The new Whisky Trail Cruise aboard the hotel barge Scottish Highlander delivers whisky lovers to popular distilleries in the Scottish Highlands.
Cruising along the Caledonian Canal guests visit at least three distilleries, each with its own remarkable history.
Along the way, the hotel barge will glide across the scenic deep-water lakes that include Loch Ness, past spectacular natural vistas alogn the way and call in at 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. 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.
Among the distilleries visited on the Whisky Trail:
- The Benromach Distillery near Forres, an intimate, family-owned business founded over 100 years ago. The tour includes a tasting of the classic Benromach Speyside single malt.
- a private tour and tasting is provided at the Glen Ord distillery. Founded in 1838, it is the only remaining single malt Scotch whisky distillery on the Black Isle.
- Also scheduled is a visit to the Dalwhinnie distillery, located in the spectacular Cairngorms National Park, where guests will enjoy the unique experience of tasting several aged single malts with a variety of matching chocolates.
The 8-passenger hotel barge Scottish Highlander evokes the ambiance of a Scottish country house. She cruises the Caledonian Canal and interconnecting lochs between Fort William and Inverness, with guests being served the finest Scottish fare such as line-caught wild salmon, fresh scallops and locally-sourced saddle of venison – all skillfully prepared by the onboard Master Chef.
Rates for this 6-night Whisky Trail charter cruise start at £19,700 for 8 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.
Please visit www.gobarging.com for more information.