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SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER

You have the choice of 2 itineraries in combination with a cruise on the Scottish Highlander:


Half-day cycle route

Sunday, Day 1INVERNESS TO DOCHGARRACH
At 4.00 p.m. we meet at the Glenmoriston Town House Hotel in Inverness and transfer to Scottish Highlander moored at nearby Tomnahurich bridge. Champagne Welcome followed by a short cruise to the sleepy riverside village of Dochgarroch. Enjoy the trout leaping in the River Ness just a short walk from the barge, before dinner aboard.
 
Monday, Day 2CULLODEN - FOYERS 25ml/40km 
Riding from Culloden to Inverness there are breathtaking views at every turn. Leaving Culloden we have the first opportunity to absorb the vastness of Loch Ness from the Moray Firth, at Inverness we join General Wade’s military road on the east shore of Loch Ness and cycle on to the village of Dores

From here the road hugs the bank of the loch, keep an eye open for “the Monster” in the deep dark waters as we look across to Urquhart Bay and the ruins of Urquhart Castle. This year there was a possible Nessy sighting at that spot, the Scottish Highlander and other large boats have been eliminated from the enquiry… We continue cycling to Foyers to enjoy the sights and sounds of the spectacular Falls of Foyers, the barge is moored a short cycle from here

Tuesday, Day 3FOYERS - LAGGAN 23ml/37km 
Cycling in the opposite direction of the river, we follow a road that follows its banks to the Upper Falls. The climb culminates in a green plateau, a spot to stop and enjoy, before plunging steeply to the Loch side village of Fort Augustus. We take the time to explore this pretty village and watch the boats pass slowly through the staircase of six canal locks. From here we cycle along the towpath for a level ride to Oich Bridge before branching off on to the forest track leading to Invergarry and Laggan

Wednesday, Day 4DRUMFERN - CORRAN 19ml/30km 
Returning from Glenfinnan we start the days cycle on the quiet minor road at Drumfern that runs alongside Loch Eil and on to Loch Linnhe. Across the water mighty Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain. stands proudly in front of us. Following the loch side road to Corran, we take a short cut back on a small ferry, hopefully spotting some seals along the way. The mini bus meets us from the ferry and transfers us to the barge at Banavie

Thursday, Day 5CLUNES - INVERGARRY - FORT AUGUSTUS 20ml/32km 
Taking a ride in the mini bus to Clunes, we join the Great Glen Cycle Route, which leads us along a fairly level forest track. This runs parallel to Loch Lochy for nine miles to Laggan before coming to another, slightly steeper, hilly section before we arrive at Invergarry. After lunch we take a steep path that climbs in to the forest before descending to Bridge of Oich. From here we use the relaxing canal towpath to Fort Augustus

Friday, Day 6MONIACK - DOCHGARROCH 17ml/27km 
Returning from a visit to Culloden and Moniack Castles, we take a scenic ride through the wooded region known as “The Aird”. The valley of the Moniack Burn is idyllic, as we cycle along the winding road we discover isolated farmhouses, quaint cottages and more beautiful mountain views. We stop by Loch Laide and visit Abriachan Gardens before continuing north to Blackfold, before arriving at an exciting one mile descent, taking us to the shore of Loch Ness and the short ride to Dochgarroch

Saturday, Day 7DOCHGARROCH TO INVERNESS
Passengers disembark for Inverness after a hearty Scottish breakfast.

Full Day Cycle Routes( for serious bikers)



Sunday, Dochgarroch - Cawdor Castle -- Nairn - Fort George 40ml/65km 
From Dochgarroch we follow the Caledonian Canal into Inverness. Continuing on to Culloden Battlefield, it was here that the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion ended in disaster for “Bonnie Prince Charlie” and the Scottish Clans. The pleasant ride continues eastwards to Shakespeare’s historic Cawdor Castle, whose beautiful gardens offer fine views over the Moray Firth. A few miles on we arrive at Nairn, known for its professional golf courses. Nairn is also home to a charming traditional Scottish seaside resort with wonderful beaches; from here we begin the return journey via the impressive eighteenth century military barracks of Fort George. We return to the barge from here by bus

Monday, Day 2Arnisdale - Laggan 40ml/64km 
A spectacular days journey through some of the most remote countryside in Scotland. We travel by bus to the Sound of Sleat, which separates the Isle of Skye from the mainland. The ride starts from the remote village of Arnisdale, for the first nine miles the strenuous mountain bike ride takes us through beautiful countryside to Kinloch Hourne. Here a surfaced road takes us along Loch Quoich, through forest to Glen Garry and on to Invergarry, finishing at Laggan

Tuesday, Day 3Laggan - Banavie 20ml/32km 
At Laggan we join the Great Glen Cycle Route, the track leads us through South Laggan Forest along the shoreline of Loch Lochy. The minor road from Clunes, boasting splendid views of Scotland’s highest mountain ‘Ben Nevis’, joins up with the canal towpath for the final stretch in to Banavie

