euros 1,500 Euros July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 4,090 Euros 4,750 Euros 1,500 Euros August 5, 12, 19, 26 4,090 Euros 4,750 Euros 1,500 Euros September 2, 9, 16 4,090 Euros 4,750 Euros 1,450 Euros September 23, 30 3,490 Euros 3,090 Euros 1,300 Euros October 7, 14, 21 3,490 Euros 3,090 Euros 1,300 Euros
Charter (Whole Barge)
Departure Dates Charter 2 ppl Charter 6 ppl Charter 7 ppl Charter 8 ppl April 8, 15, 22, 29 21,900 Euros 25,600 Euros 26,300 Euros 27,000 Euros May 6 21,900 Euros 25,600 Euros 26,300 Euros 27,000 Euros May 13, 20, 27 24,900 Euros 29,500 Euros 30,400 Euros 31,300 Euros June 3, 10, 17, 24 24,900 Euros 29,500 Euros 30,400 Euros 31,300 Euros July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 24,900 Euros 29,500 Euros 30,400 Euros 31,300 Euros August 5, 12, 19, 26 24,900 Euros 29,500 Euros 30,400 Euros 31,300 Euros September 2, 9, 16 24,900 Euros 29,500 Euros 30,400 Euros 31,300 Euros September 23, 30 21,900 Euros 25,600 Euros 26,300 Euros 27,000 Euros October 7, 14, 21 21,900 Euros 25,600 Euros 26,300 Euros 27,000 Euros
Theme Cruise Supplement
Theme Available For Supplement Family Charter up to 8 ppl None Golf Charter up to 8 ppl 750 Euros per passenger Honeymoon For 2 ppl Refer to cruise rates
Family cruises include a tailor-made itinerary taking into consideration the ages and interests of all those in the group. Baby and child equipment can be provided at no extra cost including children’s bikes, car seats, cots, high chairs etc. Children under 18 years receive a discount on many vessels.
Golf cruises include four pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the golf clubs. Hire of clubs, caddy or buggy not included. Only those golfing pay the supplement. A minimum of 4 passengers on a golf charter are required to play golf.
Honeymoon charters are available on all hotel barges but we highly recommend these 3 vessels for your special 6 night celebration.
Terms & Conditions
Prices shown in Euros and will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of €800 is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 90 days as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings.
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