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Scenic Isles of Scotland


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Ornsay Lighthouse in the Loch Hourn Ornsay Lighthouse in the Loch Hourn
07 May 2025
7 nights

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Hand-crafted highlights

This cruise to Scotland has been created to take you on a journey of discovery across scenic Scottish isles, showcasing the natural beauty and wildlife of this region of the UK. Join us on deck as Borealis diverts off the normal cruising route to sail along picturesque Loch Hourn, past the intriguing symmetrical basalt columns of Fingal’s Cave and bonnet-shaped Bac Mòr. You can immerse yourself in the way of life in the Scottish Isles by sampling local foods such as Orkney fudge, cheeses, oatcakes, and whisky, visiting a local crofter to discover how this form of farming sustains livelihoods, or discovering the importance of preserving the Gaelic language. Cruising past the Small Isles and along Pentland Firth offers you opportunities to spot seabirds and whales from Borealis with the help of wildlife charity ORCA. Visits to the unspoilt isles of Orkney, Lewis, and Skye open up the possibility of seeing ancient settlements and exploring awe-inspiring landscapes.

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Bolette cruising past Dutchman's cap

Explore the scenic Isles of Scotland

The scenic islands of Scotland offer a magnificent tapestry of rugged beauty and natural wonders. As we sail past Fingal's Cave on the Isle of Staffa, uncover tales of myth and legend hidden within its perfectly symmetrical basalt columns and marvel at the dramatic silhouette of Bac Mòr, also known as Dutchman's Cap. Loch Hourn, nestled amidst the awe-inspiring hills of the Highlands, offers remote and wild landscapes, while the Small Isles of Rum, Muck, Eigg, and Canna beckon with unspoiled scenery and rich biodiversity. Meanwhile, the pinnacle of the Old Man of Storr is best witnessed from the decks of Borealis, perched on the rugged cliffs of the Isle of Skye.

Scottish traditions of the Isles

With a deep connection to heritage and community, life in the Scottish Isles seeks to preserve ancient customs and cultures, including telling tales of folklore passed down through generations and ensuring the Gaelic language is preserved. Local gatherings in Stornoway are enlivened by energetic reels of Ceilidh dancing, fostering bonds between neighbours, while meeting with a crofter will give you an insight into how the land is worked. Meanwhile, the Isle of Harris Distillery offers chances to sample the wonderfully complex flavours of Hearach single malt whisky and uncover the fascinating history of Harris Tweed during a workshop to create your very own piece.


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Life On Board

Introducing Borealis

Sister ship to Bolette, Borealis is perfectly suited for enjoying scenic cruising of the world's lesser-known waterways. From cruising past remarkable landscapes and historical sites to capturing the beauty of the natural world. 

Borealis at sea at sunset
Borealis at sea at sunset


Sister-ship to Bolette, Borealis is perfectly suited for taking guests on a journey around the globe, enabling more exploration in more exciting ports. Her smaller size, spacious public areas, open deck spaces and impressive array of restaurants make her perfect for longer voyages, and shorter journeys alike.

702 cabins
1,360 guests
662 crew
61,849 GT
25kts 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.

 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



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Cultural Heritage of the Outer Hebrides

Experience life in the Outer Hebrides. Visit An Taigh Cèilidh to enjoy performances by local musicians before proceeding to Stornoway seafront to gain an insight into the town’s culture and history.



Old Man of Storr rock formation on Isle of Skye, Scotland

Northern Scenic Drive

Journey to Kilt Rock, a 200ft-high cliff with a waterfall, before passing Staffin, en route to Kilmuir Settlement to explore the Skye Museum of Island Life, whilst listening to the myths and legends of Skye along the way.


Portree Isle of Skye

The Croft - Island at the Edge

Visit a local croft where you can admire the sheep, listen to their breeding process and learn about the history of the croft. Try your hand at spinning wool wihlst learning about the wool process, before concluding with refreshmentst.


Portree Isle of Skye

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.

Kara Ghobhainn Smith
Isle of Lewis Local

Kara Ghobhainn Smith

Isle of Lewis local, Kara, will be joining us throughout your cruise to provide an insight into the local way of life.

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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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

* Prices correct as of 13:00 22/07/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 13:00 22/07/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

Standard Pricing Solo Pricing

Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Borealis' Balcony Junior Suites have a private balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £2,499 pp
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Balcony Junior Suite Wheelchair Adapted (BJD)

Borealis' Balcony Junior Adapted Suites have a balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £2,499 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

Located on decks 6 & 7, Borealis' Balcony Suites have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £2,599 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

Borealis' Premier Suites are located on Deck 7, and have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £3,199 pp
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Premier Suite Wheelchair Adapted (PSD)

Borealis' Premier Adapted Suites are spacious and stylish, and located on deck 7.

Freedom Fare From £3,199 pp
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Olsen Suite (OW)

The Olsen Suite is the largest suite on Borealis, with a private balcony and sitting area.

Freedom Fare From £4,099 pp
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What's Included


As well as our Signature Experiences, there are 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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