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Scottish Highlander

The Great Glen between Inverness and Fort Willaim, Scotland, Europe

from €3,290* per person 7 Days April-October
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 2
Operator: European Waterways 8 people max
  • Dochgarroch, united kingdom
  • Boats, Barges & Small Ship Cruises trips
The 8 passenger Scottish Highlander has the atmosphere of a Scottish Country House with subtle use of tartan furnishings and landscape paintings. At 117 feet she is spacious and has every comfort needed for year round cruising. She is also equipped with 8 bikes and your tour guide would be happy to recommend the best routes to explore.

On board you will find four en-suite cabins each with a choice of twin or double beds. One of the cabins is a larger suite which has been designed for those who want extra space during their cruise. The experienced crew of four, led by your captain, ensure attention to your every need. Cuisine is traditional Scottish fare, salmon, game, venison and seafood, prepared by your own Master Chef.


Below you can find some of the highlights of the cruises we are currently offering on Scottish Highlander, along with some examples of the cuisine and fine wines the master chef will present you with on board. You can view the current itineraries and maps by clicking "Scottish Highalnder Cruises" on the menu on the right where you will also find links to the photo gallery, deck plan and cruise rates.

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The Great Glen between Inverness and Fort Willaim, Scotland, Europe

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  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.

Itinerary

Sunday, Day 1 Dochgarroch

We meet you at the designated meeting place and transfer to Scottish Highlander moored at Dochgarroch near Inverness. Champagne welcome followed by a short evening cruise. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Dochgarroch to Fort Augustus

This morning we visit the 14th century fairytale Cawdor Castle immortalised by Shakespeare with Macbeth, housing a superb collection of tapestries, pictures and furniture with beautiful landscaped gardens. We also visit Culloden Moor, made famous by the MacDonald and Campbell battle in the 13th century. After lunch we cruise Loch Dochfour to Fort Augustus anchoring for tea at Urquhart Castle and then cruise the south shore of Loch Ness, where there is an abundance of wildlife, and moor near Fort Augustus Abbey. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Fort Augustus

After breakfast we cruise up the staircase of five locks through the village of Fort Augustus, which gives us plenty of time to shop and look around this pretty Caledonian gem. After lunch we visit Urquhart Castle and Invermoriston Falls (or with family charters explore the Nessie Museum). Fort Augustus has a charming heather-laced 9 or 18 hole golf course, where the official green keepers are sheep!  We dine out tonight at a local restaurant.
 
Wednesday, Day 4 Fort Augustus to Cullochy Lock

We leave Fort Augustus this morning and cruise to Cullochy Lock via Kytra. After lunch we drive through Glen Moriston and stunning highland countryside to romantic medieval Eilean Donan Castle, setting for the film Highlander. Eilean Donan Castle has an idyllic island setting with commanding views of three sea lochs and frequent sightings of otters, dolphins and the Isle of Skye. Following the abortive Jacobite rising of 1719, the ruins of the castle were abandoned for 200 years until the 20 th century when a complete reconstruction was undertaken. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Cullochy Lock to Gairlochy

Leave Cullochy Lock for a morning cruise via two locks at Laggan, and through Lochs Oich and Lochy to Gairlochy. In the afternoon there is a chance to see either the World War II Commando memorial, the woollen mill at Spean Bridge, selling traditional knitwear and tweeds, or the Clan Cameron museum. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Gairlochy to Banavie

Morning visit to the mystic battlefields of Glencoe. On the way back visit the Ben Nevis distillery for an insight into the secrets of the various stages of Whisky preparation and taste a wee dram or two. In the afternoon we cruise to Banavie and Neptune's Staircase, a flight of eight locks that is a spectacular feat of engineering. Farewell Captain's Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Banavie

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

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