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SCOTLAND HIGHLAND CRUISE CALEDONIAN CANAL

Rates are for six nights on either: A whole boat charter basis or per person based on double occupancy per cabin for our GoBarging luxury hotel barge cruises with departures every Sunday, from April to November

2015 Rates in EUR ( Euros )
Rates are for six nights on either: a whole boat charter basis or per person
based on double occupancy per cabin
ACCOMMODATION VALUE REGULAR
Stateroom per person €2,990 €3,490
Suite per person €3,450 €3,990
Single Supplement €1,100 €1,300
Charter 2 guests wholeboat €16,200 €18,600
Charter 6 guests wholeboat €21,600 €25,000
Charter 7 guests wholeboat €22,300 €25,800
Charter 8 guests wholeboat €23,000 €26,600

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Child Discount - 200 discount is offered to children aged 0 - 17 years inclusive

Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change, and to
currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted


DEPARTURE DATES - (sundays) RATE ROUTE
April - 05, 12, 19, 26 Value Caledonian Canal
May - 03 Value Caledonian Canal
May - 10, 17, 24, 31 Regular Caledonian Canal
June - 07, 14, 21, 28 Regular Caledonian Canal
July - 05, 12, 19, 26 Regular Caledonian Canal
August - 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Regular Caledonian Canal
September - 06 Regular Caledonian Canal
September - 13, 20, 27 Value Caledonian Canal
October - 04, 11, 18, 25 Value Caledonian Canal
INCLUDES:
Local transfers between Inverness and the hotel barge, 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, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 4 crew and use of barge facilities, which include bicycles and a sonic fish finder.

THEMED CRUISES
BARGE AREA AVAILABLE FOR COST
Golf Cruises Scotland All Charter €585 per person
Individuals: Some departures are available for 1-2 people to book and join other gorfers.NOTE:Only those golfing pay the supplement . Not all persons on a golf charter must play golf. Golf cruises include 4 pre-booked tee times and transfers to and from the clubs
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Cycling Cruises Scotland Charter (Max 8) €2,200 per charter
Walking Cruise in Burgundy is available on the 30th September and 14th October 2012 on La Belle Epoque for people booking individual cabins. No extra supplement is payable for this individual Walking departure. Walking cruises include daily walking with a professional Walking Guide.
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Cruise Highlights Cuisine Aboard
  • Visit Glencoe, scene of treachery between the Campbell and MacDonald clans
  • Tour of the Glen Ord whisky distillery
  • Cruise Lochs Dochfour, 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 of Shakespeareís Macbeth
  • Spectacular scenery, wildlife and folklore
  • Visit Clava Cairns, a prehistoric burial site
  • Excellent walking opportunities

Regional Specialities
Munro of Marinated Salmon,
Rack of Lamb on a Scotch Broth Risotto with Mint infused Olive Oil, Fillet of Aberdeen Angus Beef with a Veal Glaze,
Tenderloin of Venison with a Port and Rosemary Reduction

Wine Cellar
A wide selection of French and International wines is served aboard,
complimented by assorted single malt whiskies and 80 Shilling Ales

Cheese Board
Isle of Kintyre Mature Cheddar,Scottish Brie,
Whisky Chase, Dunsyre Blue, Connage Smoked,
Lanark Blue, Caboc, Gruth Dhu, Black Crowdie
Strathdon Blue

CRUISE MAP


ITINERARY CLASSIC CRUISE - MUIRTOWN - BANAVIE

Sunday, Day 1 - Muirtown
We meet you at the **designated meeting point and transfer to Scottish Highlander moored at Muirtown. Champagne welcome and an early evening stroll to the sea lock with views over Moray Firth. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 - Muirtown to Dochgarroch
After breakfast we visit Cawdor Castle, forever immortalised in Shakespeare’s “Scottish Play" or Macbeth as non actors know it. The picturesque gardens have been listed as being amongst the top 100 in the UK and the castle also contains a superb collection of tapestries, pictures and furnishings and is still in use as a home for the Dowager Countess of Cawdor who resides there for several months of the year. We then visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle in mainland Britain in 1746 and the end of the Jacobean rebellions. The cruise today will take us up the Muirtown flight, then along the pretty section of canal to Dochgarroch. Dinner on board

Tuesday, Day 3 - Dochgarroch to 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 hole golf course, where the official green keepers are sheep! We dine out tonight at a local restaurant.

