Golf and Tennis 

Welcome to the amazing phenomenon of barge tours, which slowly cruise and pamper (the food!) groups no larger than 8 down the rivers of Europe. The company we are working with has many themed cruises, but the ones we are looking at serve the interests of golfers or tennis players

Dates TBD

English Tennis Cruise

Sunday, Day 1 London to Hampton Court Palace

Meet the Captain or a crewmember at the designated meeting point for afternoon English Cream Tea, before being transferred to the Magna Carta. On arrival enjoy a ‘Champagne Welcome’ by the Captain. Early evening cruise to Hampton Court Palace, former Tudor Palace of Henry VIII, where we moor for the night. Dinner aboard.

 

Monday, Day 2 Hampton Court Palace to Shepperton

Morning excursion to visit the state apartments of Henry VIII, whose 5th wife Catherine Howard is said to haunt the Great Hall and Gallery of Hampton Court, the finest Tudor Palace in existence. Wander through the beautiful Royal gardens and maze. In the afternoon enjoy Tennis at the private Lensbury Club grass courts at Teddington. Return to Magna Carta as we meander upstream following the course of the Thames to Shepperton. Dinner aboard.

 

Tuesday, Day 3 Shepperton to Runnymede

Morning cruise after breakfast to Runnymede. We moor at Bell Weir Lock adjacent to a luxury spa hotel, The Runnymede, where we have the opportunity to visit the spa and use the pool and elaborate leisure facilities. Time for tennis at the Runnymede Hotel’s outdoor hard courts before another cruise past Runnymede, where King John faced the powerful barons and signed the ‘Magna Carta” in 1215 as well as viewing the J F Kennedy Memorial. Dinner aboard.

 

Wednesday, Day 4 Runnymede to Windsor

This morning we cruise to Windsor before enjoying lunch on board. After lunch we have an afternoon excursion to Windsor Castle. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066 and inhabited for over 900 years by the Royal Family. Moor on a private island with a unique view of the Castle. Tennis this afternoon at Windsor Lawn Tennis Club. Dinner aboard.

 

Thursday, Day 5 Windsor to Cookham

Leaving Royal Windsor behind us we cruise past fabulous waterside homes through the spectacular Clivedon reach and the open English countryside. We moor in Cookham, once described as ‘Heaven on Earth’ by artist Stanley Spencer, one of England’s greatest and most eccentric painters, whose gallery we visit. Tennis this afternoon at the Royal Berkshire. This private club has fabulous indoor courts and outdoor grass courts. Dinner aboard.

 

Friday, Day 6 Cookham to Henley on Thames

A morning cruise to the village of Hurley where we have time to wander Peter Freebody’s boatyard where we can watch in wonder at the traditional craftsman at work. Return to the barge for lunch before cruising to Henley on Thames, along the famous Henley Regatta Course. Once we arrive in Henley there is plenty of time to explore the town for shopping opportunities and browsing in antique shops before returning to Magna Carta for the Captains Farewell Dinner aboard.

 

Saturday, Day 7 Henley on Thames to London

Following breakfast, disembark the barge for your transfer to the designated drop off point.

Dates TBD

Scotland Golf Cruise

Sunday, Day 1 Banavie

Guests are met at our designated meeting point in Inverness and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Scottish Highlander. A champagne welcome by the Captain and crew and perhaps an early evening stroll before our first dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Banavie to Laggan

After breakfast we transfer to Newtonmore Golf Course (30 mins drive). Established in 1893 this comparatively flat, easy-walking, parkland course is full of exciting and invigorating challenges. It nestles appealingly in the midst of the Monadhliath and Grampian Mountains and on the banks of the River Spey.  Return to the barge for lunch and a cruise through Moy Bridge, the last hand operated bridge of its type on the canal, across Loch Lochy and on to Laggan where we moor for the night. A Highland Piper may be there to greet us with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music. Dinner on board.

(18 holes, 6041 yards, Par 70, pull carts and buggies available)

Tuesday, Day 3 Laggan to Kytra

This morning, we enjoy a round of golf at the nearby Fort Augustus Golf Course, probably the only course in the world kept manicured by a herd of sheep!  This course features 9 holes in a challenging canal side setting. Return to the barge for lunch on board. Our afternoon cruise today takes us across the very scenic Loch Oich, perhaps stopping en route for a spot of fishing and enjoying a walk, before reaching our pretty mooring at Cullochy. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Kytra to Fort Augustus

After breakfast, we visit the private Highland Club, a spectacular exclusive set of residences and a former 19th century Benedictine Monastery. Here we are treated to a falconry and birds of prey demonstration*** on the banks of Loch Ness, and the majesty of the swooping birds against the backdrop of the sweeping Scottish Highlands is not easily forgotten. There is time to explore the pretty village of Fort Augustus before lunch on board, after which we cruise to Fort Augustus and down the “flight of locks” as the locals call it, to moor opposite the Benedictine Abbey at the entrance to Loch Ness. This evening we dine ashore at a local restaurant.

(9 hole, 5,454 yards par 67: pull carts available)

Thursday, Day 5 Fort Augustus to Dochgarroch

This morning we enjoy a picturesque cruise across world-famous Loch Ness, with perhaps a chance of spotting “Nessie”, before mooring at the hamlet of Dochgarroch. We enjoy lunch on board and afterwards journey to the Championship Links course Castle Stuart (20 min drive) overlooking the Moray Firth.  Dinner on board.

(18 holes, 6,705 yards, Par 72: buggies and pull carts available)

Friday, Day 6 Dochgarroch to Muirtown

Depart early for the Royal Dornoch Golf Course (1hr 30mins drive) for a round on the Championship Golf Course, one of Scotland’s famous links courses designed by Tom Morris. Dornoch dates from 1616 and is internationally acclaimed. Our final cruise today will take us through Tomnahurich swing bridge and through the locks to Muirtown, where there will be the opportunity to take a bicycle ride or walk to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. Captains Farewell Dinner on board.

(18 holes, 6,514 yards Par 70: buggies and pull carts available)

Saturday, Day 7 Muirtown

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Inverness**.

Golf cruises include pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the golf clubs.

Hire of clubs, caddy or buggy are not included.

Tennis Cruise

Golf Cruise

Interested? We need 8 people...

If you are interested in any of these tours contact Paul at 641-451-4219