British Isles Cruise – Scottish Whisky Trail & Irish Sea Expedition

British Isles Cruise – Scottish Whisky Trail & Irish Sea Expedition

British Isles Cruise – Scottish Whisky Trail & Irish Sea Expedition

British Isles Cruise – Scottish Whisky Trail & Irish Sea Expedition

Travel information 11 days MS Spitsbergen
Departures
23 March 2023
31 March 2024
Price from
3798 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

11-day expedition cruise from Scotland exploring Glasgow, Belfast, Isle of Man, Dublin and the Scottish Isles 

History and heritage 

Discover the highlights of the northern British Isles, from beautiful Scottish landscapes and historic Irish cities to ancient castles and exceptional whiskies. Witness the awesome Giant’s Causeway in Ulster, uncover Celtic and Viking history on the Isle of Man, and see Northern Ireland’s shipbuilding heritage in Belfast. 

Irish cheers and Scottish whisky 

Spend time in cosy British pubs and visit some of Scotland’s oldest whisky distilleries on the Isles of Arran, Mull and Islay. Naturally, you may want to sample some of those famed distilled malts as you hop from port to port. 

British Isles Cruise – Scottish Whisky Trail & Irish Sea Expedition 
British Isles Cruise – Scottish Whisky Trail & Irish Sea Expedition
  • Day 1
    Glasgow

    Embark from Glasgow

    Start in Scotland's stylish city of culture 

    A former industrial powerhouse, Glasgow has reinvented itself as a cultural hot spot, packed with museums, galleries and parks. Discover the splendid Art Nouveau architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh before your expedition cruise begins. 

    MS Spitsbergen, one of our smaller vessels and built for close up exploration, will be waiting for you. Explore the ship before meeting the Expedition Team – your guides for your adventure ahead. Enjoy your first dinner aboard as we set sail.  

    Day 1
    Glasgow

    Embark from Glasgow

  • Day 2
    Portrush

    Northern Ireland's Portrush

    Little Portrush has a giant natural wonder 

    Portrush is a small resort town that’s been popular since Victorian times. There are several walks you can go on from here, and this section of the coast features long sandy beaches. Birdwatchers should trek up to Ramore Head, just north of the town. 

    The UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway crowns this stretch of the Northern Ireland’s coast, with around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns rising mysteriously from the sea. Meanwhile, the Dunluce Castle ruins, set dramatically atop cliffs overlooking the Atlantic, provide a stunning backdrop to the wild beauty of this region. 

    • Included Portrush Sheepdog Demonstration
    • Included Dunluce Castle & The Giant’s Causeway
    Day 2
    Portrush

    Northern Ireland's Portrush

  • Day 3
    Belfast

    Elegant Belfast

    Discover Northern Ireland's energetic capital 

    We sail into Belfast, a city with a proud ship-building history and the birthplace of the Titanic. History buffs will enjoy the 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.  

    • Included Castle Espie Wetlands Centre
    Day 3
    Belfast

    Elegant Belfast

  • Day 4
    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’ Church and discover the impressively spooky Peel Castle, originally a Viking stronghold and now said to be haunted. 

    • Included Isle of Man Beach Cleaning
    Day 4
    Douglas

    Enigmatic Isle of Man

  • Day 5
    Dublin

    Lively Dublin

    Experience the many charms of Ireland’s capital 

    Founded by Vikings and later becoming the Kingdom of Dublin, Ireland’s capital has a remarkable history. But as one of Europe’s most youthful cities, Dublin is a lively cultural centre of live music and pubs, and a modern tech hub.  

    Today, you’ll have the chance to explore this fascinating city, visiting such places as Dublin Castle and Trinity College, home to the medieval manuscript the Book of Kells.  

    You’ll visit the nearby coastal area for a beach clean up, where you’ll learn about the surrounding area and the wildlife that calls it home.  

