Coastal Scotland Expedition Cruise – Whiskies and Wildlife

Departure date
7 days

Cruise Overview

Discover the Scottish Whisky Trail & Irish Sea

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

Scotland’s liquid gold 

Setting out from Glasgow, your adventure focuses on the aspects of Scotland’s west coast and islands are famous for: picturesque lochs and mountains, iconic wildlife, and superbly distinctive whiskeys. Tour some of the country’s oldest distilleries on the Isles of Arran and Mull, and delve into the ‘whiskey isle’ of Islay with its eight working distilleries that each create unique, peaty drams. In Oban, the ancient seat of the Clan Chiefs, you’ll find both a quirky distillery and some outstanding cuisine.  

Lovely lochs and majestic mountain scenery 

You’ll journey to dramatically beautiful lochs with fascinating histories attached to them, as well as some hidden gems few others get to visit. Sailing into Loch Linnhe, we’ll travel to Fort William, backed by stunning Highland panoramas and dubbed the ‘Outdoor Capital of Britain’. Visit nearby Glen Coe and immerse yourself in the beauty of Scotland’s unequalled mountain scenery. 

Wildlife awakening to spring 

As spring stirs, so does the wildlife. Throughout your expedition cruise, you’ll be looking out for seabirds, seals and even dolphins and whales. On Islay, scan the skies for some of the 200 species of birds found here, including buzzards, Hen Harriers, oystercatchers, terns, cormorants, gannets and mighty Golden Eagles.


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

Glasgow, Alongside, Full day

Day 1

A microcosm of Scotland

Day 2

Colorful fishing port

Day 3

Scottish Highlands adventure town

Day 4

Gateway to the Isles

Day 5

Scottish island life, distilled

Day 6

Return to Glasgow

Day 7

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 6-day expedition cruise.

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in the cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organizes and guides activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard activities

  • Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • The Citizen Science program, which allows guests to contribute to current scientific research projects
  • The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna with a view, and an indoor gym
  • Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations

Landing activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help you configure your camera settings

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

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