Scottish Cruises

The beauty of the raw and pristine nature that’s awaiting holidaymakers who have chosen to explore the Highlands has never left anyone unmoved. Cruising the impressive Caledonian Canal, surrounded by heather-clad hillsides, embraced by the untamed forces of nature and overarched by the dramatically painted skies, you will feel a world away from the rut of daily life. Let the wind blow through your hair, let the warm burn of single malt warm your insides and let yourself take in the history and the legends of this one-of-a-kind part of the world.

When it comes to Scotland, cruise opportunities abound and European Waterways’ Scottish cruises excel in the luxury, cuisine and the unique, personal service they offer. On board either of our authentic barges, you will be pampered by our crew whose single concern is that you have a holiday experience that ticks off all your boxes.

If you decide to cruise Scotland with European Waterways, you’ll have to opportunity to see the dramatic landscapes of the Great Glen open up to you while navigating the jaw-dropping lochs and Caledonian Canal that make up the way between Inverness and Fort William. You’ll be able to admire the ancient castles scattered along the water’s edge, learn all about legends surrounding the mythical inhabitant of Loch Ness and indulge in traditional regional cuisine that’s freshly prepared for you by our crew each day.

Our Scottish cruises aim to have you experience the area with all your senses, and that includes experiencing the mouth feel of the local Scotch, tasting the full flavours of the local salmon, seafood and game and smelling the fragrant, unpolluted air that blows amongst the hilltops. There truly is no better way of getting to the heart of the region than to cruise Scotland and experience it from the water.

You can book a Scotland cruise experience aboard the comfortable and spacious Scottish Highlander and Spirit of Scotland. Whether you travel alone or with family, with friends or with new friends, when you cruise Scotland with European Waterways you are bound to have the experience of a lifetime.

Our Hotel Barges in Scotland

Deluxe 8 Passengers 4 Crew
Scottish Highlander

Scottish Highlander is a first class, 8 passenger hotel barge that navigates the scenic Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands

Deluxe 12 Passengers 6 Crew

Spirit of Scotland is a deluxe, 12 passenger hotel barge that sails the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands

FROM THE LOCK-KEEPER BLOG

Meet Scottish Highlander Captain, Mick Forster

Born and bred in England's North Yorkshire, Captain Mick Forster now leads the way aboard luxury hotel barge, Scottish Highlander. Read about Mick's journey on the Caledonian Canal here... Read More

The Best Insider Experiences on Our Barge Trips: Part 2

In Part 2 of our Best Insider Experiences, we show you where we take you off the beaten track on barge trips in France and Scotland Read More

Wee Bonnie Scotland by Guest, Peter Rudy

In 2019, Peter and his family chartered the Scottish Highlander from Banavie to Muirtown in the majestic Scottish Highlands. Here's a lovely poem he wrote from his journey... Read More

Guest Post – Eating Our Way Through Scotland With European Waterways

WAVEJourney indulge in a dream culinary cruise through the heart of the Scottish Highlands, sampling the best that the region, and our inventive chef has to offer! Read More

What is Munro Bagging? Find out on a Scottish Cruise!

Have you heard of the famous Scottish Munros? Perhaps you'd like to bag a few aboard a luxury barge cruise through the heart of the highlands? Read More

Exploring Urquhart Castle – A Scottish Highland Gem

Magnificent History, Incredible Views and Wonderful Wildlife abound at this unique spot on the shores of Loch Ness. Read More

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