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

Scenic Orkneys and Shetlands

Join your ship Borealis in Liverpool for this superb 7-night cruise, part of her maiden season for Fred Olsen Cruises. Step ashore on the rugged Shetland and Orkney islands, havens for wildlife

No Fly Cruise
7 nights

Mid size Ship Holiday
  • Kirkwall
  • Lerwick, Shetland Islands
  • Fingal's Cave
  • Duart Castle
  • Belfast

Call us now on 01756 706500 to secure your cabin!


£100pp OBC! Applies to Freedom Fares only. Subject to availability

Scenic Orkneys and Shetlands Special Offer

This week-long summer break to the rugged Orkney and Shetland Islands is the perfect escape.

Lerwick is your gateway to the coastal scenes of Northmavine and RSPB Sumburgh head, where seabirds and other native fauna thrive in their natural habitat. There is also the ancient settlements of Jarlshof and Clickimin Broch. Centuries-old sites are yours to discover on an optional tour from Kirkwall too, including the UNESCO-listed Neolithic village of Skara Brae and ceremonial stone circles of Stenness.

Enjoy ample time in the lively capital city of Belfast, taking in the highlights including Titanic Belfast, the historic steamship SS Nomadic, and the Renaissance-style City Hall.

Scenic cruising is also a highlight of this incredible voyage. Cruise past Fingal's Cave, 'Dutchman's Cap', and the 13th-century Duart Castle.

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Scenic Orkneys and Shetlands Itinerary

Day 1 - Liverpool (England)

Embark your ship in Liverpool.

Day 2 - Kirkwall (Orkney Islands)

Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands, resonates with ancient echoes of Christian, Nordic and Celtic history. It’s a town that feels more Scandinavian than Scottish; in fact, the name Kirkwall comes from the Norse for 'Church Bay', relating to the town's 11th century Church of St Olaf of Norway. Exploring the town’s atmospheric paved streets and twisting lanes, reveals a number of highlights, including the ruins of the Earl and Bishop’s Palaces, dating from the mid-12th century and serving as a reminder of the Orkney's turbulent past.

Day 3 - Lerwick (Shetland Islands)

Lerwick is the friendly capital of the 100 islands and islets of the Shetland. The bustling, cosmopolitan seaport is the islands’ only town, and its wonderful natural harbour is a joy to explore. Until the 1600s, Leir Vik – Norse for a muddy bay – was little more than a few huts. However, conflict between the British and Dutch, whose fishing fleet fished for herrings off the islands, led to the building of a permanent settlement. This included Fort Charlotte, which once overlooked the harbour but has now been enclosed by the town following land reclamation.

Day 4 - Loch Hourn (Scotland) - Fingal’s Cave - Dutchman’s Cap - Sound of Mull - Duart Castle

Cruise Loch Hourn and the Small Isles, before cruising Fingal's Cave. Similar to the famous, UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, Fingal’s Cave is a beautiful basalt sea-cave with distinctive ‘columns’ and a remarkable symmetry that looks incredible as you cruise past. Then cruise past Dutchman's Cap, one of the most distinctive landmarks discovered amongst the beautiful Scottish Isles. It is a unique volcanic formation of grass-topped black lava that provides a safe haven for sea birds, and spectacular views for anyone who visits. Cruise the Sound of Mull and later past Duart Castle.

Day 5 - Belfast (Northern Ireland)

From beautiful coastlines to a fascinating industrial heritage, Belfast is a modern, vibrant and stylish city. Famous for being the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, Northern Ireland's capital offers visitors the chance to visit the Harland and Wolff shipyard and the fascinating Titanic Experience. Only in Belfast can the Titanic story be traced to its source, and the excitement of an era when the city was at the height of its powers relived.

Day 6 - Liverpool (England)

Disembark your ship in Liverpool.

The Captain reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues, complimentary afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music
  • Full use of on board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of engaging on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
Map for Scenic Orkneys and Shetlands