Scottish Highlander (barge)

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The Scottish Highlander hotel barge moored on the Caledonian Canal.
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Name: Scottish Highlander
Owner: European Waterways, LTD
Operator: European Waterways, LTD
Port of registry: London
Route: Caledonian Canal- Dochgarroch to Banavie
Launched: 1931
Christened: Vertrouwen
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Commercial passenger vessel
Tonnage: 200
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)
Decks: 2
Installed power: 2x Beta Marine, 23kVA 230/1/50 BV3300, generator
Propulsion: Gardner 6LX 120HP
Speed: 4 knots, 10 knots max
Capacity: 8 passengers
Crew: 4 crew
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 Zuttphen, in Holland 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 Holland.

In 1991, she was purchased by J.P. Leisure Limited. After a renovation in Holland 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 completly 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.[1]

She is crewed by a captain, tour guide, chef and housekeeper.[1] [2] [3] [4]



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