Spirit of Scotland hotel barge

The barge Spirit of Scotland

Accommodating up to 12 passengers

View of the Spirit of Scotland

Spirit of Scotland is rated 5 star

Cruise highlights

  • Tour of the Glen Ord whisky distillery with a private tasting
  • 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 Macbeth
  • Spectacular scenery, wildlife and folklore
  • Visit Clava Cairns, a prehistorical burial site
  • Extraordinary river, canal and loch cruising
  • Excellent walking opportunities

Single Malt Whiskies served aboard

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Download the information pack(s) for Spirit of Scotland

Brochure Factsheet Banavie to Muirtown

Cruise information file for Spirit of Scotland


Crew members : 6

Boat size
Length 124′8″ ft (38 metres)
Width 16′7″ ft (5.05 metres)

Number of bicycles : 6


Up to 12 guests

Double cabins : 6


Central heating


Spa or pool


TV/DVD in all staterooms

Separate cabin for tour leader

Spirit of Scotland photos and videos

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About the barge "Spirit of Scotland"

Spirit of Scotland barge cruises

Purpose built in 2001, the Spirit of Scotland has been cruising throughout Europe, but will be cruising in the Scottish highlands from June 2017.
The barge has an enviable amount of public areas from which to admire the surrounding beauty.
The spacious, bright  saloon and dining area with upgraded furniture for 2019, have large picture windows, a separate bar, and an integral wheelhouse giving views of the cruise route ahead.
Outside, two decks insure plenty of room to relax on a recliner, enjoy the heated spa pool or enjoy a glass of wine or whisky on the covered dining terrace.  The large upper sundeck is the perfect place to admire the views of the lochs and castles along the route.

Offering fully air-conditioned luxury accommodation in six comfortable double/twin staterooms with re-designed ensuite bathrooms for the 2019 season, the Spirit of Scotland is the ideal choice.

With traditional Scottish cuisine, fine wines and whiskies, and the services of an attentive crew of 6, you are sure to enjoy a truly memorable cruise.

Plan of Spirit of Scotland

Plan of the hotel barge Spirit of Scotland

Spirit of Scotland cruise routes & itineraries

Cruising between Banavie and Muirtown on the Caledonian canal in Scotland

Cruise map for the Spirit of Scotland

Guests are met at the Glenmoriston Town House Hotel in Inverness and transferred by private chauffeured mininus  to Spirit of Scotland. Enjoy a champagne welcome and meet the Captain and crew.  You may like to take an early evening stroll before the first dinner on board.

Banavie to Laggan
We begin to discover the rich and varied history of Scotland today, with an excursion of the Glencoe area, renowned for its beauty and one of the darkest days in Scottish history.  Alternatively, take a birds-eye view from the cable car leaving up to the summit of Aonach Mor mountain. Time permitting, we can explore the 13th century ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle before we begin cruising across the beautiful Loch Lochy to our evening mooring in Laggan. 
Dinner aboard.

Laggan to Kytra
Cameras at the ready today, as we pass thorugh some of the finest scenery of Scotland.  We will see a variety of stunning castles including Eilean Donan overlooking 3 sea lochs, which has featured in movies such as "Highlander"  and James Bond's "The World is not Enough".
The cruise in the afternoon will take us across the very scenic Loch Oich.  You may like to walk along by the Spirit of Scotland, on toward the our next mooring at Kytra.  Dinner aboard.
Kytra to Fort Augustus
Today begins with hard work for the Captain and his crew as we cruise to Fort Augustus to descend the "flight" of locks.  We will moor at the entrance of Loch Ness, opposite the Benedictine Abbey.  
After lunch on board, we visit the private Highland Club, a spectacular array of buildings including a Benedictine Abbey, and enjoy a falconry and bird of prey demonstration in this fabulous setting on the banks of Loch Ness.
This evening, we dine in a local restaurant.

Fort Augustus to Dochgarroch
Monsters, gardens and history abound today!
We begin our day cruising across the world-famous Loch Ness, with perhaps a chance of spotting the mythical creature herself and the certainty of seeing the 13th century ruins of Urquhart Castle. After lunch, it's time to head off to Cawdor Castle, immortalised by the bard himself in the "Scottish Play".  Within the castle, which is still a private residence of the Dowager Countess of Cawdor,  we can view a superb collection of tapestries, furnishings and pictures, before strolling in the picturesque gardens outside, which have been classified in the top 100 of the United Kingdom.
Our tout then takes us to a pre-historic Clan burial site at Clava Cairns, dating back to 2000 BC.
Dinner aboard. 
Dochgarroch to Muirtown
Our final full day begins with a cruise through Tomnahurich swing bridge and the locks to Muirtown.  Take a bike or set off on foot to visit the sea lock with it's stunning views.  Our excursion after lunch takes us on a lovely drive through stunningly rugged hill scenery to Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British Soil in 1746, and then on to  the Glen Ord distillery, founded in 1838 on the Black Isle by the Mackenzie's of Ord.  We learn the distillery methods used to produce the finest single and blended malts, which are undoubtedly Scotland's best known export and of course, enjoy a special tasting of several single malts.
We return to the Spirit of Scotland ready for our Captain's Farewel Dinner on board, with a chance to relive the week over a fine whisky or two...
After a hearty Scottish breakfast, guests are transfeered by private chauffeured minibus to their chosen location in Inverness.

Cruise rates

Banavie to Muirtown dates and rates

USD rates 2020 for USA and CANADA residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 12 62500 USD 53500 USD
Whole boat charter for 11 60900 USD 52200 USD
Whole boat charter for 10 59300 USD 50900 USD
Whole boat charter for 9 57700 USD 49600 USD
Whole boat charter for 8 55900 USD 47900 USD
Stateroom per person, based on double occupancy 5650 USD 4790 USD
Single supplement 2100 USD 1750 USD
STERLING rates 2020 for UNITED KINGDOM residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 12 £43000 £37500
Whole boat charter for 11 £41900 £36500
Whole boat charter for 10 £40800 £35500
Whole boat charter for 9 £39700 £34500
Whole boat charter for 8 £38400 £33300
Stateroom per person, based on double occupancy £3890 £3350
Single supplement £1450 £1250
Whole boat charter for 12 53500€ 46000€
Whole boat charter for 11 52300€ 45000€
Whole boat charter for 10 51100€ 44000€
Whole boat charter for 9 49900€ 43000€
Whole boat charter for 8 48400€ 41700€
Stateroom per person, based on double occupancy 4850€ 4150€
Single supplement 1750€ 1550€
Prices include transfers between Inverness and the hotel barge (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 including a Whisky bar, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 6 crew and use of barge facilities which include bicycles and an outdoor spa pool.

Golf charter 950 USD / £725/  825€ supplement, per player
Whisky trail No supplement
- Departure Dates  2020-
Value April 12 to May 3
October 4 to October 25
Regular  May 10 to September 27


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