A memorable voyage of discovery through the best of Scotland

Spirit of Scotland

Hotel Barge Spirit of Scotland

Spirit of Scotland is an elegant hotel barge with extensive public areas inside and out that are perfect from which to admire the breathtaking Highlands scenery in comfort as she cruises the Caledonian Canal and the lochs of the Great Glen.

Although purpose-built less than twenty years ago as a hotel barge, her style evokes that of the traditional steamers that plied the lochs of Scotland in times gone by.

Accommodating up to 12 passengers in comfort, her interior features a bright and spacious saloon and dining area with picture windows, a separate bar, and an integral forward wheelhouse giving views of the cruise route ahead. The 6 air-conditioned cabins offer a choice of twin or double beds and are complemented by well-designed en suite shower rooms.

Outside, there are separate areas where you can relax on a recliner, or perhaps in the heated spa pool, as well as a covered dining terrace. And the large upper sun deck is the ideal place to admire the dramatic backdrop as you cruise on deep-water lochs such as Loch Oich and past historic landmarks along the way.

Your voyage aboard Spirit of Scotland will be an unforgettable experience, giving you the opportunity to appreciate the very best this dramatic region of Scotland has to offer from a unique perspective.

All this, together with the traditional Scottish cuisine, fine wines and wide range of whiskies served on board by an attentive crew of 6, combine to ensure a truly memorable cruising experience.

Cruise Highlights

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

Classic Cruise Itineraries

Classic Cruise – Scotland


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Lovely canal boat. Great spaces to chat with the other passengers and the Skipper, Helen. Nice hot tub - wish I had...

Ms Susan Buttram

Was well worth the price.

Mrs Jessie Roberts , Sterling, VA

The down payment and final payment process went seamlessly. While we hired the entire barge, each couple was able to make their own direct...

Mrs J. Doyle , San Diego, California, USA

Once in a life time trip. Anything you wanted they provided

Karen Lopez , San Diego CA United States

Good value at a fair price

Larry Vidano , Prescott, AZ

The barge was clean and safe. The meals were excellent. For Jim the chef to turn out such incredable meals from such a small galley was...

Mr Eric Schold

Our trip on the Spirit of Scotland was beyond imagination. The boat was a dream. The side trip/excursions were perfect. The...

Mr William Repperger , St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

The quality of the boat is high, as is the knowledge, friendliness and professionalism of the crew.

Mr Brian Hardie

Although it seemed expensive, there were absolutely no extra expenses for any of the tours and experiences. The meals were worthy of a...

Mrs Carol Repperger , St. Louis

Brilliat crew, fine food and drink and wonderful scenery

Mr Brian Maddison

It was easy and even though it was expensive, the level of service was exceptional.

Mr Alvis Smith

The cruise is not an inexpensive vacation but the product delivered makes it worth spending a little more. the scenery, the local history, the...

Mr Christopher Salter , Worcester, Massachusetts

Worth every penny. I would take the same cruise in a heartbeat

Ms Maureen Sandberg , Delaware

The attentive staff and the excellent service were a credit to European Waterways. The dinners and lunches were excellent, but we would...

Ms Sandra Jenkins , Melbourne, Australia

Excellent accommodations. Cozy and intimate public spaces. Good viewing from the top deck.

Mr Andrew Austin , Arlington, VA

Our cruise couldn't have been finer.

Ms Victoria Console

Beautiful barge, wonderful crew, delicious food, amazingly beautiful trip through the Caledonian Canal! We also thoroughly enjoyed meeting and spending the week with all...

Mrs Pamela Howerton , North Carolina, USA

Money well spent for the tour. New York office not very personal to each member of the booked group when asked to do...

Ms Elizabeth Nappe

A fun cruise with a wonderful crew. Superb inventive cuisine ...thank you Dave!!!

Mrs Helen Leckie

Everything you needed was included

Mr William Eversole

Every detail of this trip was excellent. The rest of the guests on board were very well travelled and also agreed that this was...

Sandy Feldstein , Thornhill, Ontario, Canada

see above comment regarding trip.

Dr Norman Scheffner

Staff, food, service were all outstanding.

Mrs Pamela Capener , Dallas

The crew, the ship, the food, the excursions, the attention to detail, the attentiveness, the willingness to change the itinerary to suit our needs...

Mrs Sheena Pennie , Victoria, BC, Canada

The actual barge was superb and very beautiful. Way better than what we have had before in France. We loved the crew and...

Mrs Clemencia Cardozo Wiese , London

Well designed and maintained vessel. Very roomy and comfortable.

Nancy & Gary , Franklin, TN, USA

Already did. See comments.

Mrs Tey Diana Rebolledo

This boat is made for the job - very comfortable as well as being light an airy in the dining area and lounge so...

Martin Hesp

My stateroom was very comfortable, very efficiently arranged. Though small, as necessary for a ship this size, I had everything I needed. I also...

Prof Elizabeth Davidson , Forest City, North Carolina, USA

Deck Plan

Spirit of Scotland
Deluxe 12 Passengers 6 Crew More Details

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