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Dog-Friendly Boating Escapes

Escape the crowds and discover the fabulous Scottish Highlands from a different perspective. Together with your furry friend, why not take a self drive river cruiser to meander along the gentle waterways on a comfortable berth packed with modern amenities through routes around the Highlands. Much of your time will be spent on lochs nestled in the rugged valleys along the Great Glen, a geologic fault line that shaped the landscape of the region. Expect  hilltop castles, quiet waterside towns, lake resorts and super cosy waterside dog-friendly pubs. There are several different routes from three to seven nights duration. Start at the base at Laggan, a small peaceful village with a lovely pub and enjoy beautiful views of Inverness castle, explore Drumnadrochit known for its famous monster Nessie, see the castle ruins, visit Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Fort William and marvel at Ben Nevis - the tallest mountain in Europe. All Le Boat river cruisers range from budget to premiere sleeping from two to twelve and come equipped with all you need to enjoy a city adventure with your canine companion.

Begin your boating adventure for the first time or as a more experienced crew member with full tuition provided at the start of every journey. When you arrive at the base, you will be given an in-depth briefing on every aspect of your boat from which knots to use to how the oven works. After your instruction lesson you will be given a temporary permit for the duration of your holiday. Most visitor moorings on canals and rivers are governed by the Canal & River Trust and are free of charge, meaning your boat will be permitted to moor anywhere on the towpath side of the canal as long as no obstruction is being caused. 

A suggested route for those wanting a longer escape is Laggan return via Inverness & Banavie where you can scout magnificent Loch Ness, take in the mountains and blue waters from your sundeck and feel a world away on your Caledonian Canal boat trip. This route from Laggan passes 24 locks and can be completed in seven nights. Highlights include views of Ben Nevis and the Grey Collies mountains from Gairlochy, the sight of Fort Augustus from the shores of Loch Ness and Inverness Castle, exploration your best furry friend will thoroughly enjoy.

If you’re looking for a shorter break, Laggan return via Banavie & Fort Augustus includes views of Loch Lochy and Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain at over 4,000 feet and takes your breath away on the gondola ride up Aonach Mor, marking a highlight of your Caledonian canal boating holiday. This route from Laggan passes 12 locks and can be completed in three nights. Highlights include views of Ben Nevis and the Grey Collies mountains from Gairlochy and Sight of the Jacobite Steam train, Hogwarts Express, in Banavie.


All dog-friendly river cruisers are available from April to November. Arrive on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday for a 3, 4, 5, 7, 10 or 11 night stay. Please note that each route has individual changeover dates. In a river cruiser berthing 4, enjoy a 3 night stay from £557 or 7 night stay from £789 in the low season, excluding fuel supplement. Supplements apply on summer dates and larger boats.

For more information on payable fees and deposits, check out our Holiday Extras.

What To Expect

It's important to bring along a bed, bowl, food, lead and toys for your dog whilst on board and may be advisable to invest in a harness or life jacket for your dog. A welcome pack can be accessed online and river cruisers are equipped with a variety of power equipment. All river cruisers come with a well-equipped kitchen where you can whip up a meal for your guests and furry friend too. Dog-friendly river cruisers along Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal include a water tank covering two to three days of normal use. You will need to refill water by stopping at the marinas along the canal/ river. This service is often charged by the marina. Your boat will be supplied with a full tank of diesel and you will be required to pay for the fuel you use, normally, you would not need to refuel en route. Before departure, you will be required to leave an engine hours deposit at your start base. At the end of the holiday you will either be refunded the excess or be asked to pay any additional costs as required. Deposit tariffs are based on your boat's engine size and destination region. Life jackets are supplied and safety rings are attached to every boat, it is recommended that children wear their life jacket while cruising.

Bow wow factor

Dogs love boats so this will be especially exciting for them with lots of different sights and smells for them to enjoy every day of the trip with lots of dog-friendly pubs along the Caledonian Canal.

Need to know

Accessible by Train
Accessible by Train
Dine With Pet
Dine With Pet
Pub Within 1 Mile
Pub Within 1 Mile

Featured Boats

Some boats have separate cabins with en-suite bathrooms giving these canal boats unparalleled privacy. The boats offer a variety of sleeping arrangements from single and double beds to singles that convert to doubles, making it possible for you to cruise with children, single adults or couples plus your four legged friend too! Laundry and towels are included.


Although the décor is more traditional and the features and fittings are quite basic, they are clean, excellently maintained and come equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay.

8 adults   2 pets  

Comfort Plus and Comfort

These are good-quality, stylish and well-equipped boats of varying ages, designs and styles.

12 adults   2 pets  


These were designed exclusively by Le Boat, for Le Boat, and come with a light and spacious kitchen and saloon, spacious top deck and both front and rear thrusters make mooring and manoeuvring very easy.

12 adults   2 pets  

Dog-Friendly Nearby

Enjoy wooftastic nature trails around the lochs, explore the numerous dog-friendly waterside pubs and visit the Castle at Inverness, stroll around the village of Drunmadrochit and see the old castle ruins along the banks. Moor in Gairlochy with beautiful views of Ben Nevis and the Grey Collies mountains and enjoy a lovely walk around the Commando Memorial. Hike the hills at Fort William - with spectacular scenery and gorgeous views of Ben Nevis.

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