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Classic Caledonian Cruise 7-days (Inverness to Banavie)

  • 7days
  • Scotland

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A Classic Cruise from Inverness to Banavie

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 􏰀me is 14:00. The barge departs Muirtown and the first set of locks of the week and then the scenic cruise to Dochgarroch. Walking, cycling and relaxing aboard are all excellent options.

  • Day 2

    Sunday

    Setting off from Dochgarroch we explore the small yet beautiful Loch Dochfour before entering the North East end of Loch Ness. From the start you have the chance to explore the water or land by canoe, sailing boat, bike or on foot. In the afternoon the barge will cruise to Foyers pier taking in views of Urquhart castle. If you prefer, cycling along the south shore of Loch Ness is the alternative to cruising on the barge. Foyers bay can be an excellent place to participate in canoeing or sailing. For land lovers there are plenty of walks of varying length and difficulty to suit everyone.

  • Day 3

    Monday

    Making the most of the tranquil beauty of Foyers we will spend the morning continuing our exploration of the area be it by canoe, sailing boat, bike or foot. A walk up to the Falls, on an established path through the pine forest is a must. Leaving around lunchtime we take a scenic cruise to Fort Augustus. Guests can choose to do a road cycle or relax on board and watch the wildlife on the remote coast line and a last chance to spy the elusive Loch Ness Monster. The barge will tie up at the bottom of Fort Augustus locks overnight.

  • Day 4

    Tuesday

    Ascend Fort Augustus staircase of 5 locks during the morning and then tie up at the top of the locks for lunch. This is the last opportunity for souvenir shopping before Banavie 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. Departing after lunch the barge’s journey heads south west through Kytra lock, Cullochy lock and then out onto Loch Oich, where we will spend the night at anchor. The afternoon route also makes a great walk and an equally good cycle. An alternative walking option maybe offered that allows for fine views of Loch Ness.

  • Day 5

    Wednesday

    The barge will stay at anchor up to lunch􏰀me meaning there will be more time to take in the surroundings and participate in further activities on the water or ashore. In the afternoon we will make our way along the picturesque Laggan Avenue by foot, bike, canoe or barge, another magical part of the journey. The barge will tie up alongside a pontoon overnight at Laggan locks.

  • Day 6

    Thursday

    In the morning we cruise to and anchor at Bunarkaig Bay on Loch Lochy. Guests can relax on board or choose to walk or cycle to the bay. Late morning activities 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 the rest of Loch Lochy towards Gairlochy at the south western end of the loch. Again guests can choose to walk, cycle or relax on board. The barge will lie alongside a jetty at Gairlochy overnight.

  • Day 7

    Friday

    The morning cruise is from Gairlochy to Banavie near Fort William. Guests can choose to cycle or relax on board. The barge will tie up at a pontoon just before Neptune’s Staircase.

    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.
Apr 20 2024 Apr 26 2024 12 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 1,902€
Jun 01 2024 Jun 07 2024 12 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 2,020€
Jun 29 2024 Jul 05 2024 12 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 2,020€
Jul 13 2024 Jul 19 2024 12 Single rooms 2,265€
Double rooms 2,020€
Jul 27 2024 Aug 02 2024 12 Single rooms 2,265€
Double rooms 2,020€
Aug 10 2024 Aug 16 2024 12 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 2,020€
Aug 24 2024 Aug 30 2024 12 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 2,020€
Sep 07 2024 Sep 13 2024 12 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 2,020€
Sep 21 2024 Sep 27 2024 12 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 2,020€
Oct 05 2024 Oct 11 2024 12 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 1,901€

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