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  • Barges tied up at the Linlithgow Canal Centre on the Union Canal.
    Barges at the Linlithgow Canal Centre on the Union Canal
  • A couple strolls next to the locks on the Caledonian Canal near Fort Augustus.
    Locks on the Caledonian Canal, Fort Augustus
  • Scottish Highlander
    Scottish Highlander

There is a wide range of incredible accommodation across the country; some situated by tranquil lochs and flowing rivers, or near dramatic coasts and picturesque beaches. But have you ever thought about staying on a boat? Imagine waking up to the gentle sounds of water lapping against the hull before eating breakfast al fresco on the deck, looking out across a loch.

This unusual type of holiday break is a great way to see Scotland from a unique perspective. Whether you take in the surrounding mountains and ever-changing countryside from a barge on a canal, or charter a sail boat to explore Scotland’s islands, you'll be able to discover the hidden gems of Scotland at your leisure.

With companies such as European Waterways and The Majestic Line you can journey along the Caledonian Canal and visit wonderful attractions, including the ruins of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness, as you drift by. With a crew to prepare delicious, locally-inspired meals and care to your every need, it is the perfect way to truly unwind.

Hop aboard a boat on Scotland's west coast and you could find yourself spotting wildlife as you journey around Argyll's islands, or even up to the Outer Hebrides.

You don’t have to escape to the coasts or rural countryside to enjoy this holiday experience; boat accommodation can be found in the heart of the city too.  In Edinburgh, book in to accommodation on the Union Canal. Static houseboats, like the Four Sisters Boatel, are ideal for those who don’t have sea legs but want to get a taste of life on the water.

Of course, you’ll find all the advantages of staying in the city; from great bars and restaurants to shopping and attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland and the Scotch Whisky Experience nearby.

Browse the listings to plan your boating break.

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  1. West Highland Sailing


    Self Catering



    Welcome to West Highland Sailing. We offer boating holidays on Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal to suit almost everyone. With no tides and simple navigation, boating novices can charter our boats and enjoy carefree holidays. From 3-14 days hire.

  2. St Hilda Sea Adventures


    Self Catering



  3. Shepherds Cottage


    Self Catering


    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering


    Welcome to Shepherds Cottage. We are a small haven of luxury in the Highlands with a very high quality cottage sitting in a private estate and giving access to hills, lochs, castles, views, sea, restaurents, shopping and train services.

  4. Gradings


    Escape the stresses of modern life and get back to nature on an island where time stands still. Imagine a holiday with no cars, no telephones, no roads, just an abundance of wildlife and a beautiful Hebridean backdrop.

  5. Dallas Lodge


    Self Catering



    A much loved, warm and welcoming family home on the Dallas Estate in Moray

  6. Port an Eilean


    Self Catering



    Spectacular lochside location, stunning interiors, all weather tennis court and jetty with boat – if this sounds good - then Port an Eilean is for you!

  7. Gradings


    Filming took place for the Bond film \'Skyfall\' on the small road to the lodge, and any image of Bond, \'M\' and an Aston Martin is a great way to get a holiday started.

  8. Gradings

    Loch Ness

    Scottish Highlander is an 8-passenger hotel barge operated by European Waterways, the largest hotel barge operator in Europe.

  9. Gradings


    Welcome to M V RELIANT Fishing Trawler B&B, offering private cabins in our traditional converted fishing boat.

  10. The Majestic Line


    Exclusive Use



    Escape to another world with The Majestic Line


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