Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlander
History aside, there’s plenty on the cruise menu – and that includes what’s served up for three hearty daily meals by an imaginative onboard chef.
A visit to the dramatic Southern Highlands wouldn’t be the same without a wee dram – and there are many distilleries to sample single malt or two. The barge cruise tour guide chose one named after Ben Nevis – Britain’s highest mountain.
Almost as much time was spent off the barge than on it and we also visited:
None of us on board the barge caught a glimpse of Nessie. Neither did Captain Dave. But he hasn’t given up hope.
His impromptu session on the bagpipes at the captain’s farewell dinner was one of the highlights of the cruise.
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The writer travelled in the UK courtesy of Holiday Autos and Rail Plus.
The Scottish Highlander can accommodate eight passengers in one twin or double suite and three twin or double staterooms, all with en suite facilities.
All cabins have showers, basin and toilet and are fully tiled with a radiator.
All meals with wine are included and there is an open bar 24 hours a day. Some vintages wines and champagne, other than at the welcome on the first day, are not included. However, they can be purchased at an additional cost. The barge has a crew of four, including the captain, tour guide, chef and hostess.
The initial sighting of a large snake-like, hump-backed monster in Loch Ness was made in the eighth century by a monk. The Loch Ness Monster Exhibition at Drumnadrochit tells the tale of the Nessie enigma.
Cairngorm Brewery at Aviemore in Inverness Shire goes to extremes when naming its beers. It produces top drops like Sheepshaggers Gold premium beer – dubbed “the best beer baa none” - while it describes its Nessie’s Monster Mush as “a pleasant mahogany ale with malt predominating”. Both brews are available from the barge bar.