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Scottish Highlander

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From $4,190 per person

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Special Offer

  • 20% off charter bookings October 15
    • Book by Oct 13
  • 10% off 2018 charters - April 8, 15, 22 & 29
    • Book by Sept 15
    • All specials apply to new bookings only
Print Boat Info

The Scottish Highlander is a delightful barge with charm and the utmost comfort, as you cruise Scotland’s Great Glen deep in the Highlands. Enjoy some of the finest scenery, golf and castles Scotland has to offer. This vessel accommodates eight passengers and comes furnished with a spacious salon and large sun deck. Her first class crew and excellent cuisine makes life on board a true“Scottish Paradise”.

Boat Details

Number of Cabins: 4
Crew: 4
Cruise Length: 6 nights
Departure Day: Sunday

Cabin Information

Suite - Cameron
  • Twin or Queen
  • 147 sq ft
Stateroom 1 - MacKintosh
  • Twin or Queen
  • 115 sq ft
Stateroom 2 - Fazer
  • Twin or Queen
  • 115 sq ft
Stateroom 3 - MacPherson
  • Twin or Queen
  • 115 sq ft
Note: All cabin sizes are approximate.

Boat Amenities

A/C
Bicycles
Heater
Books & Games
Open Bar
Transfers
WIFI
Music System

Cabin Amenities

A/C
Hairdryers
Heating
Windows that open
Bathrobes
Opening Portholes

Pickup Location

4:00 PM, Glenmoriston Town House, Inverness

Note: Pickup locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Dropoff Location

9:45 to 11:00 AM, Central Location Inverness

Note: dropoff locations may be TBD on charter bookings.
Muirtown to Banavie
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to Scottish Highlander moored at Muirtown. A champagne welcome by the Captain and crew and perhaps an early evening stroll to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. Dinner on board. 
 
Monday
Muirtown to Dochgarroch
Our first cruise will take us up the Muirtown lock flight and through Tomnahurich swing bridge, with an option to walk alongside the delightful River Ness to the hamlet of Dochgarroch. After lunch on board, 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 is still in use as a home for the Dowager Countess of Cawdor who resides there for several months of the year. Then we visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746 and end our tour at the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic clan chieftain burial site dating back to 2,000 B.C. Dinner on board.
 
Tuesday
Dochgarroch to Fort Augustus
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 aging process of single and blended malts is followed, of course, by a tasting. Our cruise today will take us through Loch Dochfour past the Burton family estate and down the world famous Loch Ness with perhaps a chance of spotting “Nessie” before arriving at Fort Augustus. Dinner on board. 
 
Wednesday
Fort Augustus
After breakfast, our cruise will take us up the “flight”, as the locals call it, at Fort Augustus. Then, we encounter some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer as we take a drive to one of Scotland’s 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". The idyllic setting betrays the castle's tactical importance as it also overlooks three sea lochs. This evening we have dinner ashore at a local restaurant. 
 
Thursday
Fort Augustus to Laggan Locks
In the morning we again encounter some of Scotland’s bloody past as we visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness. A short film explains some of the history from St Columba's day to the present with a spectacular finale. A gentle drive will take us back to the Invermoriston Falls and a chance to see the “Old Bridge” designed by Thomas Telford. If you are very lucky you may even see a salmon leaping. The afternoon cruise can again be partially walked and will take us through stunning Loch Oich and onto the Laggan Avenue, often described as the prettiest part of the canal. As we approach Laggan, our Highland Piper may be there to greet us with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music. Dinner on board. 
 
Friday
Laggan to Banavie
Our final cruise will see us sail along Loch Lochy where we will also encounter Moy Bridge, the last, original and fully hand-operated bridge on the Caledonian Canal before mooring 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 and ethereal area called Glencoe, known for its geographical beauty and famed for one of the darkest days in Scottish history. If time permits, we also visit the ruins of the 13th century Old Inverlochy Castle, the original site of a Pictish fortress said to have been attacked by the Vikings. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board. 
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
After breakfast, disembark Scottish Highlander and transfer to the designated drop-off point. 

Regional Specialties

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Munro of Marinated Salmon 

Pheasant Breast with Horseradish Sauce 

Navarin of Lamb with Thyme, Parsley and Bay Leaf 

Chicken Breasts with Raspberry Vinegar

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Wine Cellar 

A good selection of French and New World wines, complimented by assorted single malt whiskeys and 80 Shilling Ales

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Cheese Board 

Scottish Brie 

Whisky Chase 

Stratdown Blue 

Orkney Smoked

2017 RATES
ACCOMMODATION   VALUE REGULAR
Stateroom Per Person    $4,190 $4,890
Suite Per Person   $4,850 $5,650
Single Supplement   $1,550 $1,800 
Charter 2 Passenger   $23,000  $26,000 
Charter 6 Passenger   $30,500 $34,900
Charter 7 Passenger   $31,500 $36,200
Charter 8 Passenger   $32,500 $37,500

Cruise cost includes

Six night accommodations, chauffeured transfers from Inverness to the barge and return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of bicycles

Cruise cost does not include

Airfare to and from your destination, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

2017 CRUISING SCHEDULE
DEPARTURE DATE ROUTE RATE SEASON
April 9, 16, 23, 30 Fort William (Banavie) to  Inverness (Muirtown) Value 
May 7 Inverness (Muirtown) - Fort William (Banavie)  Value 
May 14, 21, 28 Fort William (Banavie) - Inverness (Muirtown)  Regular
June 4, 11, 18, 25 Inverness (Muirtown) - Fort William (Banavie)  Regular
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Fort William (Banavie) - Inverness (Muirtown)  Regular 
Aug 6, 13, 20, 27 Inverness (Muirtown) - Fort William (Banavie)  Regular 
Sept 3, 10, 17 Fort William (Banavie) - Inverness (Muirtown)  Regular 
Sept 24 Inverness (Muirtown) - Fort William (Banavie)  Regular 
Oct 1, 8, 15, 22 Fort William (Banavie) - Inverness (Muirtown)  Value