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

Departure date

Drink in the sights as you cruise from Norway to Scotland

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

  • Sail from Bergen and experience Scotland's magnificent isles – the Hebrides, Orkney and Shetlands – before visiting the Isle of Man, Belfast and Glasgow.

  • Visit whisky distilleries on Islay, explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and discover wild, dramatic scenery and idyllic island ports and villages.

Discover the Scottish Isles

Join MS Spitsbergen on a glorious expedition cruise from Bergen, Norway to the remote Shetland Islands and Orkneys. Explore the beautiful Outer Hebrides, join the whisky trail in Islay and cruise to charming Oban. Then, you'll visit scenic Isle of Man and historic Belfast, before arriving in Glasgow.

Wonderful wildlife

Explore the rugged natural beauty of the Treshnish Isles, Iona, Skye, Fair Isle and UNESCO-listed St Kilda, enjoying the sight of rare bird colonies, eagles, seals, and perhaps even whales.

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

Day 1

Set sail from Bergen

Day 2

The Shetland Islands

Day 3

Far-flung Fair Isle

Day 4

Highlights of Orkney

Day 5

Home of Harris Tweed

Day 6

Wild St Kilda

Day 7

Isles of Canna and Skye

Day 8

Hebridean Islands

Day 9

West coast exploration

Day 10

Islay's whisky and nature

Day 11

Enigmatic Isle of Man

Day 12

Elegant Belfast

Day 13

Return to Glasgow

Ships on this expedition

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

Included Activities

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

Photo Credit: Espen Mills

Onboard Science Programme

Our Science Programme has one goal: to increase your curiosity, knowledge and interest of the areas you are sailing to.

British Isles

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