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Wildlife & Culture of the Scenic Scottish Isles


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Beautiful view over the rocks towards the lighthouse, Sumburgh Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Maunland Shetland

07 May 2024


7 nights


Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

This week-long sailing showcases some of Britain’s most awe-inspiring nature, with visits to the capital of Northern Ireland and two remote Scottish isles. Belfast is your gateway to uncovering the volcanic emergence of the Giant’s Causeway, while in Lerwick and Stornoway, you can immerse yourself in traditions that are synonymous with Scotland, from tweed weaving to crofting. There’s even a chance to meet some inquisitive Shetland ponies. Borealis will take you on a Scenic Discovery past Sumburgh Head - this haven for wildlife will afford you the opportunity to spot marine life in the surrounding waters and birdlife, such as puffins, gannets and guillemots circling the cliffs.

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Mousa Broch, Isle of Mousa, Shetland Islands

Explore Scenic Islands & Coastlines

Our Journey Planners have designed this cruise to allow you to explore the scenic islands and coastlines of the Scottish Isles. When in Lerwick, you will also have the opportunity to discover Sumburgh Head at a closer distance and explore the steep cliffs that meet the North Sea, or embark on an idllyic cruise around the Island of Mousa. Meanwhile, in Belfast, you can explore one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic natural wonders, Giant’s Causeway. You can also head out on deck to enjoy scenic cruise commentary as we sail past Sumburgh Head and Troup Head.

Bar man pouring whiskey into glass

Traditions of Island Life

As we sail through the Scottish Isles, immerse yourself in traditional island life. Stornoway is your gateway to the Isle of Harris Distillery, where you can discover the development and production of the whisky and enjoy trying the delicious final dram. Immerse yourself in local life by watching and participating in Gaelic song, hear stories of local folklore and enjoy hearing local musicians. You will be joined on this cruise by Isle of Harris local and Gaelic speaker, Catriona MacLennan, who will be sharing her experiences about the the way of life on the isles and Gaelic traditions.

Giants causeway, Ireland

The Legend Behind the Landmarks

Many of the landmarks that lie in Northern Ireland and the Scottish Isles have various folklore theories about how they appeared. When in Belfast, you are perfectly placed to explore Giant’s Causeway, a collection of striking stones that are said to have been built by the mythical giant, Finn McCool, and in Stornoway you can discover the mysterious Stones of Callanish, and the Dun Carloway Pictish Broch, that’s said to have been built by the Picts.


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Life On Board

Introducing Borealis

Sister-ship to Bolette, Borealis is perfectly suited for enjoying scenic cruising of the world's lesser-known waterways. From cruising past remarkable landscapes and historical sites to capturing the beauty of the natural world. 

Borealis at sea at sunset
Borealis at sea at sunset


Sister-ship to Bolette, Borealis is perfectly suited for taking guests on a journey around the globe, enabling more exploration in more exciting ports. Her smaller size, spacious public areas, open deck spaces and impressive array of restaurants make her perfect for longer voyages, and shorter journeys alike.

702 cabins
1,360 guests
662 crew
61,849 GT
25kts 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

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.


Angela Young

Angela’s great-grandmother, Noel Rothes, was one of the survivors of the Titanic. On your cruise, she will share the story of Noel Rothes and Thomas Jones, an able Seaman who was put in charge of one of the lifeboats.

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Isle of Harris Local

Catriona MacLennan

Catriona was borned and raised in Harris and will be joining us to share the Gaelic language, culture and day-to-day life in the islands.

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Ocean Wildlife Encounters
Ocean Wildlife

OWE (Ocean Wildlife Encounters)

Ocean Wildlife Encounters (OWE) are a group of highly experienced wildlife speakers. Join them for an insightful talk or out on deck to search the seas for wildlife.

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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

Standard Pricing Solo Pricing

Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Borealis' Balcony Junior Suites have a private balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £2,199 pp
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Balcony Junior Suite Wheelchair Adapted (BJD)

Borealis' Balcony Junior Adapted Suites have a balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £2,199 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

Located on decks 6 & 7, Borealis' Balcony Suites have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £2,299 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

Borealis' Premier Suites are located on Deck 7, and have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £2,999 pp
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Premier Suite Wheelchair Adapted (PSD)

Borealis' Premier Adapted Suites are spacious and stylish, and located on deck 7.

Freedom Fare From £2,999 pp
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Olsen Suite (OW)

The Olsen Suite is the largest suite on Borealis, with a private balcony and sitting area.

Freedom Fare From £3,999 pp
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Cruise Offers

Solo traveller offer available   Saver Fare
Freedom Fare

FREE drinks or FREE on board spend   Freedom Fare

What's Included


As well as our Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

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Each of our cruises has been carefully designed for you to get the very best out of your time on board; and now you can enhance your cruise to make it even more special.

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