Scottish Lochs, Highlands & Islands
Find out for yourself what makes Scotland’s renowned unspoilt scenery so special on this short summer sailing, offering you the chance to take in picturesque lochs and waterways and discover beautiful, remote islands in less than a week.
Your time in Scotland might be short, however it promises to be memorable from beginning to end. First you’ll enjoy a cruise by the fascinating basalt columns of Fingal’s Cave – Fred. Olsen guests’ favourite area of scenic cruising in the UK – en route to the Orkneys, which is sure to whet your appetite for the abundance of scenic delights awaiting your admiration ashore. Once docked in Kirkwall, which is surrounded by rugged countryside, you’ll have a choice of highlights to discover. You could see the preserved 5,000-year-old Neolithic structures of Skara Brae on a tour; visit the Standing Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar; or even go in search of wonderful wildlife such as Arctic terns. [ReadMore]
Then, after an overnight sail to the beautiful Isle of Mull, you’ll stop at Tobermory. The iconic pastel-coloured harbour – which you may recognise from hit children’s television show Balamory – will beckon you ashore to explore the island’s pretty capital, where attractions such as the Mull Museum and the Tobermory Distillery await. Alternatively you could spend your time taking in the island’s stunning coastal scenery before embarking Black Watch once again for a scenic cruise along the Sound of Mull, with a chance to admire the historic 13th century Duart Castle as you sail by. Finally a call into Greenock – ‘Gateway to the Lochs’ – presents the opportunity to discover two of the Scottish Highland’s most desired spots, Loch Lomand and Trossachs National Park. Discovering the magnificent mountain scenery and dense woodlands surrounding the largest stretch of freshwater in Britain is the perfect end to this short, yet invigorating Scottish sailing.