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The Lock-Keeper has gone viral! Every few weeks we will be blogging about the Hotel barging experience; From the history of our hotel barges to some of the off the beaten track excursions we visit. Intrigued? Then read on...


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Whisky Tasting in Scotland 10th Feb 2016

If you have been on any of our hotel barge cruises and enjoyed one of the private tastings at esteemed wineries that we offer, you’ll be familiar with the concept of certain regions producing certain wines. With whisky the regional distinctions are not so clear-cut which makes a whisky-tasting themed barge cruise all the more educational.





France’s Iconic Aqueducts 10th Feb 2016

On one of our voyages along the historic canals of France, you may be lucky enough to be on board a hotel barge that traverses one of the country’s aqueducts. France is a country of undulating landscapes, criss-crossed with innumerable waterways, so the resourceful French engineers in earlier centuries had little choice but to build a number of aqueducts. 





Chef’s Recipe: Haggis 24th Jan 2016

If there is one dish that is immediately identified as being Scottish, it is haggis. Contrary to an old yarn, haggis is not a wild animal indigenous to Scotland. It is a spicy mix of sheeps liver and heart, oatmeal, and spices boiled inside a sheeps paunch.  





Italy’s Riverside Gems 22nd Jan 2016

A river cruise through Italy can reveal some spectacular things, from the incredible stone palaces that rise from Venice’s canals, to the sprawling palazzos of Mantua. However, sometimes it is the smaller, lesser-known locations that prove most memorable. 





New Itinerary for Hotel Barge Clair de Lune on the Canal du Midi 21st Jan 2016

Hotel barge Clair de Lune will cruise a new route on the 330-year-old Canal du Midi in France between July 17 and September 24. The cruise will take guests between the picturesque city of Trebes near Carcassonne and the town of Naurouze, the highest point on the Canal. 





Cruising Through History 20th Jan 2016

If you join us for a cruise along the Canal du Nord today, you might never guess that this 60-mile stretch of peaceful water, which today cuts through the countryside of northern France, was once the site of a fierce battle. It’s even less likely that you would spare a passing thought at the significance of the bridges that criss-cross the canal at various points. 





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