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“Highly recommended way to see the Caledonian Canal”
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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LGH1970
Oxhill, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 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
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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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Travelling group: Teenagers
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Management Response
27 Jul 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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Shirley D
1 review
“Mrs”
Reviewed June 2, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Just returned from 7 nights aboard the Eriskay for my partner s Birthday. What a amazing trip ,the scenery is out of this world .Loch Ness was a amazing experience and fort agustus was picturesque.Best way to see Scotland along the Caledonian canal.The Eriskay was ideal for our size party and ideal for our large dog .When we arrived we were delighted with the boat and its interior was spotless all equipment needed was to hand.Big Thank you to all the staff at the boat yard especially Andy who took us up to the first lock ,Thank you for all your excellent customer service. We hope one day to do this again ,its defiantly one for the holiday list.Amazing

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Management Response
3 Jun 2015
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time on the Eriskay class, cruising the Caledonian Canal & Loch Ness. We shall pass your regards on to the instructor who joined you to the first lock. Hopefully, we will have the pleasure of you cruising wit us again some other time in the future. - Caley Cruisers Team
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kiwiBirmi...
Birmingham
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great boat for our large dog”
Reviewed May 5, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

I can't really add to what has been said by others previously except to say that every single word they've said about the Caley Cruisers staff, the lock keepers, the scenery, the boat, and the whole experience is true. So my review is different in that the following information may be of use to those who have a large dog and especially if it isn't very agile.

We chose the Eriskay Class mainly because it looked the best one for our elderly dog to get on and off it, and having now actually seen the other classes of boat rather than just the photos I think we chose well. Our dog weighs 30kg so we wanted to minimise the times we had to lift her. The Eriskay Class has it's rear outside area at the same level as the inside of the cabin so no difficult slippery steps, and then there is a neat little gate leading from this area for stepping on and off the boat onto a mooring pontoon/landing stage, all of which you can see in the brochure photos.

This does though mean that it's best (but not essential) to reverse onto the moorings rather than sideways on which most boats do, but with the help of the bow thrusters it's a fairly easy manoeuvre even for a novice. Mooring this way does mean the boat sticks out a bit but the canal is plenty wide enough and it's just as easy to tie up the mooring ropes. Having said that, the one occasion we did have to moor sideways it wasn't too difficult lifting the dog because using the seat as a step, it then wasn't that high to lift her over.

It's a lovely boat and a joy to live on and drive. My only slight criticism is that the gap between the driver's seat and the steering wheel is too small and therefore I found it was more comfortable to drive 'side saddle'. This wasn't really much of a problem but more of a niggle. Oh and one final thing is that although this boat doesn't have an additional steering wheel outside like some do, the all round vision from inside is massive anyway, and with the back doors open and the large sliding window by the steering wheel, there is plenty of ventilation on a warm day.

I thoroughly recommend this holiday, and in particular Caley Cruisers who have been absolutely excellent throughout the whole process. If you've never boated before don't be put off because it really is easy, and it's such a great way of seeing and experiencing the magnificent scenery.

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Liked best: The whole experience
Liked least: The heavy rain and winds
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
6 May 2015
Many thanks for your lovely review. We are really delighted you had a great time and were happy with our Eriskay for your trip through the canal. The feedback regarding your dog is much appreciated, it's very helpful for anyone considering a trip with us. All the best from the Caley crew!
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Misstoria
Peterhead, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“One of the most memorable holidays anyone could ever have 10/10”
Reviewed January 16, 2015 for a stay in July 2014
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Our family of 4 have hired Eriskay for a week at a time,during the summer and the autumn months.
It's a fantastic cruiser.
The scenery is beautiful no matter what time of year you go.
Cruising the lochs is a great experience for children and adults alike.
You can move on to the next wee village and Moore up, go ashore and find some nice little eateries. The people of Caley Cruisers have always been a pleasure to deal with.
This is a holiday that's never the same next time around.
We shall return again, and again.

