Scottish Highlander hotel barge

Cruise the Caledonian canal in Scotland
The barge Scottish Highlander

Accommodating up to 8 passengers

View of the Scottish Highlander

Scottish Highlander is rated 5 out of 5

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From 4850 USD per person

Charters from 23,000 USD


Crew members : 4

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

Number of bicycles : 8


Up to 8 guests

Junior suites : 1

Double cabins : 3


Central heating



CD player / iPod Dock

Sonic fish finder

Scottish Highlander photos and videos

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About the barge "Scottish Highlander"

The country house atmosphere of the Scottish Highlander, built 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 ensuite marbel fitted 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 fish finder), or simply by watching the stunning landscape drift by.

Plan of Scottish Highlander

Plan of the hotel barge Scottish Highlander

Scottish Highlander cruise routes & itineraries

Cruising between Inverness and Banvie on the Caledonian canal in Scotland

Inverness to Dochgarroch
Guests are met at 4.00 pm at the Glenmoriston Town House Hotel in Inverness and transferred to Scottish Highlander in Dochgarroch. Champagne Welcome followed by a short evening cruise along the heather-lined canal to the winding hole.
Dinner aboard.

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 beautifully landscaped gardens.
We also visit Culloden Moor, made famous by the MacDonald and Campbelle battle in the 13th century.
After lunch we cruise Loch Dochfour to Fort Augustus passing Urquhart Castel and the south shore of Loch Ness, where there is an abundance of wildlife. We moor near Fort Augustus Abbey.
Dinner aboard.

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 hold golf-course, where the official green keepers are sheep!
We dine out tonight at a local restaurant.

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 abbortive Jacobite rising of 1719, the ruins of the castel were abandoned for 200 years until the 20th century, when a complete reconstruction was undertaken.
Dinner aboard.

Cullochy Lock to Gairlochy
Leave Cullochy Loch 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 woolen mills at Spean Bridge, selling traditional kintwear and tweads, or the Clan Cameron museum.
Dinner aboard.
Gairlochy to Banavie
Morning visit to the mystic battlefields of Glencoe.
On the way back, we visit the Ben Nevis distillery for an insight into the secrets of the various stages of Whisky production, and taste a wee dram or two.
In the afternoon we cruise to Banavie and Neptune's Staircase, a flight of 8 locks that is a spectacular feat of engineering.
Farewell Captain's Dinner on board.

Banavie to Inverness
Disembark for the transfer to Fort William by minibus after a hearty Scottish breakgast, arriving by about 9.45am

Cruise rates

Inverness & Banvie on the Caledonian canal dates and rates

Accommodation Regular Value
Charter 8 passengers whole boat 37500 32500
Charter 7 passengers whole boat 36200 31500
Charter 6 passengers whole boat 34900 30500
Charter for 2 passengers (honeymoon) 26000 23000
Stateroom per person 4890 4190
Suite per person 5650 4850
Single supplement 1800 1550
Prices are shown in US dollars
Euro and Sterling prices available on request. Cycling and walking charters 3000 USD supplement; Fishing charter prices available on request
- Departure Dates -
Value April 8 to May 6
September 23 to October 21
Regular May 13 to September 16

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