Cruise From Inverness to Banavie
with Highland Lassie
Journey the beautiful Caledonian Canal
From 25th April 2022 Highland Lassie will cruise from Dochgarroch to Banavie at the foot of Ben Nevis. Your 6-night cruise includes breakfast, lunch & dinner, wines, spirits, soft drinks & excursions.
Marvel at the beauty that is the Caledonian Canal, enjoy the serenity of the Lochs, be impressed with the engineering feat of Thomas Telford’s man-made canal.
Guests are collected from Inverness to Join Highland Lassie in the picturesque village of Dochgarroch for a 4 pm champagne reception with canapes, made familiar with the boat and go through safety procedures before being taken to your cabins. A perfect spot to take a wee stroll along the towpath prior to your welcome aboard dinner at 7 pm.
After your first breakfast aboard, we go through the lock at Dochgarroch heading toward Loch Dochfour passing the iconic Bona lighthouse built some 200 years ago to guide ships into the Caledonian Canal, before entering the vastness of Loch Ness where we start our Nessie hunt!
Half way down the Loch we disembark at Urquhart Castle, the present ruins date between the 13th to the 16th centuries, we will hear the tales of her roles in the wars of Scottish independence, raids by the MacDonalds & by Jacobite forces. We part – take lunch under this impressive castle, then continuing our cruise to berth for the night at Fort Augustus. Time to explore the village prior to dinner aboard at 7 pm.
Breakfast having been served we take an excursion to Foyer’s waterfall set in a dramatic gorge; on the journey we travel through rugged landscapes with ample vantage points for some stunning photo opportunities.
Returning to Fort Augustus we will enjoy a pub lunch in the village before heading up the impressive 5 lock system. Once at the top we go through another couple of locks the charming Kytra & the serene Cullochy before entering Loch Oich, the smallest and most beautiful of all the lochs, where we drop anchor for the night, enjoying dinner aboard at this charming spot.
We continue our cruise through Loch Oich toward Laggan Lock where on its approach we enter an avenue of majestic trees, once through the lock we enter Loch Lochy heading toward Gairlochy Lock, one of the tallest in the canal system where we berth for the night. A wee trip out to visit the Commander’s Memorial and the woollen mill at Spean Bridge before dinner aboard.
A morning excursion to Clan Cameron Museum and onward to the Witches Pool where below the thundering waterfall it is said suspected witches met their end, (one way or another!)
We can spot the cave where Bonny Prince Charlie hid from government troops during his escape to France and Loch Arkaig where a boat took him west across country. Here in picturesque surroundings, we will enjoy a picnic lunch. Once through Gairlochy Loch we travel along the canal system to Banavie where we berth for the night and take dinner at the foot of Ben Nevis.
After an early breakfast we leave the boat to board the ‘Hogwarts Express’; the Jacobite steam train said to be one of the best railway journeys in the world, travelling from Fort William to Mallaig which takes you over the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct. As Mallaig is renowned for its fish it would be remiss if we didn’t partake in a fish’n’chip luncheon before heading back on the train.
Before returning to Highland Lassie, you will take in the magnificence of Glen Nevis where gentle stroll or a more vigorous walk can be had. Returning to the boat for a late farewell dinner.
After breakfast we disembark Highland Lassie travelling through fabulous countryside and alongside the lochs back to Inverness.
Itineraries are published as examples only; all cruises are weather dependant to ensure your comfort throughout your stay aboard. The skipper is at your disposal the entire cruise.
Your stay aboard Highland Lassie
Your comfort in mind. Each cabin boasts a comfortable double bed with luxury linen, tea and coffee facilities and an ensuite shower room with complimentary Arran Aromatic toiletries. Both top deck cabins boast panoramic picture windows, offering unbeatable views as we cruise along the Scottish coastline.
Our cabins are the perfect place to relax and unwind in comfortable Harris Tweed chairs. With a glass of amber nectar in hand, you can contemplate the unrivalled scenery. And when you are ready to share your experience with family and friends take advantage of onboard complimentary Wifi available throughout the boat.
Dining Aboard The Highland Lassie
Welcome to the Captain’s table where you will be intoxicated by Scotland’s vast larder, all sourced for your pleasure from the Highlands and Islands. Our menus are designed to ensure that throughout your stay you will experience award-winning Scottish produce that is as diverse as the country’s spectacular scenery.
Your cruise package includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between.
The Famous Caledonian Canal
Find The Horizon
Every cruise is bespoke as all cruises are weather dependant. Your skipper will join you at dinner to discuss the following day’s itinerary where you will be given input, as this is your cruise.
Charter Cruises are available.
Available Cabins for Inverness to Banavie Cruise