Barges at the Linlithgow Canal Centre on the Union Canal
Locks on the Caledonian Canal, Fort Augustus
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.