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.

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

Embarking in Glasgow

Day 2

Elegant Belfast

Day 3

Enigmatic Isle of Man

Day 4

Islay's whisky and nature

Day 5

West coast exploration

Day 6

Hebridean Islands

Day 7

Isles of Skye and Canna

Day 8

Wild St Kilda

Day 9

Stornoway and Less Castle

Day 10

Highlights of Orkney

Day 11

Far-flung Fair Isle

Day 12

The Shetland Islands

Day 13

Arrival in Bergen, Norway

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.

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