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“Brilliant trip, booked again for next year”
Eriskay is a sleek, stylish cruiser.
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Eriskay is a sleek, stylish cruiser.
Stunning scenery in the Great Glen and the Eriskay is the perfect vantage point to view it from. Double cabin forward
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Eriskay is a sleek, stylish cruiser.
Stunning scenery in the Great Glen and the Eriskay is the perfect vantage point to view it from.
Double cabin forward
Fully equipped galley with full size cooker and fridge
Full size fridge on board
Spacious open plan seating area, with TV/DVD player
Twin bunks, ideal for the kids!
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

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macelven
Glasgow, Scotland
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Brilliant trip, booked again for next year”
Reviewed June 29, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

We had the Strathspey boat, ideal for four adults although it can sleep up to 6 (if there are six of you though I'd suggest hiring a bigger boat). Both cabins have en suite toilets/shower so it was perfect for us, as two couples. We were all novices but after an hour of instruction from Derek we were off. The first berthing at Urquhart Bay was by far the most difficult and a bit hairy! However every day we got better at the berthing and tying up. The boat had everything we needed and the lock keepers and other boaters are all so helpful and friendly. We really loved the whole adventure, so much so we are provisionally booked for next year!

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Liked best: Freedom and scenery
Liked least: Pump toilets!
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Large groups
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Management Response
Jun 30, 2016
Thank you so much for your great review and your kind words. We are of course delighted you enjoyed your holiday on the Strathspey class and we look forward to seeing you all again next season! Many Thanks again and best wishes from all of us at Caley Cruisers. - Karin
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davie1239
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Mr”
Reviewed March 30, 2016 for a stay in March 2016
1
person found this review helpful

My family recently spent two nights aboard the Kintail it was one of the best weekends we have ever had .The boat was spotless and contained everything you could ever need .It was our first boating holiday and I was a little nervous about handling the boat there was no need after a comprehensive safety video we were shown the ropes ,all very straightforward .We were given a decent map and ariel photos of all the docks locks etc which was very handy .A truly fantastic holiday was had by all thanks to all at Caley

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Management Response
Mar 31, 2016
Many thanks for your very kind review. We're delighted you enjoyed your weekend with us onboard Kintail. We are glad you were happy with both the boat and our service.
We look forward to seeing you all soon, hopefully you will manage a bit longer next time.
Thank you again for your kind review. Audrey and all at Caley.
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Freddie25...
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Greatest Holiday!”
Reviewed October 18, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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person found this review helpful

We have just spend a 4 night break on Balmoral cruiser. She is a beautiful boat, kitted out with all we could have wanted. Fantastic company would highly recommend everyone needs to experience the Caledonian Canal in a Caley Cruiser.

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Management Response
Oct 19, 2015
Thank you very much for your lovely review and your kind comments. We are delighted you enjoyed your trip through the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness on the Balmoral class. We look forward to hopefully seeing you all again sometime in the future. All the best from all of us here at Caley Cruisers.
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ACH0464
Coventry, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Nice Relaxing Holiday”
Reviewed September 22, 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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people found this review helpful

Arrived at Inverness airport from Birmingham, 20 minute taxi ride to boat yard. Very friendly greeting on arrival. We were directed to our boat and given time to have a look around before given safety briefing and boat handling instructions. We then took the boat along Caledonian canal to Neptunes staircase and back. We had a lovely relaxing week, locks and bridges no hassle as they are operated by lock keepers who are very friendly, weather was good as September can be. If your thinking about doing this trip I strongly recommend Caley Cruisers.

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Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Friends getaway Older travelers
People with pets
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Management Response
Sep 23, 2015
Thank you very much for your review and your kind comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed your boating holiday with us this September on the Caledonian Canal and that you were pleased with the Eriskay class you hired from us. It’s also great to hear that you were happy with the service you received from the Scottish Canals staff at the locks and bridges. We hope to have the pleasure of you cruising with us again sometime in the future. Thank you again for taking the time to write the review. - Best wishes from all here at Caley Cruisers.
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sparkySus...
sussex england
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Stunning time aboard Stathsprey”
Reviewed September 6, 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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A wonderful company to deal with. The instruction and maps were first class. Great safety instruction upon arrival. First impression of the boat was good. Looked to be well maintained. Got on board and was so happy. Brilliantly well laid out boat that was really comfortable. Wonderful amount of equipment in the kitchen with a full sized fridge and cooker. Two really comfortable double beds in bow and stern. We only had three people on board so had loads of room. Boat was really responsive and easy to manoeuvre. Stern and bow thrusters made life a lot simpler when mooring or locking.
This was our first time in the Highlands and what an amazing way to soak up the views. This area is quite simply magnificent. The views will remain with me forever.
The facilities on the canal are brilliant. We used the showers provided at the mooring sites and they were clean, tidy and had endless hot water. A number of locations also had washing and drying facilities if you needed them.
I could go on and on, but if you want to see Scotland in all its splender, then treat yourself to a Caley Cruiser. Simply brilliant

