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About Caledonian Discovery
Explore and discover the Great Glen between Inverness and Fort William by travelling along the Caledonian canal, including loch Lochy, loch Oich and the iconic loch Ness. 2022 is our 27th season, offering adventure therapy to all our guests. With the help of our resident local guide, we explore the Glen either on foot, by bike, canoeing, sailing or by just staying aboard our comfortable barge to watch the scenery drift by. With your own resident chef all meals are created on board using local produce and after your days exploration you can retire to your twin en-suite accommodation or relax in the lounge area aboard. With plenty of space to breathe, it is a great place to holiday and relax, in this hidden gem of Scotland - The Great Glen.
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Grace wrote a review Oct 2021
Cowley, Canada37 contributions13 helpful votes
Just returned from walking the Great Glen Way organized by the team at Caledonian Discovery. Every aspect of the holiday was great and I can't think of anything that could be improved on. What more could one ask for after a day of walking (more often than not in the rain) to return to this fantastic barge, to be greeted by a friendly crew with a cuppa and cake waiting! The cabins are clean and warm, the showers hot, and the meals fabulous. Everything is thought of including a drying room to ensure your gear is dry and ready for the next day. Another plus is the fact that although this is a walking holiday it also includes some cruising on Loch Ness to/from the hike start/end points so you have the opportunity to see the landscape from a different dimension. Congratulations to skipper Martin and his team for a job really well done; you all really know what customer service is and I, for sure, am one satisfied customer (as I know the other 8 guests were too!) Best holiday in a long time, and ever better that is was in my home country. Thanks a million.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Lee_in_Fareham wrote a review Sept 2021
Hampshire, England62 contributions72 helpful votes
Fantastic holiday sailing and walking along the great glen. Staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly. Food was great. Room was small but bigger than it appeared on the on-line videos I had seen. Various options available for different fitness levels. Thoroughly recommend.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Malcolm E wrote a review Sept 2021
Boise, Idaho32 contributions6 helpful votes
We did a 6 night, 7 day excursion of the beautiful Caledonia Canal beginning in Inverness and ending near Fort William. This side trip was part of a larger 21 day trip to Scotland. My thought in planning this excursion was that it would get my wife and I out our little comfort zone where we had to meet and mingle with other passengers that we didn't know, and at the same time doing a lot of walking and bike riding along the canal. Our week long excursion aboard the Fingal did not disappoint my expectations. As the canal is just over 60 miles long, I figured I either walked or rode a bike at least half of that. In addition, we met 5 other passengers, all of which were British, and 1 was a Scott who had over 30 years experience on the canal in his own private sail boat throughout the years. Thank goodness we were the only Americans on the boat. I would guess that some of our other passengers and crew may have thought the same. Our new Scottish friend, Tom, knew just about all of the lock masters, their families, and many of the boats that we cruised by. He also knew the geography, points of interest, and of course Scottish history. Being a sailor myself, we had much to talk about during the week. I'm quite certain that without Tom there, our trip would have not been nearly as fulfilling as it was. All of the meals were well prepared and very good. There was plenty to eat. In addition, there is 'Honors Bar' in the salon area where anyone could make a cocktail or have a beer, wine or fizzy pop anytime of the day. The prices for all drinks were marked and they compared to most pub prices. You pay for your drinks on the last day, when the Captain puts on his Purser hat so to speak and collects your money. There was a strict Covid protocol practiced on board by everyone. Masks were worn inside by both crew and passengers while not on deck. The crew segregated themselves from the passengers as much as possible, keeping well aft of the salon area when not otherwise feeding the passengers. They also had a plexiglass window in front of the galley and a curtain was drawn to the galley. Also, we were told to use the forward companionway when coming up on deck and to leave the aft companionway for the crew. All of the passengers were given a quick Covid test on Wednesday and daily temperatures were taken on all passengers. All of the crew knew their jobs very well, and they were great at multi-tasking. They took turns serving the passengers during the meals, and washing dishes afterwards. Often, we would even have the Captain serve the meals and collect the dirty dishes. The Bosn, Steve, was really good both on deck handling lines, and running the small tender to shore. While we got to know and enjoy the other passengers fairly well in the week on board, we didn't know much about any of the crew. Nor, did the crew know much about any of the passengers. The only question any of the crew asked my wife and I in the week we were aboard were our names. Nothing else seemed to matter to any of them. Admittedly, crew and passengers were not really afforded much opportunity to mingle. I've heard and read where the crew used to dine with the passengers, but they now use Covid as a reason not to. I believe the overall passenger experience suffers as a result. I think the lack of interaction between crew and passengers is my major complaint about the experience. In fact, the owner of the company actually came aboard for a short respite for the Captain as he had an errand, and he did not take the opportunity to introduce himself to any of the crew. I found that very strange for an owner to decline an opportunity to address the passengers. This could have been a really great trip with a little more love from the crew, but I would still recommend it for those who wants discovery. Although, it's certainly not an adventure.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Nutmeg215 wrote a review Jul 2021
Churt, United Kingdom60 contributions82 helpful votes
We have just got back from a week long 'Classic Cruise' on Ros Crana travelling along the Caledonian Canal from Inverness to Fort William. We were a group of 8 (4 couples) and there were a further 4 guests on board, who had booked separately. All the necessary COVID safety measures were in place, we were tested daily and had to provide tests before we got on and half way through the trip. On top of which there were plenty of hand sanitisers dotted around the barge, so all very safe. We had such a fantastic holiday, the weather was unbelievable, we had an entire week of glorious sunshine, which made it even more special, particularly as we were able to eat up on the top deck as the entire group of 12 on three of the nights. We cycled, walked, canoed, SUP'd, sailed, swam in the lochs (and in a waterfall), sunbathed on board and ate a ridiculous amount of good food! - Thanks to Steve, who was ably assisted by Olivia :-). Despite the amount of activity we got involved in, most of us are going to need a few trips to the gym to lose the excess pounds. Your day can be spent exactly how you want, there is SO much choice available, you can do as little, or as much as you feel up for. There are lots of preplanned routes for walking and cycling, or you can be guided by the very able Chris. All designed to make the most of the jaw dropping scenery. Hats off to the entire crew for making the entire trip such a fantastic one. I've mentioned three already, but there was also Dave the skipper, who was just lovely and recounted many stories and historical information, he clearly has a passion for his beautiful country! He was ably assisted by his other half Lucy, who worked her socks off, mostly behind the scenes to make sure everything on the barge ran smoothly. As a group we did not know exactly what to expect beforehand from our trip, but every one of us commented after that, the holiday had absolutely exceeded our expectations, on every level. We cannot hesitate to recommend a trip on this barge or the Fingal.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Nick T wrote a review Jun 2021
Bedford, United Kingdom2 contributions
We had a great family holiday on Fingal a few years ago. Saw this lovely barge again yesterday while visiting Gairlochy. Brilliant memories of our time on the barge, swimming, sailing canoeing, kayaking, sailing, biking and lots of lovely food!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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