Whisky Trails of Scotland

Discover Scotland's highlands and some of the best Whiskeys in the world on this luxury barge experience. Bagpipes, incredible dinners, daily activities and excursions on the program, and you don't even have to wear the Kilt for any of them!

7 Nights

2 Home Bases

7 Destinations

From USD 6,309 per person

When it comes to discovering Scotland, the options are infinite..and often hard to pick from. Art In Voyage brings you the perfect journey, inviting you to experience some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer. Our Whisky trail journey will take you from Inverness to Fort William. In 6 days, you will get to discover distilleries, castles, traditional & authentic cuisine and culture. Your days will be filled with exciting excursions and your evenings will be complete with carefully prepared dinners by our Chef.

Starting with Edinburgh, our journey takes you to Dochgarroch, Fort Augustus, Kytra, Laggan and Banavie. On the ground, our local guides and historians will make sure to tell you all about Scotland’s rich and fascinating history, as well as its traditions and folk culture. Of course, we are not forgetting about Whisky, with up to 4 stops at local and world-famous distilleries, to appreciate some of the best this area has to offer to the world. Our journey, as most, is limited to 10 guests, offering you a chance to truly appreciate the Art In Voyage personal and legendary service.

Journeys

Land dates, room options and rates

04 May 2019 - 11 May 2019
  • Deluxe cabin (queen or 2 twins) $6309

Rates displayed are per person per journey, based on double occupancy. Solo travellers are welcome for a small single supplement fee of $3399.


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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Discover incredible Whisky

On this journey, we take you to discover up to four of Scotland's best distilleries. You will get to taste, and learn about the secret behind the making of some of the best whiskeys in the world.

Experience the highland differently

It is one thing to drive the highlands. It is another to enjoy them from the water, at a leisurely pace. Just sit back in the warmth and comfort of our lounge, enjoying a cocktail or whiskey, while we introduce you to some of the most incredible scenery in the world.

A pampered experience

Hosted by our very own executive chef, and assisted by a crew of 6, your experience will be all about being pampered by a knowledgeable and fun team. Interested in what the chef is making for tonight's dinner? Feel free to interact with him during your journey.

Luxury accommodations

Our luxury barges offer all the modern comfort one is entitled to, while preserving the traditional and authentic character of a river cruise. Small yet quaint, spacious yet intimate, you will find your private quarters and their limited number of guests to be home..away from home.

ITINERARY

All activities are optional in attendance

Day 1: Edinburgh

Upon arriving in Edinburgh, our private driver transfers you to your hotel where you are greeted by your host, Kevin This afternoon, we have organized a private walking tour of Edinburgh with a local Historian, and tonight, a 3-course dinner with wine pairings awaits.

Day 2: Banavie

This morning, you are transferred to our embarkation point, 3 hours away north of Edinburgh. On arrival, a champagne welcome by the Captain and crew and perhaps an early evening stroll before our first dinner on board.

Day 3: Banavie / Laggan

Our excursion today will take us to the mystical area of Glencoe, renowned for its geographical beauty and famed for one of the darkest days in Scottish history. If time permits we can visit the ruins of the 13thcentury, Old Inverlochy Castle, before embarking on our first cruise, through Moy Bridge, the last hand-operated bridge of its type on the Caledonian Canal. En route, we may visit the Clan Cameron Museum, before crossing Loch Lochy. As we approach our mooring at Laggan, a Highland Piper may be there to greet us with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music.

Day 4: Lagan / Cullochy

This morning, we take in some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer as we drive to one of its best known and most photographed castles, Eilean Donan, which has featured in movies such as “Highlander” and James Bond’s “The World Is Not Enough” and overlooks three sea lochs. Our afternoon cruise today takes us across the very scenic Loch Oich, stopping en route for a spot of fishing & enjoying a walk, then onto our pretty mooring at Kytra.

Day 5: Cullochy / Fort Augustus

This morning we cruise to Fort Augustus and down the “flight” as the locals call it, to moor opposite the Benedictine Abbey at the entrance to Loch Ness. There is time to explore this pretty village. After lunch on board, we visit the private, Highland Club; a spectacular exclusive set of residences and a former 19th century Benedictine Monastery with a fascinating history. It is here we are treated to a falconry and birds of prey demonstration (weather permitting) on the banks of Loch Ness, the majesty of the swooping birds against the backdrop of the sweeping Scottish Highlands is not easily forgotten. Tonight, we have dinner ashore at a local restaurant

Day 6: Fort Augustus / Dochgarroch

This morning we enjoy a picturesque cruise across world-famous Loch Ness, with perhaps a chance of spotting “Nessie”, where en route we pass Urquhart Castle, navigating closely beneath its spectacular 13thcentury ruins, before continuing our cruise to moor at the hamlet of Dochgarroch. After lunch we visit Cawdor Castle*, forever immortalized in Shakespeare’s “Scottish Play”, Macbeth. The picturesque gardens have been listed amongst the top 100 in the UK. The castle contains a superb collection of tapestries, pictures & furnishings. We end our tour at the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic clan chieftain burial site dating back to 2,000 B.C.

