Beauty of Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness

The Scottish Highlands offer arguably the most spectacular inland waterways scenery in Europe, if not the world - I should know, as my wife and I spend part of our honeymoon there, cruising the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness aboard one of my hotel barges, Scottish Highlander. This region of Scotland between Inverness and Fort William and known as the Great Glen, is a land of rivers and lochs, with ancient castles leading to the water's edge, heather-clad hillsides and wonderful wildlife.

The legends of the past, the taste of a good single malt whisky and of course, the mythical inhabitant of Loch Ness all contribute to make it a truly magical place to spend a holiday. And it is not just an ideal location for a honeymoon. These days, generations of the same family are choosing to holiday together and this area of Scotland offers so much to grandparents, parents and the children. They can visit famous castles such as 13th century Urquhart sitting alongside Loch Ness, or Cawdor, home of Shakespeare's Macbeth.

If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you can do some deer and golden eagle-spotting, or perhaps go fishing for trout on one of the picturesque rivers. Families can have a picnic on the silver sands of Morar and visit Banavie to marvel at Neptune’s staircase a series of eight locks - a spectacular feat of engineering. For the adults, there is the opportunity to visit one of the local whisky distilleries, while everyone of all ages will enjoy a magical trip on the steam train that featured in the Harry Potter movies across the spectacular Glenfinnan viaduct. There is so much to see and do and it really is a wonderful place to share an experience that will be talked about over family dinners for years and generations to come.

Derek Banks
Owner of Hotel Barge Company
European Waterways

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Autor:  Derek Banks
Datum: 13.März 2012