Hire a boat on the Caledonian Canal

Hiring a boat is the ideal way to explore the Caledonian Canal. Because so much of the length of the canal is made up of lochs, the options for boating on this dramatic stretch of Scottish waterway are exceptional.

Charter a yacht or hire a cruiser, stay on a hotel boat or a holiday barge, or even take a day-trip on Loch Ness. Whatever you choose, you'll have the flexibility to explore the beauty of the Caledonian Canal at your leisure.

New for 2014 - You can now hire electric boats with Free Spirit Boat Hire at Banavie for a boat trip with a difference! The first of their kind on Scottish Canals!

  • Caledonian Discovery Cruises

    Boating, Canal boat holidays, Hotel boats

    We have 2 large comfortable barges that cruise Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands of Scotland, providing a unique holiday experience amidst superb Highland scenery...

  • Caley Cruisers Ltd

    Boat hire, Boating, Canal boat holidays

    Explore 60 miles of one of Europe's most beautiful inland waterways with one of our cruisers...

  • Crannog Cruises

    Boat trips, Boating, Restaurant boat

    Take a cruise on Souter's Lass to see the local wildlife and scenery, or eat in the fantastic seafood restaurant…

  • Cruise Loch Ness

    Boat trips, Boating

    A cruise on the mysterious and beautiful Loch Ness is one of the best ways to enjoy some of the Highland's stunning scenery. Take the Royal Scot for a relaxing scenic cruise, or eXplore the loch in a fast and exhilarating RIB...

  • European Waterways Ltd

    Boating, Canal boat holidays, Hotel boats

    European Waterways Luxury Barge Cruises in Europe. We cruise along the Great Glen from Inverness towards Fort William...

  • Highland Free Spirits

    Boat trips, Boating

    Highland Free Spirits specialise in exclusive cruises on Loch Ness on a luxurious modern motor cruiser...

  • Jacobite Cruises

    Boat trips, Boating

    For the finest way to see Loch Ness, nothing compares to Jacobite 5 star cruises. Whichever season you choose to visit, a cruise on Loch Ness is a superb way to experience the magnificence of the loch...

  • Le Boat

    Boat hire, Boating, Canal boat holidays

    Boating holidays along the rivers and waterways of Europe. Cruise the Caledonian Canal for a true taste of the Highlands...

  • Loch Ness Cruises

    Boat trips, Boating

    Here at Loch Ness Cruises we are proud to be described by visitors and travel writers alike as "the most informative and entertaining cruise on Loch Ness"...

  • Magna Carta Steamship Co Ltd

    Boating, Canal boat holidays, Hotel boats

    Take a cruise on the 'Lord of the Glens', the only passenger vessel that is able to both navigate the Scottish inland waterways of the Caledonian Canal and the open sea...

  • Ness and Moray Yacht Charters

    Boat hire, Boating, Canal boat holidays

    Sail the Caledonian Canal or explore the East coast with self sail or skippered charter from Ness and Moray Yacht Charters.

  • Seagull Trust Cruises (Inverness)

    Boat trips, Boating

    The Seagull Trust provide free canal cruising for people with special needs. With branches in Kirkintilloch, Falkirk and Ratho on the Lowlands and Inverness on the Highlands, there are plenty of places to get on board...

  • The Eagle Barge & Lady Andorina

    Boating, Hotel boats, Pubs & Bars, Restaurant boat

    The only floating pub on the Caledonian Canal! The restaurant specialises in seafood as well as other dishes, and a floating bunkhouse is also available...

  • The Majestic Line

    Boating, Canal boat holidays, Hotel boats

    There is no better way to explore the Caledonian Canal than a Majestic Line cruise; soak in the scenery, wildlife, history and culture, while enjoying exceptional food onboard and fascinating trips onshore. Our two mini-cruise ships take you off the beaten track to experience the true beauty and wildness of the canal.

  • West Highland Sailing

    Boat hire, Boating, Canal boat holidays

    Boating holidays in Scotland offer a fabulous way to see Scotland's magnificent scenery from the water. West Highland Sailing can offer you a holiday you will never forget on the beautiful Caledonian Canal...

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