Wednesday, Day 4 - Fort Augustus
This morning we encounter some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer, as we wind our way to perhaps one of Scotland’s best known and most photographed castles, Eilean Donan. Eilean Donan has featured in movies like Highlander and James Bonds The World is Not Enough. The idyllic setting betrays the castles tactical importance as it also overlooks three sea lochs. After lunch our cruise will take us up the “flight” at Fort Augustus, as the locals call it. Tonight we eat out at a local hotel

Thursday, Day 5 - Fort Augustus to Laggan Locks
After breakfast we again encounter some of Scotland’s bloody past, as we visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness. A short film gives some of the history from St Columbas day up to the present, with a “mind-blowing” finish. A genteel drive will take us back to the Invermoriston Falls and a chance to see the “Old Bridge” designed by one Thomas Telford and if you are very lucky you may even see a salmon leaping. After lunch we through Loch Oich and onto the Laggan Avenue, often described as the prettiest part of the canal. Dinner on board

Friday, Day 6 - Laggan to Banavie
This morning we visit the mystical and ethereal area called Glencoe, known for its geographical beauty and famed for one of the darkest days in Scottish history. After we visit the woollen shop at Fort William, which has a fine selection of traditional knitwear and tweeds. After lunch we cruise along Loch Lochy and we will also encounter Moy Bridge the last, original and fully hand operated bridge on the canal before mooring at Banavie. Captains Farewell Dinner on board

Saturday, Banavie
Passengers disembark after a hearty Scottish breakfast for their transfer back to the **designated drop off point by minibus

**The designated meeting and drop off point is Inverness
*The Cawdor Castle excursion is between 1st May and 6th October only. An alternative excursion to Fort George will replace it either side of these dates

On alternative weeks the itinerary is in reverse direction. This itinerary is subject to change.

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ITINERARY CLASSIC CRUISE - BANAVIE - MUIRTOWN

 Sunday, Day 1 Banavie
Guests are met at the **designated meeting point in Inverness and then transfer you by private mini bus to the Scottish Highlander moored at Banavie. A champagne welcome by the Captain and crew is followed by dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Banavie to Laggan
Locks After breakfast, we visit the mystical area of Glencoe, known for its geographical beauty and famed for one of the darkest days in Scottish history. If time permits, we also visit the ruins of the 13th century Old Inverlochy Castle. After lunch we cruise to Moy Bridge, the last hand operated bridge of its type on the canal and on to Loch Lochy. Dinner on board

Tuesday, Day 3 Laggan locks to Fort Augustus
This morning we will encounter some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer, as we wind our way to perhaps one of Scotland’s best known and most photographed castles Eilean Donan. Eilean Donan has featured in movies like Highlander and James Bonds The World is Not Enough. The idyllic setting belays the castles tactical importance as it overlooks three sea lochs. After lunch, we cruise through Loch Oich and to the top of Fort Augustus flight. Dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

 Wednesday, Day 4 Fort Augustus
After breakfast we again encounter some of Scotland’s bloody past as we visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle on the shores of the world famous Loch Ness. A short film gives the history from St Columba’s day up to the present with a “mind-blowing” finish. A genteel drive will take us to Invermoriston Falls and a chance to see the “old bridge” designed by one Thomas Telford and also if you are very lucky you may just see a salmon leaping upstream. After lunch we cruise down the “flight” as locals call it, to the bottom of Fort Augustus where you will be able to drink in the charm of this wee highland gem. Dinner on board .

Thursday, Day 5 Fort Augustus to Dochgarroch
This morning, we visit Cawdor Castle, forever immortalised in Shakespeare’s “Scottish Play” or Macbeth as non actors know it. The gardens have been listed as being amongst the top 100 in the UK and the castle also contains a superb collection of tapestries, pictures and furnishings and is still in use as a home for the Dowager Countess of Cawdor who resides there for 7 months of the year. We then visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746 that marked the end of the Jacobite rebellions. Our cruise this afternoon will take us to the scenic Loch Ness, with a possibility of some “Nessie” spotting before arriving at Dochgarroch. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Dochgarroch to Muirtown
After breakfast we will take a closer look at one of Scotland’s most famous exports, whisky. We will travel to Glen Ord distillery founded in 1838 on the Black Isle by the Mackenzie’s of Ord, and then a to a modern-day success story called the Black Isle brewery a real beervana in the making. Using only the best, organic ingredients they are striving to make their ales and beers a worldwide name. Our cruise today will take us from Dochgarroch to Muirtown, a picturesque and well established marina. Captains Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Muirtown
Passengers disembark after a hearty Scottish breakfast for their transfer back to the **designated drop off point by minibus

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

**The designated meeting and drop off point is Inverness

*The Cawdor Castle excursion is between 1st May and 6th October only. An alternative excursion to Fort George will replace it either side of these dates

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CYCLING CRUISE ITINERARY - MUIRTOWN - BANAVIE

Sunday, Day 1 - Muirtown
We meet you at the designated meeting place and transfer to Scottish Highlander moored at Muirtown near Inverness. 'Champagne Welcome' followed by a short cruise along the heather lined canal. Dinner on board.

 Monday, Day 2 Muirtown to Loch Ness
After breakfast we ride from Culloden to Inverness where we can take in the views over Moray Firth. In Inverness we join General Wade's military road on the east shore of Loch Ness. After passing through the village of Dores the road hugs the bank of the loch, where you should keep an eye open for "the Monster" in the deep, dark waters as you look across Urquhart Bay and the ruins of Urquhart Castle. At Foyers we stop to enjoy the spectacular Falls of Foyers before rejoining the barge for lunch. Afternoon cruise followed by dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Loch Ness to Fort Augustus
This morning we begin with a climb following the river, past the upper falls and on to a high section before the steep drop to Fort Augustus. Take time to explore this pretty village and view the boats going through the 6 canal locks. Join the towpath for a level ride to Oich Bridge and from here we follow the forest track. Returning to the barge for lunch followed by an afternoon cruise to Fort Augustus. Dinner ashore this evening at a local hostelry.

