A local transfer will be provided to the barge, which will be moored in Muirtown.
Day 1: Muirtown
Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change. On alternate weeks, the cruise will run in the opposite direction. Transfer to the Scottish Highlander which will be moored at Muirtown. A Champagne Welcome will be followed by a short evening cruise along the heather-lined canal and dinner on board.
Day 2: Muirtown - Dochgarroch
This morning the barge cruises 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 enjoy scenic drive through stunning hillsides to 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 will be served aboard.
Day 3: Dochgarroch - Fort Augustus
This morning visit Cawdor Castle, forever immortalised in Shakespeare’s “Scottish Play”, Macbeth. 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. You will then visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746. The cruise continues through Loch Dochfour and down to Loch Ness with perhaps a chance of spotting “Nessie” before arriving at Fort Augustus.
Day 4: Fort Augustus
Today you will be able to enjoy some of Scotland's finest scenery as the barge winds its way to perhaps one of Scotland’s best known and most photographed castles, Eilean Donan. The castle has featured in a number of films including James Bond and Highlander. After lunch the cruise will take us up the “flight” at Fort Augustus. Tonight you can enjoy your evening meal in a local hotel.
Day 5: Fort Augustus - Laggan Locks
Leave Fort Augustus this morning and cruise to Laggan Locks, passing through Kytra and Cullochy Locks, across Loch Oich and through Laggan Avenue, where imposing woodlands stretch right down to the water's edge. After breakfast there will be a visit to Urquhart Castle and Invermoriston Falls where you may, if you are lucky, catch sight of wild salmon leaping upstream.
Day 6: Laggan - Banavie
This morning's visit takes you to the mystic battlefields of Glencoe. After you will also have the opportunity to visit a woollen shop in Fort William, displaying a fine selection of tweeds and traditional knitwear. In the afternoon cruise along Loch Lochy and you will also encounter Moy Bridge the last, original and fully hand operated bridge on the canal before mooring at Banavie. Tonight you will enjoy the Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7: Banavie
Disembark the Scottish Highlander this morning and take a local transfer to the designated drop off point for your onward journey.
Disembark in Banavie after breakfast on the last day for a transfer to Inverness.
- Six nights' accommodation on board Scottish Highlander
- Full board during the cruise (from dinner on day one to breakfast on the last day)
- Chauffeured and guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
- Use of bicycles
- Wines with lunch and dinner
- Open bar with a large selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
- Local transfers to and from the barge
- International transportation
- Personal insurance
- Crew gratuity