Muirtown to Banavie Cruise Itinerary
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Sunday, Day 1Banavie
Cruising in Splendour
Guests are met at the Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel in Inverness
and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Spirit of Scotland.
A champagne welcome by the Captain and crew and perhaps an early
evening stroll before our first dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2Banavie to Laggan
Magnificent Glen Coe
Our excursion today will take us to the mystical area of
Glencoe, renowned for its geographical beauty and famed
for one of the darkest days in Scottish history. Alternatively,
we can enjoy some breath-taking panoramic views
on a cable car ride to the summit of Aonach Mor mountain.
If time permits we can visit the ruins of the 13th century, Old Inverlochy Castle,
before embarking on our first cruise, through Moy Bridge, the last handoperated
bridge of its type on the Caledonian Canal. En route, we may visit the Clan Cameron Museum,
before crossing Loch Lochy. As we approach our mooring at Laggan, a Highland Piper may be
there to greet us with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3Laggan to Cullochy
Beautiful Eilean Donan
On our cruise today, we take in some of the finest scenery Scotland has to
offer as we drive to one of its best known and 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. Our afternoon
cruise today takes us across the very scenic Loch Oich, with the opportunity
of enjoying a walk en route, then onto our pretty mooring at Cullochy.
Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4Cullochy to Fort Augustus
This morning we 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, we encounter some of Scotland’s
bloody past as we visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle in a spectacular setting
overlooking Loch Ness, then take a gentle drive to the Invermoriston
Falls and the ‘Old Bridge’ designed by Thomas Telford where you
may even see a salmon leaping. This evening we have dinner ashore at
a local restaurant.
Thursday, Day 5Fort Augustus to Dochgarroch
This morning we enjoy a picturesque cruise across world-famous Loch Ness,
with perhaps a chance of spotting ‘Nessie’, before mooring at the hamlet of
Dochgarroch. After lunch we visit Cawdor Castle, forever immortalised in
Shakespeare’s “Scottish Play”. The picturesque gardens have been listed as
being amongst the top 100 in the UK. The castle contains a superb collection
of tapestries, pictures and furnishings and is still in use as a home for the Dowager
Countess of Cawdor who resides there for several months of the year.
Then we visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746 and end our tour at
the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic clan chieftain burial site dating back to 2000 B.C.
Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6Dochgarroch to Muirtown
Culloden Visitor Welcome!
Today, our final cruise will take us through Tomnahurich swing bridge and then 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
we drive through stunning hill scenery to take a closer look at one of Scotland’s best
known exports, whisky, at the Glen Ord distillery, founded in 1838 on the Black Isle
by the Mackenzie’s of Ord. A fascinating description of the maturing and ageing process
of single and blended malts is followed by our special tasting. Captain’s Fare-well Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7Muirtown
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in
PLEASE NOTE—This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the
cruise is in the reverse direction.