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'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.  

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Chefís Recipe: Cullen Skink - 25th Jan 2017

By Metukkalihis (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/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.

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Thatís 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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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.

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Scottish Traditions - 23rd Dec 2015

With Christmas and the New Year nearly upon us, you may be interested to know a little more about the tradition of Hogmanay on December 31st in Scotland. The origins of Hogmanay stretch back to the pagan practice of sun and fire worship in mid-winter.

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Chefís Recipe: Tipsy Laird - 23rd Dec 2015

Here’s a recipe for a delicious dessert – Tipsy Laird – a Scottish version of the classic sherry trifle which is often served on special occasions like Christmas or New Year’s Eve. It is deliciously sweet but less heavy than Clootie Dumpling or Christmas Pudding.

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