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”.
4:00 PM, Glenmoriston Town House, InvernessNote: Pickup locations may be TBD on charter bookings.
9:45 to 11:00 AM, Central Location InvernessNote: dropoff locations may be TBD on charter bookings.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Breakfast and Farewell|
|After breakfast, disembark Scottish Highlander and transfer to the designated drop-off point.|
|Stateroom Per Person||$4,590||$5,350|
|Suite Per Person||$5,290||$6,190|
|Charter 2 Passenger||$29,000||$33,000|
|Charter 6 Passenger||$33,100||$38,200|
|Charter 7 Passenger||$34,300||$39,600|
|Charter 8 Passenger||$35,500||$41,000|
Airfare to and from your destination, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)