This escape to Scotland is proof you don’t have to travel far, or for very long, to experience the rugged beauty and unspoilt peace of remote islands and waterways. Just a short time after departure, you’re in for five days of Scottish discovery, with scenic cruising on board Borealis an undoubted highlight. You’ll sail by the intriguing Dutchman’s Cap volcanic rock formations; watch as Atlantic waves crash against the basalt columns of Fingal’s Cave; and view the wild landscapes and historic sites of the Small Isles and Sound of Mull.
When you get to take your discovery ashore, there are chances to seek-out the sights and highlights of the Shetlands, the Isles of Skye and Bute, and the Highlands too. Perhaps you’ll opt to explore ancient settlements of Jarlshof and Clickimin Broch, or see the famous ponies, on tour from Lerwick in the Shetlands and, on Bute, go in search of Rothesay’s unique ruins, including Rothesay Castle. From Invergordon, Highland landscapes and landmarks – such as Cawdor Castle – await you, while colourful Portree and its craggy coastline is yours to explore on Skye. What’s more, there’s also a visit to Northern Ireland, with time in Belfast to take in the attractions of the capital city.
Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet
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