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Mini Caledonian Cruise 4-Days (Inverness to Bavanie)

  • 4days
  • Scotland

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Mini Cruise 4 days from Banavie to Inverness 

Our 4 day cruise takes you right through the Great Glen on the Caledonian Canal including Loch Ness. Our unique journey takes in mountains, lochs and castles all contributing to a great taste of the stunning Highland Scenery. This can be more of a cruising only trip ‐ we will have walking and biking available, all as optional activities. This short break option is popular with those whose time is limited and would like a taster of the 7‐day trip.


  • Loch Ness
  • Short discovery walks
  • Fort Augustus and Laggan Avenue

Your Accomodation: 

Fingal has been running successful cruises since 1996.  She is 39 metres long and has the capacity to carry 12 passengers and up to 6 crew members. There are 6 twin ensuite cabins, a large dining and a saloon area.

Included in the Cruise: 

  • 3 nights accomodation in a twin cabin with ensuite
  • All meals prepared
  • Tea and coffee
  • Knowledgable guides
  • Activities listed 

Not included: 

  • Drinks
  • Transfers
  • Optional extras
  • Tips
  • Insurance


  • 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. Some may not have an ensuite 

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

    Boarding time is 14:00. The barge departs from the top flight of Muirtown locks in Inverness and then cruises to a jetty at Dochgarroch. There is the op􏰀on to walk or cycle along the canal side on the towpath or you can sit on deck and enjoy the cruise.

  • Day 2

    The barge will be cruising the full length of the mystical Loch Ness taking in some stunning scenery including waterfalls, castles and mountains. We will stop off at Foyers before continuing down the loch to Fort Augustus ascending the 5 locks of the canal to berth for the night. Guests are welcome to relax and enjoy the cruise. If time permits, there is the option to take a short walk at Foyers to the lower falls, made famous in one of Robert Burn’s poems. Later in the afternoon there will be the option to explore Fort Augustus. This could involve walking, biking or wandering around the bustling little village. There will also be the option to leave the barge in the morning and cycle the 13 mile journey to Foyers on the south side of Loch Ness before carrying on to Fort Augustus. Alternatively, from Foyers, you could cycle the final 14 miles of this journey offering some fantastic views from above Loch Ness. After dinner there is the option of a walk around Fort Augustus.

  • Day 3

    The barge will be cruising from Fort Augustus to Gairlochy, initially this will be along a pretty section of the canal before entering the small and very picturesque Loch Oich. Then on through Laggan Avenue to the majestic Loch Lochy with great mountain views. At the western end Ben Nevis will be seen towering above the surrounding countryside. The barge will arrive in Gairlochy where it will berth for the night. Again guests are welcome to relax and enjoy the cruise. As the barge cruises through Loch Lochy at the south westerly end of the loch, their is the opportunity to stretch your legs with a walk from Bunarkaig to Gairlochy taking in Achnacarry and all it has to offer. As with the previous day there is again the op􏰀on to cycle sections of the journey or to complete the whole 23 miles by bike. After dinner at Gairlochy there would be the option to take a short walk along to the lighthouse which offers great views of Loch Lochy and of Ben Nevis

  • Day 4

    A towpath walk or cycle from Gairlochy to Banavie near Fort William makes up the last morning. Alternatively you can cruise with the barge and take in the scenery in a more relaxed manner.

    Guests are fully briefed each day on the Cruise Plan and Activity Options. The itinerary above is an example. All activities are subject to weather conditions

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Apr 16 2024 Apr 19 2024 12 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 1,083€
Sep 24 2024 Sep 27 2024 12 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 1,083€

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