Scottish Highlander

A journey through the majestic Highlands

Hotel Barge Scottish Highlander

Scottish Highlander has the atmosphere of a comfortable Country House with subtle use of tartan furnishings and landscape paintings, a reminder of the spectacular surroundings to be seen on your voyage through the Great Glen.

At 117 feet long, she is spacious and has every comfort needed for enjoying the magnificence of the Highlands during Spring, Summer and Autumn.

The warm and welcoming saloon features rich-coloured wooden panelling, large picture windows and comfortable leather Chesterfield sofas to relax in, perhaps with a mellow single malt whisky from the very well-stocked bar.

Accommodation for eight guests is in three twin/double staterooms and one larger twin/double junior suite, each one centrally heated and with en suite facilities.

There is a cosy observation area behind the wheelhouse where you can admire the passing scenery and chat to the Captain about life on the Caledonian Canal and its interconnecting lochs. On the forward deck area, there is more seating where you can take in the far-reaching views and take photographs as Scottish Highlander plots her course past landmarks such as Urquhart Castle perched alongside Loch Ness.

A cruise on mystical waterways aboard Scottish Highlander as you marvel at some of Scotland’s finest scenery will be one that stays in the memory for a long time.

Cuisine is traditional Scottish fare – salmon, game and seafood, prepared by your own Master Chef, and the hotel barge’s experienced crew of four will take care of your every need.

Cruise Highlights

  • Tour of the renowned Dalwhinnie whisky distillery with a private tasting
  • See Eilean Donan and Urquhart castles
  • Tour Cawdor Castle and gardens, home of Shakespeare’s Scottish Play
  • Extraordinary river, canal and loch cruising & excellent walking opportunities
  • Majestic Falconry Display on the banks of Loch Ness
  • Visit Glencoe, scene of treachery between the Campbell and MacDonald clans

Classic Cruise Itineraries

Classic Cruise – Scotland


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All round excellent. A great life-list experience. Need to offer optional half portions for on-board dining to avoid food waste.

Mr Kenneth Westcar

The crew were all exceptional professionals. They made us feel the most important guests they’d ever had. The excursions, the onboard guests, the meals...

Colin & Heather Waldron , Melbourne, Australia

The accommodations were polished and clean.

Dr Joel Knight , Ocean Springs, Ms

Good times, Great people, Fabulous food.

Mrs Valerie Gwara

This was the best trip I have ever taken. I'd take another in a minute.

Ms Judith Dillingham , Chappaqua, New York

It was truly a luxury cruise, and I would love to repeat the vacation on the same barge with the same crew--the best!

Mrs Susan Sheppard

The Scottish Highlander was a wonderful option for our group of 4 couples who decided to charter the boat for themselves. What...

Paula & Jim , USA

I recommend this trip to was wonderful

Mr David Sheppard

We found the cruise relaxing, food exceptional and locally sourced. I have only positive memories of a me other experience. Thank you.

Mrs Jane Rowat

Crew, food , tours, barge - all fantastic.

Ms Helen Gascoine , Newcastle NSW

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Ms Barbe Crowley

We thoroughly enjoyed our week aboard the Scottish Highlander. We liked every aspect of the trip - including the boat, our cabin, the...

Gene , Philadelphia

From start to finish, the guests were attended to and accommodated with professionalism. The food, wines and cheeses were all first rate.

S C Berl , Black Mountain NC

I am not sure what you are asking with this question. We didn't make any purchases on the trip. If you are...

Mrs Susan McWilliams , Fairhope,Alabama

Good value for the money.

Mr Robert McIntyre

A great value—Scotland up close and personal!

Ms Carol Chacon , Bellaire, Michigan

Despite not having the best of weather, the crew made the cruise an enjoyable holiday. Charlotte made dining on board an enjoyable experience....

Mrs Patricia Paddison , East Yorkshire.

Great value all inclusive, no additional costs other than airfare.

Mr William Brooks , Austin, TX

It was a perfect size vessel for our group, and the level of expertise, care, attention and entertainment from the crew was excellent. ...

Mr Robert Spitzer

Die Tour ist nicht günstig, hat uns aber überzeugt. Sehr gutes Programm. Hervorragende Unterkunft und Küche an Bord. Service und Kundenorientierung herausragend.

Mr Axel Dreckschmidt

Our guide was wonderful - enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He made history fun and added to our experience. Our chef, Charlotte, provided excellent meals and...

Mr William Leeds , Freeland, WA

The Scottish Highlander is a comfy den that sails through spectacular scenery. She comes with a five start restaurant and chef. Her...

Mr Mark Jefson , Anchorage, Alaska

6 day cruising with three gourmet meals. Tours were very interesting.

Mr Hugh Rushing

Small and friendly. Scenery you just can't describe. Comfortable surroundings and wonderful wonderful food.

Mrs Diane Gornall

Worth the expense to have such and intimate sailing experience.

Mr James Staes , Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Although the price may have appeared to be high, since all services, tours and drinks were included the purchase was a very good value

Dr Nelly Zwatrzka

Very memorable trip great value for the cost

Mr Alexander Mackie , Winthrop Washington

Well worth the extra money for this level of luxury. When you've travelled so far you don't want any let downs.

Mrs Jennifer Bond

Competent crew who put forth an effort to see that our time aboard was well spent. Friendly, smart and talented.

Dr Wayne Elliott , El Dorado, Arkansas

Our trip was very enjoyable. The only constructive comment that I could make is that a higher quality meat be purchased for preparation and...

Charles , Texas

The barge was comfortable. Our room was not overly spacious but certainly adequate. We spent little time in the room. The meals prepared by...

Allen , Ontario, Canada

The trip was exceptionally well planned and organized. My eighty-five-year-old uncle had no difficulty keeping up, largely because of the capable and unobtrusive support...

Susan , California

The high expectations I had for this trip were exceeded in every way. The crew of the Scottish Highlander became family. Very...

Robert , Phoenix, Arizona

Perfect in every respect best holiday ever!!

William , York

The Scottish Highland trip of April 10 to 16, 2016 was well beyond our expectations. The crew of Mick, Charlotte, Sophie and Neil is...

Jim and Sylvia Gilchrist , Ontario, Canada

Boat is lovely with all needed comforts and some extras you didn't know you needed!

Mrs Trent Phelps

The barge cruise through the lochs of the Scottish highlands was one of the best travel adventures we have experienced.

Mr Alan Chandler , Melbourne, Australia

Small room but comfortable

Mr John Sims , Washington state

Our last trip was down the various rivers in Germany and your Scottish trip was by far the most awesome.....The barge was spotless, the...

Mrs Wanda Sims , Sequim, Washington, USA

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