Scenic Isles of Scotland

15th Jun 2023 7 nights Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) Balmoral L2314
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,099 per person
Old Man of Hoy, Orkney Old Man of Hoy, Orkney
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,099 per person
£100pp FREE On Board Spend or £200pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2022 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 7 to 9 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

Whilst scenic cruising on Balmoral, and during time spent ashore on rugged and remote isles, you’ll experience the beauty of Scotland to the full. As you sail Scottish waters, marvel at the dramatic rock formations of natural wonders such as the Old Man of Hoy, The Needle, Dutchman’s Cap and Fingal’s Cave, and the wild, unspoilt landscapes of the Small Isles, Orkney, Shetland, the Isle of Skye and Isle of Lewis. Look out for seabirds perched on sea stacks and cliffs, and porpoise, dolphins and whales in the waters along Scotland’s north coast too.[ReadMore]

Visits to Orkney, Shetland and the isles of Skye and Lewis also provide opportunities for even closer encounters with their natural treasures. Seabird havens await, with Shetland’s RSPB Sumburgh Head – where fulmars, puffins and various other bird species live and breed – a particular highlight. Explore the coastal scenes of Northmavine at Shetland’s northernmost point perhaps; and uncover the fascinating history of Orkney at the ancient sites of Skara Brae, Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar. Skye’s craggy coastline will beg for exploration too, while centuries-old castles and beautiful Hebridean countryside are yours to seek out on Lewis.

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.

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.