Prices & Information
Hire charge price ranges are detailed below and also on each boat class page, detailed pricing is on our online availability checker.
All prices are in £ sterling (GBP) and incl. the current UK VAT rate.
|Boat Class||Sleeps||Weekly Hire Charges: From>||>To||2021 Canal Fees, per night||Average consumption*|
|Balmoral||4 - 6||£1,622||£2,567||£10.50||140 L|
|Highland Monarch||6 - 8||£1,622||£2,364||£10.50||180 L|
|Strathspey||4 - 6||£1,622||£2,364||£10.50||145 L|
|Taransay||6 - 8||£1,401||£2,317||£10.50||200 L|
|Highland Glen||4 - 6||£1,078||£1,924||£10.50||145 L|
|Isle of Skye||2 - 3||£962||£1,422||£10.50||95 L|
|Eriskay||4 - 5||£879||£1,555||£10.50||100 L|
|Mull of Kintyre||3 - 4||£728||£1,154||£9.25||105 L|
* For a weekly cruise.
The fuel consumption stated is for guidance only as the figures can vary, depending on several factors (distance travelled, speed travelled, weather conditions, use of heating). For more details on Fuel click on the link [Average Consumption].
Due to the increased demand, we now also accept bookings for 2021 & 2022.
* The 2021 season starts Friday 26th March and closes Saturday 30th October 2021.
* The 2022 season starts Friday 25th March and closes Saturday 29th October 2022.
The season are usually in line with the clock changes.
* These dates depend on Scottish Canals operating schedule and may be subject to change.
Online Booking available via our website.
Low Season - End of March - End of April/Early May & End September to End of October
Mid Season - Early May - Mid/End of May & Mid September
High Season - End of May/Start of June - Start/Mid September
The cost for fuel used is charged at the end of your holiday. The average weekly fuel consumption across the season is approx. 150 - 200 L for the larger vessels and 110 - 150 L for the smaller vessels. The fuel consumption during spring and autumn is often higher than the seasonal average. In accordance with government guidelines, fuel is charged at a 60/40 split. This means 60% is charged at standard road fuel rates and 40% is charged at standard marine diesel rates. As with road fuel, the price changes frequently. For current fuel prices, please contact our office and we are happy to advise.
We require a Fuel & Security Deposit shortly before your arrival, and we will contact you by phone to arrange this. This is made in form of a credit card pre-authorisation of £500. At the end of your holiday we just need to refuel and check-over the vessel before we can finalise the account, this may only be possible a few hours after your departure. Please also see our Terms & Conditions of Hire.
Canal Fees - In addition to the Hire Charge and Fuel Costs, a canal fee will apply for all reservations.
Included as part of the hire cost is the Collision Damage Waiver, this means you have fully comprehensive cover in the event of accidental loss or damage to your boat, its equipment, or if you accidently damage for example another vessel or jetty etc or injure a third party (£5 million limit on liability cover).
However, this does not cover any damage caused by the deliberate or negligent act or omission of you or any member of your party (including where the person concerned is under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any similar substance) or any failure by you to comply with our safety instructions or booking conditions. In this case we reserve the right to make a charge to cover the full costs involved in loss or damage.
Additional charges will also be applied if the vessel is returned late, dirty or for any other reason as detailed in our Terms & Conditions of Hire.
Non-smoking policy - Smoking is not permitted on board any of our vessels (including enclosed canopy areas on deck). We will apply a £200 charge if, on return, it is evident people have been smoking inside and the vessel smells of smoke.
Pick-up and return time for all vessels
Arrival time on first day of hire: 11-14:00 hrs. See information about our handover on the Getting Started page
Please note that we cannot hand over a vessel without completing our handover. It is important that you inform the boatyard as early as possible of any delays or if your arrival is likely to be after 2pm on the first day of your holiday.
Should your arrival be after 17:00, a hand-over may not be possible and you may have to book alternative accommodation and arrive at our base the next morning. Please contact us to discuss if you think this may be the case.
Our boatyard is closed on Sundays.
Return time on last day of hire: 08:30 (am)
All boats must be returned by 8:30am and vacated by 9am on the last day of hire. Many visitors return to the boatyard the prior evening to pack and to visit Inverness. Although we are closed on Sundays, it is possible to return the hire vessel on a Sunday.
To make a booking, please use our online availability and booking system. Our online availability is LIVE and subject to change at any time, so we do always recommend you book via our website if possible. At the current time, due to the pandemic, staff may be working from home therefore correspondance is best done via email wherever possible.