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Management Response
6 May 2015
Thank you very much for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your trip through the canal on Eriskay. We look forward to seeing you again sometime in the future. All the best from the Caley crew!
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john c
stocksfield
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“eriskay 2”
Reviewed September 14, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Just returned from a weeks boating holiday on the Caledonian Canal on Eriskay 2. The boat was extremely clean (obviously cared for), well lain out and comfortable. Unlike some canal boats the engine was quiet and we always had loads of hot water. Highlight was seeing the SL Vic32 passing by and also waking up moored at the pontoon at the Glengarry Castle Hotel on Loch Lochy on a clear September morning. Walking to the sea locks at both ends of the canal was also special - Thomas Telford was a pretty good engineer ! The boatyard staff were very professional and the whole operation efficient and well organised (unlike some boatyards).
We will return.

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Management Response
15 Sep 2014
Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review and for your kind words. Any comments we receive are very much appreciated. We are glad you have enjoyed your boat and your holiday with our company. I agree, the Caledonian Canal system is a great piece of engineering and the Great Glen is truly a stunning part of the Scottish Highlands. Hopefully, we will see you again sometime in the future. Thank you again for your comments.
Kindest regards – The team @ Caley Cruisers
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FamSteven...
Steenbergen, The Netherlands
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“FANTASTIC!”
Reviewed July 29, 2014 for a stay in July 2014
2
people found this review helpful

We rented Eriskay 6 for a week and had one of our best holidays ever! The helpful staff and materials provided during the investigation phase was a key reason for choosing Caley Cruisers in the first place. They helped us pick the correct boat for our family’s needs. On arrival, we loaded the boat with our luggage and weeks provisions and were impressed at the cleanliness and high standard of the boat. It is a modern motor cruiser with everything you could need onboard (even TV/DVD for the kids!) After a safety brief and practical demonstration, we set off down the Caledonian Canal to find our boat was extremely easy to maneuver. We had fantastic weather during the majority of our trip, and never tried of the scenery. I am struggling to find the correct words to describe it - Absolutely breathtaking! The navigation charts were easy to understand and simple to follow. We met allot of friendly people along the way, especially the lock / bridge keepers who were on hand to help where needed. We made friends with other Caley Cruiser boats which lead to some great evenings when moored up together for the night. If you are thinking of such a holiday, I have no hesitation to highly recommend the Eriskay class, Caley Cruisers and the Caledonian Canal. The highlands of Scotland are stunning and the people are the friendliest on the planet, so don’t forget to save some time to take in other activities en-route. We will certainly be back. Our thanks to Audrey and the rest of the team at CC.

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Travelling group: Young Children
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Management Response
8 Aug 2014
Thank you very much for your kind words and for taking the time to write this great review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday and that your experience cruising the Great Glen was a very positive one. We appreciate and welcome any comments we receive, which will hopefully enable us to improve our service. Perhaps we will have the pleasure of you cruising with us some other time in the future. Many thanks again. All the best. - From all @ Caley Cruisers
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DavyPandh...
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wonderful Holiday”
Reviewed July 15, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
2
people found this review helpful

We rented the Eriskay 5 boat from Caley Cruisers and this was the first time we had ever participated in this type of holiday. What a fantastic week we had, the scenery was nothing short of spectacular and we had such a relaxing week. Cruising along the lochs and canals, tying up at a pontoon and having dinner in the local hostelries - absolute bliss.

The boat was well laid out and had internal facilities along the lines of a caravan with a double bedroom, separate room with a bunk beds, toilet with shower and galley kitchen with full size cooker.

Having never tried this type of holiday before, we were a bit apprehensive about how we would manage to operate a boat but Caley cruisers gave an expert instruction and took us out for an hour on the canal before cutting us loose.

A special word for all the lock keepers and swing bridge operators, they were all very helpful and friendly, especially when you get it wrong, they were not demeaning in any way and went out of their way to assist you at every turn. What did come across loud and clear was that the Caley Cruisers holidaymakers were better instructed than occupants of other operators boats and had a better grasp of the etiquette than the others.

Absolutely brilliant holiday and can't wait to return for another blissful week.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
16 Jul 2014
Thank you ever so much for your lovely review and your kind comments. 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 accommodation. We welcome and appreciate all comments as they are very important to us and help us to improve our product and service. It is also good to know that you were pleased with the service you received from the Scottish Canals staff along the way. We do hope to see you all again sometime. Thank you again for taking the time to share your experience with us. All the best from all at Caley Cruisers.
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