The fame or infamy of Loch Ness will always be associated with the monster said to dwell in its murky depths. Yet this extraordinary part of the world is also synonymous with the exquisite beauty and serenity that is the Scottish Highlands. Whether a visitor is seeking adventure or solace for the soul, a cruise along the Caledonian Canal will provide both in equal measure. Visit www.holidayhypermarket.co.uk/all-inclusive-holidays to find the cheapest holiday deals to Scotland and visit here for a truly memorable cruise holiday.
With the large number of cruise operators offering a number of cruise options, there is sure to be one that fits perfectly with every individual’s desires. Usually beginning in the picturesque Kyle of Lochalsh, cruise ships will call at the Isle of Skye where tours will be arranged of the Cullins Mountains and of the waterfront, famed for its colourful houses.
Sailing north to Armadale, the ship will allow for visits to the Clan Donald Centre and Gardens before continuing on to the remote magnificence of Inverie on Loch Nevis. It would be enough just to sit on the deck and drink in the breathtaking beauty of the Scottish landscape with its rolling green hills and strikingly colourful flora, but being steeped in history the Highlands have many historical sites to visit.
The Isle of Iona is the final resting place of fifty Scottish kings. It is also the landing place of St Columba in 563AD which brought with it the introduction of Christianity to Britain. An Abbey and the ruins of a nunnery built in the 13th century, wait to be explored. The names of the isles and lochs float like music played to the beat of the ship as it drifts by some and docks at others. Loch Lochy, Loch Olch and Glenfinnan where the grand viaduct still inspires awe, then on to Loch Shiel and eventually that most famous loch of all, Loch Ness. The heather-covered surrounds of the loch with its abundance of wildlife and stunning array of flora make this a hiker’s paradise. Marvel at the Falls of Foyers and soak up the panoramic and unforgettable views of lochs and forests steeped in colour and tranquillity and then on to Inverness.
Loch Ness is far more than just a home to one mythical creature, although tales told by the locals are sure to be as spellbinding today as they ever were when the legend began. It is part of a rich Scottish tapestry woven of myth, legend and historical fact that make this isle worthy of the devotion and staunch patriotism of the most legendary of its defenders. Cruising its waters is certain to capture your heart and inspire your soul.