Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal Boating Holidays

The Caledonian Canal is a stunning setting for boating holidays in Scotland. This 60-mile long stretch of water connects the east coast of Scotland at Inverness with the west coast at Fort William. The route is made up of man-made canal connecting with the natural lakes Loch Ness, Loch Oich, Loch Lochy and Loch Dochfour. There several accommodation providers on the canal, such as boats for hire, canal cruses and floating hotels. So you can find your own way to discover this amazing waterway.


Why choose a boating holiday?

See things from a different point-of-view on a relaxing boating holiday. Ideal for visitors with a sense of adventure. So, book a cruise with accommodation to see all the sights of the Caledonian Canal. If you’d rather do your own thing, you could hire a boat and cruise at your leisure. Alternatively, stay in stationary floating accommodation for a quirky alternative to a hotel or B&B.

Canal Cruises

Spend some time aboard a holiday boat, as it cruises along the Caledonian Canal for a truly unique experience. Your accommodation and meals are included, sometimes also with an itinerary of activities and tours. From barge boats to motor cruisers, there are different vessels to choose from and many cruise packages and routes.

Boat hire

You can hire a cruiser or charter a yacht for a few days on the Caledonian Canal. This type of boating holiday is good for experienced boaters who wish to take their time and plan their own route and activities.

Floating hotels

Some vessels offer accommodation on the water, while berthed on the Caledonian Canal. This is a great option for anyone exploring the canal on a day tour and looking for an unusual place to stay overnight.

More Inverness accommodation ideas

For more accommodation in and around Inverness, take a look at our hotel, bed and breakfast, self-catering, camping, glamping and caravan options.