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Spirit of Scotland

Classic Cruise in Scotland from Banavie to Muirtown (7 Days)

The 12-passenger Spirit of Scotland is an elegant river barge whose style evokes that of the traditional steamers that plied the lochs of Scotland in times gone by. Purpose-built in 2001 the hotel barge boasts extensive public areas inside and out that are perfect to admire the spectacular Highlands scenery in comfort. Guests can enjoy the bright and spacious saloon and dining area with picture windows and separate bar. There are six air conditioned cabins with either twin or double beds with well-designed en suite shower rooms. The exterior of the barge offers guests a heated spa pool, as well as a covered dining terrace. The spacious upper sun deck is the ideal place to admire the beautiful scenery and historic landmarks such as the loch-side Urquhart Castle.





Embark the ship in Banavie.

Day 1: Inverness - Banavie

Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change. On alternate weeks, the cruise will run in the opposite direction. You will be met at the Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel in Inverness and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Spirit of Scotland. A Champagne Welcome will be followed by perhaps an early evening stroll before your first dinner on board.

Day 2: Banavie - Laggan

Today you will join an excursion to the mystical area of Glencoe, renowned for its geographical beauty and famed for one of the darkest days in Scottish history. Alternatively, you can enjoy some breath-taking panoramic views on a cable car ride to the summit of Aonach Mor mountain. If time permits, visit the ruins of the 13th century, Old Inverlochy Castle, before embarking on your first cruise, through Moy Bridge, the last hand-operated bridge of its type on the Caledonian Canal. As the barge approaches Laggan, a Highland Piper may be there to greet you with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music. Dinner on board.

Day 3: Laggan - Kytra

Today you will be able to enjoy some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer including visiting one of the most photographed castles, Eilean Donan, which has featured in movies such as "Highlander" and James Bond's "The World Is Not Enough" and overlooks three sea lochs. In the afternoon arrive at Loch Oich, with the opportunity of enjoying a walk en route, then onto a pretty mooring at Kytra. Dinner on board.

Day 4: Kytra - Fort Augustus

This morning the barge will cruise to Fort Augustus and down the “flight” as the locals call it, to moor opposite the Benedictine Abbey at the entrance to Loch Ness. After lunch on board, visit the private, Highland Club; a spectacular exclusive set of residences and a former 19th century Benedictine Monastery with a fascinating history. It is here you are treated to a falconry and birds of prey demonstration. In the evening enjoy dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Day 5: Fort Augustus - Dochgarroch

Enjoy a picturesque cruise across Loch Ness, with perhaps a chance of spotting “Nessie” and en route you will pass Urquhart Castle, navigating closely beneath its spectacular 13th century ruins, before mooring at the hamlet of Dochgarroch. After lunch visit Cawdor Castle*, forever immortalised in Shakespeare’s “Scottish Play”. Then you will visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746 and end your tour at the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic clan chieftain burial site dating back to 2000 B.C. Dinner on board.

Day 6: Dochgarroch - Muirtown

Today, your final cruise will take you through Tomnahurich swing bridge and onto the locks to Muirtown, where there will be the opportunity to take a bicycle ride or walk to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. After lunch, visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746, next it’s on to the Muir of Ord distillery, founded in 1838 by licence holders Robert Johnstone and Donald MacLennan. A fascinating description of the maturing and ageing process of single and blended malts is followed by a special tasting. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7: Muirtown

After breakfast, disembark the barge and transfer by private chauffeured minibus to your choice of location in Inverness.


Disembark the ship in Muirtown.


  • Six nights' accommodation on board Spirit of Scotland
  • Full board during the cruise (from dinner on day one to breakfast on the last day)
  • Chauffeured and guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Use of bicycles
  • Wines with lunch and dinner
  • Open bar with a large selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
  • Local transfers to and from the barge


  • International transportation
  • Personal insurance
  • Crew gratuity

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