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 - Cullochy
After breakfast the barge will cruise up the 'flight', at Fort Augustus and then onto the pretty mooring at Cullochy. You will visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle in a spectacular setting overlooking Loch Ness. You will also have the option of a gentle drive to the Invermoriston Falls and the “Old Bridge” designed by Thomas Telford where you may even see a salmon leaping, or perhaps a visit to the Clansmen Centre in Fort Augustus for a demonstration of traditional Scottish crafts including kilt-making. Dinner will be ashore at a local restaurant.
Day 5: Cullochy - Laggan Locks
This morning you may enjoy some of Scotland's finest scenery as you are driven to one of the best known castles, Eilean Donan, which has featured in films such as "Highlander" and James Bond's "The World Is Not Enough" and overlooks three sea lochs. In the afternoon cruise to Loch Oich, perhaps stopping en route for a spot of fishing, and onto the pretty Laggan Avenue. As the barge approaches Laggan, our Highland Piper may greet us with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music.
Day 6: Laggan - Banavie
This morning the barge will cross Loch Lochy passing Gairlochy where there will be an option to visit the nearby Spean Bridge Woollen Mill or perhaps the Clan Cameron Museum. You then continue onto 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 your tour takes you to the mystical battlefield of Glencoe famed for one of the darkest days in Scottish history. Alternatively enjoy some breath-taking panoramic views on a cable-car ride to the summit of Aonarch Mor mountain. 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 (Please note that the Cawdor Castle excursion is available between 30th April and 1st October 2017 only)
- 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