Overview

Day 1 - Glasgow 
Day 2 - Greenock 
Day 3 – Isle of Islay 
Day 4 – Island of Iona / Oban  
Day 5 – Islands of Staffa & Rùm 
Day 6 – St. Kilda Archipelago 
Day 7 - Stornoway 
Day 8 – Orkney Islands
Day 9 - Aberdeen

Spendology - Widgets

A Scottish Affair

Wild and evocative, an expedition cruise close to home, visiting isolated islands, deep fjords, rugged hillsides and dramatic castle ruins, towering mountains and mystical lochs

This unique voyage visits both inhabited and uninhabited islands, places of great natural beauty, rich in wildlife and mystical history, many dating back to the Iron Age. As an expedition cruise, the primary focus is the contact with natural surroundings and our small ship allows access to small harbours and bays where we can get up close to nature. Zodiacs are used on scenic and adventurous excursions along the coastline and amongst the islands, providing unrivalled access to abundant bird and wildlife.

Sail along the beautiful Scottish Coast, discover that the finest scenery and fascinating history is much closer to home than expected. Visit the picturesque Isles of Islay, Iona, Staffa, Rùm, St. Kilda, Lewis and Harris and Orkney Islands. Explore the charming and classic port towns of Oban and Lerwick. Enjoy tastings in whisky’s homeland, visiting some of the most distinctive and famous distilleries.

The Coast of Scotland is one of Europe’s last remaining wilderness areas, offshore islands provide magnificent coastlines and a diverse landscape of enormous natural splendour. Island hopping is the perfect way to explore and revel in this natural world, forming stepping stones to the very edge of the Atlantic. Rugged and primitive, they are a haven for wildlife with a multitude of marine species, including seals, dolphins, basking sharks and whales and an assemblage of birdlife species, you may spy nesting seabirds, puffins and white-tailed eagles.

Key Features

Wildlife & Natural Wonders
Small Ship Expedition
On Board Lectures
Excursions by Zodiac
Group Size: 6 – 28

Expedition Cruising

Zodiac Excursions

The primary focus of expedition cruising is contact with your natural surroundings, visiting remote and isolated sites often only accessible by zodiacs. Zodiacs are used on scenic and adventurous excursions among icebergs, surfacing whales and sea birds. These heavy-duty inflatable vessels are extremely safe and designed for Polar expeditions. Their flat bottom design permitting landings on cobble and ice strewn Polar beaches.

Day 1 Arrive in Glasgow. Overnight at the 3-star Jurys Inn Glasgow. 

Day 2 Morning at leisure, afternoon transfer to Greenock for embarkation on MV Ocean Atlantic. (B, D)

Day 3 Stop at the beautifully located Bunnahabhain distillery on the Island of Islay for a tour of the distillery, to learn about the process of whisky making from start to finish, followed by a tasting. The Island of Islay is a wildlife paradise for seals, dolphins and basking sharks. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Early arrival at the small pilgrimage island of Iona, considered to be the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. Walking tour around the small town. Cruise along the Isle of Mull towards Oban. Arrive in Oban, wander the seafront to the ruined Dunollie Castle and beyond where otters, red deer, stags, seals and highland cattle are regular visitors. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Morning arrival at the small uninhabited isle of Staffa. The islands hexagonal basaltic pillars were formed many million years ago. Visit Fingal’s cave (depending on weather condition). The isle is a good place to spot puffins and herring gulls. Whilst navigating around the waters of Staffa, there might be a sighting of dolphins, porpoises and mike whales. Continue the cruise to the Isle of Rúm for a walk on this mountain filled island. Tour of the famous Kinloch Castle, built by George Bullough, who inherited the whole island from his father. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Arrive to the dramatic and isolated island of Hirta in St. Kilda archipelago, famous for its high sea cliffs. It is one of the most remote parts of the United Kingdom. The uninhabited island has remnants of human heritage in the shape of medieval villages and architecture. The island was used for seabird hunting and grazing. The volcanic archipelago is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and has a bird rich coast. Look out for northern gannets Leach’s petrels, puffins and northern fulmar. (B, L, D) 

Day 7 Cruise to the Outer Hebrides to the Isle of Lewis and Harris, a rugged and bleakly beautiful land of heather and moor, loch and stream, home to the main harbour town of Stornoway. Optional excursion along the wild scenery of the Outer Hebrides and ancient history in the form of the Neolithic Callanish Standing Stones (£245 part of excursion package, pre-bookable). Circumnavigate the Shiant Islands with a large population of sea birds, a paradise for observation. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Enjoy the stunning scenery of Orkney and visit Kirkwall. Optional excursion to Skara Brae and Skaill House. Skara Brae, Northern Europe's Pompeii, was hidden for almost 5000 years before a massive storm revealed the ancient settlement. The 10 small homes are almost ready for moving into, fully furnished and with sanitation - all made in stone. Back in Kirkwall, visit one of the areas distilleries followed by a tasting (£245 part of excursion package, pre-bookable). (B, L, D)

Day 9 Disembark in Aberdeen. Transfer to Aberdeen railway station. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

Notes

Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.
Excursions are by Zodiac or on foot, they may be over uneven ground and a reasonable level of mobility is required.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.

2022

Wednesday
per person in a twin room and Category D Cabin

Date Price
May 21 £2595

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single Supplement is £1275

Cabin Upgrades

Category C Cabin £285
Category B  Cabin £1645
Category A Cabin  £2195
Premium Cabin £2395

Optional Excursions

Optional excursion package £245

Extension Options

Extra nights – Glasgow
Jury's Inn
(per night) £85
Single supplement £70

Price Includes
All port fees, transfers from/to the vessel, 1 night hotel, 7-night cruise, breakfast daily, full board on cruise with complimentary tea and coffee, whisky tasting, excursions, expedition leader, naturalists and lecturers. 
Not Included
Travel insurance, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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