**Contact us for exact dates** 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, and some of its finest Scotches. For Whisky aficionados out there, this is heaven, pure and simple. For guests eager to discover the pleasures brought by an excellent Scotch and incredible cuisine, our journey is just the perfect gift to yourself. From Fort William to Inverness, spend 8 days and 7 nights in the Highlands' most prized distilleries and settings. On board, you will be pampered by a crew of 5, including a Chef eager to welcome you back from a day filled with sightseeing with 3-course dinners combining world cuisine and the Scottish touch. Limited to only 10 guests, experience the Art In Voyage personal and legendary service.
On this journey, we not only take you to discover some of Scotland's best distilleries, but we also make sure you leave with incredible memories of your private tour and experience. You will get to taste, and learn about the secret behind the making of some of the best whiskeys in the world.
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.
Hosted by our very own Chief Operating officer, assisted by a crew of 5 and an international trained Chef, 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.
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.
Upon arriving in Edinburgh, you are transferred to your castle for the night, in Fort William. Tonight, we are holding a welcome dinner at the property's restaurant, Albert and Michel Roux Jr. Father Albert - a Michelin starred Chef- and his son Michel are teaming up to bring to Ft William refined and French-influenced cuisine. Your dinner is preceded by your first Scotch tasting.
This morning, join us for a tour of famed Glencoe where we have lunch. We are then transferred to our home for the next 6 nights, the luxury Spirit of Scotland. On arrival, a champagne welcome by the Captain and crew before we start sailing towards Gairlochy through Moy Bridge, which is the last hand-operated bridge of its type on the Caledonian canal. Then, it is time to enjoy one of the barge's many single malts before your welcome dinner on board.
Today, we make our way to the renowned Dalwhinnie Distillery, standing in the Cairngorms National Park. Here, we are given a tour of the distillery and taste some single malts paired with a selection of delicious chocolates. Lunch will be inclucded on the way back to the barge. In the afternoon, we cross Loch Lochy and as we approach our mooring at Laggan, a Highland Piper may be there to greet us with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music. Dinner is served on board.
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, perhaps stopping en route for a spot of fishing and enjoying a walk, then onto our pretty mooring at Cullochy. Dinner is served on board.
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. Later, we visit the Tomatin Distillery nestled in rolling hills alongside the River Findhorn and founded in 1897. We are given an expert tour, followed by a tutored nosing and tasting of a range of single malts, including some from exclusive casks. Alternatively, we can encounter some of Scotland’s bloody past and visit the majestic ruins of Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness, then a gentle drive will take us back to the Invermoriston Falls and the “Old Bridge” designed by Thomas Telford. You may even see a salmon leaping. This evening we are given a tutored private whisky tasting at a nearby hotel in Fort Augustus, The Lovat, followed by dinner in the fine dining restaurant.
This morning we enjoy a picturesque cruise from Fort Augustus across world-famous Loch Ness, with perhaps a chance of spotting “Nessie”, before passing through Loch Dochfour and mooring at the hamlet of Dochgarroch. After lunch, we drive through some stunning scenery to visit the Glen Ord distillery, founded in 1838 on the Black Isle by the Mackenzies of Ord. A fascinating description of the maturing and ageing process of single and blended malts is followed, of course, by a tasting. Dinner on served on board.
This morning, our final cruise will take us through Tomnahurich swing bridge and the locks to Muirtown, where there will be the opportunity to take a bicycle ride or walk to take in the wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. In the afternoon, we visit the Benromach Distillery near Forres, the smallest distillery on Speyside and run by Gordon & MacPhail of Elgin, a family business for over 100 years. Here we enjoy a guided tour and then a tutored tasting of the classic Benromach Speyside single malt whisky. On the way back to the barge, we visit the Inverness Whisky Shop to discover its huge range of specialist whiskies. Captain’s Farewell Dinner is served on board.
After breakfast, guests are transferred to Edinburgh, where we recommend staying an extra night. 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.
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 $1500 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 90 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 $2599.
Your final balance is due 90 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.