Scottish Isles: Historic Trails & Wilderness

9 Days
Dublin to Edinburgh
From (USD)
$ 8,645
Dates & Pricing

2024 Dublin > Edinburgh

Wild Landscapes

Wild and extraordinarily beautiful, the coastline of Scotland is a sight to behold. The many island chains are as diverse as they are beautiful, and you will love discovering them all.
Fiercely proud of its history and culture, astounding and dramatic natural beauty, Scotland and the many islands that dot her coastline offer up a wealth of incredible experiences. From the astonishing wildlife and birdwatching in the Inner Hebrides, to the preserved Celtic and Viking archeological sites of the Orkney Islands, the Scottish isles are a revelation.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
101B
Duration:
9 days
Departure City:
Dublin
Return City:
Edinburgh

9 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Dublin, Ireland

    Welcome to Dublin, a small capital with a huge reputation. Today we bid farewell to fellow shipmates and crew and leave with a treasure-trove of fond memories.

    Please book your flight to arrive into Dublin prior to 02:00 PM.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Portrush, Northern Ireland

    Set on a peninsula stretching a mile with glorious beaches and a majestic rocky edge, Portrush is known famously for being the Causeway Coast.

    Freechoice

    Visit the famed Giants Causeway, unique hexagonal stones steeped in legend and folklore. Enjoy a tour of the world’s oldest legal distillery, Bushmills, and taste Irish Whiskey or choose to experience Londonderry through the eyes of a local.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Oban

    The picturesque little bay of Oban is overflowing with Victorian charm and elegance. Oban is surrounded by dramatic shores and spectacular countryside.

    Freechoice

    Visit the exotic Arduaine Garden and admire the spectacular array of colourful plants from around the globe, or explore Oban with a local guide. Alternatively, learn the history and heritage of Inveraray Castle.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Fort William > Cruising Sound of Mull

    Fort William is known for its sandy beaches, dramatic hills, castles, distilleries and iconic films locations. Breathe the fresh mountain air and be amazed at the most beautiful beaches.

    Freechoice

    Ride the Nevis Range Mounatin Gonolda, reaching heights of 650m for spectacular vies, or choose to visit the famed Glenfinnan Viaduct bridge, before visiting the Ben Nevis Distillery for a tour and tasting. Alternatively, join an art workshop.

    Cruise through the beautiful stretch of water, Sound of Mull. Admire from your private verandah suite, or head to the Observation Terrace and look for seals, otters and porpoises playing in the waves.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Portree, Isle of Skye

    Skye’s capital is an attractive fishing port with brightly painted houses around a natural harbour. It is sometimes possible to attend a Ceilidh here – an evening of Scottish music and dance. Once a MacLeod stronghold, the beautiful Isle of Raasay boasts the extinct volcano of Mt Dun Caan, which rises 443 metres high.

    Today, choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a scenic tour of the Isle of Skye, taking you to landscapes so unique they are used in many sci-fi films or walk along the Scorrybreac headland and learn the history of the Portree with a local guide.

    Discovery

    Venture on a hike to the "Old Man of Storr", a large pinnacle of rock that stands high and can be seen for kilometres.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - St Kilda

    We make our way to the Outer Hebrides – also known as the Western Isles – that stretch for 130 miles and look out on their western side to the Atlantic Ocean. We will land at the isolated archipelago (and World Heritage site) of St Kilda, where derelict crofts bear testament to the fortitude of islanders who once dried seabirds for winter food. The isles hold Europe’s most important seabird colony and is home to Britain’s highest sea stacks (rock columns).

    Discovery

    Cruise on Zodiac along the craggy sea cliffs, home to Europe’s largest colony of seabirds including gannets and puffins or join one of our Discovery Team for a hike passing by ruins and grazing sheep for beautiful panoramic views of St Kilda.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Stromness

    Stromness is full of character, with winding streets stretching from the shoreline up the hillside, quaint alleyways waiting to be explored, and a landscape shaped by the sea. Stroll through the township to find the hidden gems, such as the finest crafts, textiles and jewellery in the small local shops. This long established seaport has attracted sailors for centuries, from Vikings to Captain Cook.

    Discovery

    Predating Stonehenge and the pyramids of Giza, Skara Brae is one of the world’s most evocative prehistoric sites. Walk around the stone structures of this old village.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Aberdeen

    Set neatly between the mountains and the sea, Aberdeen's harbour is said to be ‘one of the most architecturally distinctive in Europe.’ Docking in the heart of the city, witness Aberdeen's famous stunning, sparkling, granite buildings and monuments shimmering in the sunlight and listen for the warming tones of Scottish dialect 'Doric' as you roam.

    Today, choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery.

    Freechoice

    Learn the history of Aberdeen on a city tour or choose to explore some of the fairy tale castles. Alternatively, enjoy a whiskey and pale ale tasting tour.

    Discovery

    Explore the dramatic cliffs at the Bullers of Buchan, observing the diversity of wildlife, from Aberdeenshire’s puffins, porpoises, minke whales and sunbathing seals.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Leith, Scotland

    Home to the Royal Yacht Britannia, the vibrant port of Leith offers a fitting embarkation point for your immersion into Celtic and Viking voyage of discovery. Board Scenic Eclipse and toast the start of your voyage.

    Please book your flight to depart out of Edinburgh after 11:00 AM.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Unrivalled exploration of extraordinary lands with
  • Up to 200 guests on board to maximise landings in Antarctica or the Arctic
  • Up to 20-member specialist Polar Discovery Team
  • Engaging lectures and education program with on board experts
  • Scenic Discovery excursions by Zodiac
  • Full kayak program and stand-up paddle boarding
  • Complimentary expedition parka and water bottle, plus use of special polar boots

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