Cruise Scottish Islands with Adventure Canada
Price: $6,395USD Per Person
(Based on Cabin Category 1, Quad, Deck 4. Prices are per person based on double occupancy in US Dollars. Canadian pricing is available, please contact your travel advisor for more details. Solo cabins with zero single supplement based on availability.)
Departure Date: June 14, 2023
Return Date: June 24, 2023
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- Appreciate Scotland’s picturesque shorelines and fascinating maritime heritage
- Wander among monuments at the heart of the Neolithic Ornkey UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Marvel at the largest collection of prehistoric megaliths in western Europe
- Experience island life on Foula in the Shetlands
- View the largest seabird colony in the United Kingdom at the cliffs of St. Kilda
- Purchase world-famous Harris Tweed, hand woven from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides
Expedition Costs Include:
- Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour
- Applicable taxes and credit card fees
- Complimentary expedition jacket
- Contribution to Adventure Canada's Discovery Fund
- Special access permits, entry and park fees
- Team of expedition staff
- Guided activities
- Sightseeing and community visits
- All Zodiac excursions
- Port fees
- Predeparture materials
- Educational program
- Nikon Camera Trial Program
- Interactive workshops
- Evening entertainment
- All shipboard meals
Expedition Costs Do Not Include:
- Commercial & charter flights
- Program enhancements/optional excursions
- Personal expenses
- Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
- Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
- Possible fuel surcharges
- Pre- & post-trip hotel accommodation and administrative fee
Photo: Map of Scotland Slowly Itinerary
Day 1: Aberdeen, Scotland
Many of Aberdeen’s historic stone buildings are made of locally quarried granite; high in mica, they can sparkle like silver.
The city is famed for its forty-five parks, gardens, and floral displays. In recent years, Aberdeen has become the gateway to the North Sea oil industry, but the city retains its old world charm and is a wonderful place for a walkabout. Here we board the Ocean Endeavour.
Day 2: Fair Isle
Once a Viking hub, Fair Isle is now an idyllic island colony of artists and shepherds. The island boasts 350 bird species, including puffins and great skuas in substantial numbers. The local museum is dedicated to preserving island heritage.
Day 3: Papa Stour and Foula
Marine and bird life flourish at Papa Stour among cliffs, caves, sea stacks, and blowholes. We will have a morning Zodiac cruise exploring the coastline’s rugged beauty!
Twenty-three kilometres west of the Shetland Islands, Foula is the home of just a few dozen folks, many of whom preserve traditional methods of of agriculture and subsistence. Arctic terns, red-throated divers, and great skuas may be found here.
Day 4: Kirkwall, Orkney
Kirkwall is dominated by the massive St. Magnus Cathedral, dating from 1137. We’ll visit the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we’ll find the 4,000-year-old Ring of Brodgar. We’ll also tour the Hall of Clestrain, childhood home of Arctic explorer John Rae.
Day 5: Stornoway, Lewis
Lewis is the largest of the Hebridean Islands and a Gaelic stronghold. We’ll visit the island’s capital, Stornoway, where one can purchase the island’s famous tweed. One of Britain’s most important Stone Age sites, Callanish’s standing stones are said to be giants who were punished by St. Kieran for refusing to convert to Christianity.
Photo: Venture to the tiny, far-flung archipelago of St. Kilda, which has been uninhabited since 1930. This fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site is an archaeological wonder to discover alongside expert local guides.
Day 6: St. Kilda
The archipelago known as St. Kilda was inhabited until 1930. Today, St. Kilda is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, protecting fascinating ruins as well as natural heritage features.
Seabirds thrive on the island of Hirta, which is also home to feral sheep left by the departing islanders. Enormous cliffs offer dramatic ocean views for our hikers!
Day 7: Outer Herbrides
The Outer Hebrides are a fantastic collection of over 100 islands seventy kilometers off Scotland’s west coast. Here we find the oldest evidence of human habitation in Scotland with Pictish, Norse, and Scottish influence. We’ll search out the rich marine and bird life of the islands as conditions permit.
Photo: Visit several uninhabited isles and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of millions of thriving marine life and seabirds in their natural habitat.
Day 8: Skye
This is a fabulous day for birders, photographers, and hikers. We will cruise the southwestern shore of Skye to visit Loch Coruisk, a freshwater loch accessed through Loch Scavaig. Here we find one of the finest mountainscapes in Britain, backed by the Cuillin hills.
Day 9: Iona and Staffa
The Isle of Staffa is famed for basaltic formations and numerous caves, the best known being Fingal’s Cave. Originally known in Gaelic as “the melodious cave,” it provided the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s overture, The Hebrides.
We then visit nearby Iona, where St. Columba established his monastery—the burial place of kings. The restored Iona Abbey complex preserves two outstanding crosses dating as far back as the eighth century.
Photo: Take a Zodiac cruise at the Isle of Staffa, famed for basaltic formations and numerous caves, the best known being Fingal’s Cave.
Day 10: Islay
The Queen of the Hebrides, Islay is the southernmost of the Inner Hebrides, known for its fine whisky and as a haven for seabirds.
We will visit Loch Finlaggan historic site, home of the Lords of the Isles and Clan Donald, and visit to the Gruinart Nature Reserve, a habitat for barnacle goose, hen harriers, and corncrakes.
Day 11: Greenock/Glasgow, Scotland
Greenock has a rich maritime history and was a major shipbuilding and import centre. Here, we’ll disembark the Ocean Endeavour and depart via coach to Glasgow.