Day 7: Dochgarroch / Muirtown

This morning, our final cruise will take us through Tomnahurich swing bridge and through the locks to Muirtown, where there will be the opportunity to take a bicycle ride or walk to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. After lunch we visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746, next it’s on to the Muir of Ord distillery, founded in 1838 by license holders Robert Johnstone and Donald MacLennan. We are given a fascinating description of the maturing and ageing process of their whiskies, each with its distinctive characteristics, followed by our special tasting of several single malts.

Day 8: Take the opportunity to extend your stay

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus in Inverness for their onward journey, or transferred to the airport. Not enough of Scotland? Extend your stay at Glenapp Castle with a special package by Art In Voyage to include a 2-night stay, daily breakfast and a uniquely romantic dinner for two. Or, head south to London for a fun-filled stay in the capital. Whichever direction your extension may point to, our journey curators are ready to assist.

OUR HOME BASES

The Principal – George Street

The Principal Edinburgh on George Street has been welcoming hotel guests since 1881. At its heart are five listed Georgian townhouses, built in 1775 as homes for Edinburgh’s most prosperous citizens.

Winner of Scottish Hotel of the Year at the 2017 Scottish Hotel Awards, The Principal is an ideal base from which to explore the city or conduct business. The sensitive, multi-million-pound restoration and refurbishment combines luxurious natural materials such as oak, marble and leather with a palette of colors inspired by the great 19th-century Scottish landscape painters.

A nod to Edinburgh’s rich literary heritage, The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen was once home to acclaimed novelist Susan Ferrier (an equal of Jane Austen, according to Sir Walter Scott), whilst Burr & Co. is a lovely coffee shop with a devoted local following.  The rooms at The Principal Edinburgh George Street take their color palette from 19th-century Scottish landscape paintings: from highland glens to forest ferns and mountain heathers. Cool in tone but materially rich, the rooms are comfortable and nod to the best of Scotland’s heritage.

Spirit of Scotland Luxury Barge

Spirit of Scotland is an elegant hotel barge with extensive public areas inside and out that are perfect from which to admire the breathtaking Highlands scenery in comfort as she cruises the Caledonian Canal and the lochs of the Great Glen.

Although purpose-built less than twenty years ago as a hotel barge, her style evokes that of the traditional steamers that plied the lochs of Scotland in times gone by.

Accommodating up to 12 passengers in comfort, her interior features a bright and spacious saloon and dining area with picture windows, a separate bar, and an integral forward wheelhouse giving views of the cruise route ahead. The 6 air-conditioned cabins offer a choice of twin or double beds and are complemented by well-designed en suite shower rooms.

Outside, there are separate areas where you can relax on a recliner, or perhaps in the heated spa pool, as well as a covered dining terrace. And the large upper sun deck is the ideal place to admire the dramatic backdrop as you cruise on deep-water lochs such as Loch Oich and past historic landmarks along the way.

Your voyage aboard Spirit of Scotland will be an unforgettable experience, giving you the opportunity to appreciate the very best this dramatic region of Scotland has to offer from a unique perspective. All this, together with the traditional Scottish cuisine, fine wines and wide range of whiskies served on board by an attentive crew of 6, combine to ensure a truly memorable cruising experience.

THIS JOURNEY INCLUDES

7 Nights

1 night in Edinburgh 6 nights on board our luxury barge

19 Meals

7 breakfasts 6 lunches 7 dinners

4 +Activities

Private guided tour of Edinburgh Private visit and tasting at up to 4 distilleries Countless visits of castles. monasteries and gardens Scenic drives & cultural stops, including bagpiping demonstrations.

As well as...

Private airport transfers Private transfers to and from the port Services of 6 crew members and 1 Art In Voyage Host

GOOD TO KNOW

All listed activities are optional in attendance Guaranteed departure. Additional daily trips and excursions may be arranged for a small supplement. International flight may be arranged through Art In Voyage Travel insurance is recommended Price is based on a double occupancy. A single supplement will apply for solo travelers. Space is limited to 10 guests

HOW ABOUT EXTENDING?

Extend to other parts of Scotland, with our 2-day package to the incredible Glenapp Castle for instance, or pay a visit to London. Let our experts advise on the best extension based on your interests and preferences. We will take you there!

WHY TRAVEL WITH US?

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FINEPRINT

All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.

A refundable deposit* of $2500 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 120 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

Solo travelers welcome for a small single supplement of $3399.

Your final balance is due 120 days prior to departure, at which point your journey becomes non-refundable.

NEW! Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

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