Highland Lassie Takes To Loch Ness

Highland Lassie Embarks on her first adventure on loch ness

On Friday 22nd October Highland Lassie made her first passage into Loch Ness with a trusty crew, from right to left, Skipper Mike Watt & his lovely wife Lorna, Gus & Gaby, ship painter Anita Mackintosh, ships engineer Russell McLean and ships electrician Dave Riach.

Photograph by Ryan Balharry

A wee trial to ensure everything was ‘shipshape’ ready for cruising from May 2022. The day was perfect in every way, Loch Ness was calm but atmospheric as is her way, we even had sunshine. No sighting of Nessie though!

We invited photographer Ryan Balharry to come along with his drone and camera and he was able to take some great images. This picture speaks for itself I think!

We were delighted by the ships performance which allowed Russell & Dave to sit back and enjoy the cruise. Skipper Mike did a fantastic job and Margaret our lock keeper at Dochgarroch kept us right going in and out of the Lock. All in all it was a day of excitement and delight… We are ready to rock!


9 out of 10 is not bad

Mum & Dad now teaching them to fly,

an amazing sight, now getting their white

feathers and will soon be off on their own


Yes, they really were that wee!


We know we were not alone in being unsupported by government grants, due to being on the water and not having a rateable value, a lot of seafarers missed the boat!

We owe a huge thank you to local support, without which we would not have stayed afloat! (OK no more puns!)


Although this summer again had its challenges we were delighted to have had guests stay aboard and to hear their feedback which has been really quite rewarding.

Rainbow over the Caledonian canal and Highland Lassie

Highland Lassie has been appreciated by those that have stayed and of course the beauty of the Caledonian Canal. ‘What an amazing boat in an idyllic spot’ has been the most repeated phase in reviews. We were pleased to have welcomed so many locals, living in Inverness yet experiencing something completely different. For our part we have so enjoyed the experience, it has been like having friends aboard, we have quite simply loved it.

The captain’s table was unused for a great part of the summer months other than for residents due to the distancing measures in place, only in the back end of the season did we see it being used as it should.

We witnessed the joyful communications between different groups/couples, enabling us to see what we had always anticipated of the captains table ‘Sit down with a stranger, stand up with a friend’ It really does work!



The Oakwood Restaurant aboard Highland Lassie offers that very special personal service along with award winning produce, you know when dining with us that every effort has been made to source the very best local produce and will ensure your complete enjoyment in a relaxed and informal setting, here you are an individual not just a number.

Our Pre-Christmas menus are carefully prepared to include all of the delights that is expected of a ‘Christmas at home’, along with the warmth you would expect if you were arranging that special occasion yourself …. But without the washing up!

We have no alcohol licence so you can bring along your favourite tipples to add that extra cheer to the celebrations.

Why not make a night of it! Stay aboard, take advantage of our discounted rate up until the 13th December.

To obtain a copy of either our pre-Christmas lunch or dinner menu just enquire via our website and we will be very happy to email you a copy.



(Please note we are unable to accept children aboard under the age of 12, no deduction in price available for children)

Highland Lassie Cruises TeamWE ARE CLOSING

The Team would like to inform all of our customers – that due Gaby’s diagnosis of terminal cancer – it is with huge regret, that Highland Lassie will cease trading with immediate effect. Anyone with a booking, we will be in contact with you shortly.

Finally, we’d like to thank our loyal clientele for your support throughout the years.

Love, Gaby and Gus.