Scenic Isles of Scotland in Five Nights


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03 May 2024


5 nights


Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

We have hand-crafted this cruise to take you on a discovery of remote Scottish islands, coinciding with the May Day Bank Holiday. Your itinerary is packed with Signature Experiences, including Scenic Discoveries and Itinerary Insights. Enjoy sailing by the basalt columns of Fingal’s Cave, bonnet-shaped Bac Mòr, the Small Isles archipelago and the Holy Isle of Iona. Bolette will also cruise Loch Hourn and the Sound of Mull, passing the 13th century Duart Castle. The island theme continues with calls to Lewis and Orkney, sandwiched in between your scenic sea days. During your time ashore, you can delve into ancient history, particularly at the Neolithic sites of Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar and the Callanish Standing Stones.

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Loch Hourn, Scotland

Rugged Scottish Isles

Many Scenic Discoveries await you on our cruise, including dramatic rock formations such as the basalt columns of Fingal’s Cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa, the bonnet-shaped Bac Mor, also known as Dutchman’s Cap, and the imposing Duart Castle. Enjoy scenic cruise commentary from a local guide as we divert into the fjord-like Loch Hourn, providing you with unforgettable sights of steep, imposing mountains, and occasional bays and beaches that break the craggy, untamed water’s edge.

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Stromness. Orkney Island

Way of Life on the Scottish Isles

As we sail the isles of Scotland, immerse yourself in the traditional way of island life. In Kirkwall, visit Barony Mill, the only Bere grinding mill in the UK, to meet the local miller and learn about the past and present island life. Guest speaker and Isle of Lewis local, Derek Murray, will be providing your Itinerary Insights on this cruise and will be speaking about life on the island and offering Gaelic language lessons. In Stornoway, you will have the opportunity to try local handmade delicacies, Ness black pudding and Guga by a talented local chef.

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Bottlenose Dolphins seen from a boat tour

Dolphins, Whales & Seabirds

We have designed this itinerary to give you the best chance of witnessing the remarkable wildlife the Scottish Isles has to offer. Ocean conservationists, ORCA will be out on deck to help you search the skies and seas for nearby wildlife, including dolphins, whales and seabirds. In Kirkwall, you will have the opportunity to embark on a bird watching excursion where you will journey through the farmland of Orkney to a spectacular clifftop to spot seasonal cliff bird colonies along the beautifully sculpted coastline.

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Cruise Itinerary

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Life On Board

Introducing Bolette

With just 690 cabins Bolette fits perfectly in our fleet of smaller ships. With her warm, welcoming atmosphere, timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising.

Bolette in Olden, Norway
Bolette at sunrise


Bolette is one of the largest ships, by overall size, in our fleet. With its warm, welcoming atmosphere and timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising, Bolette is very much in keeping with what our guests have come to expect from a Fred. Olsen ship.

690 cabins
1,338 guests
657 crew
62,735 GT
24.5kts max speed
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Our Signature Experiences

To make your experience even more special, our Journey Planners have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.

Itinerary Insights

We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting

Scenic Discoveries

Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships

The Ship and the Sea

Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years

The Sky at Sea

There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea

Treats of the Region

We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board

Sample Shore Tours

At each port of call on your cruise, we carefully research and hand pick Shore Tour options for you, designed for you see as many of the world's best destinations as possible.

Below, you will find some sample Shore Tours which will give you an example of what to expect on your cruise. Your Shore Tours will be available to book approximately 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

 Orkney's Wartime History

Orkney's Wartime History

Together with a specialist Wartime Guide, embark on a tour of Orkney and visit historic sites such as Stromness, Ness Battery, Scapa Flow and the beautiful hand-painted Italian chapel built by Prisoners of War.



 Skara Brae & Skaill House

Skara Brae & Skaill House

This exploration of Skara Brae village will shed light on prehistoric life as your tour guide leads you through the remains of eight dwellings built during the Stone Age and the manor of Skaill House



The Ring of Brodgar is a Neolithic henge and stone circle

Heart of Neolithic Orkney

Enjoy a scenic drive through the gently rolling landscape to the Neolithic Heartland of Orkney, to discover the Ring of Brodgar and Standing Stones of Stenness. Next, journey to the Barnhouse, an ancient Neolithic village to walk amongst the houses whilst learning about the everyday lives of the Neolithic people. Enjoy views of the peaceful bird hide situated on Harray Loch, before visiting St. Magnus Cathedral.



Ness black pudding

A Taste of Lewis

The North of Lewis is home to a selection of delicious produce ranging from locally grown vegetables and handmade Ness black pudding to the sought-after delicacy of Guga. During this tour, visit the Clan MacQuarrie Community Centre, in the heart of the culturally rich village of Borve to taste the local produce of the area cooked by a Niseach Chef. This talented local chef will demonstrate how to cook some of these delicacies and teach you about their importance and significance to the island.



Culture & Crofting Traditions of Lewis

Culture & Crofting Traditions of Lewis

Journey to North Lewis to discover the local culture and history of crofting. The local museum houses two exhibition galleries and a local history archive, and reflects various aspects of island life including crofting, fishing and local industries.



Harris Tweed Workshop

The Harris Tweed Story

On this tour, embark on a scenic walk from the harbour to Stornoway Town Hall with the Harris tweed Workshop leader. Enjoy a two-hour demonstration on how to make this classic product and create a bespoke souvenir to take home.



Your Guest Speakers

We’ve arranged for some wonderful guest speakers to join us for this cruise. They will be delivering a programme of insightful talks and activities to deepen your cultural, artistic and historical understanding of the destinations we will be exploring, well as helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of the places we visit.

Elaine Hansen
Scotland History

Elaine Hansen

An Arts Society speaker and Historian, Elaine Hansen will be on board delivering a series of talks on the history of the Scottish Isles we will be visiting, including Skara Brae and the Viking history of Shetland.

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Ocean Wildlife


Founded in 2001, ORCA is a group of Ocean Conservationists. Join them out on deck to search the seas for marine life.

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Isle of Lewis Local

Derek Murray

Derek was born and raised in Ness, in the Isle of Lewis and is fluent in Gaelic. During your cruise, he will be on hand to provide an insight into local life.

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Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

Please call our Reservations Team for latest pricing and availability.

What's Included


As well as our Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

  • À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Daily buffet dining options
  • Late night Supper Club
  • Afternoon tea
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • In-cabin dining & snacks
  • Evening shows
  • Live music & dancing
  • Dance classes
  • Lectures & talks
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Traditional deck games
  • Daily games & quizzes
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes

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