    • Included Dublin - Clean Coasts
    Day 5
    Dublin

    Lively Dublin

  • Day 6
    Isle of Arran

    Beautiful Isle of Arran

    Enjoy wildlife spotting on Arran 

    Welcome to the Isle of Arran, known for its heather-cloaked landscapes. It's the perfect place for a scenic hike. Why not try the popular Goat Fell trail and see if you can spot Scotland’s ‘Big Five’: the Golden Eagle, red deer, red squirrel, otter and harbour seal, all of which can be found on Arran. 

    Explore the woodland and gardens of Brodick Castle, and marvel at the Neolithic treasures and huge upright slabs at the Machrie Moor Stone Circle. Your stop wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Isle of Arran Distillery and a taste of their distinctive malt. 

    • Included Brodick Castle with Shuttle
    Day 6
    Isle of Arran

    Beautiful Isle of Arran

  • Day 7
    Isle of Mull

    A most delightful sound

    Get ready for the dreamy beauty of the Sound of Mull 

    Brightly-coloured Georgian houses line the waterfront in the picturesque fishing port of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Learn about the local heritage at the whisky distillery and Mull Museum, or stroll around the loch in Aros Park and see the Baliscate Standing Stones.  

    The Isle of Mull is a magnet for birders, with the highest breeding density of Golden Eagles in Europe, while White-tailed Eagles can often be seen soaring above the coast. We'll also explore Loch Sunart, a Marine Protected Area known for otters, dolphins and porpoises, and stop by Mingary Castle. 

    • Included Tobermory Visit and Loch Sunart Landing & Small Boat Cruising
    Day 7
    Isle of Mull

    A most delightful sound

  • Day 8
    Fort William

    Britain's outdoor capital

    See why Fort William is an outdoor adventure hub  

    After sailing into Loch Linnhe, we arrive at Fort William. The town is known as ‘Britain’s Outdoor Capital’ and it’s a magnet for hikers, bikers, climbers and skiers. As you’ll see, it’s set amid some spectacular Highland scenery.  

    The town’s whisky distillery offers its take on the national tipple, and a scenic short walk awaits you at Glen Nevis. Nearby is the beautiful valley of Glen Coe, which was carved out of the landscape by glaciers and volcanic activity. Glen Coe is designated a National Scenic Area, but also has a history that’s integral to the story of Scotland. 

    • Included High in the Nevis Range
    Day 8
    Fort William

    Britain's outdoor capital

  • Day 9
    Oban

    Idyllic Oban

    Set foot on Scotland’s west coast in this tiny town  

    The ‘Gateway to the Isles’, the little town of Oban reached its heyday when the railway arrived, adding to its life as a busy fishing port. Victorian buildings cluster around the port while ferries come and go, heading out to the distant Hebrides.   

    A 20-minute walk from town goes past beaches and through woodland to the Dunollie Castle, the ancient seat of the clan chiefs. Fancy a tipple? The tiny Oban Distillery is one of the smallest – and one of the oldest – in Scotland. 

    • Included Oban Walking Tour
    Day 9
    Oban

    Idyllic Oban

  • Day 10
    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. Here you'll discover fascinating ancient monoliths and the enigmatic settlement of Finlaggan.  

    Today, Islay is 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. 

    • Included Islay Coastal Walk 
    Day 10
    Islay

    Islay's whiskey and nature

  • Day 11
    Glasgow

    Back to Glasgow

    Round off your adventure in Glasgow 

    Your Scottish Isles expedition cruise ends in Glasgow. In the harbour, you'll find the striking Riverside Museum and the tall ship Glenlee beside it. Admire the Gothic architecture of Glasgow Cathedral and view the eclectic art and natural history at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum before heading home. It’s an excellent way to round off your adventure. 

    Day 11
    Glasgow

    Back to Glasgow

Departures

2023

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  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
March:
23.

2024

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
March:
31.

What's included

Included in your voyage

Expedition Cruise  

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages*  in restaurant Aune  
  • 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 

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water 

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

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 ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, panoramic sauna andgym 
  • 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 and ice conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet all 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 
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Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 180
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54m
Beam 18m
Speed 14.5 knots
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