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Scenic Landscapes & Wildlife of the British Isles

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Old Man of Storr rock formation on Isle of Skye, Scotland Old Man of Storr rock formation on Isle of Skye, Scotland
22 Jul 2024
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9 nights
Borealis

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Our team has hand-crafted this cruise to showcase Scotland’s picturesque island landscapes. As well as calling into Orkney, Lewis and Skye, Borealis will take you past geological wonders such as Fingal’s Cave on Staffa and Dutchman’s Cap on Bac Mòr. In Portree, you’ll be well-placed to explore the iconic Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock’s dramatic cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Immerse yourself in local culture with ceilidh dancing, storytelling, and whisky making, and look out for fascinating wildlife, including puffins and whales, with conservationists from wildlife charity ORCA on board to help you identify different species. You can also delve into wartime history with a tour of Orkney’s Scapa Flow and Skye’s impressive castles.

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Highlights

Fingal's Cave, Scotland

The scenic islands of Scotland

As Borealis approaches Fingal's Cave, you will be able to see its recognisable and symmetrical basalt columns soaring high out of the ocean. Legend says that this is the connecting stretch of road to the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland and the cave was built by the giant Finn McCool to shelter from his archnemisis, Benandonner. Borealis will divert away from the usual cruising route to pass the rugged Small Isles of Rum, Eigg,  Muck and Canna, and Bac Mor, which is also referred to as Dutchman's Cap because of its unusual shape. There will also be chances for you to enjoy scenic cruising past the Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock, in Skye. 

Bar man pouring whiskey into glass

Scottish Traditions of the Isles

This cruise aboard Borealis offers you the opportunity to fully experience island living and their Gaelic customs as you sail around the Scottish Isles. You can take part in Ceilidh dancing in Kirkwall, listen to stories of local folklore, or sample some locally-produced Orkney fudge and cheese, as well as whisky from the distilleries in Scapa and Highland Park. You can also experience Ceilidh dancing and folkloric tales in Stornoway, as well as sing Gaelic songs and learn about the preservation of this anceint language in the Western Isles. There will also be the chance to join us on a tour to learn the process of spinning Harris Tweed and make a piece of your own.

Dolphin spotted from on board

Bird & Marine Life of the UK

On this Borealis cruise, a team of conservationists from wildlife charity ORCA will be on deck to help you identify various different species of cetacean and birdlife you can hope to spot on the islands and in the waters surrounding Scotland. Home to the harbour porpoise – the smallest cetacean found in Scottish waters, visiting bottle-nose and common dolphins, and occasionally whales, we have timed this cruise for when temperatures are seasonally amongst the warmest.

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Life On Board

Introducing Borealis

Sister ship to Bolette, Borealis is perfectly suited for enjoying scenic cruising of the world's lesser-known waterways. From cruising past remarkable landscapes and historical sites to capturing the beauty of the natural world. 

Borealis at sea at sunset
Borealis at sea at sunset

Borealis

Sister-ship to Bolette, Borealis is perfectly suited for taking guests on a journey around the globe, enabling more exploration in more exciting ports. Her smaller size, spacious public areas, open deck spaces and impressive array of restaurants make her perfect for longer voyages, and shorter journeys alike.

702 cabins
1,360 guests
662 crew
61,849 GT
25kts max speed
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Sample Shore Tours

At each port of call on your cruise, we carefully research and hand pick Shore Tour options for you, designed for you see as many of the world's best destinations as possible.

Below, you will find some sample Shore Tours which will give you an example of what to expect on your cruise. Your Shore Tours will be available to book approximately 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

Harbour Seal

Coastal Kayak

Explore coastal inlets and caves, and marvel at the local wildlife. Travel past cliffs and well-known landmarks, keeping an eye out for seals, dolphins, and a wide variety of seabirds.

££££

St. Peter Port

Saint Peter port, Guernsey

Scenic Island Drive

Journey to the south coast of the island, passing the cliffs at Pleinmont Point and Rocquaine Bay, home to the Martello Tower of Fort Grey, Vazon Bay, and Cobo Bay, whilst listening to stories about the island's history.

