Family on a boating holiday at Loch Ness

Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal Boating Holidays

Boating holidays on Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal

Looking for a holiday with a difference? Why not explore Scotland from the water with our Inverness and Loch Ness boating holidays.

Boating holidays in Scotland are very popular in the Highlands and deservedly so, given our stunning scenery from the water. What’s more, with today’s modern boat facilities, you are in for a fantastic treat. Holiday boats today offer all the conveniences you would expect to find in a holiday home, but with the unique experience of being on the water. There are so many boating holidays to choose from in the Scottish Highlands. So, read on and find out more about the wonderful Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal Boating Holidays.

See the Highlands From a Different Perspective

What better way to discover Scotland’s magnificent wildlife and scenery, than from the glassy waters of Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal? You might even spot Nessie on your travels! Explore the infamous Loch Ness, where legend has it a monster lurks beneath the water.

There are lots of holiday boats to hire around Loch Ness and Inverness, offering self-catering or B&B accommodation. Everything from a luxury barge to a family cabin cruiser, we have it all. Get back to your roots with a simple cruise on the lochs in your floating home-from-home. Surround yourself with amazing wildlife, dramatic mountains and the most incredible Scottish landscapes.

Sailing The Caledonian Canal

The Caledonian Canal is a great waterway linking the West of Scotland to the East. For a real boating adventure, it’s possible to sail coast to coast, from Fort William to Inverness, or vice versa, along Scotland's Great Glen. There are lots of beautiful and historic stops along the way, including sailing our very own Loch Ness. Or, if you are looking for more of a challenge, then why not consider paddling the 60-mile-long Great Glen Canoe Trail by canoe or sea kayak?

Loch Ness Cruises and Highland Tours

You can also book a boat trip on Loch Ness if you are visiting Inverness and Loch Ness by land. If you’ve already arranged accommodation on dry land, a cruise on Loch Ness really is a must! Pleasure cruises operate all year round and are a great way to see some of the wonders of the area, such as Urquhart Castle, Cherry Island and Fort Augustus Abbey.

Search below to find your perfect boating holiday on Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal.

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Featured Boating Holidays

Spirit of Scotland

Hotel Boat with 6 rooms,

Spirit of Scotland is a luxury, fully-crewed hotel barge cruising the Caledonian Canal & the Lochs of the Great Glen.

The Scottish Highlander

Hotel Boat with 4 rooms,

The 8 passenger Scottish Highlander has the atmosphere of a Scottish Country House with subtle use of tartan furnishings and landscape paintings. At 117 feet she is spacious and has every comfort needed for year round cruising.

Large Fleet of modern motor cruisers

Cruiser with 25 units,

Self-charter boating holidays on Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal. No previous boating experience as full instruction provided.

Fingal of Caledonia

Sailing Holiday with 2 units,

Caledonian Discovery operate barge cruising holidays with activities on the Caledonian Canal travelling the full length of the Great Glen.