Payment terms - In order to confirm your booking we currently require an initial payment of 10% of the hire charge (minimum deposit £180). Your balance payment is due 10 weeks before the hire is due to commence. We may amend these conditions at any time.
We accept the following methods of payment:
Debit Card - This may be made over the phone or through SagePay via a secure server on our website. There is no fee for paying with your debit card.
Credit Card (Mastercard & Visa) - This may be made over the phone or through SagePay via a secure server on our website. There is no fee for paying with your credit card.
Bank Transfer - Our bank details are available on request if you would like to settle balance payments due by bank transfer. Please note that transfers from foreign banks may attract additional bank charges which must be paid for by the payer or may be charged. For a deposit payment by bank transfer, the payment should be done the same day the booking was placed and a copy of the bank transfer emailed to Caley Cruisers as proof of payment.
Cheque - Unfortunately we are unable to accept cheques.
For advance bookings we guarantee you an unconditional refund of the money you have paid, if you have to cancel (for any reason) any holiday booked to be taken after the end of the current season onwards, provided you cancel by the 15th December (of the year prior to the booked holiday). If you have to cancel after 15th December a cancellation charge will be applicable. Therefore, we advise you have a cancellation insurance policy in place. Caley Cruisers cannot offer cancellation insurance, please see our updates in relation to Covid-19.
You must contact us immediately if you have to cancel. Please send us a cancellation request in writing (email is acceptable) and include your booking reference and/or your booking confirmation. See Condition 6 in our Terms & Conditions for cancellation fees applicable. Your cancellation is effective from the date we receive your written confirmation from you, which will be acknowledged.
Bookings - Many of the larger vessels such as Kintail, Torridon, Strathspey, Highland Monarch and Balmoral class do book up to 12 months in advance therefore we do recommend you book these as early as you can, to avoid disappointment.
Short Break Holidays - Weekend from Friday 12-14:00 until Monday 8:30am (3 nights) or Mid-week from Monday 12-14:00 until Friday 8:30am (4 nights).
10-/11-nights holidays - Starting on Friday (10 nights) or Monday (11 nights). From Friday 12-14:00 until Monday 8:30am or from Monday 12-14:00 until Friday 8:30am.
Group Bookings - Please note that we cannot accept bookings for Stag and Hen parties.
Pets - Pets are permitted on most vessels. The cost is currently £50 per pet, per week (min. charge £50). The pet charge is not pro rata, i.e. a booking of more than 1 week (10 or 11 nights) incurs an additonal weekly pet charge per pet. Payment to be applied at the time of booking. We kindly ask our customers to bring pet blankets or baskets but also to ensure that the pets do not lie on the beds or seating. We reserve the right to make an extra charge if additional cleaning is required or if damage to any of the vessels fixtures and fittings occurs.
Pet Free Vessels - The following classes have pet friendly and specific pet free vessels (i.e. no pets allowed) - Torridon, Kintail, Balmoral, Eriskay & Isle of Skye. The pet free vessels are clearly indicated as such on our online availability checker.
No licence or previous boating experience required. Safety briefings and instructions will be provided on 1st day of hire.
Please note: We do require a minimum of 2 reasonably fit and able, adult (must be 21 or over) crew members on board each boat at all times whilst cruising.
This is an activity holiday and both adult members of the crew will be required to participate during locking and berthing procedures.
Fishing - For information about fishing within the cruising area, please refer to the information provided on the Scottish Canals website. Caley Cruisers does not issue fishing permits and does not have fishing equipment for sale or hire.
Bike Hire - Bikes are available to hire from the boatyard. Pre-booking is essential due to limited availability of bikes. The costs are currently £45 per bike, per week or £30 per bike for a short break. We also have limited availability for children’s bikes (24"; suitable for 8-10 yr old) available currently for £35 per week or £20 for a short break. Bike hire is payable with balance of hire.
Secure car parking - Secure car parking (outdoors) is available free of charge at the boat yard (parking at your own risk). Please note: Depending on the vehicle numbers for the week you are booked with us (including cars booked in advance), we may need to restrict the parking to only 1 vehicle per boat (or possibly a maximum of only 2) at a later date. Should this be the case, we will advise well in advance and suggest alternative car parking facilities (where parking charges are applicable). Because of the pandemic there is a high demand on our car parking facilities due to reduced numbers of guests flying to Inverness and the (potential) restrictions on car sharing.
Note: Should you require a space for a larger vehicle, such as a motor home, caravan or camper, it is important to enquire at the time of booking or contact us well in advance to discuss whether we can accommodate your request, as there are only limited spaces available for larger vehicles.