Explore Scotland’s rugged coastline and set foot on its beautiful islands on an exciting expedition

Offering stunning scenery, wonderful wildlife and some classic malt whiskies, a cruise of Scotland's western shores makes for an unforgettable British adventure.

Setting off from Glasgow, this adventure cruise will focus on the things that Scotland's west coast and islands are most famous for - lovely lochs and majestic mountain scenery, iconic wildlife, and superbly distinctive whiskies.

You'll tour some of the country's oldest distilleries on the Isles of Arran and Mull and delve into the 'whisky isle' of Islay with its eight working distilleries that each create unique, peaty drams.

In Oban, the ancient seat of the Clan Chiefs, you'll find both a quirky distillery and some outstanding cuisine.

You'll journey to dramatically beautiful lochs with fascinating histories and explore some hidden gems that few others get to visit.

Sailing into Loch Linnhe, you'll travel to Fort William, backed by stunning Highland panoramas and dubbed the 'Outdoor Capital of Britain'. Visit nearby Glen Coe and immerse yourself in the beauty of Scotland's unequalled mountain scenery.

As spring stirs in Scotland, so does its wildlife. Throughout your expedition cruise, you'll be on the lookout for seabirds, seals and even dolphins and whales. On Islay, scan the skies for some of the 200 species of birds found here, including buzzards, hen harriers, oystercatchers, terns, cormorants, gannets and mighty golden eagles.

You'll be travelling aboard the comfortable, modern and environmentally progressive MS Spitsbergen. Joining you on board are an expert expedition team, who will lead activities both on the ship and on land and answer your questions about this beautiful region's wildlife and landscapes.

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  • Tour some of the oldest and most renowned whisky distilleries in Scotland
  • Spot seabirds, seals, dolphins and whales on your voyage
  • Stay in a cabin of your choice on board the lovely MS Spitsbergen
  • Enjoy walks surrounded by spectacular Highland scenery
  • Visit delightful seafront towns, like colourful Tobermory on the Isle of Mull
  • Enjoy education talks from the expert onboard expedition team as you sail

Also included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner in Restaurant Aune, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, tea and coffee, Wi-Fi on board, complimentary reusable water bottle, expedition team leading activities on board and ashore.

Availability

From
Sat, Sat, Apr 8, 2023
To
Fri, Fri, Apr 14, 2023
Duration
7 Days
Price per person
£1,796*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing an entry level cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement applies. Deposit required. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Hurtigruten Ltd.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Glasgow
    Glasgow, United Kingdom

    Set sail from Scotland's stylish city of culture and get to know your expedition ship and crew.

    Glasgow is an elegant city filled with splendid Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture lining its leafy streets. If you have time before joining the cruise, make sure to explore its museums, galleries, parks, and its lively spots to eat, drink and shop.

    When you're done, your comfortable expedition ship MS Spitsbergen will be waiting for you. You'll be greeted by your friendly Expedition Team and, after attending a safety briefing and settling in, you'll sit down to a welcome dinner to mark the start of the cruise.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Arran
    Arran, United Kingdom

    Today you'll see dramatic mountains and wild landscapes on the beautiful Isle of Arran.

    Warmed by the North Atlantic Drift, the sheltered isle of Arran is a haven for wildlife. As you travel around the island, see if you can spot Scotland's 'Big Five' wildlife draws: the golden eagle, red deer, red squirrel, otter and seal.

    Fancy some walking? You can try the popular Goat Fell hiking trail, or visit Brodick Castle to get a sense of the aristocratic life of yesteryear. You can also discover Neolithic treasures across Machrie Moor, and stop off to sample the distinctive malt whisky of the island's distillery.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Tobermory
    Tobermory, United Kingdom

    Today you'll have the chance to explore colourful Tobermory, the main town on the Isle of Mull. As you get close to the waterfront, you'll be greeted by the town's distinctive brightly-coloured Georgian houses.

    Explore this small town, packed with cafés, restaurants and craft stores, and take time to visit its historic whisky distillery.

    If conditions allow, you'll go to Loch Sunart, a beautiful seawater loch that few others visit. As a Marine Protected Area, the clear waters shelter a rich ecosystem and you might spot some of the playful otters who call this loch home. It's also a great place for spotting dolphins and porpoises.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Fort William
    Fort William, United Kingdom

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

    The town's whisky distillery offers its take on the national tipple, and a scenic short walk awaits at Glen Nevis. You can also visit Glen Coe, a valley formed from volcanic activity, sculpted by glaciers and designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Oban
    Oban, United Kingdom

    Your boat will take you to the 'Gateway to the Isles', the little town of Oban today. This town 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.

    You can take a 20-minute walk from town along tranquil beaches and through woodland to Dunollie Castle, the ancient seat of the Clan Chiefs.

    Fancy a wee dram? The tiny Oban Distillery is one of the smallest and one of the oldest in Scotland and you can stop off here to sample its whisky.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Islay
    Islay, United Kingdom

    Idyllic Islay is an island paradise of wildlife, whisky and woollen garments. It's nicknamed 'whisky isle' thanks to its nine working distilleries where they make distinctive, peaty single malts which are sold around the world.

    There are 130 miles of stunning coastline, and numerous quiet sandy beaches to enjoy on Islay. It's also an island of wildlife, with over 200 species of birds including golden eagles,

    oystercatchers, gannets and hen harriers. What's more, you'll discover a mythical history here, with ancient monoliths, Celtic crosses and a stone circle to be seen.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Glasgow
    Glasgow, United Kingdom

    Today you'll arrive back in Glasgow where your cruise finishes.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

MS Spitsbergen

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MS Spitsbergen, named after the crown jewel of Arctic Norway, is the perfect vessel for exploring Scotland's smaller islands

Recently refurbished MS Spitsbergen is finished to a high standard and features comfortable, modern public areas and cabins. The vessel's fresh Scandinavian design reflects a colour palette derived from the sea. She is modern and environmentally progressive, and plans are in place to reduce emissions and fuel consumption more. The new ship's maneuverability and optimal size make her quite suitable for exploring polar waters.

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Availability

From
Sat, Sat, Apr 8, 2023
To
Fri, Fri, Apr 14, 2023
Duration
7 Days
Price per person
£1,796*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing an entry level cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement applies. Deposit required. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Hurtigruten Ltd.

Call now to book 02039 937 983
Quote ref: TST WHISKY AND WILDLIFE