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Spirit of Scotland - Whisky Trail Cruise

Spirit of Scotland - Whisky Trail Cruise

From
€37,100 Per Charter

Premier Class

 

Visit world-renowned distilleries and enjoy the beautiful scenery on board the beautiful Spirit of Scotland. Spirit of Scotland is a 12-passenger hotel barge that starts cruising on June 2017.

  • Country / Region
    Scotland /
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    SOCWHI0117
  • Itinerary
    Banavie to Muirtown
  • Cabins
    6
  • Max Passengers
    12
From
€37,100 Per Charter

Premier Class

 

Visit world-renowned distilleries and enjoy the beautiful scenery on board the beautiful Spirit of Scotland. Spirit of Scotland is a 12-passenger hotel barge that starts cruising on June 2017.

  • Country / Region
    Scotland /
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    SOCWHI0117
  • Itinerary
    Banavie to Muirtown
  • Cabins
    6
  • Max Passengers
    12
Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomDrinksDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksTransportation Transportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions Daily ExcursionsDaily Excursions Excursions and whisky distillery tasting as per the itineraryMealsMeals Gourmet meals paired with wine and cheeseInclusionsInclusions Sun deck, spa pool, use of bicycles, WiFi on board, etc.ItineraryItinerary Cruise between Banavie to Muirtown

Summary

Discover world-famous distilleries and admire the spectacular scenery on board the elegant Spirit of Scotland. She cruises along Caledonian Canal and the lochs of Great Glen. Spirit of Scotland can accommodate up to 12 passengers providing comfort and luxury with its well-appointed cabins. Enjoy traditional Scottish cuisine, fine wines and whiskies on board.

 

Cruise Highlights

  • Visit the world-renowned Dalwhinnie Distillery. Includes a tour, malt tasting paired with a selection of chocolates.
  • Enjoy Scottish music from a highland piper.
  • Discover one of the most photographed castles in the world, Eilean Donan.
  • Visit the Tomatin Distllery, a single malt Scotch whisky distillery founded in 1897.
  • Option to visit Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness.
  •  Cruise along the famous Loch Ness.
  • Tour the famous Glen Ord Distillery.
  • Cycle along the lovely towpaths and admire the scenery.

Inclusions

  • Local transfers between Inverness and the hotel barge
  • Luxury 6 night cruise
  • All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
  • Open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  • All wines served throughout the cruise
  • Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary
  • Services of 6 crew
  • Use of barge facilities including bicycles

Cruise Cuisine

Regional Specialities
Pheasant Breast with Horseradish Sauce; Marinated Wild Salmon with a Lemon Butter Sauce; Fillet of Aberdeen Angus Beef with Wild Mushrooms and Tarragon; Saddle of Venison with a Wild Berry Jus


Single Malt Whiskies Served Aboard
Benromach 10 Year old, Glenmorangie 10 Year Old, Lagavulin 16 Year Old, Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old, Glenfiddich 12 Year Old, Bowmore 12 Year Old, Isle of Jura 10 Year Old, Talisker 10 Year Old


Cheese Board
Criffel; Dunsyre Blue; Morangie Brie; Caithness; Strathdon Blue; Mull ok Kintyre Mature Cheddar; Crowdie


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Itinerary 

Banavie to Muirtown

Day 1, Sunday
Guests are met in Inverness and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Spirit of Scotland. A champagne welcome by the Captain and crew, before we enjoy an early evening cruise to Gairlochy through Moy Bridge, with the last hand-operated bridge of its type on the Caledonian Canal. Time to savour one of the hotel barge’s many single malts before your first dinner onboard.

Day 2, Monday
Our tour today takes us to the renowned Dalwhinnie Distillery, standing in the Cairngorms National Park. Here, we are given a tour of the distillery and taste some single malts paired with a selection of delicious chocolates. If time permits, on the drive back to the barge we can also visit the ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle. In the afternoon, we cross Loch Lochy and as we approach our mooring at Laggan, a Highland Piper may be there to greet us with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music. Dinner on board.

Day 3, Tuesday
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. Our afternoon cruise today takes us across the very scenic Loch Oich, perhaps stopping en route for a spot of fishing and enjoying a walk, then onto our pretty mooring at Cullochy. Dinner on board.