Wednesday, Day 4Mountain Biking around Fort William 
We start the day with a relaxing ride on the Gondolas that scale a 2000 ft. slope up to Aonach Moor, where there are magnificent views of the mountains and valleys of the region. It is possible for experienced riders to cycle down the mountain on a prepared path, though most ordinary mortals choose to hitch a Gondola to a more reasonable altitude and follow one of the many routes in Leanachan Forest, which also have wonderful views of the surrounding lochs and mountains

Thursday, Day 5Fort Augustus - Drumnadrochit 23ml/37km 
By following the forest track of the Great Glen’s Cycle Way, which has some stamina-testing steep hills, we are rewarded by beautiful views of Loch Ness and the mountains beyond. The forest is home to a variety of wildlife ranging from the more common deer to majestic golden eagles. Leaving the forest we head for the minor road that leads to Drumandrochit and our barge

Friday, Day 6DRUMANDROCHT - DOCHGARROCH  
Returning from a visit to Culloden and Moniack Castles, we take a scenic ride through the wooded region known as “The Aird”. The valley of the Moniack Burn is idyllic, as we cycle along the winding road we discover isolated farmhouses, quaint cottages and more beautiful mountain views. We stop by Loch Laide and visit Abriachan Gardens before continuing north to Blackfold, before arriving at an exciting one mile descent, taking us to the shore of Loch Ness and the short ride to Dochgarroch

Saturday, Day 7
DOCHGARROCH TO INVERNESS
Passengers disembark for Inverness after a hearty Scottish breakfast.

 

2017 Rates

Scottish Highlander
Accommodations Rate Type Rate Amount
Charter 2 passengers wholeboat Regular 25000
Charter 2 passengers wholeboat Value 22000
Charter 6 passengers wholeboat Regular 33900
Charter 6 passengers wholeboat Value 29500
Charter 7 passengers wholeboat Regular 35200
Charter 7 passengers wholeboat Value 30500
Charter 8 passengers wholeboat Regular 36500
Charter 8 passengers wholeboat Value 31500
Single supplement Regular 1750
Single supplement Value 1500
Stateroom per person Regular 4750
Stateroom per person Value 4090
Suite per person Regular 5450
Suite per person Value 4690

 

Departure Dates (Sunday) Rate Type Route
Oct 01, 08,15,22 Value Caledonian Canal
Sep 24 Value Caledonian Canal
September 03,10,17 Regular Caledonian Canal
Aug 06,13,20,27 Regular Caledonian Canal
July 02,09,16,23,30 Regular Caledonian Canal
June 04,11,18,25 Regular Caledonian Canal

2018 Rates

Scottish Highlander
Accommodations Rate Type Rate Amount
Stateroom per person Value 4190
Stateroom per person Regular 4890
Suite per person Value 4850
Suite per person Regular 5650
Single supplement Value 1550
Single supplement Regular 1800
Charter 2 passengers wholeboat Value 26500
Charter 2 passengers wholeboat Regular 29700
Charter 6 passengers wholeboat Value 20500
Charter 6 passengers wholeboat Regular 34900
Charter 7 passengers wholeboat Regular 36200
Charter 8 passengers wholeboat Value 32500
Charter 8 passengers wholeboat Regular 37500
Charter 7 passengers wholeboat Value 31500

 

Departure Dates (Sunday) Rate Type Route
May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24 Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Aug 5, 12, 19, 26 Sep 2, 9, 16 Regular Caledonian Canal
Sept 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21 Value Caledonian Canal
April 08,15,22, May 6 Value Caledonian Canal

 

Meeting Points
Scotland - Dochgarroch to Banavie - Inverness - The Glenmoriston Town House, Ness Bank
Highlands Cruise - Sunday 4pm.  Return to Fort William by 10:30am

Banavie to Dochgarroch - Fort William - The Line Tree Hotel - Sunday 4pm.  Return to Inverness by 10:30am

Individual Bookings: Child 12 to 17 years traveling with an adult $300 reduction
Charter bookings: Child reduction of $300 applicable for all children aged 0-17 years.

-  All cruises require a minimum of 2 passengers to guarantee departures.

Golf Cruises are available for charter groups at a supplement of $800 per person. Please contact us for itinerary. (non-golfers in the group do not pay the supplement)

*Cycling Cruises are available for charter groups at a supplement of $3000 per charter. Please contact us for itinerary.

*Walking Cruises are available for charter groups at a supplement of $2200 per charter. Please contact us for itinerary.

*Fishing Cruises are available for charter groups.  Please contact us for pricing and itinerary.

- Family Cruises are available for charter groups.  Please contact us for itinerary.  No supplement applies.

 

plan of scottish highlander

 

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