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Highland firm ‘Barges’ its way to success.

The newly launched Ros Crana. Credit: Caledonian Discovery

The newly launched Ros Crana with Fingal of Caledonia climbing the locks at Inverness. Credit: Caledonian Discovery

Lochaber based Wild Scotland member, Caledonian Discovery launched their second bespoke holiday barge on the Caledonian Canal.

Ros Crana, the new vessel, set sail with her first customers on Saturday 4th May from Muirtown locks in Inverness. The newly decked out barge and her sister ship, the renowned and well loved, Fingal of Caledonia climbed the locks at Muirtown together, providing a unique spectacle for the many passers-by.

With just 12 guests on each trip, the firm offers a variety of cruises on the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness during the holiday season.  The company are well used to the attention with cruises on the Fingal of Caledonia being featured widely in the press and television.  With the firm earning rave reviews from some of the industry’s most respected experts  Ros Crana seems set to follow in ‘Fingals wake’ already causing a stir amongst boating and canal enthusiasts.  Each trip on one of the barges incorporates optional outdoor activities, such as hill-walking, canoeing, sailing and mountain-biking.

Martin Balcombe, Managing Director of Caledonian Discovery Ltd enthused about the launch “Launching a new boat is an exciting step forward for our company. Bookings are already up year on year and we are on target to double our customer numbers.”   It’s not all plain sailing though as Mr Balcombe continued “In these economic times no business can be complacent and you need to change and adapt, we also now offer the barges for high quality static accommodation during the winter months at their base at Neptune’s Staircase in Fort William.”  It’s this approach that seems to ensure Caledonian Discovery’s continued success.

Ros Crana’s first cruise is music themed and is fully booked with new and returning customers.

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