Joining instructions for Banavie, Fort William
We’ll be ready to welcome you aboard between 2.00 and 2.15 pm on the start date of your cruise. Please try not to arrive before 2pm – our ‘turnaround’ time is short and busy and we may not be available to give you the welcome we’d like to.
The West Highland line to Fort William goes through spectacular scenery and is well worth the trip. There are four trains a day including a sleeper service from London Euston. The other trains come from Glasgow and connect with the Mallaig train which stops at Banavie. This is a good option if you want to get lunch locally and can walk with your luggage. From Banavie station, cross the main road and walk up the side of Neptune’s Staircase. The Moorings Hotel is on the left of the canal as you walk up. The barge will be on the right on the last pontoon beyond the top lock, about 800 metres from the station. If you would rather not walk this distance with your bag then alight at Fort William railway station from where it is easy to get a taxi. See our ‘Useful Contacts’ sheet for booking information.
By bus / coach
There is a coach service from Glasgow and Edinburgh. The coach stances at Fort William are near to the railway station, with plenty of choice to find a lunch stop before coming to the barge. From here take a taxi to the last pontoon at the top of Neptune’s Staircase.
The nearest airports are Inverness and Glasgow. As the cruise finishes in Inverness a return flight there is a good option. See our ‘Useful Contacts’ page for relevant airlines. Rapson’s Buses connect with Inverness City Centre then on to Fort William train station. Take a taxi from here to the barge which will be moored at the last pontoon at the top of Neptune’s Staircase, Banavie.
We finish our cruise at Muirtown Basin, Inverness at the specified finishing date and time. For those who have booked our mini bus service this will return you to the cruise start point and takes approx. 2 hours.
Joining instructions for Muirtown Basin, Inverness
The rail journey to Inverness is via Edinburgh and passes through interesting and dramatic scenery as well as going over the famous Forth Bridge. The railway station is in Inverness city centre about a mile from Muirtown Basin where the barge will be moored. Taxis can be taken from outside the station.
By bus / coach
There is a coach service from Edinburgh to Inverness. The bus station is near to the train station in Inverness town centre, about a mile from Muirtown Basin where the barge will be moored. Taxis can be taken from the bus station.
There are airports at Glasgow and Edinburgh but the nearest is Inverness Airport about 12 miles out of town off the A96 Nairn road. See our ‘Useful Contacts’ sheet for relevant airlines. Take a taxi from the airport or a bus into town followed by a taxi to Muirtown Basin where the barge will be moored.
We finish our cruise at Banavie, near Fort William at the specified finishing date and time. For those who have booked our minibus it will collect you from here and return you to the start point. This will take approx. 2 hours.