British Isles – Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and a Diverse Coastline

British Isles – Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and a Diverse Coastline

British Isles – Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and a Diverse Coastline

British Isles – Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and a Diverse Coastline

Travel information 13 MS Maud
May 20, 2024
Price from
$ 5,311
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Nature and heritage around the British Isles

Picturesque towns full of history

Experience the beauty and variety of the British Isles on an expedition cruise. Explore quaint villages, charming towns, and impressive historical landmarks. Discover the Viking and Gaelic heritage of Waterford and Stornoway, and sample single-malt whisky on Islay.

Nature and wild islands

You’ll encounter the wild landscapes of the Hebrides, the tropical-looking Isles of Scilly and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on the Isle of Man. You can also enjoy scenic walks along the Pembrokeshire and Devon coasts.

PLEASE NOTE: In keeping with our adventurous spirit, we visit small, remote ports on our expeditions. Due to sea conditions and the secluded nature of the locations we visit, it’s not always possible to dock in port. Sometimes we have to use our small boats (RIBs) to go ashore.

British Isles – Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and a Diverse Coastline British Isles – Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and a Diverse Coastline
  • Day 1

    Depart from Dover

    Set sail on your island-hopping adventure.

    Your expedition cruise starts in Dover. If you have time before boarding MS Maud, take a walk along the famous White Cliffs at St. Margaret’s Bay for incredible views of the coastline and the sparkling English Channel below.

    Once you’ve picked up your expedition jacket and settled into your cabin, you’ll have a chance to meet your Expedition Team, who will be your friendly hosts and knowledgeable guides. Then you can enjoy your first dinner aboard the ship. Your adventure has begun!

    Day 1

    Depart from Dover

  • Day 2
    At sea

    Relax at sea

    Get to know your basecamp at sea

    Enjoy an idyllic day at sea. Admire views from MS Maud’s Observation Deck, visit the Science Center for insight into the island destinations ahead, or take advantage of the gym and hot tubs.

    Photography enthusiasts can pick up some pointers from our onboard photographer on how to capture wildlife and landscapes. You’ll find the comfort of the Explorer Lounge a great place to read or watch the world glide by.

    You can also enjoy a talk by the Expedition Team, experienced explorers who will share their extensive knowledge of the places ahead with you.

    Day 2
    At sea

    Relax at sea

  • Day 3

    Waterford’s Viking Triangle

    Uncover Viking history in Ireland’s oldest city.

    Welcome back to Ireland, the Emerald Isle. Set foot in Ireland’s oldest city, founded by the Vikings in the 10th century by a fjord on the River Suir. Waterford is a well-preserved and walkable small city, famed for its beautiful crystal glass production. Intricate and bold street art splashes color on walls and houses in this city of culture, so don’t forget your camera.

    Walk the Viking Triangle, named for the three-sided shape made by the thousand-year-old walls that once surrounded the city. You can also explore the charming Waterford Greenway and historic Kilkenny Castle, a relic of medieval Ireland.

    Day 3

    Waterford’s Viking Triangle

  • Day 4

    Enigmatic Isle of Man

    Explore Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man.

    The scenic approach to Douglas is not to be missed! We head ashore to explore the capital of the Isle of Man. Learn about the island’s Celtic and Viking heritage, trace its development as a Victorian tourist resort, and see its rugged coastline.

    There’s so much to see and do in Douglas. Visit the Manx Museum, check out the murals in St. Thomas’ Church, and discover the impressively spooky Peel Castle, which was originally a Viking stronghold and is now said to be haunted.

    Day 4

    Enigmatic Isle of Man

  • Day 5

    Islay’s whisky and nature

    Fire up your spirit of discovery on ‘Whisky Island.’

    Islay is the proud home of world-famous peaty single malts, but that’s far from the only reason to visit. Discover fascinating ancient monoliths and the enigmatic settlement of Finlaggan as you explore the island. 

    Islay is a wildlife paradise, with over 200 species of birds. These include oystercatchers, gannets, and golden eagles. From its sandy beaches, you can sometimes spot dolphins and basking sharks.

    Port Ellen is the gateway to three of the island’s nine distilleries. Of course, no trip to Islay is complete without a ‘wee dram’ from a famous and historic whisky producer, including Laphroaig or Ardbeg.

    Day 5

    Islay’s whisky and nature

  • Day 6

    Stalwart Stornoway

    Experience Gaelic culture in the Hebrides.

    Our expedition cruise arrives at Stornoway, the capital of the Isle of Lewis and Harris. As you explore the area around the harbor, keep an eye out for seals, eagles, and otters. Enjoy a visit to the Gothic-style Lews Castle, featuring spacious grounds full of trails and fantastic views.

    Further afield, take in the 5,000-year-old Callanish standing stones and Dun Carloway, the best-preserved Iron Age broch in Scotland. Enjoy coastal walks along the stunning Dalmore, Dalbeg, or Garry beaches, and maybe pick up a souvenir made of Harris Tweed, which is woven here.

    Day 6

    Stalwart Stornoway

  • Day 7

    Highlights of Orkney

    Learn about Kirkwall’s Norse heritage.

    Today, we sail to the Orkney Islands’ largest town, Kirkwall. Explore this vibrant and compact Viking-influenced capital on foot.

