Published on : Thursday, January 19, 2017
European Waterways has announced the arrival of its new 12-passenger “Spirit of Scotland” luxury hotel barge. The vessel will cruise the Caledonian Canal and lochs of the Great Glen in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, starting June 4, 2017. One of the most stylishly designed in the company’s extensive fleet, the three-level hotel barge evokes the spirit of the traditional steamers that plied the lochs of Scotland in bygone eras. To mark the occasion, the company is offering 10% off all cabins and charters in June and July on the Spirit of Scotland, when booked before March 31, 2017.
“We’re absolutely delighted to bring this elegant hotel barge to Scotland,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. “She’s a special addition to our fleet, encompassing the true ‘spirit’ of the land. Our guests also now have a choice of two hotel barges in the region, with ‘Spirit of Scotland’ complementing our existing vessel, the 8-passenger ‘Scottish Highlander’.”
Among the largest in the company’s fleet, the Spirit of Scotland features three decks of living and entertainment space. The lower deck boasts six fully modern, air-conditioned staterooms, with en suite bathrooms and a choice of twin or double beds, plus a single tour leader cabin. The middle deck features a bright and spacious saloon and dining areas with picture windows, a bar, and an integral forward wheelhouse that gives guests an unobstructed view of the route ahead. Outside there is a sheltered aft deck with a covered dining terrace and a heated jacuzzi, while the full-length upper sundeck is the perfect place for relaxing and admiring the stunning Highlands scenery as the barge glides sedately along the Caledonian Canal and across mystical lochs.
The 6-night itinerary will especially appeal to nature lovers, who will enjoy the exceptional scenery and diverse wildlife. It is also ideal for family charters and special interest groups, such as golfers, walkers, foodies, and whisky connoisseurs.
Itinerary highlights include a tour of the Glen Ord whisky distillery, along with a private tasting; a visit to Culloden Moor, scene of the last battle to be fought on British soil; and a tour of Cawdor Castle and gardens, the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The cruise route also crosses some of Scotland’s famous lochs, such as Lochy, Oich, Dochfour, and, of course, Loch Ness, home of the legendary “Nessie”.