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 out of 5

Cruise file for Spirit of Scotland

From 4450 USD per person

Charters from 44,000 USD


Crew members : 6

Boat size
Length 124′8″ ft (38.00 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

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 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 well-designed ensuite 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.

Plan of Spirit of Scotland

Plan of the hotel barge Spirit of Scotland

Spirit of Scotland cruise routes & itineraries

Cruising between Banvie and Muirtown on the Caledonian canal in Scotland

Guests are met at 4.00 pm 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.  We will pass through Moy Bridge, the last remaining hand-operated bridge on the Caledonian Canal. The Clan Cameron Museum can be visited on our way before we cross the beautiful Loch Lochy.  Perhaps a Scottish piper will be there to greet us as we arrive in Laggan, where we will moor up ready for the evening.
Dinner aboard.

Laggan to Cullochy
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 evening mooring at Cullochy.  Dinner aboard.
Cullochy 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, we revisit some of Scotland's bloody past, visiting the ruins of Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness, before driving to the Invermoriston Falls and the "Old Bridge" designed by Thomas Telford, Scotland's most famous and skilled engineer and designer of roads, bridges, canal systems, tunnels and harbours.
Salmon are often seen leaping under the Old Bridge. 
This evening, we dine in a local restuarant.

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! 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.
We continue our historical journey by visiting Culloden Moor, where the last major battle on British soil took place in 1746.  The tour will end at the Clava Cairs, a pre-hisotic chieftan burial site dating from 2000 BC.
Dinner aboard. 
* Discover the history of Shakespeare's Macbeth
Dochgarroch to Muirtown
Our final full day begins with a cruise rhough 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  over the Moray and Beauly Firths.  Our excursion after lunch take us on a lovely drive through stunningly rugged hill scenery 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.
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

Scotland dates and rates

Accommodation Regular Value
Charter for 12 57000 49500
Charter for 11 55500 48200
Charter for 10 54000 46900
Charter for 9 52500 45600
Charter for 8 50700 44000
Stateroom per person 5150 4450
Single supplement 1900 1650


Prices are shown in US dollars
Euro and Sterling prices available on request
- Departure Dates -
Value April 15 to May 6
September 23 to October 21
Regular  May 13 to September 16

Cruise rates are all-inclusive of accommodation in air-conditioned/centrally heated ensuite cabins, gourmet meals, fine wines, an open bar including a wide selectio of single malt whickies, daily escorted excursions in air-conditioned minibuses, entrance fees, the use of barge facilities such a bicycles and a spa pool.

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