Ahoy matey! Holidays on the water

Have you ever thought about staying on a boat for your holiday?

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

On board a boat, you might:

  • Sail the Caledonian Canal and visit wonderful attractions, including the ruins of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness.
  • Go with a skipper and a crew - navigation, deck chores and delicious meals are sorted, so all you need to do is unwind.
  • Hop aboard a boat on Scotland's west coast and spot wildlife as you journey around Argyll's islands, or even up to the Outer Hebrides.
  • Stay central; stay still. Book a static houseboat or a city centre 'boatel' on a canal and enjoy the simple pleasures of life on water without the need for sea legs.

More of a landlubber? Book a boathouse

If a holiday on board a boat sounds just a tad too adventurous, but Scotland's fine waters still appeal to you, then consider the merits of a boathouse:

  • Often set in secluded locations - the perfect way to enjoy a peaceful and romantic getaway.
  • The buildings are quite often historic, and many come tastefully decorated, with open fireplaces, exposed beams and period features as well as other luxurious touches.
  • You might even have your own private loch, or a deck overlooking the water, perfect for al fresco breakfasts.

Sounds like bliss, doesn't it?