Admire the breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands in comfort aboard 'Spirit of Scotland,' which evokes the style of traditional steamers that plied the waters in days gone by. Relax in the spacious salon with its large picture windows, or lounge in the heated spa pool on the expansive sun deck. Go ashore to explore romantic castles, visit historic battlefields and tour a distillery to learn about the whisky-making process.
Day 1 - Sunday
Meet in Inverness and transfer to 'Spirit of Scotland,' moored at Banavie. After a welcome reception, perhaps enjoy an early evening stroll before dinner on board.
Day 2 - Monday
Visit the evocative valley of Glencoe, scene of an infamous 17th-century massacre — one of the darkest days in Scottish history. After lunch, your barge cruises across Loch Lochy to the overnight mooring at Laggan Locks.
Day 3 - Tuesday
Explore romantic Eilean Donan Castle, the idyllic setting for films such as Highlander and the James Bond adventure The World Is Not Enough. A scenic cruise on Loch Oich offers walking opportunities along the way. Tonight, moor at peaceful Cullochy.
Day 4 - Wednesday
Cruise to Fort Augustus to descend its flight of five locks and moor opposite a former Benedictine abbey. After lunch, visit the spectacular ruins of Urquhart Castle, set on a rocky peninsula on the banks of Loch Ness. Experience a falconry display at the Highland Club, getting up close and personal with an array of birds demonstrating their flying skills. Dine ashore this evening at a local restaurant.
Day 5 - Thursday
Cruise scenic Loch Ness, keeping an eye peeled for its fabled monster, said to inhabit the murky waters, which are over 700 feet deep. After lunch, visit 14th-century Cawdor Castle*, with its beautifully landscaped gardens and superb collection of tapestries, paintings and furniture. Continue to Clava Cairns, a prehistoric clan burial site dating from 2000 BC.
Day 6 - Friday
'Spirit of Scotland' cruises past the opened Tomnahurich swing bridge today, continuing to its final mooring at Muirtown. Visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746. Then visit Tomatin Distillery, producer of award-winning whisky since 1897, for a tour and tasting. Later, gather for a farewell dinner on board your barge.
Day 7 - Saturday
After breakfast, transfer to Inverness where your journey ends.