Spirit of Scotland barge

SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND

Muirtown to Banavie

 

Sunday, Day 1 Muirtown

Guests are met at the Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel in Inverness and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Spirit of Scotland. Champagne Welcome and perhaps 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

Our first cruise will take us 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 on board, 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 ageing process of single and blended malts is followed by our special tasting. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Dochgarroch to Fort Augustus

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 the Dowager Countess of Cawdor still lives there for part of the year. Then we visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746. If there is time, we end our tour at the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic clan chieftain burial site dating back to 2,000 B.C. Our cruise today is through Loch Dochfour and down Loch Ness with perhaps a chance of spotting “Nessie” before arriving at Fort Augustus. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Fort Augustus to Cullochy

After breakfast, our cruise takes us up the “flight”, as the locals call it, at Fort Augustus and then on to our pretty mooring at Cullochy. Later, we encounter some of Scotland’s bloody past as we visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle in a spectacular setting overlooking Loch Ness. Then we 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. This evening we have dinner ashore at a local restaurant..

Thursday, Day 5 Cullochy to Laggan Locks

This morning, we take in some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer as we drive to one of its 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" and overlooks three sea lochs. The afternoon cruise today can be partially walked as we cross the very scenic Loch Oich, perhaps stopping en route for a spot of fishing, and onto the pretty Laggan Avenue. As we approach Laggan, our Highland Piper may greet us with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Laggan to Banavie

Our final cruise today will see us cross Loch Lochy, passing Gairlochy, where there is the option to visit the nearby Spean Bridge Woollen Mill, or perhaps the Clan Cameron Museum. We continue on to 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 on board, our tour today takes us to the mystical battlefield of Glencoe, famed for one of the darkest days in Scottish history. Alternatively, we can enjoy some breath-taking panoramic views on a cable car ride to the summit of Aonach Mor mountain. If time permits, we can also visit the ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle.  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 Spirit of Scotland, 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 Cullochy

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, with the opportunity of enjoying a walk en route. Then onto our pretty mooring at Cullochy. Dinner onnn board..

Wednesday, Day 4 Cullochy to Fort Augustus

This morning we cruise to Fort Augustus and down the “flight” as locals call it, to the bottom of Fort Augustus where we moor across from the Benedictine Abbey at the entrance to Loch Ness. After lunch, we 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. This evening we have dinner at a local restaurant.

Thursday, Day 5 Fort Augustus to Dochgarroch

Our cruise this morning will take us to the scenic Loch Ness, with a possibility of some “Nessie” spotting before arriving at Dochgarroch. After lunch, 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 several 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, and end our tour at the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic clan chiefton burial site dating back to 2000 B.C,. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Dochgarroch to Muirtown

Today, our final cruise will take us through Tomnahurich swing bridge and then the locks to Muirtown, where there will be the opportunity to take a bicycle ride or walk to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. After lunch we drive through stunning hill 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 Mackenzie’s of Ord. A fascinating description of the maturing and ageing process of single and blended malts is followed by our special tasting. 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 in Inverness.

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

Spirit of Scotland
Accommodations Rate Type Rate Amount
Charter 10 passengers wholeboat Regular 54000
Charter 10 passengers wholeboat Value 46900
Charter 11 passengers wholeboat Regular 55500
Charter 11 passengers wholeboat Value 48200
Charter 12 passengers wholeboat Regular 57000
Charter 12 passengers wholeboat Value 49500
Charter 8 passengers wholeboat Regular 50700
Charter 8 passengers wholeboat Value 44000
Charter 9 passengers wholeboat Regular 52500
Charter 9 passengers wholeboat Value 45600
Single supplement Regular 1900
Single supplement Value 1650
Stateroom per person Regular 5150
Stateroom per person Value 4450

 

Departure Dates (Sunday) Rate Type Route
July 02, 09, 16, July 23, 30 Regular Caledonian Canal
August 06, 13, 20, 27 Regular Caledonian Canal
Sep 03, 10, 17 Regular Caledonian Canal
Sep 24; Oct 01, 08,15,22 Value Caledonian Canal

 

2018 Rates

Spirit of Scotland
Accommodations Rate Type Rate Amount
Stateroom per person Value 4450
Stateroom per person Regular 5150
Single supplement Value 1650
Single supplement Regular 1900
Charter 8 passengers wholeboat Value 44000
Charter 8 passengers wholeboat Regular 50700
Charter 9 passengers wholeboat Value 45600
Charter 9 passengers wholeboat Regular 52500
Charter 10 passengers wholeboat Value 46900
Charter 10 passengers wholeboat Regular 54000
Charter 11 passengers wholeboat Value 48200
Charter 11 passengers wholeboat Regular 55500
Charter 12 passengers wholeboat Value 49500
Charter 12 passengers wholeboat Regular 57000

 

Departure Dates (Sunday) Rate Type Route
April 08, 15, 22, 29; May 6 Value Caledonian Canal
May 13, 20, 27; Jun 3, 10, 17, 24 Regular Caledonian Canal
Jul 01, 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug 05, 12, 19, 26; Sep 2, 9, 16 Regular Caledonian Canal
Sep 23, 30; Oct 07, 14, 21 Value Caledonian Canal

 

 

 

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