Coastal Scotland Expedition Cruise – Whiskies and Wildlife

Coastal Scotland Expedition Cruise – Whiskies and Wildlife

Coastal Scotland Expedition Cruise – Whiskies and Wildlife

Coastal Scotland Expedition Cruise – Whiskies and Wildlife

Travel information 7 days MS Spitsbergen
Departure
April 8, 2023
Price from $ 4,100
$ 3,690
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Explore Scotland’s rugged coastline and visit its beautiful islands on an expedition cruise offering stunning scenery, wonderful wildlife, and classic malt whiskies.

Scotland’s liquid gold

Setting out from Glasgow, your adventure focuses on what Scotland’s west coast and islands are famous for: picturesque lochs and mountains, iconic wildlife, and distinctive whiskies. Tour some of the country’s oldest distilleries on the Isles of Arran and Mull, then delve into the ‘whisky isle’ of Islay. This island is home to eight working distilleries that each create unique, peaty drams. In Oban, the ancient seat of the Clan Chiefs, you’ll find both a interesting distillery and outstanding cuisine.

Lovely lochs and majestic mountain scenery

You’ll journey to dramatically beautiful lochs with fascinating histories attached to them, as well as some hidden gems few others get to visit. Sailing into Loch Linnhe, we’ll travel to Fort William, backed by stunning Highland panoramas and known as the ‘outdoor capital of the U.K.’. Visit nearby Glen Coe and immerse yourself in the beauty of Scotland’s unequalled mountain scenery.

Wildlife awakening to spring

As spring stirs, so does the wildlife. Throughout your expedition cruise, you’ll be on the lookout for seabirds, seals, and even dolphins and whales. On the Isle of Islay, scan the skies for some of the 200 species of bird found here, including buzzards, Hen Harriers, oystercatchers, terns, cormorants, gannets, and mighty Golden Eagles.

Coastal Scotland Expedition Cruise – Whiskies and Wildlife Coastal Scotland Expedition Cruise – Whiskies and Wildlife
  • Day 1
    Glasgow, Scotland

    Glasgow, alongside, full day

    Setting of from Scotland’s stylish city of culture, get to know your expedition ship and crew.

    Glasgow is an elegant city filled with splendid Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture. If you have time before embarkation, discover its museums, galleries, and lively spots to eat, drink, and shop.

    Then, your comfortable expedition ship MS Spitsbergen will be waiting for you. Our friendly Expedition Team will be on hand to greet you. After attending a safety briefing and settling in, sit down for a welcome dinner to launch the cruise.

    Pre-Program
    Want to further explore Glasgow and Edinburgh? We recommend extending your stay by booking our optional Pre-Program, which includes an overnight stay in Edinburgh. You’ll see the main sights of Glasgow and beautiful Edinburgh Castle.

    Day 1
    Glasgow, Scotland

    Glasgow, alongside, full day

  • Day 2
    Microcosm of Scotland

    Microcosm of Scotland

    See dramatic mountains and wild landscapes on beautiful Arran.

    Warmed by the North Atlantic Current, the sheltered Isle of Arran is a haven for wildlife. As you travel around the island, keep an eye out for Scotland’s ‘big five’ wildlife draws: Golden Eagles, red deer, red squirrels, otter, and seals.

    Feel like stretching your legs? Take the popular Goatfell hiking trail and visit Brodick Castle to get a sense of the aristocratic life of yesteryear. Discover Neolithic treasures across Machrie Moor and sample distinctive malt whisky in the local distillery.

    • Included Brodick Castle with Shuttle
    Day 2
    Microcosm of Scotland

    Microcosm of Scotland

  • Day 3
    Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland

    Colorful fishing port

    Explore colorful Tobermory and discover its quiet delights.

    Tobermory is the main town on the Isle of Mull. As you get close to the waterfront, you'll be greeted by a row of distinctive brightly-colored Georgian houses. Explore this small town, packed with cafés, restaurants, and handicraft stores. It even has its own whisky distillery.

    If conditions allow, we’ll go to Loch Sunart, a beautiful seawater loch that few others visit. As a Scottish government Marine Protected Area (MPA), the clear waters here shelter a rich ecosystem and are a stronghold for otters. This is also a great place for spotting dolphins and porpoises.

    • Included Visit to Tobermory and Loch Sunart Landing and Small Boat Cruising
    Day 3
    Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland

    Colorful fishing port

  • Day 4
    Fort William, Scotland

    Scottish Highlands adventure town

    Visit Scotland’s outdoor adventure hub and take in the surrounding beauty.

    After sailing into Loch Linnhe, we’ll arrive at Fort William. The town is known as the ‘outdoor capital of the U.K.’ and is a magnet for hikers, bikers, climbers, and skiers. As you’ll see, it’s nestled among some spectacular Highland scenery.

    The town’s whisky distillery offers its take on the national drink, and a scenic short walk awaits you at Glen Nevis. You can also visit Glen Coe, a valley formed from volcanic activity, sculpted by glaciers, and designated an area of outstanding natural beauty and a National Scenic Area of Scotland.

    • Included High in the Nevis Range
    Day 4
    Fort William, Scotland

    Scottish Highlands adventure town

  • Day 5
    Oban, Scotland

    Gateway to the Isles

    Set foot on Scotland’s west coast in the small and charming town of Oban.

    The ‘Gateway to the Isles’, Oban reached its heyday when the railway arrived, adding to its life as a busy fishing port. Victorian buildings cluster round the port, while ferries come and go, heading out to the distant Hebrides.

    A 20-minute walk from town passes beaches and through woodland to reach Dunollie Castle, ancient seat of the Clan Chiefs. Fancy a wee dram? Tiny Oban Distillery is one of the smallest—and one of the oldest!—in Scotland.

    • Included Oban Walking Tour
    Day 5
    Oban, Scotland

    Gateway to the Isles

  • Day 6
    Islay, Scotland

    Scottish island life, distilled

    Idyllic Islay is an island paradise of wildlife, whisky, and wool garments

    Islay (pronounced “eye-la”) isn’t called the ‘whisky island’ by coincidence. There are nine working distilleries here, and their peaty single malts are sold around the world. One of the larger islands, there are 130 miles of coastline here, along with numerous quiet, sandy beaches.

    Islay is also a wildlife paradise with over 200 species of birds. These include Golden Eagles, oystercatchers, gannets, and Hen Harriers. What’s more, the mystical past is present in ancient monoliths, Celtic crosses, and a stone circle.

    • Included Islay Coastal Walk 
    Day 6
    Islay, Scotland

    Scottish island life, distilled

  • Day 7
    Glasgow, Scotland

    Return to Glasgow

    Finish off where you started … But why not stay a bit longer?

    Our island-hopping expedition ends where we started: in Glasgow. Even though you’ve enjoyed wonderful experiences on your expedition, why not linger on a while? Catch some of the things you missed before you set sail.

    Post-Program
    If you want to fully explore Glasgow and Edinburgh, we recommend extending your stay by booking our optional Post-Program. An overnight in Edinburgh will allow you to see the main sights of Glasgow, as well as the majestic Edinburgh Castle.

    Day 7
    Glasgow, Scotland

    Return to Glasgow

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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in the cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organizes and guides activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard activities

  • Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • The Citizen Science program, which allows guests to contribute to current scientific research projects
  • The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna with a view, and an indoor gym
  • Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations

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 help you configure your camera settings

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Baggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

Notes

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

MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 180
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54 m
Beam 18 m
Speed 14.5 knots
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