Isles of Scotland
You’ll be captivated by the unspoilt, spellbinding scenery and enchanting attractions of spectacular islands, sounds and lochs as Black Watch takes you to a collection of hard-to-reach, yet endlessly-rewarding destinations in Scotland and beyond on this incredible summer sailing.
From start to finish, your exploration of scenic Scotland will be an adventure to remember. Beginning with a call at Greenock, the ‘Gateway to the Lochs’, you’ll have a day to explore one of the most treasured Scottish waterways, Loch Lomond. A boat tour is a great way to uncover the delights of Britain’s largest expanse of freshwater; elegant Victorian houses, the impressive Munro Mountains, including the 974-metre-high peak of Ben Lomond; and Inchmurrin, Lomond’s largest island, await. Then it’s on to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. [ReadMoreDesk]Tobermory’s famously colourful and photogenic harbour will beckon you ashore to wander this charming town, where the Mull Museum and the Tobermory Distillery are well worth a visit. During your stop here you could also take the opportunity to embark on a boat ride along the Sound of Mull, in search of stunning landscapes and wonderful wildlife such as seals, dolphins and even eagles. Sailing this beautiful waterway and by the 13th century Duart Castle aboard Black Watch in the evening will be a memorable experience too.
Your unforgettable journey of Scottish island discovery also takes you to the Shetlands and the Orkneys, for wonderfully rugged landscapes and a wealth of fascinating sites. Lerwick is your starting point for uncovering the diverse highlights of the Shetland Islands; the remarkably well-preserved Bronze Age settlement of Clickimin Broch; the wild coastal scenes of Northmavine; and RSPB Sumburgh Head, home to swooping eagles and curious puffins, amongst other species, are particularly recommended. In the Orkneys, a call at Kirkwall is your chance to visit the ancient ceremonial stones of Stenness and Brodgar; or delve into centuries of history at the 5000-year-old Neolithic village of Skara Brae. St Magnus – Britain’s northernmost cathedral – is also a sight to savour. To top-it-all-off, in-between your stops at Lerwick and Kirkwall, Black Watch will also divert to the Faroe Islands, where you can spend a day admiring the charismatic architecture and pretty parks of Tórshavn.