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Wildlife & Traditions of the Scottish Isles

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04 Jul 2024

Rosyth

8 nights

Balmoral

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Discover some of Scotland’s wildest and most scenic island landscapes, which provide a haven for wildlife and boasts a long and fascinating history. Balmoral is small enough to dock in Lerwick and will divert away from the main coastal routes to take you on a scenic cruise past remarkable sites, from the Small Isles archipelago to the basalt columns of Fingal’s Cave. You can enjoy birdwatching as you sail past Sumburgh Head, and search for whales from your ship with the help of wildlife charity ORCA. Ashore, you can marvel at the Isle of Skye’s scenery, including the Old Man of Storr; learn about Shetland’s local farming traditions; visit the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae in Orkney; and discover Harris’s Gaelic culture.

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Highlights

Old Man of Storr, Scotland

Discover the Rugged Landscapes of the Scottish Isles

We have designed this cruise to offer you the opportunity to discover the rugged landscapes of the Scottish Isles. Many scenic cruise highlights await, including the dramatic rock formations and basalt columns of Fingal’s Cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa and the bonnet shaped Bac Mòr, known as Dutchman’s Cap. Balmoral will also divert away from the main costal routes to take you past remarkable sights such as the Orkney sea stacks and the Small Isles archipelago. Meanwhile, ashore, the Old Man of Storr awaits exploration on the Isle of Skye.

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Experience the Local Way of Life

As we explore the scenic Scottish Isles together, you can take the chance to immerse yourself in the traditional ways of island life. In Stornoway, you can discover the history of Gaelic language and traditions, including how the language is being kept alive in the local area whilst enjoying a showcase of local Gaelic singing, or join a local Crofter who will share traditions of the crofting community. There is also the opportunity to sample locally-produced whisky with a visit to the Isle of Harris distillery.

Your Hand-crafted Signature Experience | Itinerary Insights

Puffins on a cliff, Scotland

Spot Dolphins, Whales & Seabirds

During this cruise, you will have the best possible chance of spotting the remarkable wildlife which resides in and around the Scottish Isles. Ocean conservationists, ORCA will be on board, leading wildlife spotting sessions out on deck and delivering a series of talks on the wildlife that can be found in this region. While ashore, you will have the opportunity to visit Sumburgh Head, a designated nature reserve that provides a habitat for a variety of seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes.

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Life On Board

Introducing Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate some of Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral retains a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open deck space.

Balmoral
Fred. Olsen ship Balmoral sailing at dawn

Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral offers a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

710 cabins
1,325 guests
551 crew
43,537 GT
16kts 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.

 Orkney's Wartime History

Orkney's Wartime History

Together with a specialist Wartime Guide, embark on a tour of Orkney and visit historic sites such as Stromness, Ness Battery, Scapa Flow and the beautiful hand-painted Italian chapel built by Prisoners of War.

££££

Kirkwall

Harris Tweed Workshop

The Harris Tweed Story

On this tour, embark on a scenic walk from the harbour to Stornoway Town Hall with the Harris tweed Workshop leader. Enjoy a two-hour demonstration on how to make this classic product and create a bespoke souvenir to take home.

££££

Stornoway

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.

ORCA
Ocean Wildlife

Orca

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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Tom Roswell
History

Tom Rowsell

Historian and media producer, Tom Rowsell will be speaking about the Viking settlers of the Orkney and Shetland Islands as well as the Stone Age Innovation in Orkney.

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 22:00 21/02/2024, 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 22:00 21/02/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Balmoral's Balcony Junior Suites have a large cabin area and private balcony

Freedom Fare From £3,799 pp
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Superior Suite (SS)

Located on decks 9 & 10, Superior Suites have a balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £3,999 pp
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Marquee Suite (MS)

Situated on deck 10, Marquee Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £4,199 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

Located on deck 10, Premier Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £4,499 pp

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Owner's Suite (OW)

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Freedom Fare From £5,199 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE drinks or FREE on board spend   Freedom Fare

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