Bank Holiday Escape to Scenic Scotland


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Skara Brae, Scotland Borealis cruising the Sound of Mull, Scotland

26 Aug 2023


5 nights


The cruise at a glance

The Olsen Way Highlights

We have planned this short break to coincide with the August bank holiday weekend, visiting two remote, hard-to-reach destinations. What’s more, scenic cruising features either side of your time ashore, with Borealis sailing past intriguing sites such as the basalt columns of Fingal’s Cave, the bonnet-shaped Bac Mòr, the Small Isles archipelago, and Iona – said to be the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. You can discover Orkney’s fascinating history in Kirkwall – said to be one of the most important towns of the Norse Western Empire – or take a tour to the UNESCO-listed Neolithic village of Skara Brae. Meanwhile, Portree is your gateway to Skye’s rugged landscapes and medieval castles.

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Guests scenic cruising Fingal's cave, Scotland

Scenic Cruising by Fingal’s Cave


Join our teams out on deck as we sail by the beautiful basalt columns of Fingal’s Cave. Similar to the famous, UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, folklore also connects the two places with a story around two feuding giants. Your Entertainments Team will offer some insightful commentary as we sail past this remarkable sea cave.


Dolphins seen from deck

Wildlife spotting with ORCA


As we sail through Scottish Lochs and Sounds, join experts from marine charity ORCA out on deck in search of marine and bird life. They will also be on hand throughout your cruise delivering talks and wildlife sessions.


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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


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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Our Signature Experiences

To make your experience even more special, our Journey Planners have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.

Itinerary Insights

We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting

Scenic Discoveries

Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships

The Ship and the Sea

Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years

The Sky at Sea

There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea

Treats of the Region

We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board

Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

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What's Included


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

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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Each of our cruises has been carefully designed for you to get the very best out of your time on board; and now you can enhance your cruise to make it even more special.

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