Caledonian Canal- A Great Canal Journey

Voyage No. Start date End date Start port End port Days Price
BE310821 Tues 31 Aug (15.00) Fri 3 Sept(10.00) Oban, North Pier Inverness 4 £680 Book voyage »

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Passing through the Great Glen, Bessie Ellen journeys the Caledonian Canal, working the locks and sailing the Lochs while enjoying fantastic scenery and sumptuous food. This short cruise from Oban to Inverness carries you from coast to coast, walking , sailing and discovering the very heart of the highlands of Scotland.

I recently spent a week on Bessie Ellen and had one of the best times of my life. Travelling around the Scottish islands was perfect for me- beautiful scenery with time to gaze in awe, interspersed with bursts of activity to help the crew. Travelling solo was a pleasure with such a lovely mix of people. And the food………. just wonderful. A really fantastic holiday- thank you Nikki, Pete,Alex,Owen and Ollie xxx


  • Heather bay anchorage

Voyage Description

Built during the Victorian age, the canal route cuts straight through the glens from Corpach in the west to Inverness (and Loch Ness) in the east.  Built to carry trade, especially the  herring  fleet , avoiding the trecherous waters in in the Pentland Firth and Cape Wrath, offering a safe option to travel from coast to coast.   Today your journey with us offers a quiet and comfortable journey, from working the locks at Neptunes Staircase, taking the help and setting sail down the long Lochs.

Although not a seagoing voyage, a short journey like this is engaging for both sailor and land-crab, crossing though 100km of Scottish highland beauty, walking the canal path and enjoying the fantastic food from our ships galley.








Wildlife is guaranteed at this time of year and not a week passes without seeing at least 3 of the big 5. Red Deer, Otter, Seal, Golden Eagle and of course the Red Squirrel.


  • Five sisters of Kintail mountains
  • Crab pots, Neptune's Staircase, sheep fighting

Useful Information

How to get there:

By Rail: To Oban, via Queen Street Glasgow

By Road: Via Glasgow & Loch Awe. Pre-booked parking advised

Fly: From Bristol, London Gatwick, Stanstead, Luton, BirminghamUnited Kingdom Belfast City Cardiff East Midland Exeter Leeds Bradford Manchester Norwich and Southampton.

Departing From Oban:  By rail to Queen Street in Glasgow or bus direct to airports.

Please note that you will need to arrange your own travel insurance, which covers you for the duration of your voyage. We recommend Topsail Insurance, which offers single policies from about £20.

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Visitor Attractions:

McCaigs Folly, Oban

Oban whisky distillery

Highland shopping

Lunch at the Seafood Bar for the best shellfish and sandwiches.

Walk Kerrera to stretch your legs.


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