If you want to travel by boat, Scotland is a great place for you to explore. Its rivers, canals as well as famous lochs are very easy to navigate for all people, including canal boat holiday novices or those that love sailing breaks.
Activity fans heading off on Scotland canal holidays may want to take a day or two to indulge in a spot of salmon fishing, which is a popular sport for many people travelling north of the border.
The huge variety of lochs and rivers in this part of the world make it a prime salmon fishing spot and canal boat holiday travellers could find this a fun way to spend a day. Fans of outdoor activities will be spoiled for choice on boating holidays in Scotland and can take their pick between hiking in the stunning peaks to exploring on two wheels on one of the many cycle tracks which can be found here.
Many of Scotland's best cycling trails can be found within easy distance of its rivers and lochs, so moor up for the day and get out and active. Heading out on two wheels gives a different perspective on the Scottish Highlands and rewards visitors with some breathtaking views.
If you fancy seeing as much of the Highlands as possible while on a Scottish boating holiday, why not take a break which sees you sail all the way down the Caledonian Canal? This waterway runs from the capital of the Highlands, Inverness, which is right in the north of the region, to the town of Fort William.
At 60 miles long this canal is particularly impressive and dates back to the early 1800s, when it was built by Thomas Telford.
When in Inverness, you could pick up some traditionally Scottish items to take back home. The town is known for its great kilt shops and you may also find retailers selling jumpers made of Scottish wool in traditional checks or tartans.
Another place worth visiting is the picturesque village of Fort Augustus, which is located on the southern point of the world famous Loch Ness, on the Great Glen Way. Getting to the village is really fun, as sailors will need to go through five locks to get from the canal to the loch. While you are here, keep an eye out for the most famous creature in the world, the Loch Ness monster, and make sure you pick up a few souvenirs to let everyone know you have visited this famed spot.
If you feel like getting a different view of the spectacular scenery around the Highlands, why not take a ride on the gondola which takes visitors right to the top of the highest mountain in Scotland, Ben Nevis? The ride is a quick and easy way of reaching the summit and avoids having to set aside time to properly climb the peak.
While in the Highlands, fans of the Harry Potter franchise should not miss the chance to see one of the most famous spots from the movies, the Glenfinnan Viaduct. This viaduct is over 400 yards long and the West Highland Railway Line runs over the top, travelling over 21 100-foot high arches. Visitors may want to feel like they are heading to Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by taking a trip on the train like the characters in the films.
In the second film in the series, Harry and his best friend Ron can be seen flying above the viaduct in a magical Ford Anglia car after they miss the train heading back to school, swooping down close to the Hogwart's Express as they race to get there on time.