European Waterways has announced a new Whisky Trail cruise for single malt lovers in Scotland.
Sailing onboard the hotel barge Scottish Highlander, guests travel along the Caledonian Canal between Fort William and Inverness, visiting at least three historic distilleries along the way. The barge will also travel across scenic deep water lakes, including Loch Ness, and visit famous castles and historic sites.
Onboard, the eight-passenger barge's onboard Master Chef will serve Scottish fare such as line-caught wild salmon, fresh scallops and locally-sourced saddle of venison.
Among the distilleries visited on the Whisky Trail is the Benromach Distillery near Forres, a family-owned business founded over 100 years ago. The tour includes a tasting of the classic Benromach Speyside single malt. Another private tour and tasting is provided at the Glen Ord distillery. Founded in 1838, it is the only remaining single malt Scotch whisky distillery on the Black Isle. Also scheduled is a visit to the Dalwhinnie distillery, located in the Cairngorms National Park, where guests will enjoy the unique experience of tasting several aged single malts with a variety of matching chocolates.