British Isles – Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and a Diverse Coastline

British Isles – Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and a Diverse Coastline

British Isles – Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and a Diverse Coastline

British Isles – Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and a Diverse Coastline

Travel information 13 days MS Maud
Departures
5 departures between Apr 2024 and May 2024
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Nature and heritage around the British Isles 

Picturesque towns full of history 

Experience the beauty and variety of the British Isles on an expedition cruise. Explore the quaint villages, charming towns and impressive historical landmarks. Discover the Viking and Gaelic heritage of Waterford and Stornoway, and sample single malt whisky on Islay. 

Nature and wild islands 

You’ll encounter the wild landscapes of the Hebrides, the tropical-looking Isles of Scilly and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on the Isle of Man, as well as enjoying scenic walks along the Pembrokeshire and Devon coasts. 

PLEASE NOTE: In keeping with our adventurous spirit, we visit small remote ports on our expeditions. Due to sea conditions and secluded locations we visit, it's not always possible to dock in port. Sometimes we have to use our small expedition boats to get ashore. 

British Isles – Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and a Diverse Coastline British Isles – Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and a Diverse Coastline
  • Day 1
    Dover

    Depart from Dover

    Set sail on your island-hopping adventure 

    Your expedition cruise starts in Dover. If you have time before boarding MS Maud, take a walk along the famous White Cliffs at St Margaret's Bay for incredible views of the coastline and the sparkling English Channel below.  

    Once you've picked up your expedition jacket and settled into your cabin, you'll have a chance to meet your Expedition Team, who'll be your friendly hosts and knowledgeable guides. Then enjoy your first dinner aboard the ship – your adventure has begun. 

    Day 1
    Dover

    Depart from Dover

  • Day 2
    At sea

    Relax at sea

    Get to know your basecamp at sea 

    Enjoy an idyllic day at sea with plenty to do. Admire the views from MS Maud’s Observation Deck, visit the Science Center for insights into the island destinations ahead, or take advantage of the gym and hot tubs.  

    Photography enthusiasts can pick up some pointers from our onboard photographer on how to capture wildlife and landscapes. You'll find the comfort of the Explorer Lounge a great place to read or watch the world glide by. 

    You can also enjoy a talk by the Expedition Team, experienced explorers who will share their extensive knowledge of the places ahead with you.  

    Day 2
    At sea

    Relax at sea

  • Day 3
    England

    The 'Land's End' of Wales

    Explore scenic coastlines and the UK's smallest city 

    Nestled between the Preseli Hills and the Pembrokeshire coast is the charming coastal town of Fishguard. You’ll find the original hamlet and harbour in Lower Fishguard and spectacular sea views from the ‘Main Town’ above. 

    A short drive away is the UK’s smallest city, St Davids. More a village than a city, it owes its city status to its 12th century cathedral. You can explore this conservation area as part of an included excursion. 

    The dramatic headland nearby is the most westerly point in Wales. Here you can enjoy spectacular views along the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastal path. 

    Day 3
    England

    The 'Land's End' of Wales

  • Day 4
    Belfast

    Elegant Belfast

    Discover Northern Ireland’s capital 

    We sail into Belfast, a city with a proud seafaring history and the birthplace of the Titanic. History buffs will enjoy Ulster Museum and Belfast Castle, while nature lovers can visit the Botanic Gardens. 

    Stroll the cobbled streets of the chic Cathedral Quarter, with its elegant Victorian architecture, and pop inside St Anne’s Cathedral to see its beautiful mosaics. In Donegall Square, you'll find the historical landmarks of City Hall and the Grand Opera House, with its beautiful façade.  

    Belfast also allows access to the iconic Giant’s Causeway, and the rugged northern coastline. Explore the towering cliffs and distinctive hexagonal columns of this natural wonder. 

    Day 4
    Belfast

    Elegant Belfast

  • Day 5
    Castlebay

    Captain's Choice – Castlebay

    Island gems in the Outer Hebrides 

    One of the best things about expedition cruising is the feeling that anything can happen on any given day. That’s why we’ve carved out one day to take full advantage of exploring the region.  

    Today, the Captain and the Expedition Team will decide whether we explore Barra or Vatersay, the two most southerly inhabited islands of the Outer Hebrides, linked to each other by a causeway.  

    Go in search of birds and sea life in our expedition boats or attempt to land in the innumerable coves and beaches that dot the islands close to Castlebay. 

    Day 5
    Castlebay

    Captain's Choice – Castlebay

  • Day 6
    Kirkwall

    Highlights of Orkney

    Learn about Kirkwall's Norse heritage 

    Today we sail to the Orkney Islands' largest town, Kirkwall. Explore this vibrant and compact Viking-influenced capital on foot.  

    Visit the regal St Magnus Cathedral, made from distinctive local red sandstone, and the adjacent Earl’s Palace to see the stone ruins of this once-grand Renaissance building. The Neolithic settlement of Scara Brae is also only a bus ride away.  

    Whisky aficionados will enjoy Kirkwall's Highland Park and Scapa distilleries for their distinctive single malts. If you fancy something different, Orkney Distillery produces Kirkjuvagr gin from Orcadian botanicals.  

