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Lochs and Locks: Cruising the Caledonian Canal - 19th Jul 2017

We are not alone in the belief that cruising the Caledonian Canal is the perfect way to appreciate the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands. This 60-mile waterway, which bisects the Highlands from Fort William in the south west to Inverness in the north east, passes brooding castles and connects dramatic, deep-water lochs. 


Whisky Business: The Celtic Love of the ‘Water of Life’ - 16th May 2017

It’s been the cause of many an argument in the pub or club – whisky or whiskey, which one is the correct spelling? As with most age-old disagreements, the answer is... both. Welcome to the history of whisk(e)y. 


The ‘Path Less Travelled’ - 15th May 2017

We are expanding our excursion and on-board barge options to include more immersive activities that meet travellers’ rising demand for experiential holidays. Highly personalised experiences include an exclusive tour of a castle garden in Scotland, led by the head gardener – and often, the “lady of the house” herself


'Kids Go Free' in France & Scotland this Summer - 5th Apr 2017

Every parent knows that a stuffy hotel room can be confining to restless children, but a hotel barge – which is out in the fresh air and cruising ‘the big outdoors’ – is a vacation in itself. The whole world comes to you as you cruise scenic waterways in luxury and comfort, passing beautiful countryside, storybook villages and castles straight out of a fairy tale.  


Chef’s Recipe: Cullen Skink - 25th Jan 2017

By Metukkalihis (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsThe idea of eating minced lamb, oatmeal, onions and spices cooked in a sheep’s stomach is not to everybody’s taste, so here is a recipe for Cullen Skink, a very tasty soup which is also often served on Burns’ Night. This soup has its roots in Cullen, a small town on the Moray Firth coast and is traditionally made using Finnan haddock.


That’s the Spirit! - 18th Jan 2017

You may well already know about our elegant new lady, ‘Spirit of Scotland’, a hotel barge that will soon be embarking on voyages of discovery on Thomas Telford’s Caledonian Canal and lochs of the Great Glen. A cruise aboard her encompasses the true ‘spirit’ of Scotland and is a special addition to our collection.


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