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Cruise In The Scottish Highlands On The Caledonian Canal And Loch Ness Aboard The Deluxe Hotel-Barge SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND

NEW IN 2017: The 12-passenger Spirit of Scotland is an elegant hotel barge with extensive public areas inside and out which are perfect for admiring the spectacular Scottish Highlands scenery as she cruises the Caledonian Canal and the lochs of the Great Glen. Although built in 2001, she evokes the style of the traditional steamers that sailed the lochs of Scotland many years ago. Previously cruising as the Serenite primarily in Germany and France, the Spirit of Scotland started cruising in Scotland in June 2017.

The Spirit of Scotland has six cabins with a queen bed or two twin beds, each with an ensuite bathroom with shower. The salon, large bar and separate dining room have large picture windows and a wheelhouse at the bow with access from the salon. Outside there is a covered dining terrace, a heated spa pool and large upper sundeck for viewing such historic landmarks as Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness.

The traditional Scottish cuisine, fine wines and open bar with a wide range of whiskies are served by an attentive crew of 6 to provide a truly memorable cruising experience.

Cruise Highlights


Spirit Of Scotland's Deck Plan
Spirit Of Scotland's Deck Plan

May 13 thru Sep 22
Apr 8 thru May 12
Sep 23 thru Oct 27
Stateroom (per person, double occupancy)
Single Occupancy Supplement
Charter for 8
Charter for 9
Charter for 10
Charter for 11
Charter for 12

Apr 14 thru May 11
Sep 29 thru Oct 26
May 12 thru Sep 28
Stateroom (per person, double occupancy)
Single Occupancy Supplement
Charter for 8
Charter for 9
Charter for 10
Charter for 11
Charter for 12

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What's Included
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge, all cabins with ensuite bathroom
- 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
- Trip cancellation insurance

Spirit of Scotland
2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 8 Muirtown-Banavie
Apr 15 Banavie-Muirtown Value
Apr 22 Muirtown-Banavie Value
Apr 29 Banavie-Muirtown Value
May 6 Muirtown-Banavie Value
May 13 Banavie-Muirtown Regular
May 20 Muirtown-Banavie Regular
May 27 Banavie-Muirtown Regular
Jun 3 Muirtown-Banavie Regular
Jun 10 Banavie-Muirtown Regular
Jun 17 Muirtown-Banavie Regular
Jun 24 Banavie-Muirtown Regular
Jul 1 Muirtown-Banavie Regular
Jul 8 Banavie-Muirtown Regular
Jul 15 Muirtown-Banavie Regular
Jul 22 Banavie-Muirtown Regular
Jul 29 Muirtown-Banavie Regular
Aug 5 Banavie-Muirtown Regular
Aug 12 Muirtown-Banavie Regular
Aug 19 Banavie-Muirtown Regular
Aug 26 Muirtown-Banavie Regular
Sep 2 Banavie-Muirtown Regular
Sep 9 Muirtown-Banavie Regular
Sep 16 Banavie-Muirtown Regular
Sep 23 Muirtown-Banavie Value
Sep 30 Banavie-Muirtown Value
Oct 7 Muirtown-Banavie Value
Oct 14 Banavie-Muirtown Value
Oct 21 Muirtown-Banavie Value

Spirit of Scotland
2019 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 14 Muirtown-Banavie Value
Apr 21 Banavie-Muirtown Value
Apr 28 Muirtown-Banavie Value
May 5 Banavie-Muirtown Value
May 12 Muirtown-Banavie Regular
May 19 Banavie-Muirtown Regular
May 26 Muirtown-Banavie Regular
Jun 2 Banavie-Muirtown Regular
Jun 9 Muirtown-Banavie Regular
Jun 16 Banavie-Muirtown Regular
Jun 23 Muirtown-Banavie Regular
Jun 30 Banavie-Muirtown Regular
Jul 7 Muirtown-Banavie Regular
Jul 14 Banavie-Muirtown Regular
Jul 21 Muirtown-Banavie Regular
Jul 28 Banavie-Muirtown Regular
Aug 4 Muirtown-Banavie Regular
Aug 11 Banavie-Muirtown Regular
Aug 18 Muirtown-Banavie Regular
Aug 25 Banavie-Muirtown Regular
Sep 1 Muirtown-Banavie Regular
Sep 8 Banavie-Muirtown Regular
Sep 15 Muirtown-Banavie Regular
Sep 22 Banavie-Muirtown Regular
Sep 29 Muirtown-Banavie Value
Oct 6 Banavie-Muirtown Value
Oct 13 Muirtown-Banavie Value
Oct 20 Banavie-Muirtown 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.

Scotland: Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness
Banavie to Muirtown 2018

Sunday - Banavie
Guests are met at the Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel in Inverness and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Spirit of Scotland. A champagne Welcome by the Captain and crew and perhaps an early evening stroll before our first dinner on board.

Scottish Piper
Scottish Piper

Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle

Urquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle

Leanach Cottage at Culloden Moor
Leanach Cottage at Culloden Moor

Monday - Banavie to Laggan
Our excursion today will take us to the mystical area of Glencoe, renowned for its geographical beauty and 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 visit the ruins of the 13th century, Old Inverlochy Castle, before embarking on our first cruise, through Moy Bridge, the last hand-operated bridge of its type on the Caledonian Canal. En route, we may visit the Clan Cameron Museum, before crossing Loch Lochy. As we approach our mooring at Laggan, a Highland Piper may be there to greet us with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music. Dinner on board.

Tuesday - Laggan to Cullochy
Today, 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. Our afternoon cruise today takes us across the very scenic Loch Oich, with the opportunity of enjoying a walk en route, then onto our pretty mooring at Cullochy. Dinner on board.

Wednesday - Cullochy to Fort Augustus
This morning we cruise to Fort Augustus and down the "flight" as the locals call it, to moor opposite the Benedictine Abbey at the entrance to Loch Ness. After lunch on board, we encounter some of Scotland's bloody past as we visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle in a spectacular setting overlooking Loch Ness, then take a gentle drive to the Invermoriston Falls and the "Old Bridge" designed by Thomas Telford where you may even see a salmon leaping. This evening we have dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Thursday - Fort Augustus to Dochgarroch
This morning we enjoy a picturesque cruise across world-famous Loch Ness, with perhaps a chance of spotting "Nessie", before mooring at the hamlet of Dochgarroch. After lunch we visit Cawdor Castle*, forever immortalised in Shakespeare's "Scottish Play". 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 is still in use as a home for the Dowager Countess of Cawdor who resides there for several months of the year. Then we visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746 and end our tour at the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic clan chieftain burial site dating back to 2000 B.C. Dinner on board.

Friday - 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 Mackenzies 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 - Muirtown
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 from May to October only. An alternative excursion to Fort George will replace it either side of these dates.

Dining Aboard The Spirit of Scotland:

A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard
the Spirit of Scotland. 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.

Criffel; Dunsyre Blue; Morangie Brie; Caithness; Strathdon Blue; Mull of Kyntyre Mature Cheddar; Crowdie

Some of the Single Malt Whiskies Served Aboard: Benromach 10 Year Old; Glenmorangie 10 Year Old; Lagavulin 16 Year Old; Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old; Glenfiddich 12 Year Old; Bowmore 12 Year Old; Isle of Jura 10 Year Old; Talisker 10 Year Old

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This page last updated August 3, 2018