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Scottish Highlander - Family Cruise in Scotland

Muirtown to Banavie

ITINERARY*

Sunday, Day 1 Muirtown
 
We meet you at the designated meeting place and transfer to Scottish Highlander moored at Muirtown near Inverness. Champagne welcome followed by a short evening cruise. Dinner on board.
 
Monday, Day 2 Muirtown to Dochgarroch
 
This morning we have a full day out at Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park an ideal place for the whole family. Feed the geese and swans on the many ponds. Make contact with the friendly goats and cuddly rabbits. See pot-bellied pigs, rare sheep and cattle. Learn all about how chicks develop in the egg and finally break through their shell in the incubators. Picnic lunch today and also time for the children to enjoy park’s play area whilst parents relax with a glass or two of chilled wine. Alternatively a visit to a 14th century fairy-tale Cawdor Castle forever linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth. Housing a superb collection of tapestries, pictures and furniture with beautiful landscaped gardens. We would then also visit Culloden Moore site of the last battle on British Soil in 1746. Cruise in the afternoon up the Muirtown flight and along the pretty section of canal to Dochgarroch.  Dinner on board this evening.

 
 
Tuesday, Day 3 Fort Augustus
 
After breakfast we transfer to Drum Farm Centre in Drumnadrochit, which focuses on children’s play centred around a sunny courtyard. Within the converted farm steading there are play barns, mini tractors, ball pond, sand pit and trampolines. Alternatively we take a visit to either Urquhart Castle or explore the Nessie Museum. Ice skating at the local rink can also be offered today for the more active.  When available we watch a sheepdog trial demonstration.  Afternoon cruise across the world famous Loch Ness, with perhaps a chance of spotting "Nessie" before arriving in Fort August. Dinner on board.

 
 
Wednesday, Day 4 Fort Augustus
 
This morning we visit Clansman Centre in Fort Augustus. This 17th century living museum offers live presentations on ‘ancient Highland Life’, with clothing and weapons demonstrations. The Scottish armoury includes a range of swords, sgians, axes and clothes that can be made to order. There is also a Celtic craft shop specialising in local crafts and Celtic jewellery. A chance for everyone this afternoon to enjoy golf today at Fort Augustus charming heather laced 9 holer. Where the official green keepers are sheep, or a game of tennis at the local courts. Tonight the children can join the chef in the galley for some hands-on preparation for a delicious BBQ on deck or dinner out at a local hotel.
 
Thursday, Day 5 Fort Augustus to Laggan Locks
 
Morning visit through the Glen Morriston, past stunning highland countryside to romantic Eilean Doonan castle, setting for the film Highlander. Alternatively we can visit the local leisure centre and enjoy the swimming pool or a game or two of 10 pin bowling.  After lunch cruise through Loch Oich and onto Laggan Avenue, often described as the prettiest part of the canal. Dinner on board.

 
 
Friday, Day 6 Gairlochy to Banavie
 
Today we visit the Treasures of the Earth Centre. This is one of Europe’s finest collections of gemstones, crystals and fossils set in simulated caverns and mining scenes. Alternative choices are the Raceway Karting Centre near Fort William with its 340 metres track and go-karts suitable for all ages (payment is made on the day by clients, directly to the provider). Or a trip on the steam train that featured in the Harry Potter movies, across the spectacular Glenfinnan viaduct. In the afternoon we sail along Loch Lochy where we encounter Moy bridge the last oringal hand operated bridge on the canal, before mooring at Banavie. Farewell Captain's Dinner on board.
 
Saturday, Day 7 Banavie
 
Passengers disembark after a hearty Scottish Breakfast for their transfer back to the designated drop off point by minibus.
 
 
*Family themed cruises are charter only. This sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. **Various pick up and drop off points are avaiable for charter groups.

Cawdor Castle excursions between May and October only, an alternative excursion to Fort George will replace it either side of these dates.
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