Scotland with the Isles of Orkney and Mull

23rd May 2020 5 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W2014
FROM ONLY £699 per person
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FROM ONLY £699 per person

This five-night cruise is the perfect way to take in some of the wild, unspoilt scenery that Scotland is renowned for in a shorter time. Visit remote, rugged islands for postcard-perfect landscapes and remarkable historic sites; discover the splendid vistas of picturesque lochs and waterways; and enjoy a taste of the Fred. Olsen experience, all in less than a week.

A relaxing day at sea, sailing north en route to the Orkney Islands, allows time to settle in on board your smaller, friendlier ship before Black Watch arrives in Kirkwall, the first stop on your short, yet invigorating Scottish sailing. [ReadMoreMob]Kirkwall is surrounded by beautiful countryside providing natural habitats for a range of wildlife, and photo opportunities that are not-to-be-missed. The Orkney’s charming capital is also the starting point for tours the UNESCO-listed, 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, home to incredible Neolithic structures that pre-date Egypt’s pyramids, and the ancient stone circles of Stenness and Brodgar. It’s also possible to pay a visit to St Magnus, Britain’s northernmost cathedral. [ReadMoreDesk]

The rewards continue with a visit to Isle of Mull and the pretty town of Tobermory. The pastel-coloured harbour – one of Scotland’s most photographed scenes – will beckon you ashore to explore Mull’s iconic capital, where you could learn of the island’s interesting history at the Mull Museum and sample authentic, locally produced Scotch at the Tobermory Distillery. Visiting Tobermory puts you within reach of the 13th century Duart Castle, one of the last surviving privately owned clan castles in Scotland. Lastly, there’s Greenock, known as the ‘Gateway to the Lochs’, presenting you with opportunities to discover some of the Highland’s most desired spots – Loch Lomand and Trossachs National Park. Exploring these spectacular landscapes, encompassing magnificent mountain scenery, dense woodlands and the largest stretch of freshwater in Britain, is the perfect way to end this unforgettable adventure.  

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. Refurbished at the end of 2016, the 804-guest Black Watch features stylish new décor, fittings and furniture, plus the new Black Watch Room restaurant.

What's more, new soft furnishing, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board, while the cinema has been upgraded too. Despite all these new features, Black Watch still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.