Scottish Islands and Ireland
Combining a wonderful mix of quaint towns, picturesque islands, beautiful waterways and the attraction-packed capital, this is Scotland at its best. You can discover untouched landscapes, historic sites and breathtaking natural wonders, and even experience two iconic, internationally renowned events, on this very special sailing on board Black Watch.
Visiting Edinburgh, with its world-class attractions, rich history and Royal heritage, is always memorable and wonderfully rewarding, [ReadMoreMob] but even more so when your time here coincides with the Scottish capital’s most famous annual events. During your overnight stop at Rosyth, you’ll have the chance to head to Edinburgh to experience all the theatre, music, opera, dance and excitement of the Edinburgh International Festival; or even immerse yourself in all the pomp and splendour of the quintessentially British Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo*. [ReadMoreDesk] Taking place on the esplanade of Edinburgh’s iconic castle, the Tattoo’s live performances from Britain’s talented military bands are broadcast to millions of viewers around the globe; but there’s nothing like experiencing it all live and in person.
Away from the capital, there are plenty of unforgettable sights and experiences awaiting you elsewhere in Scotland too. In the Orkneys, calling at Kirkwall offers you an opportunity to visit the ancient ceremonial stones of Stenness and Brodgar; or delve into centuries of fascinating history at the 5000-year-old Neolithic village of Skara Brae. St Magnus cathedral is also a sight to savour. Your ship will drop anchor at Ullapool, gateway to Loch Glencoul and Eas a' Chual Aluinn, Britain’s highest waterfall; and at Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, where you could take a boat tour along the Sound of Mull in search of seal, seabirds and stunning scenery. Sailing the Sound of Mull and by the 13th century Duart Castle aboard Black Watch in the evening will be a memorable experience too. At the end of your holiday, you’ll also sail to the ‘Emerald Isle’ to visit Belfast, Northern Ireland’s cosmopolitan capital. An abundance of attractions await you here, including the fantastic Titanic Belfast experience and Belfast Castle; though you might be tempted to take a tour to the remarkable, UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway.
*Please note: Tickets to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are NOT included in the cruise price and are a chargeable, optional extra. Our Military Tattoo shore tour is now SOLD OUT - guests who wish to attend the Tattoo will need to purchase tickets independently.