Discover Scotland’s deep history and wild ecosystem as we travel from the Hebrides in the west to the windswept isles of St Kilda and Foula, and then on to the Orkney and Shetland Islands in the north. We will visit quaint villages, walk the halls of the castles of Scottish clans; birdwatch in Europe’s largest sea bird colonies and try some of Scotland’s finest whiskey in the Orkney Islands!
Dates: 13 to 23 June 2021 (SCOT16G)
Duration: 11 days
Start: Oban, Scotland
Finish: Aberdeen, Scotland
Ship: Greg Mortimer (brand new in 2019)
- Visit World-heritage-listed St Kilda
- Explore historic villages in the Orkney Islands
- Basking sharks, dolphins & seals in the Hebrides
- Kayak through sea caves and mirror-like lochs
- Fantastic puffin, guillemots, eagles and fulmars
- Visit an Iron Age broch with our historian
Day 1 – Oban
Our expedition team will welcome you aboard the Greg Mortimer and we will set sail along Scotland’s northwest coast in the evening.
Day 2-3 – Inner Hebrides
Our days will be filled with variety as we cruise through the Hebrides archipelago. We may explore the birthplace of Christianity in Britain – the tiny island of Iona, breathtaking Staffa to search Fingals Cave and the rugged Isle of Skye where the wildlife, history, geology and beautiful scenery make it one of our favourite islands to explore.
Day 4-6 – Outer Hebrides
We make our way to the Outer Hebrides – also known as the Western Isles. Our first stop is at the Isle of Lewis, the largest and northern-most island in the Outer Hebrides. Archaeology buffs will be keen to see the fascinating group of Standing Stones. Weather permitting we plan to land at the isolated archipelago and World Heritage site of St Kilda. The isles hold Europe’s most important seabird colony and is home to Britain’s highest sea stacks (rock columns).
Day 7-8 – Shetland Islands
The Shetland Islands are Britain’s most northerly islands and abound with nature reserves and archaeological sites in addition to offering a taste of traditional island life. We plan to explore Foula, Jarlshof, Mousa Broch, Hermaness National Nature Reserve, Muckle Flugga, the Island of Noss.
Day 9-10 – Orkney Islands
Midway between Orkney and Shetland is a birdwatchers paradise, Fair Isle. The isle is an excellent place to view seabirds, especially puffins at close range. Orkney’s archipelago of 70 windswept islands boasts a rich tapestry of archaeology, history and wildlife awaits. Discover the rich history in Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands.
Day 11 – Aberdeen
On arrival in Aberdeen, we will disembark early morning and bid our fellow travellers farewell before making our international connections home, or continuing on for our next adventure. Onward flights and travel should not be booked until after midday on the day of disembarkation.
Please note that all of our itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Our itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.
|CABIN||PRICE PER PERSON|
|Aurora Stateroom, private bathroom||AUD $11,900|
|Balcony Stateroom, private bathroom||From AUD $13,200|
|Balcony Suite, private bathroom||AUD $14,900|
|Junior Suite, private bathroom||AUD $17,500|
|Captain’s Suite, private bathroom||AUD $20,200|
Activities: Sea kayaking (From AUD $1520pp), Photography (included), Stand up paddle boarding (From AUD $580)
- Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
- All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
- Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
- Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
- All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
- Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
- Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
- A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
- Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
- Port surcharges, permits, and landing fees
- International or domestic flights, unless specified
- Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Passport, visa, reciprocity fees and vaccination charges
- Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
- Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
- Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
- Optional activity surcharges
- All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges
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