Scottish Isles with a Taste of Norway

14th Jul 2020 9 nights Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) Balmoral L2016
FROM ONLY £1,299 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,299 per person

Unearth the treasures of Scotland’s remote, naturally majestic archipelagos, packing visits to four beautiful islands into one inspirational nine-night sailing. During five memorable days of island exploration, you can get closer to native wildlife, experience dramatic scenery, delve into centuries of fascinating history and much more. All this awaits before Stavanger adds a special Norwegian twist to your adventure.[ReadMoreMob]

Stopping overnight in the Shetlands, Lerwick is your starting point for discovering some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenes. Perhaps you’ll opt to tour to Northmavine, the Shetlands’ northernmost point, for views of breathtaking coastal landscapes and astonishing sea vistas; or head to RSPB Sumburgh Head, where large colonies of seabirds, including fulmars and puffins, live among steep, rugged cliffs. Be on the lookout for the Shetlands’ iconic ponies as you explore these picturesque lands. In the Orkneys, a call at Kirkwall allows you to seek-out the archipelago’s famous ancient sites such as the UNESCO-listed village of Skara Brae, where incredible Neolithic structures that pre-date Egypt’s pyramids, exhibits over 5,000 years of history; and the ceremonial stone circles of Stenness and Brodgar. It’s also possible to take in St Magnus, Britain’s northernmost cathedral, or simply explore the Orkney’s gloriously rugged countryside. [ReadMoreDesk]

The opportunities to savour stunning scenery and rich history continues in the Inner Hebrides, on the isles of Skye and Mull. From Portree, the natural wonders and historic castles of the Isle of Skye are yours to discover: Kilt Rock, the world-famous ‘Old Man’ of Storr rock formation and the Dunvegan and Eilean Donan castles are highlights among the island’s wild landscapes. Then the pastel-coloured harbour of Tobermory – one of Scotland’s most photographed scenes – will beckon you ashore to explore Mull’s iconic capital, where you could learn of the island’s interesting history at the Mull Museum and sample authentic, locally produced Scotch at the Tobermory Distillery. Visiting Tobermory puts you within reach of the 13th century Duart Castle, one of the last surviving privately owned clan castles in Scotland. Finally, for a taste of Norway, Balmoral diverts to Stavanger, where time for a leisurely exploration allows you to uncover the beautifully preserved wooden houses, churches and museums of the former ‘European Capital of Culture’.  

Real ships
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.

Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 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.