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.  

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
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 guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. Refurbished at the end of 2016, the 804-guest Black Watch features stylish new décor, fittings and furniture, plus the new Black Watch Room restaurant.

What's more, new soft furnishing, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board, while the cinema has been upgraded too. Despite all these new features, Black Watch still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.