Culinary Delight on the Caledonian Canal

Fancy a barging trip in Scotland this year?

Take a jaunt on the legendary Caledonian Canal and delve into traditional Scottish cuisine aboard Scottish Highlander or Spirit of Scotland.

Those who choose to explore these beautiful waterways are in for a real treat. Gorgeous barges, decorated in typical Scottish country style furnishings, offer a comfortable and luxurious experience; a wonderful way to enjoy the countryside as you meander past.

As you travel slowly along the Caledonian Canal, you will find yourself unwinding to the sedate pace of life on the water. Your days will be spent on shore excursions (that you can opt in or out of if you wish), watching the scenery languidly pass by, and eating wonderful freshly-prepared marvels by your on-board chef – with much of the menu drawn on authentic Scottish heritage.

The On Board Culinary Experience


Scotland has an incredible gastronomic heritage — from its game to its fish, and its puddings to its oatcakes — this small country is rich in culinary delights.

Some of the fabulous dishes you can expect to sample while on board include the celebrated Aberdeen Angus beef, known for being tender, succulent and deliciously subtle in flavor. Well matured, with a marble appearance, this cut of beef is associated with classic quality cooking.

Scottish lamb is another fine meat that you will have the opportunity to sample. Often served as a rack and on a broth of risotto made with either rice or barley, this fine cut of meat is justly famous for its flavor and texture.

Of course, Scottish salmon and venison will both likely feature on the menu, too.


Every classic Scottish cruise menu is complemented by a daily cheeseboard, comprising local offerings. Although Scotland’s cheese may not be the best known in culinary circles, discerning food lovers that have not sampled them are definitely missing out.

While on board you will more than likely have the chance to taste the Isle of Kintyre Mature Cheddar, the Caboc, and the Stratton Blue.

The Gruth Dhu is a particular favorite and is a soft creamy cheese that boasts a sour tangy flavor. Hand rolled in pinhead oats and crushed peppercorns, it is thought to have been brought to the country by the Vikings, in the 8th century. As an aside, apparently it prevents a whiskey hangover too! So if you plan on over-imbibing on board, make sure you wash your whiskey down with plenty of cheese!

Wines and Ales

Of course, as befit a fine dining experience, all your evening meals will be accompanied by a fine selection of local and international wines and there will be ales and single malts as well. After all, what’s a visit to Scotland without a scotch?

Barging in Scotland

For a magical barge cruise, Scotland is hard to surpass. Travel sedately through the Great Glen between Inverness and Fort William, navigating beautiful lochs and the engineering masterpiece that is the Caledonian Canal. Unforgettable experiences are offered by ancient castles perched on the water’s edge, heather-clad hillsides and arguably the finest inland cruising in the world. Scotland’s legends of the past, the taste of single malt and the mythical inhabitant of Loch Ness all contribute to a magical charm only experienced in the dramatic Highlands.

If you’re considering a cruise on the Caledonian Canal, the cuisine
is just one, albeit very important, facet of the experience. The
accommodation on board, the relaxing ambience, and the spectacular
landscape combine to create a memorable holiday unlike any other.

Scottish Hotel Barges

Scottish Highlander

Spirit Of Scotland

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