Day 4, Wednesday
This morning, we cruise to Fort Augustus and down the “flight” as the locals call it, to moor opposite the Benedictine Abbey at the entrance to Loch Ness. Later, we can visit the Tomatin Distillery nestled in rolling hills alongside the River Findhorn and founded in 1897. We are given an expert tour, followed by a tutored nosing and tasting of a range of single malts, including some from exclusive casks. Alternatively, we can encounter some of Scotland's bloody past and visit the majestic ruins of Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness, then a gentle drive will take us back to the Invermoriston Falls and the “Old Bridge” designed by Thomas Telford. You may even see a salmon leaping. This evening we are given a tutored private whisky tasting at a nearby hotel in Fort Augustus, The Lovat, followed by dinner in the fine dining restaurant. 

Day 5, Thursday
This morning we enjoy a picturesque cruise from Fort Augustus across world-famous Loch Ness, with perhaps a chance of spotting “Nessie”, before passing through Loch Dochfour and mooring at the hamlet of Dochgarroch. After lunch, we drive through some stunning scenery to visit 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, of course, by a tasting. Dinner on board.

Day 6, Friday
This morning, our final cruise will take us through Tomnahurich swing bridge and the locks to Muirtown, where there will be the opportunity to take a bicycle ride or walk to take in the wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. In the afternoon, we visit the Benromach Distillery near Forres, the smallest distillery on Speyside and run by Gordon & MacPhail of Elgin, a family business for over 100 years. Here we enjoy a guided tour and then a tutored tasting of the classic Benromach Speyside single malt whisky. On the way back to the barge, we can stop off at Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746, or visit the Inverness Whisky Shop to discover its huge range of specialist whiskies. 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.

Barge Details 

Spirit of Scotland Deck Plan

Spirit of Scotland

 

  • 126 feet long
  • 12 passengers
  • 6 crew
  • 6 Twin/Double staterooms
  • Covered terrace
  • Separate cabin for tour leader
  • Rooftop sun deck
  • Centrally heated
  • TV/DVD player in cabins
  • 2 air-conditioned mini buses
  • Spa pool
  • Air conditioned
  • 6 touring bikes
  • WiFi (Subject to local reception)
Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2018

Departure Dates Stateroom per person Single Supplement
April 8, 15, 22, 29 3,690 Euros 1,350 Euros
May 6 3,690 Euros 1,350 Euros
May 13, 20, 27 4,290 Euros 1,600 Euros
June 3, 10, 17, 24 4,290 Euros 1,600 Euros
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 4,290 Euros 1,600 Euros
August 5, 12, 19, 26 4,290 Euros 1,600 Euros
September 2, 9, 16 4,290 Euros 1,600 Euros
September 23, 30 3,690 Euros 1,350 Euros
October 7, 14, 21 3,690 Euros 1,350 Euros

Charter (Whole Barge)

Departure Dates Charter 8 ppl Charter 9 ppl Charter 10 ppl Charter 11 ppl Charter 12 ppl
April 8, 15, 22, 29 37,100 Euros 38,400 Euros 39,400 Euros 40,400 Euros 41,400 Euros
May 6 37,100 Euros 38,400 Euros 39,400 Euros 40,400 Euros 41,400 Euros
May 13, 20, 27 42,900 Euros 44,400 Euros 45,600 Euros 46,800 Euros 48,000 Euros
June 3, 10, 17, 24 42,900 Euros 44,400 Euros 45,600 Euros 46,800 Euros 48,000 Euros
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 42,900 Euros 44,400 Euros 45,600 Euros 46,800 Euros 48,000 Euros
August 5, 12, 19, 26 42,900 Euros 44,400 Euros 48,000 Euros 46,800 Euros 48,000 Euros
September 2, 9, 16 42,900 Euros 44,400 Euros 48,000 Euros 46,800 Euros 48,000 Euros
September 23, 30 37,100 Euros 38,400 Euros 39,400 Euros 40,400 Euros 41,400 Euros
October 7, 14, 21 37,100 Euros 38,400 Euros 39,400 Euros 40,400 Euros 41,400 Euros

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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