Wild Scotland

Wild Scotland information and booking

from
$6150
  • Duration
    11 days
    Days
  • Group size
    1-50
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Discovery & Cruising
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 11 day voyage
  • 10 nights on board Polar Pioneer
Equipment Required
Specialist gear required include walking boots and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Skara Brae, a 5000 year old Neolithic village
  • World Heritage Site with the world's largest colony of Guillemots
  • Explore the preserved broch of Lerwick

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

This voyage offers wonderful opportunities to discover the archaeological wonders of the remote Scottish Isles. We cruise towards the Outer Hebrides, visit tiny islands shaped over time by the ferocious Atlantic storms such as the spectacular Isle of Skye, which boasts sea lochs of unsurpassable beauty, home to Europe's largest sea bird and breeding seal colonies, as well as fantastic rock stacks and secluded beaches. Closer to Norway than to Scotland, the Shetland archipelago offers a gamut of relics from the Viking occupation including Mousa, home to the world's best preserved broch; Lerwick, Shetlands ancient capital. In the Orkney Islands we have the opportunity to cruise to Skara Brae, a 5000 year old Neolithic village and see amazing sea stack known as the Old Man of Hoy. If conditions permit we will land on Hirta in remote St Kilda, a World Heritage Site with the world's largest colony of Guillemots. We will sail to the Scottish city of Aberdeen where our trip conculdes

What's included

  • 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners
  • Specialist expedition staff
  • Comfortable cabin accommodation on cruise
  • All activities while on cruise including zodiac excursions, lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services
  • Use of all ship facilities and public areas
  • Medical services (there is a resident medical officer and infirmary on board)
  • Port taxes, port charges, entry and landing fees
  • Keepsake photo book (one per booking) created from photography taken during your voyage
  • Complimentary polar expedition jacket

Itinerary

Day 1 Embark Oban
Our Russian crew welcomes us aboard Polar Pioneer in Oban, before we set sail along Scotland's northwest coast.
Day 2 to 3 Western Isles and Highlands
We set sail, north along the west coast off Scotland, where we may visit wildlife-rich Isle of Rum, a nature reserve that's home to red deer, white-tailed sea eagles, golden eagles, and Manx shearwaters, walk along the powdered quartz beach known as the Singing Sands and look for otters, seals and guillemots. We may also have the chance to visit Iona, the birthplace of Christianity in Britain or marvel at Fingal's Cave, where the sound of waves crashing against towering basalt pillars inspired Mendelssohnn's Hebridean Overture. Entering the Scottish Isles, we'll land at Loch Scavaig, we reach the Cullin Hills - the spiritual heart of Skye. To the east are the more rounded Red Cullins, but we take a short walk west to Loch Coruisk for dramatic views of the jagged peaked Black Cullins.
Day 4 to 6 Northwest Islands/St Kilda
We hope to land at St Kilda, a World Heritage Site, where derelict crofts bear testament to the fortitude of hardy islanders who once dried seabirds for winter food. On Lewis, we may visit Carloway Broch, and stroll among a mini Stonehenge at Callanish. Island hopping northeast, we aim to visit tiny specks of land that bear the brunt of ferocious Atlantic storms and rarely see visitors. Home to breeding seals and some of Europe's largest seabird colonies, Sula Sgeir, North Rona and Flannan boast spectacular cliffs, fantastic rock stacks, hidden beaches and luxuriant heaths where sheep once grazed.
Day 7 to 8 Shetland Islands
Britain’s most northerly islands lie almost 100 miles north of the Scottish mainland, at a similar latitude to the southern tip of Greenland, or Bergen in Norway. Kept relatively warm by the Gulf Stream, Shetland’s 100 islands experience almost 24 hours of daylight in summer. They abound with nature reserves and archaeological sites, and offer a taste of traditional island life.
Day 9 to 10 Orkney Islands
Among Orkney’s archipelago of 70 windswept islands, lying 6 miles north of the Scottish mainland, a rich tapestry of archaeology, history and wildlife awaits. Mid way between Orkney and Shetland, Fair Isle houses a major European ornithological research station, and is also famous for knitwear and historic shipwrecks. About 3 miles by 2 miles, it is surrounded by impressive cliffs. The 70 or so islanders mostly live in traditional crofts on the more fertile low-lying southern part of the island.
Day 11 Disembark Aberdeen, Northeast Scotland
Arrive Aberdeen early morning and bid farewell to Polar Pioneer staff and crew.