Caley Cruisers
Caley Cruisers
5
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Providing first class boating holidays on Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal. Caley Cruisers have been offering boating holidays on Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal since 1970 and we celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2020! Weekly or short break charter is available from April to October inclusive. No previous boating experience necessary as full training given. Cruising 60 miles of Europes most beautiful inland waterways will be one of the most memorable experiences you will ever have.
Inverness, Scotland

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Travellers' Choice
2023

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Llywellyn1942
Portarlington, Australia121 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Even given very challenging weather, especially on Loch Ness this was a wonderful 10 days. Caley Cruisers crew were outstanding and contributed immensely to the success of the holiday/cruise.
Written 31 October 2023
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Dear Llywellyn1942, Thank you for your 5 star review. I am delighted to hear you had a great time, despite the weather. I will be sure to pass on your lovely comments to the staff. I do hope that we can welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards Lindsey Randall Division Manager
Written 7 December 2023
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David A
1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Friends
We spent four days cruising the canal with Caley Cruisers and had a wonderful time! The staff were excellent, very well informed and helpful. The boat was clean and comfortable, the lock keepers were very pleasant and helpful! We managed to make it to the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge, which was the point of the trip. I would thoroughly reccomend Caley Cruisers to anyone looking for a relaxing, fun holiday!!
Written 29 October 2023
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Dear davidaS7782DP, Many thanks for your kind words and for recommending us. I am delighted to read that you made it the Commando Memorial. I do hope that we can welcome you back again in the future. Kindest regards Lindsey Randall Division Manager
Written 7 December 2023
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James F
1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Family
The team at Caley Cruisers were brilliant. We had a fantastic time on the boat, a truly memorable experience from start to finish.

What a great way to relax and take in the views. A holiday on the waterways, is much less stressful that a holiday on the road. You have the time to absorb the scenery much more than you could driving. Lots of good spots to berth and enjoy the local areas.

We will definitely be back for another break. Thank you all!
Written 19 October 2023
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Dear N1755YVjamesf, Thank you for your 5 star review. I am delighted to hear it was such a memorable experience. I am delighted to hear you'll be back and we look forward to welcoming you in the near future. Kindest regards Lindsey Randall Cruiser Division Manager
Written 25 October 2023
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Fiona D
Orkney66 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We love boats and are thinking of buying one so tried this for a week and we loved it so much we booked another week before we'd even got back - nice boat, well equipped, it's a great break and everyone along the way was very friendly and helpful.
We had Eriskay and it was a good size for the two of us - we didn't use the bunk beds but it would do four ok as well.
Written 9 October 2023
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Dear fiddlefi, Many thanks for your 5 star review. We were so delighted to have you back for a 2nd week. If we don't see you in the Marina soon with your own boat I hope that we can welcome you back next year! Kindest regards Lindsey Randall Cruiser Division Manager
Written 25 October 2023
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murdo83
Glasgow, UK48 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
A weekend on the Caledonian Canal has become something of an annual event for my group of friends. For 3 years out of the last 4 we have hired from Caley Cruisers, and they are by far our preferred provider. Caley have the most helpful and friendly staff and their pre-trip safety briefing and boat handling instructions are straightforward, clear and professional. Most of all, the staff will go over and above to ensure customers have the best possible experience – for example, on this occasion the grocery delivery we had prearranged did not turn up (due a power outage in the supermarket affecting deliveries). Caley went out of their way to give us a lift into town and grab enough supplies to get started, and then back again, for which our group is very grateful. Our experience of Caley Cruisers year after year is of a very customer-orientated business who will go the extra mile to ensure you have a great holiday. Many thanks to Lindsey and the team, hope to see you again next year!
Written 28 September 2023
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Dear murdo83, Thank you for your kind words! Our primary aim is to achieve and exceed our guests expectations and I am delighted to hear we have succeeded. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kindest regards Lindsey Randall Cruiser Division Manager
Written 28 September 2023
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Ian H
1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Family
Brilliant trip on the canal and Loch Ness. The Boat was well prepared and easy to handle with the bow thruster. Would definitely recommend
Written 25 September 2023
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Dear ianhP3080PO, Thank you for your 5 star review. I am delighted to hear that you would recommend us. I do hope that we will have the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future. Kindest regards Lindsey Randall Cruiser Division Manager
Written 28 September 2023
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Bearsh
Rochdale, UK5 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Taking a boat on the Caledonian canal from Inverness to Fort William was something my wife's parents had wanted to do for years. The four of us went with my wife and I designated captain and first mate, our boating experience being NIL !
So when we arrived on day one we were a little apprehensive about how we would manage swing bridges,Fort Augustus locks, berthing...etc. We needn't have worried, firstly the tuition from the Caley staff, who were all helpful and understanding, put our minds at rest and then the Scottish canal staff we met along the way were also all very helpful.
This was a magical week that we all thoroughly enjoyed, stunning scenery and a lot of fun. The boat (Kintail) was perfect and had everything we needed.
Before the trip our feelings were 'what have we let ourselves in for?' but having done it we would definitely do it all again
Written 25 September 2023
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Dear tradtn, Thank you for your 5 star review. I am delighted to hear you would definitely do it all again! The Cruisers Club loyalty program has great exclusive benefits for guests who have stayed with us before. I do hope that we will have the opportunity to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards Lindsey Randall Cruiser Division Manager
Written 28 September 2023
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emma c
7 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
We have lots of boating experience but this was a bit different with manned locks and wide open lochs. It was very beautiful. Caley cruisers were great. It is a very expensive holiday though. We were lucky on the whole with the weather. The lock keepers were helpful. Bit limited on where you could moor on Loch Ness (currently just Urqhart bay which is right next to main road and the walk into the village is along the main road) but some other lovely places to moor and never had a problem finding a space. Had a day off the boat at Fort William and took the stunningly beautiful west coast train to Morar and walked the white sand beaches.
Written 23 September 2023
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Dear O8391VNemmac, I am delighted to read you had such an amazing holiday. The scenery down the Glen is just beautiful and looks so different every season. I do hope that we can welcome you back in the near future. Kindest regards Lindsey Randall Cruiser Division Manager
Written 28 September 2023
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Mark K
1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Family
Great company .Great boats. The views were out of this world. We will return next year. Just loved the holiday. Thank you Caley cruisers.
Written 23 September 2023
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Dear markkC3102OF, Thank you for your 5 star review. Delighted to hear you will be back next year. We have two new boats joining our fleet next year - Islay 1 and Islay 2. Hope to see you very soon. Kindest regards Lindsey Randall Cruiser Division Manager
Written 28 September 2023
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Joerg S
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Couples
Very friendly staff, nice briefing, beautiful, well-maintained boats. We were here for the first time over 20 years ago, and the friendliness has not changed to this day (2023). A dreamy boat trip.
Written 13 September 2023
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Dear joergsZ3382VY, Thank you for your kind words. The staff take great pride in what they do and I am glad the friendliness has not changed in 20 years. I do hope that we will see you again soon. Kindest regards Lindsey Randall Cruiser Division Manager
Written 28 September 2023
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