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Scottish Highlands & Islands

29th Jul 2018 7 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L1822
FROM ONLY £999 per person
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FROM ONLY £999 per person
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.

Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1350 guests – yet is still 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.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.