Spirit of Scotland  barge cruise

Spirit of Scotland

Luxury barge cruises

Book now to save 20%

20% off cabins:  June 4th & June 18th; July 2nd
20% off charter: July 9th; October 1st & October 15th
Valid until July 10th

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Last 3 charter dates for 2023

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Cruise highlights

12 passengers
★★★★★ 5 star rating

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

  • 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
  • Highland Park 12 year old
  • The Singleton of Glen Ord 15-year-old
  • Tomatin 12-year-old

Spirit of Scotland cruise route & itinerary

Banavie to Muirtown
Caledonian Canal

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  • From 4690 USD per person
  • Charters from 46,400 USD

Boat size

  • Length 124′8″ ft (38.00 metres)
  • Width 16′7″ ft (5.05 metres)


  • Crew members : 6
  • Up to 12 guests
  • Double cabins : 6


  • Central heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Spa or pool
  • Wifi
  • TV/DVD in all staterooms
  • Separate cabin for tour leader
  • Bicycles : 6

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About Spirit of Scotland barge cruises

Luxury barge Spirit of Scotland

Purpose-built in 2001, the Spirit of Scotland has been cruising throughout Europe but has been cruising in the Scottish highlands since 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 ensure 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 modern bathrooms, 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.

Spirit of Scotland deck and cabin plans

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Spirit of Scotland cruise route & itinerary

Banavie to Muirtown map

Banavie to Muirtown

Caledonian Canal
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Guests are met at the Glenmoriston Town House Hotel in Inverness and transferred by private chauffeured minibus 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 leading 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 through some of the finest scenery of Scotland. We will see a variety of stunning castles including Eilean Donan overlooking 3 sea lochs, which have 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 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 tour 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 its stunning views.  Our excursion after lunch takes us on a lovely drive through stunningly rugged hill scenery to Culloden Moor, the 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 Farewell Dinner on board, with a chance to relive the week over a fine whisky or two...
After a hearty Scottish breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their chosen location in Inverness.

Banavie to Muirtown rates

2023 USD, for American and Canadian residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 12 71, 500 USD 62, 000 USD
Whole boat charter for 11 69, 700 USD 60, 500 USD
Whole boat charter for 10 67, 900 USD 59, 000 USD
Whole boat charter for 9 66, 100 USD 57, 500 USD
Whole boat charter for 8 63, 900 USD 55, 600 USD
Stateroom per person 6, 450 USD 5, 550 USD
Single supplement 2, 400 USD 2, 000 USD
2023 STERLING rates for UNITED KINGDOM residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 12 £51, 000 £44, 000
Whole boat charter for 11 £49, 700 £42, 900
Whole boat charter for 10 £48, 400 £41, 800
Whole boat charter for 9 £47, 100 £40, 700
Whole boat charter for 8 £45, 500 £39, 300
Stateroom per person £4, 590 £3, 990
Single supplement £1, 700 £1, 500
2023 EURO rates ALL OTHER COUNTRIES Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 12 61, 000 € 52, 000 €
Whole boat charter for 11 59, 400 € 50, 700 €
Whole boat charter for 10 57, 800 € 49, 400 €
Whole boat charter for 9 56, 200 € 48, 100 €
Whole boat charter for 8 54, 200 € 46, 500 €
Stateroom per person 5, 490 € 4, 750 €
Single supplement 2, 000 € 1, 800 €
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.
Optional extras
Whisky Trail charters  No  supplement
Golf charters: 1025 USD / £725 / 825€ supplement per player


- Departure Dates  2023-
Value April 9 to April 30
October 8 to October 22
Regular  May 7 to October 1

Availability for Spirit of Scotland

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

Special offers and discounts

Book now to save 20%

20% off cabins:  June 4th & June 18th; July 2nd
20% off charter: July 9th; October 1st & October 15th
Valid until July 10th

Contact us about the offers

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