    Day 6
    Kirkwall

    Highlights of Orkney

  • Day 7
    Stornoway

    Stalwart Stornoway

    Experience the Gaelic culture of the Hebrides 

    Our expedition cruise arrives at Stornoway, the Isle of Lewis and Harris capital. As you explore the area around the harbour, keep an eye out for seals, eagles and otters. Enjoy a visit to the Gothic-style Lews Castle with its spacious grounds full of trails and offering fantastic views. 

    Further afield, take in the 5,000-year-old Callanish standing stones and Dun Carloway, the best-preserved Iron Age broch in Scotland. Enjoy coastal walks along the stunning Dalmore, Dalbeg or Garry beaches, and maybe pick up a memento of Harris Tweed, which is woven here. 

    Day 7
    Stornoway

    Stalwart Stornoway

  • Day 8
    Islay

    Islay's whiskey and nature

    Fire up your spirit of discovery on 'Whisky Island' 

    Islay is the proud home of world-famous peaty single malts – but that's far from the only reason to visit. Discover fascinating ancient monoliths and the enigmatic settlement of Finlaggan as you explore the island.  

    Islay is also a wildlife paradise, home to over 200 species of birds – including oystercatchers, gannets and Golden Eagles. From its sandy beaches, you can sometimes spot dolphins and basking sharks. 

    Port Ellen is the gateway to three of the island’s nine distilleries. Of course, no trip to Islay is complete without a 'wee dram' from one of these famous and historic whisky producers, including Laphroaig and Ardbeg. 

    Day 8
    Islay

    Islay's whiskey and nature

  • Day 9
    Douglas

    Enigmatic isle of Man

    Explore Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man 

    The scenic approach to Douglas is not to be missed! We head ashore to explore the capital of the Isle of Man. Learn about the island’s Celtic and Viking heritage, trace its development as a Victorian tourist resort, and see its stunning rugged coastline.   

    There’s so much to pack into your day in Douglas. Visit the Manx Museum, check out the murals in St Thomas’s Church and discover the impressively spooky Peel Castle, originally a Viking stronghold and now said to be haunted. 

    Day 9
    Douglas

    Enigmatic isle of Man

  • Day 10
    Waterford

    Waterford's Viking Triangle

    Uncover Viking history in Ireland’s oldest city 

    Welcome back to Ireland - the Emerald Isle. Today you’ll set foot in the oldest city in Ireland, founded by the Vikings in the 10th century beside a ford in the River Suir. Waterford is a well preserved and very walkable small city, famed for its beautiful crystal glass production. Intricate and bold street art daubs walls and houses in this city of culture, so don’t forget your camera. 

    Walk around the Viking Triangle, so named for the three-sided shape made by the thousand-year-old walls that once surrounded the city. Or explore the charming Waterford greenway and historic Kilkenny Castle, a relic of medieval Ireland. 

    Day 10
    Waterford

    Waterford's Viking Triangle

  • Day 11
    Isles of Scilly

    The Isles of Scilly

    Enjoy crystal waters, sandy beaches and natural beauty 

    Just 30 miles off the tip of Cornwall are the Isles of Scilly. This enchanting archipelago is home to some exquisite small islands. If conditions allow, we’ll split our time here. You can explore Tresco’s white sandy beaches and its renowned 19th century Abbey Gardens, or visit St Mary’s, the largest of the isles. 

    Alternatively, join a trip around the archipelago, visiting shipwreck sites and spying seals lying on the rocks. You'll also sail around the bird sanctuary of Annet to spot puffins and various other breeding seabirds. 

    Day 11
    Isles of Scilly

    The Isles of Scilly

  • Day 12
    Dartmouth

    The delights of Devon

    Get set for historical attractions and idyllic beaches 

    The picturesque banks of the River Dart mark our arrival into beautiful Dartmouth. Steeped in maritime history and culture, this charming town is home to the Royal Britannia Naval College and Dartmouth Castle. 

    Tread the coastal paths and trails that extend along this stretch of coastline, exploring secluded coves and remote beaches. Food lovers may wish to try Dartmouth’s seafood, while those with a sweet tooth can indulge in the local fudge or the famous Devonshire cream tea. 

    Day 12
    Dartmouth

    The delights of Devon

  • Day 13
    Dover

    Return to Dover

    End your British Isles adventure where you began 

    The sight of the White Cliffs of Dover signals the end of this exploration of the British Isles. As we sail into Dover with the iconic cliffs coming into view, we’ll dock at the harbour and then it’s time to say a fond farewell to MS Maud and to all those who have made your expedition cruise so memorable.    

    Day 13
    Dover

    Return to Dover

Departures

2024

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May:
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What's included

Included in your voyage

Expedition Cruise 

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in Restaurants Aune and Fredheim 
  • À la carte Restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to and streaming is not supported. 

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water 

Onboard Activities 

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Full use of our Science Center, extensive library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science programme where you can assist with live scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, panoramic sauna, and indoor gym 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

Landing Activities 

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats 
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you 

Notes 

  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet your entry and boarding requirements  
  • No gratuities expected 

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 
MS Maud
Interior in restaurant Lindstrøm
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Your ship

MS Maud

Year built 2003
Shipyard Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)
Passenger capacity 528 (500 in Antarctica)
Beds 500
Gross tonnage 16,151 T
Length 135,75 m
Beam 21.5 m
Speed 15 knots

Formerly the MS Midnatsol, the MS Maud is well-suited for expedition cruising.

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Science center - MS Maud
Photo: Oscar Farrera

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