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Wild Scotland

Discover the wild isles of Scotland, from the windswept Hebrides to the rugged Orkney Islands on this exciting no-fly expedition cruise from Oban, with special guest, historian Carol Knott

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10 nights from £7395pp

Expedition Holiday
  • Iona Abbey
  • Staffa and Fingal's Cave
  • Callanish Standing Stones
  • St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

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Ancient Neolithic and Viking sites await, as well as an abundance of wildlife, on this superb expedition voyage to Scotland's wild and remote islands.

Enjoy Zodiac cruising along rugged coastlines keeping an eye out for dolphins and seals, and photograph seabirds in one of Europe’s largest seabird colonies. Visit beautiful villages, meet the friendly locals and maybe even sample a wee dram of Scotland’s finest. Highlights include Staffa and the world-famous Fingal's Cave, the uninhabited island of Mousa with its well-preserved brochs, and picturesque Kirkwall, overlooked by the spectacular St Magnus Cathedral.

AE109 Operated by Aurora Expeditions


Wild Scotland Itinerary - SCOT16G

Day 1 - Oban (Scotland, UK)

Embark your ship and settle into your cabin before import briefings. We will set sail along Scotland's northwest coast in the evening.

Days 2-3 - Inner Hebrides

From golden beaches to jagged peaks, bleak moors and heather clad hills; from abandoned settlements to picturesque villages, our days in the Hebrides archipelago will be packed with variety. We may explore remote lochs beneath some of Britain’s most untamed mountains and wander between unusual rock formations. We may watch for whales, dolphins, otters, seals, and the increasingly rare basking sharks. Possibly we will land at an island reserve that is home to red deer and white-tailed sea eagles. Early the next morning we will aim for the tiny island of Iona. From this base, St Columba set about converting Scotland and much of Northern England to Christianity. On Staffa, we hope to have the chance to explore Fingals Cave, where the melodious sound of waves crashing against towering basalt pillars inspired Mendelssohnns Hebridean Overture. The rugged Isle of Skye, named after the Norse word for ‘cloud’, is a hikers’ paradise. We hope to make the following landings: The Cuillin Hills have earned a reputation as Britain’s most untamed and challenging mountains. We may land at Loch Scavaig in the heart of the Cuillins and take a short hike, perhaps to Loch Coruisk, for spectacular views and get a glimpse of the range’s grandeur. To the south of the Cuillin hills we may visit Rubha’ an Dùnain, a small uninhabited peninsula on the southwest corner of Skye commanding an impressive view of the sea routes nearby.

Days 4-6 - Outer Hebrides

From the Inner Hebrides we make our way to the Outer Hebrides – also known as the Western Isles – that stretch for 209 kilometres / 128 miles and look out on their western side to the Atlantic Ocean. Our first stop is at the Isle of Lewis, the largest and northern-most island in the Outer Hebrides. We plan to make a stop at Callanais, where archaeology buffs will be keen to see the fascinating group of Standing Stones, dating from around 3,000 BC. Weather permitting we plan to land at the isolated archipelago (and World Heritage site) of St Kilda, where derelict crofts bear testament to the fortitude of islanders who once tended the unique Soay sheep. Home to breeding seals and some of Europe's largest seabird colonies, Sula Sgeir, North Rona and Flannan boast spectacular cliffs, fantastic rock stacks, hidden beaches and luxuriant heaths where sheep once grazed.

