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Following the Fleet

Explore the naval history of Scotland's far north and learn about Orkney's pivotal role in both World Wars on this luxury all-inclusive cruise on board Hebridean Princess, with guest speaker maritime expert Dr Roger Knight

No Fly Cruise
8 nights

Small Ship Holiday
Italian Chapel, Orkney
St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney

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Discover fascinating maritime museums, pivotal coastal defence mechanisms and former prisoner of war camps on this exploration of Scotland's naval history.

Explore the former WWI prisoner of war camp in Inverarish and visit the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum. View the WWII coastal battery at Arnish Point and Ness Battery which was a crucial defence of Scapa Flow. See the Chapel built by Italian prisoners of war on Orkney, and the Churchill Barriers which were built to protect the anchorage.

Learn about the important role Scapa Flow played in the two World Wars with a trip to the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum. This unique voyage of discovery concludes with a visit to the Castle of Mey or Mary Ann's Cottage in Scrabster.

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Following the Fleet Itinerary

Day 1 - Oban (Scotland)

Embark Hebridean Princess in Oban.

Day 2 - Inverarish

Sail through Kyle Rhea to the Isle of Raasay for a visit the to the former WWI prisoner of war camp in Inverarish.

Day 3 - Aultbea

Cruise the Inner Sound before arriving at the fascinating Russian Arctic Convoy Museum in Loch Ewe, home of the Arctic Convoys in WWII.

Day 4 - Stornoway

Cross the Minch to Stornoway to see the Arnish Gun Emplacements then round Cape Wrath en-route to the Orkney Isles.

Day 5 - Stromness - Kirkwall

Visit Stromness Museum and Ness Battery, a crucial part of the defence of Scapa Flow where the main Royal Navy fleet were based during both wars. Discover St Magnus Cathedral which dominates the Kirkwall skyline.

Day 6 - Kirkwall

Admire the workmanship of the Italian prisoners of war who built the Italian Chapel out of two Nissen huts, and see the Churchill Barriers which protected the anchorage. Cruise Scapa Flow which played an important part in two world wars.

Day 7 - Lyness - Stroma

Explore the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum then enjoy walks ashore at Stroma.

Day 8 - Scrabster

Visit the Castle of Mey, the former home of HM The Queen Mother (unless the Duke of Rothesay is in residence) or Mary Ann's Cottage.

Day 9 - Invergordon

Disembark Hebridean Princess in Invergordon.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Please note this cruise starts in Oban and ends in Invergordon. Coach transfers will be provided from Glasgow Central Railway Station and Glasgow International Airport to Oban at the start of the cruise, and from Invergordon to Inverness Airport and Inverness Railway Station at the end of the cruise. Car parking is available at Invergordon and a complimentary transfer will be provided to Oban on the day of embarkation for guests wishing to utilise this car parking arrangement.

Price Includes

  • 8-night all-inclusive cruise
  • Private coach transfers from the local airport or train station to and from the ship
  • All meals on board and ashore
  • Champagne, selected wines plus beer, spirits, soft drinks, tea, coffee and other hot drinks
  • Knowledgeable guides on board and on tours
  • Shore excursions as outlined in the itinerary
  • Use of the ship’s bicycles
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Port taxes
  • Gratuities

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel to and from the private coach transfer points
  • Wines from the Library Wines list
  • Private shore visits organised by request which are not part of the itinerary
  • Personal telephone calls
  • Items purchased from the shop on board
  • Personal laundry

Special Features

  • Guest speaker:
  • Dr Roger Knight is a naval history expert and had a 27-year career at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. He is now a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, has published a prize-winning biography of Nelson and has led research projects into the Napoleonic Navy.

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Map for Following the Fleet