This epic journey, through the very heart of Scotland is full of breath-taking contrasts in scenery, history and wildlife. The towering mass of Ben Nevis is a stunning backdrop to magnificent Loch Linnhe and the quintessential Scottish castle, Castle Stalker, before entering the 60-miles of the Caledonian Canal, from east coast to west coast. After the fun of negotiating Telford’s engineering marvel, Neptune’s Staircase, navigate more sets of locks and stretches of canal linking to several serene inland lochs fringed with forest and mountain. Fabulous Loch Ness, with Urquhart Castle dramatically situated on its banks is an impressive anchorage for the night and a spectacular setting for dinner. The canals and lochs offer excellent walking and wildlife spotting opportunities, including the Falls of Foyers and the locks at Fort Augustus. Guests have the option of bringing their own bikes on this cruise; read the information for cyclists>.

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Cruise Dates

DateNightsSpacesPrice p/p VesselBook Online
610---Fully Booked

Master cabin available (Emma Jane Only).

Cruise Dates 2022

DateNightsSpacesPrice p/p VesselBook Online
17 September 202260---Emma JaneFully Booked
24 September 202260---Emma JaneFully Booked

Master cabin available (Emma Jane Only).

Cruise Dates 2023

DateNightsSpacesPrice p/p VesselBook Online
16 September 202366£2,320.00Emma JaneBook Now
23 September 2023610 £2,320.00Emma JaneBook Now

Master cabin available (Emma Jane Only).

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18 September 2021

A brilliant week cruising the Caledonian Canal - our first time on Emma Jane, and it won't be the last! The crew were fantastic, as ever, and our fellow guests were so entertaining and a lot of fun was had by all! A week of total relaxation with excellent views of deer, golden eagles, buzzards, and a perfectly placed otter! You just can't beat the scenery in the Highlands and we appreciated being able to go ashore and explore.

John and Val Strickland

18 September 2021

Proper Preparation Provides a Perfect Performance, and Practice makes Perfect. I would add Pride and Professionalism to a description of James, Kat, Will and Jo's contributions. Their individual expertise, James' leadership,  and everyone's ability to deal with every situation, whilst clearly enjoying themselves, could not be faulted. Please pass on our thanks - Brian and Bernice, Stockton-on-Tees

Bernice & Brian Turnball

18 September 2021

Emma was always available or quick to respond to emails or messages left.  A well planned, perfectly executed trip with varied excursions for all abilities.  A great crew from all aspects.  Efficient, professional but also friendly at all times.  Couldn't have been better - go for it! 

Fiona Ray

18 September 2021

This was our second cruise with Hebrides Cruises and it was equally as good as our first. Everybody's needs were catered for impeccably and there were some lovely surprise touches -popcorn ! anniversary cake! and even the completely unexpected sighting of an otter !! The company -both crew and other guests could not be bettered and really made the whole experience amazing. Many thanks to all at Hebrides Cruises especially our crew James, Cat, Jo and Will for looking after us so well. Ros & Mike Pickford

Mike & Ros Pickford

28 September 2019

Dear Emma - From the moment we arrived on board "Emma Jane" we were thoroughly looked after and totally spoilt. The cruise along the Caledonian Canal showcased the wonderful scenery, and offers a different perspective to say a road journey. The whole crew; James, Helen, Will and Ruth, worked professionally and tirelessly to make our cruise smooth and effortless. We cannot praise Ruth's food highly enough, every meal was a delight. Thank you all for a very memorable and enjoyable experience. We look forward to cruising with you again.

Chris & Christine ReesFitzpatrick

28 September 2019

Hi Emma - Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful cruise. We both thoroughly enjoyed it. The days were nicely structured allowing plenty of time for us to have time out together if we needed it. And the food was just fabulous. All the crew were great and it was really nice to see them work so well as a team. So, thank you!  Kind regards Jane & Ian

Ian & Jane Marsden

21 September 2019

This was our second 'Hebrides Cruises' trip and it did not disappoint. Once again, the administration and organisation were excellent, facilities above expectations, and the cruising and land-based experiences perfect. The crew were friendly, efficient and professional, and worked incredibly well as a team. The food was delicious, with full accommodation of guests with specific nutritional requirements. The nature 'expeditions' walks were well organised and full of interesting sightings and sounds (stags bellowing during the rut). We cannot fault the holiday and would like to thank all concerned.

Gary Smith

21 September 2019

This was a superb holiday, travelling solo with strangers on board the Emma Jane. Some were experienced cruisers; others, like me, new to the experience. The group was friendly and I think everyone managed to do as much or as little as they chose to – joining Will on his fascinating wildlife walks, ambling along the tow path or just watching the view change from an easy chair as we moved along the canal and lochs. The crew made a great team - from James' handling of the boat through flights of locks, Helen's watchful care of us and our cabins, Ruth's amazing cooking (for me, the best vegan food I've ever been served.) The weather was lovely, I saw almost everything I hoped to see and lot more I didn't know was there, I enjoyed the informality and peace of it all. I wouldn't have been able to do this without the waiver a single supplement, so thanks to Hebrides Cruises for that.

Lesley Hale

21 September 2019

The cruise if very leisurely paced and has some glorious scenery.  We particularly liked the various lock systems and the various walks available during the cruise.  Our guide Will was exceptional - very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.  James local knowledge was outstanding and much appreciated.  All meals were exceptional and Ruth is an accomplished chef. A delight to sail with this crew. Do it - it was extra special. 

David Holdgate

27 October 2018

Spectacular in all aspects. Jane and I are hopeful to cruise the 10 day cruise to St. Kilda in 2020. Captain James and crew were wonderful hosts. We could not have had a more joyous occurrence. Terre Harper, iris Jane Robinson

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