The Scottish Isles – Whisky and Wildlife from the Hebrides to the Shetlands (Northbound)

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Departure date
May 14, 2023
13 days

Drink in the sights as you cruise from Scotland to Norway

  • 13-day expedition cruise from Scotland to Norway, sampling unique local malts from the barrel and spotting amazing wildlife and birds along the way.

  • Sail from Glasgow to Belfast, then discover Scotland's magnificent isles – the Hebrides, Orkney and Shetlands – before ending your cruise in Bergen, Norway.

  • Visit whisky distilleries on Islay, explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and be enchanted by the wild scenery and historical treasures all around.

Island adventures

Join MS Spitsbergen on a glorious expedition cruise from Scotland to Belfast and the Isle of Man. Follow the whisky trail in Islay, which is just as intoxicating as its peaty drams. From here, you'll explore the beautiful Outer Hebrides, Viking-influenced Orkneys and remote Shetland Islands, before sailing to Bergen.

Wonderful wildlife

You'll be transfixed by the rugged natural beauty of the Treshnish Isles, Iona, Skye, Fair Isle and UNESCO-listed St Kilda. Enjoy looking out for rare bird colonies, eagles, seals, and perhaps even whales.

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

Onboard activities

Landing activities

Route overview

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

Embarking in Glasgow

Day 1

Elegant Belfast

Day 2

Enigmatic Isle of Man

Day 3

Islay's whisky and nature

Day 4

West coast exploration

Day 5

Hebridean Islands

Day 6

Isles of Skye and Canna

Day 7

Wild St Kilda

Day 8

Stornoway and Less Castle

Day 9

Highlights of Orkney

Day 10

Far-flung Fair Isle

Day 11

The Shetland Islands

Day 12

Arrival in Bergen, Norway

Day 13

Ships on this expedition

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

Included Programmes

It's a mixture of adventure activities for individuals of all ages