British Isles Cruise – Scottish Whisky Trail & Irish Sea Expedition

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Departure date
March 23, 2023
11 days

Discover the highlights of the northern British Isles, from beautiful Scottish landscapes and historic Irish cities, to ancient castles and exceptional whiskies

Discover the highlights of the northern British Isles, from peaceful Scottish lochs and ancient castles to heritage whisky distilleries and culture-soaked Irish cities.

History and heritage  

You’ll uncover a goldmine of cultural heritage, from medieval castles and ancient monoliths to celebrated feats of modern engineering. Feel the pull of history from the moment you set foot in Glasgow where splendid Victorian architecture blends seamlessly with contemporary design. Witness the awesome Giant’s Causeway in Ulster, uncover Celtic and Viking history on the Isle of Man, and see Northern Ireland’s shipbuilding heritage in Belfast. 

Irish cheers and Scottish whisky 

Sample those timeless institutions that are the bedrock of British Isles society - pubs. Find out the “craic” – friendly talk and fun times – in Dublin’s cosy establishments of good cheer while sipping a pint of Guinness, and visit some of Scotland’s oldest whisky distilleries on the Isles of Arran, Mull and Islay. Naturally, you may want to sample some of those famed distilled malts as you hop from port to port.  

Wildlife and stunning scenery 

We’ll take you to scenic lochs with fascinating history attached to them, and explore hidden gems few others visit. Sailing into Loch Linnhe, we’ll visit Fort William, a town surrounded by Highland scenery and a hub for outdoor adventures. Throughout the cruise, scan the seas for mammals, and keep an eye out for some of the over 200 species of birds in Islay alone, before finishing off back in Glasgow again.

PLEASE NOTE: In keeping with our adventurous spirit, we visit small remote ports on our expeditions. Due to sea conditions and secluded locations we visit, it's not always possible to dock in port. Sometimes we have to use our small expedition Rib boats to get ashore.

What's Included

Expedition Cruise  

Onboard Activities 

Landing Activities 

Route overview

We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

Setting sail from Glasgow

Day 1

See the Giant’s Causeway

Day 2

Charming capital with historic industrial links

Day 3

Viking history on a Celtic isle

Day 4

Emerald Isle capital

Day 5

A microcosm of Scotland

Day 6

Colourful fishing port

Day 7

Scottish Highlands adventure town

Day 8

Gateway to the Isles

Day 9

Scottish island life, distilled

Day 10

Return to Glasgow

Day 11

Ships on this expedition

Take a closer look at our ships typically used on this expedition