    Visit the regal St. Magnus Cathedral, made from distinctive local red sandstone, and the adjacent Earl’s Palace to see the stone ruins of this once-grand Renaissance building. The Neolithic settlement of Scara Brae is also only a bus ride away.

    Whisky aficionados will enjoy Kirkwall’s Highland Park and Scapa distilleries for their distinctive single malts. If you feel like something different, Orkney Distillery produces Kirkjuvagr gin from Orcadian botanicals.

    Day 7

    Highlights of Orkney

  • Day 8

    Captain’s Choice – Castlebay

    Island gems in the Outer Hebrides

    One of the most exciting things about expedition cruising is knowing that anything can happen on any given day. That’s why we’ve carved out one day to take full advantage of exploring the region.

    Today, the Captain and the Expedition Team will decide whether we explore Barra or Vatersay, the two southernmost inhabited islands of the Outer Hebrides, linked to each other by a causeway.

    Search for birds and sea life in our small boats (RIBs) or attempt to land in the innumerable coves and beaches that dot the islands close to Castlebay.

    Day 8

    Captain’s Choice – Castlebay

  • Day 9

    Elegant Belfast

    Discover Northern Ireland’s capital.

    We sail into Belfast, a city with a proud seafaring history and the birthplace of the Titanic. History buffs will enjoy Ulster Museum and Belfast Castle, while nature lovers can visit the Botanic Gardens.

    Stroll the cobbled streets of the chic Cathedral Quarter, with its elegant Victorian architecture, and pop inside St. Anne’s Cathedral to see its beautiful mosaics. In Donegall Square, you’ll find the historical landmarks of City Hall and the Grand Opera House, with its beautiful façade.

    Belfast also allows access to the iconic Giant’s Causeway and the rugged northern coastline. Explore the towering cliffs and distinctive hexagonal columns of this natural wonder.

    Day 9

    Elegant Belfast

  • Day 10

    The ‘Land’s End’ of Wales

    Explore scenic coastlines and the UK’s smallest city.

    Nestled between the Preseli Hills and the Pembrokeshire coast is the charming coastal town of Fishguard. You’ll find the original town and harbor in Lower Fishguard and enjoy spectacular sea views from the ‘Main Town’ above.

    A short drive away is the UK’s smallest city, St. David’s. More a village than a city, it owes its city status to its 12th-century cathedral. You can explore this conservation area as part of an included excursion.

    The dramatic headland nearby is the westernmost point in Wales. Enjoy spectacular views along the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastal path.

    • Included Shuttle to St. David’s
    Day 10

    The ‘Land’s End’ of Wales

  • Day 11
    Isles of Scilly

    The Isles of Scilly

    Enjoy crystal clear waters, sandy beaches, and natural beauty

    Just 30 miles off the tip of Cornwall are the Isles of Scilly. This enchanting archipelago is home to small, exquisite islands. Weather permitting, we’ll spend time here. Explore Tresco’s white-sand beaches and the renowned 19th-century Abbey Gardens, or see St. Mary’s, the largest of the Isles of Scilly.

    You could also join a trip around the archipelago, visiting shipwreck sites and spotting seals loafing on the rocks. Then sail around the bird sanctuary of Annet to spot puffins and a range of other breeding seabirds.

    • Included Beach clean-up and Tresco Abbey Gardens
    Day 11
    Isles of Scilly

    The Isles of Scilly

  • Day 12

    The delights of Devon

    Prepare for historical attractions and idyllic beaches.

    The picturesque banks of the River Dart mark our arrival into beautiful Dartmouth. Steeped in maritime history and culture, this charming town is home to the Royal Britannia Naval College and Dartmouth Castle.

    Tread the coastal paths and trails that extend along this stretch of coastline, exploring secluded coves and remote beaches. Food lovers may wish to try Dartmouth’s seafood, while those with a sweet tooth can indulge in the local fudge or the famous Devonshire cream tea.

    Day 12

    The delights of Devon

  • Day 13

    Return to Dover

    End your British Isles adventure where you began

    The White Cliffs of Dover signal the end of this exploration of the British Isles. As we sail into Dover with the iconic cliffs coming into view, we’ll dock at the harbor and say a fond farewell to MS Maud and all those who made your expedition cruise so memorable.

    Day 13

    Return to Dover



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What’s included

Expedition Cruise

  • Stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, including beverages* in Restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte Restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Please note that Wi-Fi and phone reception are very limited in the remote areas where we travel and streaming is not supported.

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water

Onboard activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
  • Full use of our Science Center, extensive library, and advanced biological and geological equipment
  • The Citizen Science Program allows guests to contribute to ongoing scientific research projects
  • Our onboard professional photographer will give photography tips and teach techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife photos.
  • Use of ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, and indoor gym
  • Join informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings.

Landing activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers will be on hand to assist you.


  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all entry and boarding requirements.
  • No gratuities are expected

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Baggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
MS Maud
Interior in restaurant Lindstrøm
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Your Ship

MS Maud

Year built 2003
Shipyard Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)
Passenger capacity 570 (500 in Antarctica)
Beds 500
Gross tonnage 16,151 T
Length 445 ft
Beam 70.5 ft
Speed 15 knots

Formerly the MS Midnatsol, the MS Maud is well-suited for expedition cruising.

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Science center - MS Maud
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