Edinburgh, United Kingdom, GB
GOLF COURSES HIGHLIGHTS:
Royal Dornach Golf Club: Renowned as the world’s most northerly championship course located in the highlands of Scotland
Castle Stuart Golf Club: Along the side of scenic Loch Ness, Castle Stuart was voted best new international course worldwide in 2009 and has served as home to the Scottish Open on the European Tour in 2011 and 2012
Fort Augustus: It is a tranditional heathland course and is widely regarded as the most challenging 9-hole course in Scotland and probably the only course in the world kept manicured by a herd of sheep
Newtonmore Golf Course: Nestled appealingly in the midst of the dramatic Monadhliath and Grampian Mountains and on the banks of the River Spey, is mostly easy-walking parkland golf
Optional extensions of playing some of the oldest courses in the world such as St. Andrew Old Course and Royal Troon Golf Club
On board you will find four en-suite cabins each with a choice of twin or double beds. One of the cabins is a larger suite which has been designed for those who want extra space during their cruise. Cuisine is traditional Scottish fare – salmon, game and seafood, prepared by your own Master Chef, and the hotel barge’s experienced crew of four will take care of your every need.
Day 1 - Depart Canada Board your overnight flight to Edinburgh, UK.
Transportation: Air Canada /Lufthansa Flight: From: To: Leave: Arrival: LH 471 17OCT Toronto Frankfurt 6:25PM 8:10AM 19OCT LH 962 18OCT Frankfurt Edinburgh 12:05PM 12:55P
Day 2 - Edinburgh, UK Arrival into Edinburgh UK. Today will be at your leisure. Transfer to hotel and overnight will be on your own arrangement.
Day 3 - Edinburgh – Inverness – Muirtown, UK (D) After a morning at your leisure, make your way to the train station in Edinburgh for your train journey to Inverness. A cruise representative will meet you at Inverness train station and transfer you to Scottish Highlander moored at Muirtown. Champagne welcome and an early evening stroll to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray Firth. Dinner on board.
Train: Depart Edinburgh at 11:35, Arrive Inverness at 15:23 Accommodation: SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER (for 6 nights) Oct 20
Day 4 - Muirtown to Dochgarroch (B/L/D) Depart early for the Royal Dornoch Golf Course (1.5 hour drive) for a round on the Championship Golf Course, one of Scotland's famous links courses designed by Tom Morris. (Tee Time of 11.30am) Dornoch dates from 1616 and is internationally acclaimed. The cruise today will take us up the Muirtown lock flight, then a short trip along the pretty section of canal to Dochgarroch. Dinner on board. (18 holes, 6,514 yards Par 70: buggies and pull carts available)
Day 5 - Dochgarroch to Fort Augustus (B/L/D) After breakfast we transfer to Castle Stuart (20 min drive) where we play on the Championship Links Golf Course overlooking the Moray Firth. Lunch on board and then our cruise today will take us down the world famous Loch Ness with perhaps a chance of spotting “Nessie” before arriving at Fort Augustus. Dinner on board (18 holes, 7009 yards, Par 72: buggies and pull carts available)
Day 6 - Fort Augustus (B/L/D) Today you will encounter some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer. Drive to one of Scotland’s best known and most photographed castle, Eilean Donan, which has featured in many movie scenes. The idyllic setting, betrays the castle’s tactical important as it overlooks three sea lochs. We return to the barge and our cruise will take us up the “flight”, as the locals call it, at Fort Augustus. We then have a round of golf at nearby Fort Augustus Golf Course, probably the only course in the world kept manicured by a herd of sheep! Featuring 9 holes in a challenging canal side setting. This evening we have dinner ashore at a local restaurant. (9 hole, 5,454 yards par 67: pull carts available) Oct 23
Day 7 - Fort Augustus to Laggan Locks (B/L/D) On our tour today we will again encounter some of Scotland’s bloody past as we visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness. A short film explains some of the history from St Columba's day to the present with a spectacular finale. A gentle drive will take us back to the Invermoriston Falls and a chance to see the “Old Bridge” designed by one Thomas Telford and if you are very lucky you may even see a salmon leaping. The cruise today will take us all the way through Loch Oich and onto the Laggan Avenue, often described as the prettiest part of the canal. Dinner on board
Day 8 - Laggan Locks to Banavie (B/L/D) After breakfast on board we transfer to Newtonmore Golf course Newtonmore (established 1893) is a comparatively flat, easy-walking, parkland course full of exciting and invigorating challenges. It nestles appealingly in the midst of the Monadhliath and Grampian Mountains and on the banks of the River Spey. Afterwards we return to the Scottish Highlander and cruise to Banavie and Neptune's Staircase of locks. This evening we usually entertain the local piper with a wee dram before the Captain's Farewell Dinner on board. (18 holes, 6041 yards, Par 70, pull carts and buggies available) approx. 30 minute transfer from barge to golf club.
Day 9 - Banavie – Fort William – Edinburgh (B) Passengers disembark at 9.15 after a hearty Scottish breakfast for your transfer back to Fort William train station, you will take train to Edinburgh and stay in Edinburgh for one night on your own (book hotel by yourself). Train: Depart Fort William at 11:40, Arrive Edinburgh at 16:36.
Day 10 - Edinburgh - Canada (B) Make your own arrangement to Edinburgh airport for onward home flight.
Transportation: Lufthansa Airline / Air Canada Flight: From: To: Leave: Arrival: LH 963 26OCT Edinburgh Frankfurt 12:50PM 3:45AM AC 877 26OCT Frankfurt Toronto 5:10PM 8:35P
♦ Visit Glencoe, scene of treachery between the Campbell and MacDonald clans
♦ Tour of the Glen Ord whisky distillery
♦ Cruise Lochs Dochfour, Ness, Oich and Lochy
♦ See Eilean Donan and Urquhart castles
♦ Visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last battle on British soil in 1746
♦ Tour Cawdor Castle and gardens, home of Shakespeare’s Macbeth
♦ Spectacular scenery, wildlife and folklore
♦ Visit Clava Cairns, a prehistoric burial site
♦ Excellent walking opportunities
10 DAYS THE CALEDONIAN CANAL, LOCH NESS & THE HIGHLIANDS
GOLF CRUISE IN SCOTLAND
From Muirtown to Banavie
Embarking SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER
The Scottish Highlander is a boutique hotel barge cruising the Caledonian Canal in Scotland, from Inverness to Fort William. She is a Luxe motor Dutch steel barge. She is a member of the fleet of hotel barges owned by European Waterways
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