Scenic Isles & Lochs of Scotland

7th Jul 2022 7 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2218
FROM ONLY £1,099 per person
Puffin on the sea cliff, Shetlands Puffin on the sea cliff, Shetlands
FROM ONLY £1,099 per person
FREE On Board Spend up to £100pp plus tips covered

On-board spend/Tips covered offer: applicable to new bookings, made from 16/08/21 onwards, on sailings of up to 19 nights in duration, departing from the UK, between January 2022 and May 2023, excluding cruises L22SN, T2212, & M2223; cruises over 20 nights & Fly-cruises including M2233 are excluded. Free On Board Spend amount is per person (pp), up to two guests per cabin, amount varies per cruise up to £100 pp. E&OE.

Balmoral takes you on a discovery of scenic sights and wildlife found close to home, yet off the beaten track, amongst the rugged and remote isles and lochs of Scotland.[ReadMoreMob] Some of the UK’s most beautiful scenery will come into view as you sail Scottish waters; see the wild, unspoilt landscapes of the Small Isles and Loch Hourn, as well as the remarkable rock formations of the Old Man of Hoy, The Needle, Dutchman’s Cap and Fingal’s Cave. At each of these sea stacks and cliffs, look out for large colonies of seabirds in their natural habitat.

When you get to head ashore, seabird havens await discovery in the Orkneys, Shetlands and the Isle of Skye, with their craggy interiors and coastlines. RSPB Sumburgh Head in the Shetlands, where fulmars, puffins and various other bird species live and breed, is a particular highlight. Capture the coastal scenes of Northmavine, the Shetlands’ northernmost point, too; and take in the Orkney’s historic highlights, such as Neolithic Skara Brae and ceremonial stone circles of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar. Meanwhile, from Ullapool, opt to take a boat trip on the glacier-carved Loch Glencoul, or perhaps see the tumbling waters of Eas a' Chual Aluinn – Britain’s highest waterfall – up close.

Your Itinerary

  • Cruise past Fingal’s Cave and Dutchman’s Cap
  • Admire the seabirds of Skye, the Orkneys and Shetlands
  • Visit remote Scottish destinations
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Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is 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.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.