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Scenic Scottish Isles in Five Nights

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Portree harbour, Isle of Skye, Scotland Portree harbour, Isle of Skye, Scotland
02 May 2025
Liverpool
5 nights
Bolette

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

This short Bank Holiday cruise is ideal for exploring the rugged islands of the Hebrides while getting up close to nature and immersing yourself in Gaelic culture. Explore the diverse scenery on the Isle of Harris, ranging from rugged countryside to sweeping beaches, while Portree is your gateway to the Isle of Skye’s wild landscapes, including the iconic rocky outcrop known as the Old Man of Storr. In Stornoway, you will have the opportunity to uncover the traditions of the Western Isles, such as crofting, weaving, or trying a drop of local whisky at a Highland Park Distillery. Your time at sea is set to be just as rewarding, as Bolette sails past sites such as the Small Isles and Fingal’s Cave, and you can also search for marine life from Bolette with the help of conservationists from wildlife charity ORCA.

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Highlights

Guests looking out from deck to Fingal's cave

Explore the rugged Hebridean Islands

Scattered off Scotland's west coast, the Outer Herbrides offer dramatic Atlantic landscapes that have been shaped by ancient geological forces and folklore. As Bolette cruises by Fingal's Cave, you can witness its distinctive and symmetrical columns formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions and hear tales of how giant Finn McCool sheltered here from his arch rival Benandonner, while the Isle of Skye enchants with its soaring Cuillin Mountains and mist-shrouded lochs. From Portree, marvel at the intriguing rocky outcrop known as the Old Man of Storr or explore the 13th-century Castle of Dunvegan. Meanwhile, join us on deck as Bolette sails close enough to the Small Isles of Rum, Eigg, Muck, and Canna for you to admire their ruggedly beautiful landscapes.

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Discover the Hebridean way of life

While cruising the Scottish Isles on board Bolette, you will have the chance to thoroughly immerse yourself in island life and traditional Gaelic customs based around nature and Scotland's heritage. Discover the history of the Gaelic language in Stornoway, including how the language is preserved in local communities, enjoy a performance of Gaelic song, or participate in a lively Ceilidh, which unites islanders in celebrations of music and dance. You will also be able to visit a local crofter who will share traditions of the crofting community, sample locally-produced whisky at the Isle of Harris distillery, or discover how Harris Tweed is spun, and create your own piece. 

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Life On Board

Introducing Bolette

With just 690 cabins Bolette fits perfectly in our fleet of smaller ships. With her warm, welcoming atmosphere, timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising.

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Bolette

Bolette is one of the largest ships, by overall size, in our fleet. With its warm, welcoming atmosphere and timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising, Bolette is very much in keeping with what our guests have come to expect from a Fred. Olsen ship.

690 cabins
1,338 guests
657 crew
62,735 GT
24.5kts 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.

Old Man of Storr rock formation on Isle of Skye, Scotland

Northern Scenic Drive

Journey to Kilt Rock, a 200ft-high cliff with a waterfall, before passing Staffin, en route to Kilmuir Settlement to explore the Skye Museum of Island Life, whilst listening to the myths and legends of Skye along the way.

££££

Portree Isle of Skye

 Portree

A Community Full of Life, Legends & Beauty

Immerse yourself in the fishing culture of Portree with visits to the charming villages of Kyleakin and Plockton. You’ll also see Castle Moil, a 15th-century stronghold of the MacKinnon Clan and enjoy a locally sourced seafood lunch and scenic boat trip.

££££

Portree Isle of Skye

 Portree

Islands Heritage - Land & Sea

Enjoy a walking tour through Portree to learn what everyday life was like, hear tales of the island’s industrial heritage, and learn about the Jacobite risings, before sampling whisky and haggis.

££££

Portree Isle of Skye

Harris Tweed Workshop

The Harris Tweed Story

Learn about the history of Harris Tweed and how this iconic fabric has been a staple piece of the Outer Hebrides heritage. Discover the processes from wool to yarn and enjoy a workshop to create your own piece of Harris Tweed.

££££

Stornoway

Stornoway

Cultural Heritage of the Outer Hebrides

Experience life in the Outer Hebrides. Visit An Taigh Cèilidh to enjoy performances by local musicians before proceeding to Stornoway seafront to gain an insight into the town’s culture and history.

££££

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.

Legendary Landmarks

Graham Stirrup

Historian, Graham will be joining us throughout your cruise to deliver engaging scenic cruise commentary as we sail past the Small Isles, Fingal's Cave, Bac Mòr and Iona, highlighting how they were formed, their history, and the stories and legends associated with them.

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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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 15:00 26/05/2024, 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 15:00 26/05/2024, 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)

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

Freedom Fare From £1,799 pp
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Balcony Junior Suite Wheelchair Adapted (BJD)

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

Freedom Fare From £1,799 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

Located on deck 6, Bolette's Balcony Suites have a private balcony

Freedom Fare From £1,899 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

Bolette’s Premier Suites are located on Deck 7, and have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £2,299 pp
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Premier Suite Wheelchair Adapted (PSD)

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

Freedom Fare From £2,299 pp
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Olsen Suite (OW)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,099 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE On Board Spend   Freedom Fare

What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

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

  • À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Daily buffet dining options
  • Late night Supper Club
  • Afternoon tea
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • In-cabin dining & snacks
  • Evening shows
  • Live music & dancing
  • Dance classes
  • Lectures & talks
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Traditional deck games
  • Daily games & quizzes
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes

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