Includes 7 night all inclusive cruise, transfers and hotel stays in London and Liverpool
There’s no doubt that a cruise is the best way to truly appreciate the beauty of the captivating Scottish lochs. Just hop on-board and simply sit on deck to savour the string of picture-postcard locations that unfold before your eyes.
Embrace the breathtaking scenery of the Scottish lochs on an incredible seven night sailing, taking in beautiful waterways, natural wonders and remote islands and towns aboard your smaller-sized cruise ship – the best way to truly appreciate the astonishing beauty of this picture-perfect part of the world.
The picturesque Sound of Canna presents you with your first glimpse of Scotland’s stunning scenery before your ship diverts into magical Loch Dunvegan, flanked by gorgeous lush countryside as far as the eye can see.
In the Orkneys, take the chance to admire the islands’ rugged landscapes from Kirkwall from where you can also tour to the 5,000-year-old Neolithic village of Skara Brae and ancient stone circles of Stenness and Brodgar.
A full day in Kirkwall is followed by a visit to Invergordon – gateway to infamous Loch Ness, the historic castle of Cawdor and the Highland’s largest house, Dunrobin Castle – before Black Watch drops anchor at Ullapool. Perhaps go ashore to explore this pretty town; or opt to take a boat trip on the spectacular, glacier-carved Loch Glencoul. Alternatively you could choose to see the tumbling waters of Eas a’ Chual Aluinn – Britain’s highest waterfall – up close on an unforgettable tour before boarding the ship once again to cruise Loch Broom.
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. Finally, after sailing the Sound of Mull by the imposing 13th century Duart Castle, a call into Greenock – ‘Gateway to the Lochs’ – offers opportunities 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 invigorating, seven night Scottish adventure.
We have combined this with hotel stays in both London and Liverpool which will allow you to see iconic sights of the UK with a multitude of sightseeing possibilities to add to your package.
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THURSDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Welcome to London. Transfer from London Heathrow or London Gatwick
Once clear of Immigration and Customs, there’s a transfer from London Heathrow or Gatwick to your chosen hotel in central London by private car. When you arrive you have the rest of the day at your leisure to relax. Depending on your arrival time we will try and secure an early check in for you, but if not you may leave your luggage with the concierge.
This evening is at your leisure and you are free to dine as you please. We will be delighted to offer some suggested restaurants, or alternatively you may choose to dine in the hotel restaurant. We will be pleased to book a table on your behalf.
FRIDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Transfer to Liverpool by train with 1st class reserved seats
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in your hotel.
We have arranged a mid morning transfer by private car from your hotel to Euston Station, where you will board the Virgin Pendolino high speed train to Liverpool. The journey time is just over 2 hours, and you will have chance to sit back and relax in your reserved 1st class seat. During the journey you will be served complimentary drinks and a snack.
On arrival into Liverpool Lime Street, there will be a transfer by private car to your hotel in the City Centre. Check in and you then have the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore the City. May we suggest a visit to the Beatles Experience situated in Albert Dock, or the Maritime Museum or the Museum of Liverpool? Maybe a trip on the River Mersey itself – there’s so much to see and do.
We will be delighted to offer recommendations for your evening meal in the City, or maybe a meal in the hotel – it’s your choice!
SATURDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Departure from Liverpool
Enjoy a full English breakfast in your hotel, and you then have the morning free to explore the City.
We have arranged a private transfer from your hotel in the early afternoon to take you to the Port.
Board the ship mid-afternoon and settle into your cabin before you set sail.
SUNDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Enjoy the facilities on-board Black Watch
MONDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
Situated on the beautiful Orkney Islands, and home to a range of wildlife, including migration Arctic Terns, Kirkwall is surrounded by gloriously rugged countryside just begging to be explored. Alternatively, venture to the dominating St. Magnus Cathedral – the northernmost on the British Isles; discover the 5,000 year-old Neolithic village of Skara Brae; or tour to the Highland Park Distillery.
TUESDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Nestled in the Scottish Highlands, Invergordon gives the chance to scan the horizon for the legendary monster of Loch Ness on a tour. You can also immerse yourself in Scottish history amid the 15th century Cawdor Castle; visit the imposing Dunrobin Castle and the ruins of Lochindorb Castle – known as ‘the Wolf’s Lair’; or savour a true taste of Scotland at the Glenmorangie Distillery.
WEDNESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Founded by the British Fisheries Society in 1788, Ullapool sits on the edge of Lochbroom and is perfectly placed for trips into Ross-shire and the Scottish Highlands.
It has become an important holiday centre in recent years, with fishing in the sea and the loch, as well as deer stalking, golf and boat hire all on offer. The award-winning Ullapool Museum is in a former church, a Grade A building designed by Thomas Telford. It was built in 1829 following a parliamentary initiative to provide places of worship throughout the Highlands: hence it was called a “Parliamentary Church” before it closed.
The town clock is claimed to be the most photographed in Scotland: cast iron, each four pediment faces decorated with crowns and an urn on top carrying a weathervane. Just outside Ullapool is Rhue, a four-acre Bronze-Age settlement, with the remains of round houses and barns
Loch Broom cruise
A scenic cruise is the best way to appreciate the outstanding natural beauty of the Loch, so have your camera to hand as you glide along the beautifully still waters past incredible landmarks including the 2,438ft-high Ben Mor Coigach mountain and the 2,083ft-high Beinn Ghobhlach Marilyn. The charming town of Ullapool is situated on the eastern shore of Loch Broom.
THURSDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Tobermory Isle of Mull
Tobermory is a pretty little village with brightly coloured houses fronting the main street that runs down to the pier. The name comes from Gaelic Tobar Mhoire – Mary’s Well – the water from which was said to have medical properties. Sadly, the Well has disappeared. The Mull Museum on the main street celebrates Mull’s history, with artefacts that include working implements used by local craftsmen.
Tobermory Distillery, the only one on Mull, was founded in 1798, but has been closed and reopened several times – the most recent reopening was in 1990. The buildings are those which were built when the Distillery first opened. It produces a malt and a blend, with the former known as Tobermory the Malt: the bottle has an enamelled label.
Cruising Sound of Mull
Flowing between the Isle of Mull and the shores of Scotland, the Sound of Mull is a beautiful stretch of water that forms part of the Atlantic Ocean. As you sail through the sound on your Fred. Olsen cruise ship you’ll see some stunning natural landscapes and will truly appreciate the beauty of the British Isles.
Cruising Past Duart Castle
Duart Castle dates back to the 13th century and is one of the most historic, important and prettiest castles in the Highlands. Set amongst a back drop of beautiful valleys, the Castle looks impressive from any angle, especially from the water – a sight you’ll get to see during your scenic cruise here.
FRIDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 2018
Greenock for Glasgow
A former ‘European City of Culture’ and host of the Commonwealth Games in 2014, Glasgow – voted the world’s friendliest city – is one of Britain’s most popular and interesting cities, offering arguably the U.K.’s best shopping outside of London, vibrant nightlife, stunning architecture and a diverse array of attractions including world-renowed museums, fascinating art galleries and unique exhibitions.
During your stay in the city you’ll also be perfectly placed to embark on trips to the incredible national parks and mesmerising lochs of the Scottish Highlands
SATURDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2018
Arrival at Liverpool
After an early breakfast, disembark the ship. We have arranged a transfer to your hotel where you can leave your luggage and you then can either have a day at leisure in Liverpool or alternatively take advantage of one of the sightseeing programmes we have available.
Your evening is free to dine in one of the many great restaurants in the City, or maybe a quiet dinner in your hotel.
Overnight at your 4 star hotel in Liverpool.
SUNDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER 2018
Travel to London and free time
After breakfast in your hotel, we will transfer you back to Liverpool Lime Street Station for your return journey to London. You will travel in a first class carriage with reserved seats and enjoy a snack with tea & coffee.
On arrival at London’s Euston Station after your 2 hour journey there will be a transfer to your hotel in Central London. The rest of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure.
MONDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Full day London sightseeing tour and River Cruise
Sightseeing tour with river cruise. Hop-on and Hop-off open top bus tour with live guided commentary in English, with digitally recorded commentary in seven other languages. Four tour routes cover over ninety stops showing you the very best of London attractions.
The River Cruise departs from Waterloo Pier (The London Eye) and Westminster Pier (Big Ben & Westminster Abbey). View the sights of London before arriving at Tower Pier where you can visit The Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
TUESDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Depart London – Airport transfers
Our Fred. Olsen cruise around the Lochs of Scotland is just one of many cruises that we can offer in 2018.
Many depart from UK ports, and offer a great chance to see the United Kingdom from the sea, and enjoy a wide range of shore excursions.