Scotland slowly | 11 days
Culture, heritage, spectacular geology and natural history abound in Scotland’s Western and Northern Isles among the echoes of Europe’s ancient past.
In Medieval times, the already-archaic society in the Hebrides evolved into the Lordship of the Isles, a sea-kingdom blending Gael and Viking under the powerful domination of Clan Donald. In the north, Orkney and Shetland were wed into a formidable Scandinavian earldom. Both island groups preserve some of the oldest monuments in Europe, dating back to the Stone Age.
On board Ocean Endeavour, we’ll make our way from Glasgow through the Western Isles and the Pentland Firth to Orkney and Shetland. June is an ideal month to visit Scotland in search of birds - with breeding well under way, avian enthusiasts will be rewarded with excellent opportunities. We’ll experience something of island life too, with music and laughter in community halls and local pubs. Highlights of this voyage include the largest seabird colony in the UK in the cliffs of St. Kilda, a visit to Foula in the Shetlands, a climb of Mousa Broch, an almost-perfectly intact Iron Age round tower fortification, and the chance to wander among monuments at the Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage Site before we dock in Aberdeen.
Ship: Ocean Endeavour
When: 11–21 June 2018
Guide price:£7,420 per person based on twin cabin (private facilities)
Fiona’s travel tipsBEST TIME TO GO: May and June for the best weather.
MIDGES: Unfortunately the first midges start to appear in Scotland early June and can be around right up to the end of October! However they don’t like strong sunlight, breezes or white or light clothing. Wearing protective clothing and repellents will help keep them at bay.
“Particular thanks to Fiona for her courtesy, professionalism and help with booking flights back to Edinburgh. Pre-departure information very good. Excellent handling of last-minute changes caused by change of vessel.”
“Weather – very good. Scenery – spectacular. Wildlife sightings – excellent. Boat – extremely comfortable. Expedition staff – mostly extremely good. Atmosphere – friendly and convivial on the whole. We had very good service from all at Arcturus and the result was one of the most memorable and enjoyable holidays we have ever had.”
Mr and Mrs John Nugée, Scottish Islands, North Atlantic and Spitsbergen, June 2011
“Deepest thanks for all your kindness and help before departure and to lovely staff on board.”
Alison Lambie, St Kilda, Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen (Plancius)
“Weather – very good. Scenery – spectacular. Wildlife sightings – excellent. Boat – extremely comfortable. Expedition staff - mostly extremely good. Atmosphere – friendly and convivial on the whole. The result was one of the more memorable and enjoyable holidays we have ever had.”
Mr and Mrs John Nugée, North Rona, Faroes, Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen (Plancius)