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Scottish Lochs, Highlands & Islands

20th Jul 2018 5 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W1815
FROM ONLY £849 per person
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FROM ONLY £849 per person

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. 

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. Refurbished at the end of 2016, the 804-guest Black Watch features stylish new décor, fittings and furniture, plus the new The Poolside restaurant. What's more, new TVs, mini-bars and safes enhance the accommodation on board, while the on board cinema has been upgraded too. Despite all these new features, Black Watch still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet. 

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

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We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.