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Classic Caledonian Cruise 7-days (Banavie to Inverness)

  • 7days
  • Scotland

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A Classic Cruise from Bavanie to Inverness

This is a fantastic journey along the whole length of the Caledonian Canal. Guests can enjoy the cruise incorporating Loch Ness with plenty of opportunity to try all the activities on offer or just sit back, enjoy the journey and watch the world go by. You will be amazed by the wonderful Highland Scenery.   Walking, biking, canoeing, paddleboarding and sailing are all on offer with qualified, patient instructors ready to help.  These activities are all optional so should you prefer to sit and relax the choice is up to you. 

Highlights:

  • Wonderful Highland scenery
  • Laggan Avenue
  • Urquhart Castle 

Your Accomodation: 

Ros Crana was purchased in January 2012 and then converted to carry her first passengers in May 2013.  She has the capacity to carry 12 passengers and up to 6 crew members. The barge has an upper deck galley and dining saloon with great views outside. There are 6 twin ensuite cabins with a large dining and saloon area. 

Included in the Cruise:

  • 6 nights in ensuite cabins
  • All freshly prepared meals
  • Optional activities with instructions
  • Tea and coffee 
  • On-board crew to help with your cruise

Not included: 

  • Tips/ gratitudes
  • Drinks on board
  • Any activities that aren't offered 
  • Transfers (from 45 Pounds)
  • Insurance

Notes:

  • Maximum 12 guests
  • Departure Saturday
  • 25% discount for children (12 and under) in a shared cabin
  • Activities are optional. You are welcome to stay on board and relax
  • This tour is available to charter. Please email us for further details
  • Single cabins are very limited and always on request

Arrival/ Departure: 

  • There are good connections to Fort William and Inverness by rail and coach from Glasgow. There is an overnight sleeper service from London Euston to both Fort William and Inverness. The cruise start points of Muirtown (Inverness) or Banavie (Fort William) are a short taxi ride from the town centres.
  • Airport Inverness is the closest but the airports at Glasgow and Edinburgh can also be used
  • Carparking is available at Muirtown (Inverness) there is a locked compound and at Banavie (Fort William) an open car parking is available next to our pontoon.
  • For an additional charge, a minibus can be arranged to take guests from where they finish the cruise back to where they joined the barge (where their car may be parked). This must be booked at least 2 months in advance.
  • Guests must be able to climb a small ladder to access/ depart the barge

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  • Day 1

    Saturday

    Boarding time is 14:00. The barge departs Banavie and takes the scenic cruise to Gairlochy. Walking, cycling and relaxing aboard are all excellent options.

  • Day 2

    Sunday

    Cruise to Bunarkaig Bay on Loch Lochy. Guests can relax on board or choose to walk or cycle this short sec􏰀on. After anchoring in the bay, the morning activites at Bunarkaig may include an opportunity to sail, canoe or explore, by foot or bike, the Clan Cameron estate. After lunch the barge will weigh anchor and motor up Loch Lochy towards Laggan locks at the north eastern end of the loch. Again guests can choose to walk, cycle or relax on board. The barge will tie up alongside a pontoon at Laggan overnight.

  • Day 3

    Monday

    We make our way along the picturesque Laggan Avenue by foot, bike, canoe or barge. The barge will then anchor in the picturesque Castle Bay, Loch Oich, from where it can offer an afternoon of activities on or around the loch. These may include canoeing, sailing, walks ashore and cream teas. The barge will remain at anchor overnight.

  • Day 4

    Tuesday

    There is another chance to participate in activities on Loch Oich before departing for Cullochy and Kytra locks for lunch. The afternoon route takes us towards Fort Augustus. This section can be walked, biked or cruised. An alternative walking option maybe offered that allows for fine views of Loch Ness. The barge will tie up at a pontoon at Fort Augustus overnight

  • Day 5

    Wednesday

    In the morning we descend the staircase of 5 locks at Fort Augustus and then tie up at the bottom of the locks for lunch. This is the last real opportunity for souvenir shopping before Inverness and the only place to pick up any forgotten essentials on route. Alternatives to shopping and relaxing on board include exploring the local area by bike or foot. We leave Fort Augustus around lunchtime making the scenic cruise to Foyers pier for the night. Guests can choose to take a quiet‐road cycle or relax on board and try and spy the elusive Loch Ness Monster. Foyers is a tranquil spot, home to the lower falls of Foyers, made famous in one of Robert Burns’ poems

  • Day 6

    Thursday

    Foyers bay can be an excellent place to par􏰀cipate in canoeing or sailing. For land lovers there are plenty of walks of varying length and difficulty to suit everyone. A walk up to the Falls, on an established path, through the pine forest is a must. You should also keep a lookout for the also elusive Red Squirrel, which can be spied in the forest. The barge will depart around lunch time and cruise down the loch, firstly towards Urquhart Castle on the north shore and then onwards to Dochgarroch Locks where the barge will lie overnight. Cycling along the South shore of Loch Ness is the alternative to cruising on the barge.

  • Day 7

    Friday

    Morning cruise from Dochgarroch to Muirtown basin near Inverness. Guests can choose to cycle or relax on board. At Muirtown we descend a staircase of 4 locks to lie alongside at Muirtown basin.

    Guests are fully briefed each day on the cruise plan and activity options. The itinerary above is purely an example with all activities subject to the weather conditions.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Jul 20 2024 Jul 26 2024 12 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 2,020€
Aug 17 2024 Aug 23 2024 12 Single rooms 2,265€
Double rooms 2,020€
Apr 19 2025 Apr 25 2025 12 Single rooms 2,215€
Double rooms 2,015€
Jul 12 2025 Jul 18 2025 12 Single rooms 2,440€
Double rooms 2,170€
Jul 26 2025 Aug 01 2025 12 Single rooms 2,440€
Double rooms 2,170€
Aug 23 2025 Aug 29 2025 12 Single rooms 2,440€
Double rooms 2,170€
Sep 27 2025 Oct 03 2025 12 Single rooms 2,215€
Double rooms 2,015€

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If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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