Scottish Highlander (barge)
The Scottish Highlander hotel barge moored on the Caledonian Canal.
|Owner:||European Waterways, LTD|
|Operator:||European Waterways, LTD|
|Port of registry:||London|
|Route:||Caledonian Canal- Dochgarroch to Banavie|
|Class & type:||Commercial passenger vessel|
|Length:||117 ft (36 m)|
|Beam:||16.5 ft (5.0 m)|
|Height:||11.5 ft (3.5 m)|
|Draught:||4.6 ft (1.4 m)|
|Installed power:||2x Beta Marine, 23kVA 230/1/50 BV3300, generator|
|Propulsion:||Gardner 6LX 120HP|
|Speed:||4 knots, 10 knots max|
|Notes:||Holds 8 tons of water and 3 tons of fuel|
The Scottish Highlander is a boutique hotel barge cruising the Caledonian Canal in Scotland, from Inverness to Fort William. She is a Luxe motor Dutch steel barge. She is a member of the fleet of hotel barges owned by European Waterways.
She was built in 1931, by Gebroeders Van Zutphen, in Vreeswijk, the Netherlands as a trading barge. She was christened the Vertrouwen, meaning "trust" in Dutch. She served as a trading barge for her first 60 years, transporting grain and various commodities throughout the Netherlands.
In 1991, she was purchased by J.P. Leisure Limited. After a renovation in the Netherlands she sailed to Inverness in April 1993 to begin her career as a passenger ship.
In 1999 she was purchased by Derek Banks to become part of the European Waterways fleet of hotel barges. From 1999 to 2000 she was completely renovated and was renamed Scottish Highlander. She was refurbished again in 2006.
As a working hotel barge she cruises in Scotland on the Caledonian Canal with up to 8 passengers. She has four passenger cabins, three crew cabins, and a saloon.
- Stern, Steven (2009). Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation. Pelican Publishing Company. p. 356. ISBN 978-1-58980-614-6.