Wednesday, Day 4 Fort Augustus to Invergarry
Begin this morning on a quiet minor road, which runs alongside Loch Eil. The road continues to Loch Linnhe and across the water you will see mighty Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain. Follow the loch side road to Corran, cross on the small ferry and return to the barge by minibus to save those tired legs. Afternoon cruise to Invergarry. Dinner onboard.

Thursday, Day 5 Invergarry to Gairlochy
After breakfast the minibus takes us to Clunes to join part of the Great Glen Cycle Route. The fairly level forest track runs parallel to Loch Lochy for nine miles to Laggan and after another more hilly section we arrive in Invergarry. After lunch there is a steep climb in the forest before descending to the Bridge of Oich and onto the towpath. Afternoon cruise to Gairlochy. Dinner on board

 Friday, Day 6 Gairlochy to Banavie
This morning we visit "Legend of the Dew of Ben Nevis" whisky distillery for an insight into the secrets of the various stages of whisky preparation and a tasting. Alternatively there is plenty of opportunity for shopping possibilities in Fort William. After lunchtime for more cycling along the towpath to Banavie. Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Banavie
Passengers disembark after a hearty Scottish Breakfast for their transfer back to the designated drop off point by minibus

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

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GOLF CRUISE ITINERARY - MUIRTOWN - BANAVIE
Charter groups can request any departure for their golf cruise. 13th to 19th October 2013 and 11th to 17th May 2014 are golf cruises and is available for those wishing to book a cabin and join other golfers on board.

Sunday, Day 1 - Muirtown
We meet you at the designated meeting place and transfer to Scottish Highlander moored at Muirtown near Inverness. 'Champagne Welcome' followed board

 Monday, Day 2 Muirtown to Fort Augustus
Depart at 8.30am for the Royal Dornoch Golf Course (2 hour drive) for a round on the Championship Golf Course, one of Scotland's famous links courses designed by Tom Morris. (Tee Time of 11.30am) Dornoch dates from 1616 and is internationally acclaimed. Return to the barge for a cruise to Fort Augustus anchoring for tea beneath Urquhart Castle on the way. Dinner on board. (18 holes, 6,514 yards Par 70: buggies and pull carts available) approx 2hr transfer from barge to golf club.

Tuesday, Day 3 Fort Augustus
After breakfast we take a packed lunch and journey to Nairn Golf Club (1 hour drive) where we play on the Championship Golf Course. (Tee times of 11.30am). Nairn's reputation is well founded, hosting many professional and amateur events. Several holes border the North Sea and whilst Scotland's driest course, it is possibly the windiest! Dinner on board. (18 holes, 6,705 yards, Par 72: buggies and pull carts available) approx 1 hour transfer from barge to golf club.

Wednesday, Day 4 Fort Augustus to Cullochy Loch
Morning ascent of the 5 lock flight with time to wander the village and visit antique and craft shops. We also show you the Caledonian Canal Heritage Center and see an original '30's film of the Gondolier, one of the fastest passenger paddle steamers of its time. After lunch on board we have a round of golf at nearby Fort Augustus Golf Course, (tee time 2pm) probably the only course in the world kept manicured by a herd of sheep! Featuring 18 tees and 9 holes in a challenging canal side setting. On our return we cruise to our overnight mooring at Cullochy Lock. Dinner on board. (18 tees, 9 hole, 5,454 yards par 67: pull carts available) 10 minute transfer from barge to golf club.

 Thursday, Day 5 Cullochy Loch to Gairlochy
Morning cruise along the tree lined canal avenue and across Loch Lochy, past forest and mountain scenery, to the pretty hamlet of Gairlochy. During the afternoon we visit Spean Bridge Woollen Mill selling traditional knitwear and tweeds and the Glen Nevis Whisky Distillery where the elaboration of whisky is explained with a tasting. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Gairlochy to Banavie
Morning cruise to Banavie and Neptune's Staircase of locks. After lunch onboard we transfer to Newtonmore Golf course (Tee time 2.00pm). Newtonmore (established 1893) is a comparatively flat, easy-walking, parkland course full of exciting and invigorating challenges. It nestles appealingly in the midst of the Monadhliath and Grampian Mountains and on the banks of the River Spey. Afterwards we return to the Scottish Highlander where we usually entertain the local piper with a wee dram before the Captain's Farewell Dinner on board. (18 holes, 6041 yards, Par 70, pull carts and buggies available) approx. 30 minute transfer from barge to golf club.

Saturday, Day 7 Banavie
Passengers disembark after a hearty Scottish Breakfast for their transfer back to the designated drop off point by minibus

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

 

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