Barge

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER

Muirtown to Banavie

Sunday, Day 1 Muirtown

Guests are met at the **designated meeting point and transferred to Scottish Highlander moored at Muirtown. Champagne welcome and an early evening stroll to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Muirtown to Dochgarroch

This morning, 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. The other part of our tour will take you to Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746 that marked the end of the Jacobean rebellions. The cruise today 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. Dinner on board

Tuesday, Day 3 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 by our special tasting. We also visit the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic clan chieftain burial site dating back to 2000 BC. 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, Day 4 Fort Augustus

After breakfast, 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' "The World Is Not Enough". The idyllic setting betrays the castle's tactical importance as it also overlooks three sea lochs. Later our cruise will take us up the “flight”, as the locals call it, at Fort Augustus. This evening we have dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Thursday, Day 5 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 one Thomas Telford and if you are very lucky you may even see a salmon leaping. The cruise today can again be partially walked and will take us all the way 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 greets us with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Laggan to Banavie

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. The cruise today will see us sail along Loch Lochy, we will also encounter Moy Bridge the last, original and fully hand operated bridge on the canal before mooring at Banavie beneath Ben Nevis and a stroll from Neptune’s Staircase leading down to Loch Eil. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board

Saturday, Day 7 Banavie

Passengers disembark at 9.15 after a hearty Scottish breakfast for their transfer back to the **designated drop off point by minibus

 

Banavie to Muirtown

 

Sunday, Day 1 Banavie

Guests are met at the **designated meeting point in Inverness and then transfer you by private mini bus to the Scottish Highlander moored at Banavie. A champagne welcome by the Captain and crew is followed by dinner on board

Monday, Day 2 Banavie to Laggan Locks

After breakfast, we visit the mystical area of 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. After lunch we cruise to Moy Bridge, the last hand operated bridge of its type on the canal and on to Loch Lochy. Dinner on board

Tuesday, Day 3 Laggan Locks to Fort Augustus

This morning we will encounter some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer, as we wind our way to perhaps one of Scotland’s best known and most photographed castles Eilean Donan.  Eilean Donan has featured in movies like Highlander and James Bonds The World is Not Enough. The idyllic setting belays the castles tactical importance as it overlooks three sea lochs. After lunch, we cruise through Loch Oich and to the top of Fort Augustus flight. Dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Wednesday, Day 4 Fort Augustus

After breakfast we again encounter some of Scotland’s bloody past as we visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle on the shores of the world famous Loch Ness.  A short film gives the history from St Columba’s day up to the present with a “mind-blowing” finish.  A genteel drive will take us to Invermoriston Falls and a chance to see the “old bridge” designed by one Thomas Telford and also if you are very lucky you may just see a salmon leaping upstream. After lunch we cruise down the “flight” as locals call it, to the bottom of Fort Augustus where you will be able to drink in the charm of this wee highland gem. Dinner on board

Thursday, Day 5 Fort Augustus to Dochgarroch

This morning, we visit Cawdor Castle, forever immortalised in Shakespeare’s “Scottish Play” or Macbeth as non actors know it. The gardens have been listed as being amongst the top 100 in the UK and the castle also 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 7 months of the year. We then visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746 that marked the end of the Jacobite rebellions. Our cruise this afternoon will take us to the scenic Loch Ness, with a possibility of some “Nessie” spotting before arriving at Dochgarroch. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Dochgarroch to Muirtown

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. The cruise today will see us sail along Loch Lochy, we will also encounter Moy Bridge the last, original and fully hand operated bridge on the canal before mooring at Banavie beneath Ben Nevis and a stroll from Neptune’s Staircase leading down to Loch Eil. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board

Saturday, Day 7 Muirtown

Passengers disembark after a hearty Scottish breakfast for their transfer back to the **designated drop off point by minibus

On alternative weeks the itinerary is in reverse direction.  This itinerary is subject to change.

 **The designated meeting and drop off point is Inverness

*The Cawdor Castle excursion is between 1st May and 6th October only.  An alternative excursion to Fort George will replace it either side of these dates. 

 

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



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

 

Back to Barges