- Cawdor Castle, home of Shakespere's Macbeth
- Culloden Moor, last British based battleground in 1746
- Cruise Lochs' Ness, Oich, Lochy and the Caledonian canal
- Spectacular scenery, Wildlife and Folklore
- Visit Glencoe, treachery between the Campbell and MacDonald clans
- Tour of the Ben Nevis Whisky distillery
- See Eilean Donan and Urquhart castles
Munro of marinated Salmon, Pheasant breast with Horseradish sauce, Navarin of Lamb with Thyme Parsley and Bay leaf
A good selection of French and New World wines, complimented by assorted single malt whiskies and 80 Shilling Ales
Scottish Brie, Whisky chase, Stratdown Blue, Orkney smoked
Before & After
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Sunday, Day 1 Inverness to Dochgarroch
At 4pm we meet at the Glenmoriston Town House Hotel in Inverness and transfer to Scottish Highlander moored at Dochgarroch. Champagne welcome followed by a short evening cruise along the heather-lined canal to the winding hole. Dinner aboard.
Monday, Day 2 Dochgarroch to Fort Augustus
This morning we visit the 14 th century fairytale Cawdor Castle immortalised by Shakespeare with Macbeth, housing a superb collection of tapestries, pictures and furniture with beautiful landscaped gardens. We also visit Culloden Moor, made famous by the MacDonald and Campbell battle in the 13 th century. After lunch we cruise Loch Dochfour to Fort Augustus passing Urquhart Castle and the south shore of Loch Ness, where there is an abundance of wildlife, and moor near Fort Augustus Abbey. Dinner aboard.
Tuesday, Day 3 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 to Cullochy Lock
We leave Fort Augustus this morning and cruise to Cullochy Lock via Kytra. After lunch we drive through Glen Moriston and stunning highland countryside to romantic medieval Eilean Donan Castle, setting for the film Highlander. Eilean Donan Castle has an idyllic island setting with commanding views of three sea lochs and frequent sightings of otters, dolphins and the Isle of Skye. Following the abortive Jacobite rising of 1719, the ruins of the castle were abandoned for 200 years until the 20 th century when a complete reconstruction was undertaken. Dinner aboard.
Thursday, Day 5 Cullochy Lock to Gairlochy
Leave Cullochy Lock for a morning cruise via two locks at Laggan, and through Lochs Oich and Lochy to Gairlochy. In the afternoon there is a chance to see either the World War II Commando memorial, the woollen mill at Spean Bridge, selling traditional knitwear and tweeds, or the Clan Cameron museum. Dinner aboard.
Friday, Day 6 Gairlochy to Banavie
Morning visit to the mystic battlefields of Glencoe. On the way back visit the Ben Nevis distillery for an insight into the secrets of the various stages of Whisky preparation and taste a wee dram or two. In the afternoon we cruise to Banavie and Neptune's Staircase, a flight of eight locks that is a spectacular feat of engineering. Farewell Captain's Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7 Banavie to Inverness
Passengers disembark for the transfer back to Inverness by minibus after a hearty Scottish breakfast arriving in there by about 11am.
On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.