Today we visited Eileen Donan Castle, one of the most famous castles in Scotland

Editor’s Note: Will Garrett and his father, Edward, sailed on the Scottish Highlander luxury barge operated by European Waterways earlier this month. Will filed daily reports published throughout the barge cruise. His father’s review of the trip appears here. DAY 6: Fort Augustus We were to leave for Eilean Donan Castle by 9 a.m., which is one of the most famous castles in Scotland and has been showcased in a multitude of films. We left the barge …

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Our final day on the Scottish Highlander finishes with an elegant Captain’s Dinner

Editors Note: Twenty-six-year old-Will Garrett and his father Edward sailed on the Scottish Highlander luxury barge operated by European Waterways earlier this month. Will filed a daily report and these are being published throughout this week. His father’s review of the trip appears here. DAYS 8-9: Gairlochy to Banavie This morning we visited the battlefields of Glencoe, followed by a visit to the Ben Nevis distillery. This was a neat tour that delved into the secrets of …

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A trip on Loch Ness and an exploration of Urquhart Castle

DAY 5: Loch Ness /Urquhart Castle Today’s journey started off with a bacon and egg breakfast before leaving the port in Inverness (which is also called “The Gateway to Loch Ness”). We cruised the Loch for several hours and I kept an eye out for Nessie…the locals say she is very shy. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a picture of her… After docking the boat in Inverness we continued our journey with a visit to the …

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Today we took a highland hike in Scotland, then visited a war memorial and woolen shops

Editors Note: Will Garrett and his father, Edward, sailed on the Scottish Highlander luxury barge operated by European Waterways earlier this month. Will filed a daily report and these are being published throughout this week. His father’s review of the trip appears here. DAY 7: Cullochy Loch to Gairlochy This morning a group of us took a highland hill hike.  It was raining pretty hard, so we all dressed in layered rain gear to combat the elements that …

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Our first day on the Scottish Highlander includes a visit to Cawdor Castle

Editors Note: Twenty-six-year old-Will Garrett and his father Edward sailed on the Scottish Highlander luxury barge operated by European Waterways earlier this month. Will filed a daily report and these will be published this week. DAY 4: Traveling to Inverness/Dochgarroch Today started off rather early. This morning, we took the train into Inverness. It took us 3-1/2 hours by train to reach the town where we would meet our barge, the Scottish Highlander, for our cruise down …

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Scottish adventure: Day two in Edinburgh

Editors Note: Twenty-six-year old-Will Garrett and his father Edward sailed on the Scottish Highlander luxury barge operated by European Waterways earlier this month. Will filed a daily report and these will be published this week. DAY 3: Edinburgh After a traditional Scottish breakfast, we began a long walk through the city of Edinburgh by heading towards the Queens Garden which is overlooked by the castle. The flowers were amazingly brilliant  and the grass was a magnificent color …

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An adventure in the Scottish Highlands begins with a day in Edinburgh

Editors Note: Twenty-six-year old-Will Garrett and his father Edward sailed on the Scottish Highlander luxury barge operated by European Waterways earlier this month. Will filed a daily report and these will be published this week. DAY 1: Detroit to St. Paul My trip began by leaving DTW (Detroit) and traveling to Minnesota (where my father lives) so that we could start our journey to Scotland together.  We had an uneventful evening and retired to bed early …wanted …

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The Scottish Highlander offers everything from castles to distilleries in its shore excursions

Editor’s note: Edward Garrett and his 20-something son Will just returned from a week’s sailing on the Scottish Highlander luxury barge. His son is reporting on the trip from his perspective in a separate blog on this site. Third of three reports. The Scottish Highlander offers a number of rather good excursions by minibus on a daily basis hosted by the ships very charming tour guide Loren. Included on our cruise were beautiful Cawdor Castle immortalized in …

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All meals on the barge are set menu, and the chef prepares everything from memory

Editors note: Edward Garrett and his 26-year-old son Will just returned from a week’s sailing on the Scottish Highlander luxury barge. His son is reporting on the trip from his perspective in a separate blog on this site. Second of three reports Our traveling companions consisted of two well-traveled couples (one from London and the other from Sydney) who showed great consideration for other guests, an absolute necessity in such close quarters. In fact, it quickly becomes …

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An in-depth look at the Scottish Highlander luxury barge

Editors note: Edward Garrett and his 26-year-old son Will just returned from a week’s sailing on the Scottish Highlander. This is his report. His son is reporting on the trip from his perspective in a separate blog on this site. Over the past several years an emergent group of travelers have found European luxury Barge cruises a way to solve their “Been there, done that” dilemma, and few do it better than European Waterways. Established in 1974, …

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