Isles of Scotland in Five-Nights

1st Aug 2019 5 nights Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) Balmoral L1917
FROM ONLY £949 per person
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FROM ONLY £949 per person

Packed full with exploration and countless photo opportunities, this short Scottish escape makes for a perfect summer escape. Balmoral will be your home-from-home for five relaxing nights and your guide to discovering two dramatic islands, where scenic delights, ancient sites and more await discovery.

As you’ll set sail from the Scottish port of Rosyth it won’t be long until you’re presented with your first glimpse of Scotland’s dramatic island landscapes. [ReadMoreMob] The morning after departure you’ll cruise past two geological wonders guarding the rugged Orkney archipelago, The Needle and the Old Man of Hoy. These towering sea stacks, standing at 230-feet and 450-feet respectively, have been a magnet for thrill-seeking climbers for many years; have your binoculars to hand as you sail by en route to Kirkwall and you may spot a climber or two making the brave ascent. [ReadMoreDesk]Once you arrive in Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands, there are many attractions to uncover during your overnight stay, including the 5,000-year-old Neolithic village of Skara Brae, a site older than the Egyptian Pyramids; the ceremonial stone circles of Stenness and Brodgar; and the dominating spectacle of St Magnus, Britain’s most northerly cathedral. 

Completing your short, yet memorable journey is a call at Lerwick, in the picturesque Shetlands. Perhaps you’ll choose to continue your discovery of some of Scotland’s most spectacular landscapes with a tour to Northmavine. The Shetlands’ northernmost point boasts incredible coastal scenery and wonderful sea vistas looking out across the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, you could explore the fascinating Bronze Age settlement of Clickimin Broch; visit RSPB Sumburgh Head, where soaring sea cliffs are alive with fulmars, puffins and many other species; or simply take in Lerwick’s quaint shops and charming harbour.  

Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 guests – yet is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

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.