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Management Response
Sep 7, 2015
Thank you very much for your great review and your kind words, and for taking the time to write. We are of course delighted that you enjoyed your holiday and your experience cruising the Caledonian Canal and the Lochs and that you were happy with your vessel, the Strathspey. We appreciate and welcome any comments we receive, which should enable us to continuously improve our service. Perhaps we will have the pleasure of you cruising with us again some other time in the future. Many thanks again and all the best. - From all @ Caley Cruisers
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Kevin W
Newcastle, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Excellent Experience”
Reviewed August 8, 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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This was the first boating holiday that we had been on and i must say the attention given to me by Audrey and her team was first class. The boat was very easy to handle and they ensured that we were confident before leaving us at the first lock to get on our way.
The stop off points were good with very decent shower and toilet facilities along the route
Fort Auguster was our favorite overnight stop and the whole journey is full of excellent scenery and memorable sights.
The Lock keepers were very friendly and full of useful advice when we needed it.
I would recommend the Eriskay as your first boat if you have never handled a boat before, however there was four adults, one 16 year old and a small dog on board for the week and it was a bit cramped at times but there was a decent cooking area which was well stocked with plates and kitchen utensils.
The boat is idea for four people (and the small dog).
There was free parking at the boat yard for people who decide to drive to Inverness.
Overall a very relaxing week and i will be back again but this time on a bigger boat.

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Liked best: The slow pace of the trip
Liked least: A bit cramped
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with pets
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Management Response
Aug 10, 2015
Thank you ever so much for your lovely review and your kind words. We are of course delighted that you enjoyed your boating holiday with us on the Caledonian Canal and that you were pleased with the Eriskay class. We agree, she is a great vessel for first time boaters and ideal for up to 4 people or a family of 4. Hopefully, we will have the pleasure of you cruising with us again in the future. Best wishes from all of us at Caley Cruisers!
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LGH1970
Oxhill, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Highly recommended way to see the Caledonian Canal”
Reviewed July 26, 2015 for a stay in July 2015
5
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Cannot recommend Caley Cruisers highly enough.
We had a dreadful journey to Inverness after a major car breakdown, but despite arriving 7 hours late on a Saturday evening we were greeted by Scott who settled us onto our boat, an Eriskay, and showed us how to work the essentials for the night. He returned at 9am the next morning to take us through all the necessary training, gave us lots of tips, and had us underway by mid-morning.
We had 2 adults, 2 teenagers and a large dog on the Eriskay and felt we had sufficient space. The kitchen is really well equipped so self-catering is very easy if you wish. The boat was very straightforward to manoeuvre, we had no problems at all. It was very clean and very well maintained.
The cruising area is stunning. We may not have had the weather we hoped for, but you just have to go with the right clothes. The navigation charts provided are detailed and easy to follow, and highlight everything you need to know when choosing overnight stops. Although the boat has a shower we mainly used the canalside Scottish Canals facilities which we found to be clean and warm.
The best bits were chatting to/getting to know other boat occupants, the lock-keepers who to a man/woman were friendly and good humoured, and the leisurely pace of travel. It is definitely a holiday which allows time for a couple of good books, family movie evenings, and afternoon naps.

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Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with pets
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Management Response
Jul 27, 2015
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review about your recent holiday with us. I am pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your time cruising down the Great Glen on one of our cruisers. We welcome and appreciate all comments from our customers to help us improve our service where required.
Once again, we are very grateful for your positive comments and kind words. Perhaps, we will have the pleasure of you cruising with us again some time in the future.
With best wishes,
Caley Cruisers Reservations
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