Irish Sea Expedition

Cruising Northern British Isles

Price from
£4,118

Departure date
Duration
13 days

Discover the natural wonders and culture of the northern British Isles

  • 12-day expedition cruise of the British Isles, starting in Scotland and sailing to Northern Ireland, the independent Isle of Man, Wales and Ireland.

  • Discover natural wonders around the Irish Sea from the Giant’s Causeway to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of the Isle of Man.

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

  • Visit bustling Glasgow, elegant Belfast, lively Dublin and the UK's smallest city of St Davids.

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. 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 the secluded locations we visit, it's not always possible to dock in port. Sometimes we have to use our small expedition zodiacs to get ashore.

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 12-day expedition cruise.

Expedition Cruise

  • A 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 organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

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 
  • Citizen Science programme where you can assist with live scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and running track 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats 
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you 

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet your entry and boarding requirements  
  • No gratuities expected 

What's not included

  • International flights 

  • Travel insurance 

  • Luggage handling 

  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 

  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 

  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Route overview

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

Embark in Glasgow

Day 1

Portrush’s big draw

Day 2

Elegant Belfast

Day 3

Enigmatic Isle of Man

Day 4

The ‘Land’s End’ of Wales

Day 5

Emerald Isle Capital

Day 6

Explore Glasgow

Day 7

Scotland in miniature

Day 8

Colourful Tobermory

Day 9

Britain's outdoor adventure hub

Day 10

Idyllic Oban

Day 11

Islay's nature and whiskey

Day 12

Return to Glasgow

Day 13

Ships on this expedition

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