Days 7-8 - Shetland Islands

Britain’s most northerly islands lie almost 160 kilometres / 99 miles north of the Scottish mainland, at a similar latitude to the southern tip of Greenland, or Bergen in Norway. We plan to explore some of the following sites: the island of Foula is the most remote inhabited island in the UK. Its small community of about 30 residents welcome us to their island to enjoy the magnificent scenery, large seabird colonies, beautiful wildflowers and remarkable community life. Papa Stour offers some of the best sea caves in Britain where we may explore with Zodiacs and kayaks. Jarlshof is one of Shetland's best preserved and most complex archaeological sites. Mousa Broch, on the small uninhabited island of Mousa, is the best preserved of Scotland’s 570 brochs (fortified Iron Age towers). Storm petrels nest among its stones, which can be seen when visiting the broch at night. Hermaness National Nature Reserve, is close to Britain’s most northerly point. The reserve is a place of bird cries and sea smells, of myth and mist. A rocky islet, Muckle Flugga is Britain’s most northerly point and only 274 kilometres / 170 miles from Norway. A lighthouse was established here in 1854, to protect navy ships during the Crimean War. With its mile-long seabird cliffs, the Island of Noss is a National Nature Reserve. In breeding season the sound of around 150,000 birds and chicks fills the air.

Days 9-10 - Orkney Islands

Midway between Orkney and Shetland, Fair Isle houses a major European ornithological research station, and is also famous for knitwear and historic shipwrecks. A bird watchers’ paradise, Fair Isle lies on the intersection of major flight-paths from Scandinavia, Iceland and Faroe. In summer, the cliffs teem with breeding fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots, gannets, shags and puffins. Discover the rich history in Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands. Initial impressions are misleading, as the harbour area looks modern, but the narrow winding streets and lanes of the old town, which have remained relatively unchanged over the centuries are appealing. Everything west of Kirkwall is known as West Mainland, an area of rich farmland, rolling hills and moorland, with dramatic cliffs along the Atlantic coastline. Some of the main archaeological attractions we may see include the standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar, and the chambered tombs of Maes Howes that to this day still have unresolved mysteries.

Day 11 - Aberdeen

Disembark your ship.

In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering flexibility in challenging environments in a way that puts you among the action to see and do as much as possible. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions.

Price Includes

  • 10-night full board cruise
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner on board
  • Unlimited tea and coffee on board
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures from Expedition Team
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees

Price Does Not Include

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks (outside of dinner service)
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry services
  • Gratuities - $15 per person per day gratuity is automatically added to your onboard account. The amount can be increased or decreased when settling your bill
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes

Cruise Extensions

  • Royal Scotland Self-Drive Tour Walk in the footsteps of Great Britain’s Royals on this 9-day self-drive tour. Travel at your own pace across beautiful Scottish countryside as well as cultural centres such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews. Call us for more details
  • Iceland Self-Drive Tour Discover Iceland on a 9-night self-drive journey, taking in breathtaking fjords, lakes, glaciers, waterfalls and icebergs while staying in typical Icelandic villages. Call us for more details
  • Norway in a Nutshell Enjoy one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys and then explore picturesque Bergen at your own pace on this 5-night extension. Call us for more details
  • Fjords and Glaciers of Norway Travel across Norway’s spectacular wilderness featuring some of the world’s most amazing fjord lands and glaciers, as well as picturesque villages and breathtaking mountain ranges on this 6-night extension. Call us for more details
  • Southern Highlights Self-Drive Tour Discover southern Scotland at your own pace on this 6-day self-drive adventure. Enjoy scenic coastal drives, explore historical and cultural centres Edinburgh and Glasgow and visit beautiful St Andrews and Stirling Castle, maybe Scotland’s largest and most important castle. Call us for more details
  • Taste of Copenhagen Enjoy a 2-night hotel stay in Copenhagen with sightseeing. Call us for more details
  • Taste of Oslo Enjoy a 2-night hotel stay in Oslo with sightseeing. Call us for more details
  • Kirkenes City Stay (Pre-Cruise) Enjoy a 1-night hotel stay in Kirkenes. Call us for more details
  • Reykjavik City Stay (Pre-Cruise) Enjoy a 2-night hotel stay in Reykjavik with full day Golden Circle and Fridheimar Tour. Call us for more details
  • Kirkenes City Stay (Post-Cruise) Enjoy a 1-night hotel stay in Kirkenes. Call us for more details
  • Reykjavik City Stay (Post-Cruise) Enjoy a 2-night hotel stay in Reykjavik with full day Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon. Call us for more details

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