8 Night cruise departing ex Liverpool return onboard Black Watch.
Experience the very best of Scotland, with a perfect mix of remote islands, beautiful waterways and the attraction-packed historic capital. This enriching exploration presents untouched landscapes, captivating wildlife and ancient historical sites, and an unmissable opportunity to attend two iconic, internationally renowned events.
While a melting pot of extraordinary experiences awaits throughout your holiday, the chance to revel in the excitement of the Scottish capital’s most famous annual events is sure to stand out. Docking overnight in nearby Rosyth, you’ll be perfectly placed to head to Edinburgh at a time when the city comes alive with the International Festival’s performances of live theatre, music, opera and dance. Your specially timed call also coincides with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This quintessentially British occasion, which takes place on the esplanade of the city’s iconic castle, is watched annual by millions of viewers around the globe, though you have the chance to experience all the pomp, splendour and incredible performances from talented military bands live and in person. Show less
Aside from your very special visit to the capital, the time you spend ashore at three breathtaking islands will be simply unforgettable too. During a call at Kirkwall, capital of the Orkneys, you could tour to the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, home to remarkable Neolithic structures that pre-date Egypt’s pyramids; visit the ancient ceremonial stones of Stenness and Brodgar; or savour the sight of mighty St Magnus cathedral. In the Shetlands, Lerwick is your gateway to Northmavine, boasting incredible coastal scenery and unspoilt sea vistas; and RSPB Sumburgh Head, where fulmars, puffins and various other bird species perch on spectacular sea cliffs. The Isle of Skye is also yours to explore from Portree. Unearth natural wonders, from Kilt Rock to the ‘Old Man of Storr’; or perhaps visit the historic Dunvegan and Eilean Donan castles, set amongst the island’s rugged landscapes. In addition to your land-based adventures, hours of scenic cruising by masterpieces of nature, including the astonishing Fingal’s Cave and Old Man of Hoy sea stacks; colourful Tobermory Bay; and the 13th century Duart Castle will provide fantastic photo opportunities.
Highlights of this cruise:
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Liverpool is one of Britain's most iconic and interesting cities, and famously home to the Cavern Club and The Beatles.
Liverpool - a former European Capital of Culture - is globally-renowned for its music, arts, culture and diverse architecture, and attracts visitors from around the globe.
A busy port city, Liverpool is also known for its historic waterfront district and Albert Dock, where some of the city's best known galleries and museums can be found. The Tate Gallery, International Slavery Museum and 'The Beatles Story' exhibition are easily found on foot, and sit alongside the largest collection of Grade One listed buildings in the UK, including the iconic Liver Building and a number of structures associated with the ill-fated RMS Titanic.
Rosyth (Edinburgh), United Kingdom
Edinburgh, Scotland's historic capital, is one of the U.K.'s finest cities. Combining beautiful architecture, engrossing cultures and an extensive heritage, this Scottish delight is a must-visit destination.
From the UNESCO-listed Old Town & New Town districts within the city centre to the lush parks and rolling hills on the outskirts, Edinburgh is a city that begs to be explored, offering something for everyone.
To see some of Scotland's most famous and beautiful sights, be sure to explore the historic Old Town quarter which is home to the city's magnificent castle, the famous Holyrood Royal residence, the parliament building and St Giles' Cathedral. Or if you prefer to indulge in a little retail therapy, you can wander the high-end stores and independent boutiques that line Princes Street, George Street and other areas in the New Town.
Edinburgh is also renowned for its annual celebrations and events, including the world-famous Military Tattoo and New Years Hogmanay.
Cruising by Marwick Head, Scotland
The imposing red sandstone cliffs of Marwick Head, on the rugged northwest coast of the Orkneys’ main island, are – according to the RSPB – a ‘seabird city’, home to one of the largest cliff-nesting seabird colonies in Scotland.
Up to 25,000 birds perch along the flower-carpeted cliff edges here in the summer months, and as you sail slowly by it’s possible you’ll see various species through your binoculars, including Puffins, Fulmars, Guillemots, Razorbills and Kittiwakes to name just a few. You might be even be lucky enough to spot Arctic Skuas and Red-throated Divers.
Look out for the Kitchener Memorial too. This lonely crenelated tower stands atop the cliffs of Marwick Head, and was built in dedication of Lord Kitchener, who was killed when H.M.S. Hampshire sunk off the coast here in June 1916.
Portree Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
Portree is the Isle of Skye's largest and liveliest town. Set within a pretty natural harbour with brightly-coloured houses and surrounded by rocky cliffs and rolling hills, Portree is a truly beautiful place to explore.
Its name (from the Gaelic for King's Harbour) commemorates James V, who arrived here in 1540 to pacify the local clans. The town is a popular tourist destination, thanks to its stunning coastline and interesting attractions that include the Aros Centre and the An Tuireann Arts Centre, which celebrate the island's Gaelic heritage.
Portree also serves as a gateway to other attractions on the island, such as the intriguing rock formations at Trotternish Ridge, north of the town, the ruins of Tusdale, and the peninsula unflatteringly known as ‘The Lump’, which once provided a setting for public hangings.
Cruising Tobermory Bay, United Kingdom
Situated in the north east corner of the picturesque Isle of Mull, Tobermory Bay is a beautiful stretch of water sheltered by steep cliffs and tall hills. From the ship you'll enjoy views of Tobermory harbour's famous colourful watefront, which you may recognise from the popular children's television series Balamory.
Cruising past Duart Castle, United Kingdom
Duart Castle dates back to the 13th century and is one of the most historic, important and prettiest castles in the Highlands. Set amongst a back drop of beautiful valleys, the castle looks impressive from any angle, especially from the water - a sight you'll get to see during your scenic cruise here.
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