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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Grand British Isles

Visit the ancient sites, iconic castles and historic towns of the British Isles on this 13-night grand voyage along the British coast to the highlands of Scotland, the Isles of Scilly and Ireland

No Fly Cruise
13 nights from £1119pp

Mid size Ship Holiday
  • Cork, Ireland
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Lerwick, Shetland Isles
  • Stornoway, Outer Hebrides
  • Tobermory, Scotland

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Save up to 45%! Subject to availability. Prices shown include discount. Book by 9 Dec 2019

Grand British Isles Special Offer

Enjoy the British Isles at their very best on this grand voyage which showcases the country’s remote corners with the opportunity to visit ancient sites, iconic castles and historic towns against a backdrop of stunning scenery and welcoming communities.

Explore the charming town of Invergordon, the gateway to the beautiful Scottish Highlands and admire the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, the capital of the amazing Orkney archipelago. In the Outer Hebrides, delve into the traditional culture during a visit to Stornoway and take the opportunity to visit the fascinating Neolithic Callanish Stones.

Discover the picture-postcard village of Tobermory on Scotland's Isle of Mull and explore Northern Ireland's cosmopolitan capital taking time to visit the Titanic Museum. See Ireland’s legendary Blarney Castle during during a visit to Cork and stroll along the beach in the Ring of Kerry.

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Grand British Isles Discovery Itinerary

Day 1 - Portsmouth (UK)

Embark Marco Polo in Portsmouth.

Day 2 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 3 - Newhaven for Edinburgh (Scotland)

The grand city of Edinburgh is well known for its majestic castle, dramatically situated high above elegant Princes Street and its many shops. It is also where you'll find the famous Royal Mile which stretches from the Palace of Holyrood to the cliff-top castle.

Day 4 - Invergordon (Scotland)

Situated on the shores of the deep Cromarty Firth and with a fine natural harbour, Invergordon is a charming coastal gateway to the beautiful Scottish Highlands. The incredible Scottish scenery forms a stunning backdrop to the romantic castles and historic battlefields that feature in optional excursions such as the Glenmorangie Distillery and a visit to Loch Ness with its legendary monster.

Day 5 - Kirkwall (Orkney Islands)

Kirkwall is the capital of the Orkney archipelago. The spectacular St Magnus Cathedral dominates the town's skyline. Take one of the optional excursions during your time here.

Day 6 - Lerwick (Shetland Islands)

Lerwick was founded as an unofficial marketplace to service 17th century Dutch herring fleets. Hay's Dock is home to the Shetland Museum and Archives. On the southern tip of Mainland is the impressive archaeological site of Jarlshof.

Day 7 - Stornoway (Outer Hebrides)

Originally a Viking settlement, Stornoway is today the main town on the beautiful island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Explore the local specialist shops selling handcrafted goods from the Outer Hebrides including jewellery and the famous Harris Tweed. The Isle of Lewis is considered to be the heartland of the Gaelic culture, and is home to some important prehistoric sites including the Neolithic Callanish Stones and Pictish Carloway Broch.

Day 8 - Tobermory (Isle of Mull)

The picture-postcard village of Tobermory is one of the prettiest ports in Scotland. Its large natural harbour is home to colourful boats bobbing on the waves and a rainbow of brightly painted buildings backed by wooded hills. Mull’s diverse landscape ranges from high mountain and wild moorland to sea cliffs and sandy beaches.

Day 9 - Belfast (Northern Ireland)

The cosmopolitan city of Belfast is home to Titanic Belfast, the museum exploring the legend of the Titanic. At the heart of today’s cosmopolitan city is Belfast’s elegant City Hall, which stands in Donegal Square. Perhaps discover the extraordinary Giant’s Causeway on an optional excursion from the city.

Day 10 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 11 - Cobh for Cork (Ireland)

Cobh lies at the mouth of the River Lee and has one of the best natural harbours in the world. See the brightly coloured houses which line the streets from the waterfront and the imposing St Coleman's Cathedral. Cobh is also the gateway to the city of Cork and optional excursions to the legendary Blarney Castle.

Day 12 - Bantry for Ring of Kerry

Admire the spectacular natural beauty of the Ring of Kerry. Perhaps stroll along one of the beautiful beaches, look out for the abundance of wildlife or gain an insight into Ireland's ancient heritage.

Day 13 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 14 - Portsmouth

Disembark Marco Polo in Portsmouth.

Price Includes

  • 13 nights accommodation in cabin grade of your choice
  • Full board with traditional British and international cuisine including afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Superb programme of daytime and evening entertainment
  • Wide range of onboard leisure facilities
  • Port Taxes
  • UK currency onboard
  • Child-free ship

Price Does Not Include

  • Shore Excursions

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