Scenic Scotland in five nights cruise
- Drinks Package or up to £600pp on board spend
- Discover enchanting waterways and remote islands from Borealis
- Relax during hours of enthralling daytime scenic cruising
- Go in search of many more of Scotland’s most famous highlights
Sailing from Liverpool
28 August 2021
FREE DRINKS & TIPS
With Borealis as your guide, you’ll experience a wonderful snapshot of Scotland’s splendid summertime scenery. Your short, but invigorating discovery of enchanting waterways and remote islands begins with memorable scenic cruising, time to relax on board your smaller ship, see the 13thcentury Duart Castle, admire the Sound of Mull’s rolling landscapes, marvel at the intriguing Dutchman’s Cap and hear the echo of Atlantic Ocean waves crashing against Fingal’s Cave’s remarkable basalt columns.
After whetting your appetite, Borealis will then call at two charming destinations on consecutive days, for opportunities to step ashore and uncover many more of Scotland’s greatest and most famous historic sites and scenic delights. A stop at Kirkwall will allow you time to take in some of the Orkney Island’s incredible Neolithic treasures, such as the UNESCO-listed village of Skara Brae; and in the picturesque Shetlands, Lerwick is your starting point for seeking out native wildlife such as iconic Shetland ponies.
- 6 nights onboard Balmoral
- Comfortable, stylish cabins and suites equipped with a Smart TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and individually controlled air conditioning
- A tempting choice of cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets, late-night snacks and much more
- Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues, complimentary afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
- A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music
- Full use of on board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
- A wide choice of engaging on board activities and lectures throughout the day
- All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
- Luggage porterage between your cabin and the drop-off/pick-up point
- Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet
Day 1 Liverpool, United Kingdom
Set sail from Liverpool on this beautiful voyage onboard Borealis
Day 3 Kirkwall, United Kingdom
Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands, resonates with ancient echoes of Christian, Nordic and Celtic history. It’s a town that feels more Scandinavian than Scottish; in fact, the name Kirkwall comes from the Norse for 'Church Bay', relating to the town's 11th century Church of St Olaf of Norway.
Exploring the town’s atmospheric paved streets and twisting lanes, reveals a number of highlights, including the ruins of the Earl and Bishop’s Palaces, dating from the mid-12th century and serving as a reminder of the Orkney's turbulent past. The palaces are considered by many to be the finest Renaissance buildings in Scotland. Also worth visiting is the recently restored St. Magnus Cathedral, founded in memory of Saint Magnus Erlendsson by Norseman Earl Rögnvald Kali.
Don't miss Tankerness House, a beautifully preserved 16th century townhouse, and the Orkney Wireless Museum, with it's fascinating insights into the history of radio, too.
Day 4 Lerwick, Inited Kingdom
Lerwick is the friendly capital of the 100 islands and islets of the Shetland. The bustling, cosmopolitan seaport is the islands’ only town, and its wonderful natural harbour is a joy to explore.
Until the 1600s, Leir Vik – Norse for a muddy bay – was little more than a few huts. However, conflict between the British and Dutch, whose fishing fleet fished for herrings off the islands, led to the building of a permanent settlement. This included Fort Charlotte, which once overlooked the harbour but has now been enclosed by the town following land reclamation.
Despite the wealth created by North Sea oil, modern Lerwick retains many fascinating small shops and historic buildings. Wandering along atmospheric Commercial Street is a delight, and the Böd of Gremista – a “fishing booth” built in 1780, is now a fascinating museum. The ground floor has the salt store and the kitchen, where herrings were hung to dry. Outside the town are the well preserved remains of the Broch of Clickimin, a small Bronze-Age settlement excavated in the last century.
Day 5 Cruising past Duart Castle, United Kingdom
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.
Day 5 Cruising Sound of Mull, United Kingdom
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
Day 5 Cruising by Dutchman's Cap (Bac Mòr), UK
Day 5 Cruising Fingal's Cave, United Kingdom
Similar to the famous, UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, Fingal’s Cave is a beautiful basalt sea-cave with distinctive ‘columns’ and a remarkable symmetry that looks incredible as you cruise past.
Often, the cliffs, ledges and grassy slopes are smothered with native seabirds, including guillemots, razorbills, puffins and more, so it’s the perfect place to enjoy a little birdwatching. Just make sure you have your binoculars to hand!
Day 6 Liverpool, United Kingdom
Time to say our farewells as we arrive back into Liverpool.