££££

St. Peter Port

Guernsey Coast Cycle Tour

Cycle from Perelle through the Catioroc folklore area, passing Trepied Dolmen. Continue through Shingle Banks, Lihou Island, and Colin Best Nature Reserve to L’Eree Bay's beaches. Enjoy views of Hanois Lighthouse and Fort Grey before returning via 'Ruette tranquilles'.

££££

St. Peter Port

Kilcar

Donegal's Atlantic Way

Experience the beauty of Donegal, renowned for its rugged coastline, majestic mountains, and picturesque lakes with a panoramic drive from Killybegs through Kilcar, Carrick and Malin Beg.

££££

Killybegs

The Wild Slieve League Cliffs

The Wild Slieve League Cliffs

Travel through Kilcar and Carrick to the Slieve League Cliffs Centre. Marvel at one of Europe's highest sea cliffs, rising nearly 600m. Enjoy a warm drink and scone at Tí Linn Café, then browse the craft shop's local and national crafts.

££££

Killybegs

Ness black pudding

A Taste of Lewis

Visit the Clan MacQuarrie Community Centre to taste local produce cooked by a Niseach Chef who will demonstrate how to cook these delicacies and teach you about their significance to the island.

££££

Stornoway

Old Man of Storr rock formation on Isle of Skye, Scotland

Northern Scenic Drive

Journey to Kilt Rock, a 200ft-high cliff with a waterfall, before passing Staffin, en route to Kilmuir Settlement to explore the Skye Museum of Island Life, whilst listening to the myths and legends of Skye along the way.

££££

Portree Isle of Skye

The Croft - Island at the Edge

Visit a local croft where you can admire the sheep, listen to their breeding process and learn about the history of the croft. Try your hand at spinning wool wihlst learning about the wool process, before concluding with refreshmentst.

££££

Portree Isle of Skye

 Skara Brae & Skaill House

Skara Brae & Skaill House

This exploration of Skara Brae village will shed light on prehistoric life as your tour guide leads you through the remains of eight dwellings built during the Stone Age and the manor of Skaill House

££££

Kirkwall

Scapa Distillery Experience with Royal Oak Gardens Walk

Visit Scapa Distillery to learn about the distilling processes and the history of Scapa Flow. Then, visit The Noust to sample whiskies whilst soaking in the surrounding views of Scapa Flow, and conclude with a stroll along the sandy bay of Scapa and visit the Royal Oak Gardens.

££££

Kirkwall

Your Guest Speakers

We’ve arranged for some wonderful guest speakers to join us for this cruise. They will be delivering a programme of insightful talks and activities to deepen your cultural, artistic and historical understanding of the destinations we will be exploring, well as helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of the places we visit.

ORCA
Ocean Wildlife

Orca

Founded in 2001, ORCA is a group of Ocean Conservationists. Join them out on deck to search the seas for marine life.

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Scapa Flow & Diving

Rod Macdonald

Rod is an internationally reowned shipwreck explorer and will be on hand to provide an insight into want happened in the WWI High Seas Fleet Wrecks of Scapa Flow.

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Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

* Prices correct as of 17:00 13/06/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 17:00 13/06/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Borealis' Balcony Junior Suites have a private balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £2,799 pp
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Balcony Junior Suite Wheelchair Adapted (BJD)

Borealis' Balcony Junior Adapted Suites have a balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £2,799 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

Located on decks 6 & 7, Borealis' Balcony Suites have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £2,899 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

Borealis' Premier Suites are located on Deck 7, and have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £3,799 pp
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Premier Suite Wheelchair Adapted (PSD)

Borealis' Premier Adapted Suites are spacious and stylish, and located on deck 7.

Freedom Fare From £3,799 pp
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Olsen Suite (OW)

The Olsen Suite is the largest suite on Borealis, with a private balcony and sitting area.

Freedom Fare From £5,499 pp
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What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

As well as our Signature Experiences, there are a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

  • À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Daily buffet dining options
  • Late night Supper Club
  • Afternoon tea
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • In-cabin dining & snacks
  • Evening shows
  • Live music & dancing
  • Dance classes
  • Lectures & talks
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Traditional deck games
  • Daily games & quizzes
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes

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