European Waterways has launched a new ‘Whisky Trail’ cruise in the Highlands of Scotland on board the hotel barge Scottish Highlander.
Cruising along the Caledonian Canal, guests will visit at least three historic distilleries.
Along the way, the hotel barge visit deep- water lakes that include Loch Ness, past spectacular natural vistas, and some of the country’s most famous castles and historic sites.
“Our new ‘Whisky Trail’ themed cruise will appeal to single malt whisky enthusiasts,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. “It’s a unique opportunity for a group of like-minded travellers to get a true ‘taste’ of what has made Scotland famous. Guests are also free to enjoy the many varieties of special whiskies available onboard the hotel barge.
“The distillery tours and private whisky tastings are the highlight of the cruise but seeing the extraordinary diversity of wildlife and the expansive, natural views that frame the cruise route are all equally memorable experiences,” said Banks. “And, of course, crossing Loch Ness, it’s advisable to have cameras ready and the focus sharp – just in case Nessie makes an appearance!”
Among the distilleries visited on the Whisky Trail: the Benromach Distillery near Forres; the Glen Ord distillery, founded in 1838, and the only remaining single malt Scotch whisky distillery on the Black Isle; and the Dalwhinnie distillery in the spectacular Cairngorms National Park.
Rates for this six-night Whisky Trail charter cruise start at £19,700 for eight guests.
Additionally, the themed cruise is also available for individual cabin bookings on two departures in 2016 – June 5 and October 2. Rates are from £2,590 per person, inclusive of all gourmet meals, fine wines, open bar, daily escorted excursions and local transfers.