Scottish Highlands & Islands

Departed 29th Jul 2018 7 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L1822
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Appreciate the unspoilt landscapes of the breathtaking Highlands and discover the highlights of three beautiful islands as Balmoral guides you to some of Scotland’s hardest-to-reach, yet most rewarding destinations.

Nestled within gorgeous Highland countryside and fronted by the calm waters of Cromarth Firth, Invergordon will offer you your first glimpse of Scotland’s renowned beauty. After enjoying the views from deck as you sail into port, go ashore for the chance to tour to the centuries-old castles of Dunrobin or Cawdor; or perhaps go in search of the legendary Loch Ness Monster. The first of three remote islands on your itinerary will then await your exploration. Kirkwall – the capital of the Orkneys – is your gateway to taking in the remarkably well-preserved, 5,000-year-old Neolithic structures of Skara Brae and the ancient stone circles of Stenness and Brodgar. Alternatively you could embark on a scenic exploration of the Orkneys’ most spectacular coastal trails and encounter wonderful wildlife such as razorbills and puffins, stunning vistas and a host of historic sites. [ReadMore]

A mesmerising days of scenic cruising follows your call into Kirkwall, an undoubted highlight of this captivating seven night sailing. Discover the beauty of Tobermory Bay, sheltered by steep cliffs and hills; see the historic 13th century Duart Castle as you sail the still waters of the Sound of Mull; and take in the picturesque scenery of the Firth of Lorn. Cruising close to the fascinating basalt columns of Fingal’s Cave will be an unforgettable experience too. Balmoral will then stop at Stornoway, from where you can tour to the very north of the Isle of Lewis to admire the incredible scenery and spot a few of the island’s most historic landmarks such as the Church of St Moluag and the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse. Finally it’s on to the enchanting Shetlands, where some of Scotland’s most spectacular coastal scenery can be seen on a tour to Northmavine from Lerwick.