European Waterway is offering a range of themed charter cruises, featuring specialised itineraries that allow passengers the chance to experience the history and culture of Europe, including a new Whisky Trail Cruise in the Highlands of Scotland on hotel barge, Scottish Highlander.

Cruising along the Caledonian Canal, guests will visit at least three historic distilleries, glide across the scenic deep-water lakes that include Loch Ness, past natural vistas, and visit some of the country's most famous castles and historic sites.

Derek Banks, managing director of the hotel barging company, said: “Our new Whisky Trail themed cruise will appeal to single malt whisky enthusiasts. It's a unique opportunity for a group of like-minded travellers to get a true 'taste' of what has made Scotland famous. Guests are also free to enjoy the many varieties of special whiskies available onboard the hotel barge.

“The distillery tours and private whisky tastings are the highlight of the cruise, but seeing the extraordinary diversity of wildlife and the expansive, natural views that frame the cruise route are all equally memorable experiences and, of course, crossing Loch Ness, it's advisable to have cameras ready and the focus sharp – just in case Nessie makes an appearance.”

Rates for the six-night Whisky Trail charter cruise start at £19,700 for eight guests and the themed cruise is also available for individual cabin bookings on two departures this year - June 5 and October 2. Rates are from £2,590 per person, inclusive of all gourmet meals, fine wines, open bar, daily escorted excursions and local transfers.

Visit gobarging.com for more information.

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