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Scottish Highlander







Scottish Highlander: Luxury Canal and Loch Cruise in Scotland In The Scottish Highlands On The Caledonian Canal And Loch Ness Cruise In The Scottish Highlands On The Caledonian Canal And Loch Ness Aboard The First Class Hotel-Barge SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
Special Places Travel Logo.  EMAIL: info@specialplacestravel.com or PHONE: 1-877-642-2743 (001.443.321.3614 outside US/Canada).The 8-passenger barge 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 for year round cruising. Scottish Highlander cruises the Caledonian Canal between Fort William and Inverness, through the Great Glen and along legendary Loch Ness, encountering some of Scotland's finest scenery along the way. Cuisine aboard Scottish Highlander includes traditional Scottish fare, such as salmon, game, venison and seafood, prepared by your own master Chef. Your knowledgeable and experienced crew of four will ensure that your every need is met during your week long cruise. There are three staterooms and one large suite, and each can be configured with a queen bed or two twin sized beds. Each cabin also offers a private, fully-tiled ensuite bathroom.

The Scottish Highlander offers a special golf cruise for charter groups. See below for the sample itinerary. You will have a chance to play at four different courses and also enjoy a daily cruise. A supplement is charged only for those golfing. Tours are offered for those not golfing. Golf weeks are occasionally offered for those wishing to book a cabin and join other golfers on board. Please contact us if you are interested.

Our latest cruise on the Scottish Highlander was in 2013 and once again we thought that the scenery as we cruised through the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness was just breathtaking!

Cruise Highlights

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Scottish Highlander's Deck Plan
Scottish Highlander's Deck Plan




Dining Aboard The Scottish Highlander:
SAMPLE MENU


A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Scottish Highlander. BREAKFAST
Our Continental & hot breakfast offerings include a full Scottish breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausages,
black pudding and sauteed mushrooms along with Continental breakfast food items such as fresh breads
and jams, cereals and porridge, fresh and dried fruits and yogurt, in addition to fresh fruit juices, coffee and tea selections.

LUNCH
DINNER
DESSERTS
SAMPLE CHEESE BOARD
Mull of Kyntyre, Smoked Orkney, Scottish Brie, Campbelltown Smoked Cheddar, Lanark Blue, Gruth Dhu,
Caboc, Inverloch, White Scottish Cheddar, Strathdon Blue, Arran Cheddar, Crowdie
SAMPLE WINE LIST
Selection of New World & French Wines; Some of the Single Malt Whiskies Served Aboard: Laphroaig 10 Year Old; Lagavulin 16 Year Old; Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old; Bowmore 12 Year Old; Isle of Jura 10 Year Old; Talisker 10 Year Old; Highland Park 12 Year Old; Macallan 10 Year Old Fine Oak; Glen Ord 12 Year Old; Benromach Speyside 10 Year Old

Passenger Comments:


We had a wonderful time on this trip - the staff were all accomplished and professional. They catered to our every need and made sure that we had an excellent experience. The service could not have been better. Sophie, the hostess, was extremely attentive but not overpowering. Just right. She's very gracious. We were thrilled with Sasha the chef. Her food was truly a highlight of the trip. Excellent excursions - Helen had done her homework. She is very knowledgeable as well as having an outgoing personality. A perfect combination. She tried to make sure that we did everything we wanted to do on the tours. Overall, we spent a spectacular 6 nights on The Scottish Highlander and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. We were pampered by everyone and had the most delicious meals every day. A great experience!
R & N M., VA, USA, October 2014

The route was excellent ; The vessel was of the best; the captain was a study in top notch barge-manship; the table attendant and room service girl, Carlyn was a true treat ; our tour guide and transport man (Also) Dan was excellent.
J & J C., Canada, June 2012

Scotland is one of my favorite countries. What wonderful scenery and people. The barge had loads of books on the places, wild life and fauna for our use. The crew was very nice and helpful. Captain Dan as very interesting and enteraining. He loves what he does. Despite Carolyn and Dan #2 being new, they certainly put themselves out for our comfort and wellbeing.
J.J., CA, USA, June 2012

SAMPLE ITINERARY:
Scotland: Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness
Inverness (Muirtown) to Fort William (Banavie) 2017

Sunday - Muirtown
Guests are met at the Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel in Inverness and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Scottish Highlander. 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 - 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 - 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 among 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 - 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 - Cullochy to Laggan
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 - 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 Anoch Mor mountain. If time permits, we can also visit the ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle.  Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday - Banavie
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Inverness.
 
Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. Please note that the Cawdor Castle excursion is available between 30th April and 1st October only. An alternative excursion to Fort George will replace it either side of these dates.



Scottish Highlander
2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 9 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Value
Apr 16 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Value
Apr 23 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Value
Apr 30 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Value
May 7 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Value
May 14 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Regular
May 21 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Regular
May 28 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Regular
Jun 4 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Regular
Jun 11 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Regular
Jun 18 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Regular
Jun 25 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Regular
Jul 2 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Regular
Jul 9 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Regular
Jul 16 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 23 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Regular
Jul 30 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Regular
Aug 6 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Regular
Aug 13 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Regular
Aug 20 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Regular
Aug 27 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Regular
Sep 3 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Regular
Sep 10 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Regular
Sep 17 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Regular
Sep 24 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Value
Oct 1 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Value
Oct 8 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Value
Oct 15 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Value
Oct 22 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Value

2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 9 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Value
Apr 16 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Value
Apr 23 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Value
Apr 30 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Value
May 7 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Value
May 14 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Regular
May 21 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Regular
May 28 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Regular
Jun 4 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Regular
Jun 11 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Regular
Jun 18 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Regular
Jun 25 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Regular
Jul 2 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Regular
Jul 9 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Regular
Jul 16 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Regular
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 23 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Regular
Jul 30 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Regular
Aug 6 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Regular
Aug 13 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Regular
Aug 20 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Regular
Aug 27 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Regular
Sep 3 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Regular
Sep 10 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Regular
Sep 17 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Regular
Sep 24 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Value
Oct 1 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Value
Oct 8 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Value
Oct 15 Fort William (Banavie)-Inverness (Muirtown) Value
Oct 22 Inverness (Muirtown)-Fort William (Banavie) Value

*Note: Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.




SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER
2017 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE VALUE
Apr 9 thru May 13
Sep 24 thru Oct 28
REGULAR
May 14 thru Sep 23
Stateroom (per person, double occupancy)
$4,190
$4,890
Suite (per person, double occupancy)
$4,850
$5,650
Single Occupancy Supplement
$1,550
$1,800
Honeymoon Charter for 2
$23,000
$26,000
Charter for 6
$30,500
$34,900
Charter for 7
$31,500
$36,200
Charter for 8
$32,500
$37,500
Golf Supplement (pp w/ 4 players minimum)
$900
$900


NOTE: Only those golfing pay the supplement. Not all persons on a golf charter must play golf.
Golf cruises include 4 pre booked tee times and transfers to and from the clubs.


What's Included
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge, all cabins with private bath
- Transfers from Inverness to the barge and return
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday, including one dinner at a local restaurant
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (hot air ballooning, golf, etc. at additional cost)
- Use of bicycles

What's Not Included
- Overseas air transportation to Inverness and return
- Suggested 5-7% gratuity for the crew, to be paid in equivalent British pounds to the captain




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