Boating Holidays

Discovering Inverness and Loch ness on the waters.

Why Choose a Boating Holiday on Loch Ness?

Well that is an easy question to answer, freedom to explore, spectacular scenery, and unforgettable memories!
A boating holiday on Loch Ness offers the freedom to chart your own course. You can navigate the deep, mysterious waters at your own pace, creating a unique and personalised Highland experience.
Loch Ness is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and framed by rolling hills and if you prefer water to land then there is no better way to appreciate this majestic landscape than from the deck of a boat.

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From sunrise to sunset, imagine waking up to the gentle lapping of water against your boat, enjoying your morning coffee as the sun rises over the loch, and savoring evening sunsets that paint the sky with a palette of colors. It's a sensory experience like no other and who knows, our famous loch resident may come and say hello!
Talking of which, as you know Loch Ness is famous for its legendary resident, Nessie. While we can't guarantee a Loch Ness Monster sighting, there's a thrill in joining the search and keeping an eye out for the elusive creature.
From fishing to paddleboarding, a boating holiday offers endless opportunities for water-based fun. You can cast a line, take a refreshing dip, or explore hidden coves and inlets and the wonderful Caledonian Canal.

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What type of boating holiday? 

Embark on an unforgettable adventure, where each day on Loch Ness brings new discoveries and breath taking vistas. A boating holiday in Inverness and Loch Ness is a unique opportunity to connect with nature, create lasting memories, and experience the magic of Scotland's most famous loch.

Are you looking to sail the loch under your own steam in your own boat or are you wanting someone to take the sail whilst you sit back and watch the stunning Highland scenery go by?

The good news is that there are both options available.

Hire boat holidays in Inverness and Loch Ness

Caley cruisers have been hiring boats for over 50 years from Inverness and operate a large fleet of modern, high quality motor cruisers, all fully equipped and available for weekly or short-break self charter cruises on Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal.

They have put together some top tips to think about before booking a boating holiday.

What boat suits you best? Check out the layouts and features that suit your requirements. 

Who is going with you? The crew will need to be prepared to get stuck in and help. 

Research: Check out our suggested itinerary to help you plan your stay for example which restaurants you would like to eat in and what you would like to see along the way - remember it is a much slower pace of life therefore be realistic on time and expect to cruise for between 4 and seven hours a day. 

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Research some more: Watch some of our videos to help you prepare or check out the Skippers Guide for the local area. 

How to get here – We are easy to get to! Train, plane or car - Find out more about travel information and options to Inverness and Loch Ness.

Do you want to go anywhere before or after you boating holiday? Think about exploring on land as well as on the water, have a look at different accommodation types and options to add on some extra time for exploring more!

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Boat holiday packages

Do you want to sit back, relax sail the waves of Loch Ness and have someone else do all the hard work? How about embarking on a truly magical experience with a boating package holiday?

Caledonian Discovery holiday have over 25 years experience of cruising along the Great Glen, taking in the spectacular scenery of the Caledonian Canal including the beautiful inland lochs of Loch Ness.

Scottish Highlander and Spirit of Scotland are two barges from European Waterways who offer a first-class experience, 8 passenger hotel barge that cruises the Scottish Highlands from April to October.

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Caledonian Discovery