Scottish Highlander barge cruise

Scottish Highlander

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Cruise the Caledonian canal in Scotland

Cruise highlights

8 passengers
★★★★ 4 star rating

  • Visit Glencoe, scene of betrayal between the Campbell and MacDonald clans
  • Tour of the Glen Ord whisky distillery
  • Cruise Lochs Ness, Oich and Lochy
  • See Eilean Donan and Urquhart castles
  • Visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last battle on British soil, in 1746
  • Tour Cawdor Castle and gardens, home to Shakespeare's Scottish Play
  • Majestic Falconry display on the banks of Loch Ness
  • Spectacular scenery, wildlife and folklore
  • Visit Clava Cairns, a prehistorical burial site
  • Extraordinary river, canal and loch cruising
  • Excellent walking opportunities

Scottish Highlander cruise route & itinerary

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Muirtown to Banvie on the Caledonian canal cruise ↓

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  • From 4890 USD per person
  • Charters from 35,100 USD

Boat size

  • Length 114′10″ ft (35.00 metres)
  • Width 16′7″ ft (5.05 metres)


  • Crew members : 4
  • Up to 8 guests
  • Junior suites : 1
  • Double cabins : 3


  • Central heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Wifi
  • CD player / iPod Dock
  • Sonic fish finder
  • Bicycles : 8

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About Scottish Highlander barge cruises

Luxury barge Scottish Highlander

The country house atmosphere of the Scottish Highlander, constructed in 2000, is such that all who cruise aboard her feel instantly at one with the surrounding splendour of the highlands from which she takes her name. The subtle tartan furnishings and landscape paintings reflect the colours and scenery of your cruise to come.

Offering fully air-conditioned luxury accommodation in six spacious and very comfortable double/twin suites with modern bathrooms.

Each day the chef will prepare you a range of wonderful regional cuisine including game and, naturally, the freshest of fish! You may choose to relax with a spot of cycling, or fishing (the Scottish Highlander has radar and fishfinder), or simply by watching the stunning landscape drift by.

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Scottish Highlander cruise route & itinerary

Muirtown to Banvie on the Caledonian canal map

Muirtown to Banvie on the Caledonian canal

Caledonian Canal
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Inverness to Muirtown

Guests are met at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness and transferred to Scottish Highlander in Muirtown. Champagne Welcome followed by time to settle in before your first delicious dinner aboard.

Muirtown to Dochgarroch 

This morning we begin our adventure, cruising through the Muirtown flight of locks to Dochgarroch.
After lunch, we visit Culloden Moor, where the last major battle on British soil took place in 1746.
We then continue to the Glen Ord distillery to enjoy a special tasting of several single malts before turning to Scottish Highlander in the late afternoon.
Dinner aboard.

Dochgarroch to Fort Augustus

After breakfast, we enjoy the beauty of Cawdor Castle, home to Shakespeare's Macbeth.  We step way back in time as we tour through the Clava Cairns,  a pre-historic burial site of Clan chieftains dating back to 2000 BC.
After lunch, we continue our cruise across Loch Ness past the stunning Urquhart Castle, passing closely by its 13th-century ruins, and onwards to Fort Augustus for our evening mooring.

Dinner aboard.

Fort Augustus to Kytra

After breakfast, there is time to explore the village of Fort Augustus before our cruise through another lock flight to Kytra.
After lunch, we will visit the private Highland Club, a spectacular array of buildings including a 19th-century former Benedictine Monastery.  In this delightful setting, we enjoy a falconry and birds-of-prey flight demonstration on the banks of Loch Ness. 

Dinner ashore in a nearby restaurant.

Kytra to Laggan

This morning we begin by visiting the Eilean Donan Castle where famous films "The World is not Enough" and "Highlander" were filmed.
After lunch, there is plenty of time to relax and admire the beauty all around us as we cross the very scenic Loch Oich, on to our mooring at Laggan.
Dinner aboard.

Laggan to Banavie


Our final cruise takes us across Loch Lochy to the small village of Banavie, our final mooring.
After lunch we can visit the mystical battlefields of Glencoe, or enjoy taking a cable car ride to the summit of Aonach Mor mountain for some breathtaking panoramic views, never to be forgotten.
After such a memorable cruise, there will be plenty to look back on during our Farewell Captain's Dinner on board.

Banavie to Inverness

Disembark for the transfer to Inverness by minibus after a hearty Scottish breakfast, arriving by about 9.45 am

Muirtown to Banvie on the Caledonian canal rates

2024 USD, for American and Canadian residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 50, 500 USD 43, 500 USD
Whole boat charter for 7 48, 800 USD 42, 000 USD
Whole boat charter for 6 47, 100 USD 40, 500 USD
Whole boat charter for 2 (Honeymoon) 45, 000 USD 40, 000 USD
Junior suite per person 7, 650 USD 6, 690 USD
Stateroom per person 6, 590 USD 5, 690 USD
Single supplement 2, 400 USD 2, 100 USD
2024 STERLING rates for UNITED KINGDOM residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 £37, 000 £32, 500
Whole boat charter for 7 £35, 700 £31, 400
Whole boat charter for 6 £34, 400 £30, 300
Suite per person £5, 690 £4, 950
Stateroom per person £4, 850 £4, 190
Single supplement £1, 800 £1, 600
2024 EURO rates ALL OTHER COUNTRIES Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 43, 500 € 37, 500€
Whole boat charter for 7 42, 000 € 36, 200 €
Whole boat charter for 6 40, 5700 € 34, 900 €
Suite per person 6, 690 € 5, 790 €
Stateroom per person 5, 650 € 4, 890 €
Single supplement 2, 100 € 1, 800 €
Prices include local transfers between Inverness and the hotel barge (approximate duration is 15 minutes or 2 hours depending upon the cruise direction), a luxury 6-night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks,  all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 4 crew and use of barge facilities which include bicycles and a sonic fish finder.

Themed cruises

Family charter: No supplement
Families with children charter cruises include tailor-made itineraries that consider the ages and interests of all those in the group. A wide range of activities can be arranged with us, some of which will incur a supplement, e.g. Go-Karting.  Other activities can be booked directly with the provider, ballooning.
Baby and child equipment can be provided without extra cost, including children's bikes and helmets, car seats, cots, high-chairs etc.  

Golf charter: 1150 USD / £900 / 1050€ supplement per player
Golf cruises include four pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the golf clubs. Hire of clubs, caddy and buggy not included
Whisky Trail Cruises: No charge
Includes visits to 3 distilleries with private guided tours and tutored tastings.
- Departure Dates  2024-
Value March 31 to April 28
October 6 to October 20
Regular May 5 to September 29

These are sample itineraries, on alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.

Availability for Scottish Highlander

The dates indicated as "Available" may be booked on a charter or cabin basis.

Special offers and discounts

Save 20% on your Springtime charter

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