Discover Scotland's splendor on a 7-day private cruise aboard the cozy barge Scottish Highlander. Explore the mysterious battlefield in Glencoe, famed for one of the darkest days in Scottish history. Tour Cawdor Castle and gardens, a forever immortalized setting in Shakespeare's "Scottish Play," Macbeth. Cruise along the mystical Loch Ness and perhaps have a chance of spotting the "Nessie." Take a stop at one of the finest scenery in Scotland and the most photographed castle, Eilean Donan, featured in movies such as "Highlander" and James Bond's "The World Is Not Enough." This tour of the mystical waterways will be long remembered. A four-person crew takes care of your every need as the Master Chef prepares traditional Scottish foods such as salmon, game, and seafood.
Cruise Scotland's Lochs including Loch Ness and try to spot "Nessie" with your private group of up to 8 guests
Explore one of Scotland's best known and most photographed castles, Eilean Donan
Visit Glencoe, where the famous battle between the Campbell and MacDonald clans took place
Tour Cawdor Castle and gardens, home of Shakespeare’s Scottish Play Macbeth
Enjoy a private tasting in Tomatin whisky distillery
Guests are met at the Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel in Inverness and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Scottish Highlander. Champagne welcome and perhaps an early evening stroll to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. Dinner on board
Your first cruise takes you up the Muirtown lock flight and through Tomnahurich swing bridge, with an option to walk alongside River Ness to the hamlet of Dochgarroch. After lunch on board, visit the Glen Ord distillery, founded in 1838 on the Black Isle by the Mackenzies of Ord. An expert gives a fascinating description of whiskeys' maturing and aging process, each with its distinctive characteristics, followed by a special tasting of several single malts, including The Singleton. Dinner on board.
This morning enjoys Cawdor Castle, forever immortalized in Shakespeare’s “Scottish Play,” Macbeth, with picturesque gardens, listed as among the top 100 in the U.K. The castle contains a superb collection of tapestries, pictures, and furnishings, and the Dowager Countess of Cawdor still lives there for part of the year. Then you visit Culloden Moor, the scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746. If there is time, end your tour at the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic clan chieftain burial site dating to 2,000 B.C. Later, cruise through Loch Dochfour and down Loch Ness, where you visit Urquhart Castle en route, mooring right below its spectacular ruins before continuing your voyage to Fort Augustus. Dinner on board.
After breakfast, there is time to explore the pretty village of Fort Augustus before the cruise takes you up the “flight” and then on to a pretty mooring at Cullochy. After lunch on board, you can take a gentle drive through stunning scenery to see the Falls of Foyers, set in a dramatic gorge leading to Loch Ness and made famous in a 1787 poem by Robbie Burns. This evening has dinner ashore at a local restaurant.
This morning, take in some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer as you drive to one of its best known and most photographed castles, Eilean Donan, which has been featured in movies such as “Highlander” and James Bond’s “The World Is Not Enough” and overlooks three sea lochs. The afternoon cruise today can be partially walked as you cross the very scenic Loch Oich, perhaps stopping en route for a spot of fishing, and onto the pretty Laggan Avenue. As you approach Laggan, your Highland Piper may greet you with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music.
On your final cruise, cross Loch Lochy, passing Gairlochy, where you can visit the Clan Cameron Museum. Continue to Moy Bridge, the last fully hand-operated bridge on the canal to moor at Banavie beneath Ben Nevis and a stroll from Neptune’s Staircase leading down to Loch Eil. After lunch on board, the tour today takes you to the mystical battlefield of Glencoe, famed for one of the darkest days in Scottish history. Alternatively, you can enjoy some breath-taking panoramic views on a cable car ride to the summit of Aonach Mor mountain. If time permits, you can also visit the ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7: Banavie | Disembark
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Inverness.
This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).