In the isles of Scotland, the past is present. Music, dancing, and stories. Rugged ruins. Ancient villages. Soaring seabirds. Visit mystical, coastal Scotland by ship!
Scotland, like good whisky, is best savoured slowly. Nature and culture thrive on the isles. Hear music and stories. Revel in wildlife. Absorb the scenery. Immerse yourself in history.
Explore in comfort aboard the Ocean Endeavour. Visit historic Glasgow, the Western Isles, Pentland Firth, Orkney, the Shetland islands, and Aberdeen. Learn from Scottish experts as we go.
Scotland is spectacular in springtime. June is breeding season for birds. Search for whales on a Zodiac outing. Meet the locals and get a glimpse of island life. Raise a dram at world-famous distilleries. Wander among Neolithic ruins. Explore sea caves and bird cliffs. Savour Scotland—slowly.
The bustling metropolis of Glasgow is the economic engine of Scotland—and an architectural delight. You’ll find Italianate steeples, neo-Gothic towers, the Art Nouveau of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the titanium, glass and steel of contemporary buildings.
We depart Glasgow via coach, to tour Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park—and then onward to meet the Ocean Endeavour, our home for the next ten nights.
The Queen of the Hebrides, Islay is the southernmost of the Inner Hebrides. This island lies only forty kilometres from the Irish coast. Islay is a haven for seabirds, thanks to the warming effects of the Gulf Stream.
Islay is world-famous for fine whisky, thanks to clear waters, fine peat and barley.
The capital of Islay is Bowmore, known for its distilleries and is home of the Bowmore Round Kirk.
The isle of Staffa is famed for basaltic formations and numerous caves. The best known of these is Fingal’s Cave, a spectacular geological feature named for the Celtic hero. Originally known in Gaelic as “the melodious cave”, it provided the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s overture, The Hebrides.
St. Columba established his monastery at nearby Iona—the burial place of kings. The restored Iona Abbey complex preserves two outstanding eighth-century crosses and a splendid collection of sculpture.
This is a fabulous day for birders, photographers, and hikers. En route to the Isle of Skye, we sail by the cliffs at Lunga, where razorbills, guillemots, and puffins make their nests.
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 Cullin Mountains. We will hike the western shore and revel in the view.
The Outer Hebrides are the stronghold of Gaelic culture and language. Mingulay, however, has been uninhabited by humans since 1912. Instead, puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes, shags, fulmars, razorbills, eagles, and peregrine falcons make their homes here.
A large natural arch, towering cliffs, and dramatic sea stacks are found at Mingulay. The island inspired the “Mingulay Boat Song”. Today it is managed by the National Trust.
The archipelago known as St. Kilda was inhabited until 1930. Today, St. Kilda is a World Heritage Site, protecting fascinating ruins as well as natural heritage features.
Seabirds thrive on the island of Hirta—notably, puffins, fulmars, and the largest gannet colony in Britain (and the second-largest in the world). Hirta is also home to feral sheep left by the departing islanders. Enormous cliffs offer dramatic ocean views for our hikers!
Lewis is the largest of the Hebridean Islands and a Gaelic stronghold. Harris Tweed has its headquarters on Lewis. Its product is hand woven exclusively in the Outer Hebrides by weavers working at home. We’ll visit Stornoway, the island’s capital.
On the west side of Lewis is Callanish, 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.
Our morning begins with the Old Man of Hoy, a distinctive 137-metre red sandstone sea stack.
We’ll visit the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, we’ll find the 4,000-year-old Ring of Brodgar and Maes Howe, a chambered cairn estimated to have been constructed around 2700 BC.
Marine and bird life flourish at Papa Stour among cliffs, caves, sea stacks, and blowholes. There are numerous Neolithic burial sites, as well as Norse Ruins.
Twenty-three kilometres west of the Shetland Islands, Foula is the most remote inhabited island in the UK. Here, a few dozen folk make their homes, many preserving traditional methods of agriculture and subsistence. Arctic terns, red-throated divers, and great skuas may be found here.
A fine birding island, uninhabited Mousa is home to a Special Protection Area (SPA) for breeding storm petrels. It is also the site of the best preserved broch in the world. These fortified structures are unique to Scotland. The Mousa broch dates to the Iron Age and is mentioned in two Norse sagas. Its original purpose is a matter of debate and speculation. We’ll explore the massive monument and climb the inner staircase.
The Ocean Endeavour arrives in Aberdeen in the morning. You may choose to extend your stay in Scotland, take part in one of our optional extensions, or make your way home from here.
All prices are per person, in US Dollars (USD) unless specified otherwise.
$5495.00 Deck four. A SHARED cabin for 4 passengers. It is an interior cabin with 4 lower berths and a bathroom that is split in 2 rooms, with a shower in one room and sink and toilet in the other. This cabin is generally used by single travellers looking to share and is booked by gender.
$6495.00 Deck four. A SHARED cabin for 3 passengers. It is an interior cabin with 3 lower berths and 2 full bathrooms. This cabin is generally used by single travellers looking to share and is booked by gender.
$7795.00 Deck five. Interior cabin, two lower berths, private bath
$9095.00 Deck four, porthole window, two lower berths, private bath
$10095.00 Deck five, picture window, two lower berths, private bath
$11095.00 Decks four, seven and eight, picture windows (obstructed view), two lower berth OR matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator
$12095.00 Decks five and eight, large picture window (partial obstruction), two lower berth OR matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator
$13095.00 Deck five and seven, picture window, two lower berths, private bath, refrigerator
$14095.00 Deck five and seven, picture window, two lower berths, private bath
$15095.00 Deck seven, picture window, two lower berths, private bath, refrigerator
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