Exploring the Lochs of Scotland

11th Jul 2020 7 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W2019
FROM ONLY £999 per person
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FROM ONLY £999 per person

Embark on a magical journey north of the border and embrace the mysteries, history, tranquillity and breathtaking scenery of Scotland’s breathtaking lochs and islands. Spending seven memorable nights on board Black Watch, you’ll sail beautiful waterways and visit a string of diverse destinations – the best way to truly appreciate the splendour of this picture-perfect part of the world.

A call at Invergordon presents you with an opportunity to start your Scottish exploration with an unforgettable adventure at Loch Ness, going in search of the legendary monster that’s said to live in the loch’s infamous waters. [ReadMoreMob]Alternatively, there’s chances to tour to captivating Cawdor Castle, steeped in centuries of history and mystery; or savour an authentic taste of Scotland at the Glenmorangie Distillery. In the Orkneys, Kirkwall is your gateway to gloriously rugged landscapes and remarkable historic sites. You could set-off on a scenic journey from Kirkwall, culminating with a visit to UNESCO-listed, 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, home to incredible Neolithic structures that pre-date Egypt’s pyramids. Elsewhere, highlights within your reach include the ancient stone circles of Stenness and Brodgar, and St Magnus, Britain’s northernmost cathedral. [ReadMoreDesk]

When Black Watch drops anchor at Ullapool, you could head ashore and explore this pretty town at your leisure, though with a plethora of natural wonders close-by, you might be tempted to take an exciting boat trip on the spectacular, glacier-carved Glencoul Loch; or tour to see the tumbling waters of Eas a' Chual Aluinn – Britain’s highest waterfall – up close. Your day concludes perfectly, with scenic cruising of tranquil Loch Broom and Little Loch Broom, before Portree makes for a memorable final stop. Tours here can take you to unearth the stunning natural wonders of the Isle of Skye, from Kilt Rock to the ‘Old Man of Storr’. Or perhaps visit some of Scotland’s oldest castles, including Dunvegan Castle and the much-photographed Eilean Donan Castle. Yet more scenic cruising brings your time in the Scottish Lochs to a perfect end, absorbing the rugged scenes of lochs Torridon and Shieldaig; witnessing the remarkable Fingal’s Cave columns; and sailing by the 13th century Duart Castle on the Sound of Mull.  

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday. In fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. This classically-designed, 804-guest ship features stylish décor, fittings and furniture throughout, and comfortable, spacious bars and lounges including the beautiful Black Watch Room. 

What's more, soft furnishings, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board. And while Black Watch features all of the modern amenities and facilities you would expect, she still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a warm, welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.