The Experience

Cruise the length of the Great Glen on ‘Scottish Highlander,’ through lochs and down the scenic Caledonian Canal. This is inland cruising at its finest, with ancient castles and heather-clad hillsides along the way. Pass stunning highland countryside and visit battlegrounds of the Jacobite Rebellion; then stop at Glen Nevis distillery, where you learn whisky-making secrets and enjoy a dram or two.

Day 1: SUNDAY
Meet in Inverness for transfer to Scottish Highlander moored at Muirtown. After a champagne welcome, cruise along the picturesque, heather-lined canal.

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Day 2: MONDAY
Visit 14th-century Cawdor Castle with its beautifully landscaped gardens and superb collection of tapestries, paintings and furniture. Continue to Culloden Moor, the site of the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746. Then cruise to Fort Augustus, passing the shores of Loch Ness with its fabled monster, to moor near Fort Augustus Abbey.

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Day 3: TUESDAY
Cruise up the staircase of five locks through the village of Fort Augustus. After lunch, visit Urquhart Castle, a ruined stronghold strategically positioned on a rocky peninsula on the banks of Loch Ness. Dine this evening at a local restaurant.

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Day 4: WEDNESDAY
After a morning cruise to Cullochy Locks via Kytra, drive through Glenmoriston and highland countryside to romantic Eilean Donan Castle, the idyllic setting for the 1986 film Highlander.

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Day 5: THURSDAY
Leave Cullochy Locks for a morning cruise via two locks at Laggan through Lochs Oich and Lochy to Gairlochy. At Spean Bridge, visit the World War II Commando Memorial overlooking the town and shop for traditional knitwear and tweeds at the Woollen Mill. Then take the gondola ride to the summit of Aonach Mar in the Ben Nevis range.

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Day 6: FRIDAY
Visit the evocative battlefields of Glencoe, setting for the third Harry Potter film. Return to Scottish Highlander by way of the Ben Nevis distillery for insight into the secrets of whisky making (including a wee dram or two). Your final cruise to Banavie is via Neptune’s Staircase, a spectacular flight of eight locks. Later, gather for a farewell dinner on board your barge.

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Day 7: SATURDAY
After breakfast, transfer to Inverness where your journey ends.

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Cruise itinerary operates in reverse direction on alternate weeks.

Canal Barge Cruising in Europe is a relaxed way of travel that is inherently flexible and subject to change. The above itinerary is an example of the places you may see and visit during your cruise; your actual itinerary may vary.

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