Scotland Slowly

Ocean Endeavour Cruise Ship
Ocean Endeavour
198 Passengers
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In the isles of Scotland, the past is present. Music, dancing, and stories. Rugged ruins. Ancient villages. Soaring seabirds. Visit mystical, coastal Scotland by ship!

Scotland, like good whisky, is best savored slowly. Nature and culture thrive on the isles. Hear music and stories. Revel in wildlife. Absorb the scenery. Immerse yourself in history.

Explore in comfort aboard the Ocean Endeavour. Visit historic Glasgow, the Western Isles, Pentland Firth, Orkney, the Shetland islands, and Aberdeen. Learn from Scottish experts as we go.

Scotland is spectacular in springtime. June is breeding season for birds. Search for whales on a Zodiac outing. Meet the locals and get a glimpse of island life. Raise a dram at world-famous distilleries. Wander among Neolithic ruins. Explore sea caves and bird cliffs. Savor Scotland—slowly.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Appreciate Scotland's picturesque shorelines and fascinating maritime heritage
• Wander among monuments at the heart of the Neolithic Ornkey UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Marvel at the largest collection of prehistoric megalithic structures in western Europe
• Experience island life on Foula in the Shetlands
• View the largest seabird colony in the United Kingdom at the cliffs of St. Kilda
• Purchase world-famous Harris Tweed, hand woven from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Glasgow/Greenock, Scotland
Day 2 Islay
Day 3 Iona and Staffa
Day 4 Skye
Day 5 Outer Herbrides
Day 6 St. Kilda
Day 7 Isle of Lewis
Day 8 Kirkwall, Orkney
Day 9 Papa Stour and Foula
Day 10 Fair Isle
Day 11 Aberdeen, Scotland

 

Day 1 — Glasgow/Greenock, Scotland

After meeting in Glasgow we’ll depart via coach, and travel onward to Greenock. Greenock has a rich maritime history and was a major shipbuilding and import center. Here, we'll board the Ocean Endeavour, our home for the next ten nights.

Day 2 — Islay

The Queen of the Hebrides, Islay is the southernmost of the Inner Hebrides, known for its fine whisky and as a haven for seabirds.

We will visit Loch Finlaggan historic site, home of the Lords of the Isles and Clan Donald, and visit Gruinart Nature Reserve, a habitat for barnacle goose, hen harriers, and corncrakes.  

Day 3 — Iona and Staffa

The Isle of Staffa is famed for basaltic formations and numerous caves, the best known being Fingal’s Cave. Originally known in Gaelic as “the melodious cave,” it provided the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s overture, The Hebrides.

We then visit nearby Iona, where St. Columba established his monastery—the burial place of kings. The restored Iona Abbey complex preserves two outstanding eighth century crosses and a splendid collection of sculpture.

Day 4 — Skye

This is a fabulous day for birders, photographers, and hikers. We will cruise the southwestern shore of Skye to visit Loch Coruisk, a freshwater loch accessed through Loch Scavaig. Here we find one of the finest mountainscapes in Britain, backed by the Cuillin Mountains.

Day 5 — Outer Herbrides

The Outer Hebrides are a fantastic collection of over 100 islands 45 miles (70 km) off Scotland’s west coast. Here we find the oldest evidence of human habitation in Scotland with Pictish, Norse, and Scottish influence. We’ll search out the rich marine and bird life of the islands as conditions permit.

Day 6 — St. Kilda

The archipelago known as St. Kilda was inhabited until 1930. Today, St. Kilda is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, protecting fascinating ruins as well as natural heritage features.

Seabirds thrive on the island of Hirta, which is also home to feral sheep left by the departing islanders. Enormous cliffs offer dramatic ocean views for our hikers!

Day 7 — Isle of Lewis

Lewis is the largest of the Hebridean Islands and a Gaelic stronghold. We’ll visit the island’s capital, Stornoway, where one can purchase the Island’s famous tweed, as well as one of Britain’s most important Stone Age sites. Callanish’s standing stones are said to be giants who were punished by St. Kieran for refusing to convert to Christianity.

Day 8 — Kirkwall, Orkney

Kirkwall is dominated by the massive St. Magnus Cathedral, dating from 1137. We’ll visit the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where we’ll find the 4,000-year old Ring of Brodgar and The Hall of Clestrain, the childhood home of Arctic explorer John Rae.

Day 9 — Papa Stour and Foula

Marine and bird life flourish at Papa Stour among cliffs, caves, sea stacks, and blowholes. We will have a morning Zodiac cruise exploring the coastline’s rugged beauty!

Fourteen miles (23 km) west of the Shetland Islands, Foula is the most remote inhabited island in the UK. Here, a few dozen folk make their homes, many preserving traditional methods of agriculture and subsistence. Arctic terns, red-throated divers, and great skuas may be found here.

Day 10 — Fair Isle

Once a Viking hub, Fair Isle is now an idyllic island colony of artists and shepherds. The island boasts 350 bird species, including puffins and great skuas in substantial numbers. The local museum is dedicated to preserving island heritage.

Day 11 — Aberdeen, Scotland

The Ocean Endeavour arrives in Aberdeen in the morning.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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For children accompanied by a full-fare adult, those four years old and younger pay only for charter airfare, and those two years and younger travel free.

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Select expeditions feature Nikon Canada Ambassadors and an onboard opportunity for passengers to use precision, professional-quality photography equipment courtesy of the onboard Nikon Camera Trial Program.

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   Category 10 | Suite
Deck seven: Forward-facing picture windows, unobstructed view; double bed, private bath with full tub, refrigerator. Approximately 310 sq ft
   Category 9 | Junior Suite
Deck five: Picture windows, unobstructed view; queen bed, sitting area, private bath, refrigerator. Approximately 270 sq ft
Deck seven forward: Forward-facing picture windows, unobstructed view; double bed, private bath with full tub, sitting area, refrigerator.. Approximately 270 sq ft
   Category 8 | Superior Twin
Deck five: Two picture windows, unobstructed view; two lower berths, sitting area, private bath, refrigerator. Approximately 210 sq ft
Deck seven forward: Forward-facing picture windows, unobstructed view; queen bed, private bath with full tub, refrigerator. Approximately 180 sq ft
Deck seven midship: Picture windows, partially obstructed view; queen bed, private bath, refrigerator. Approximately 190 sq ft
   Category 7 | Select Twin
Deck five: Picture windows, unobstructed view; two lower berths, private bath, refrigerator. Approximately 190 sq ft
Deck eight: Oversized windows, partially obstructed view; queen bed, private bath, refrigerator. Approximately 145 sq ft
   Category 6 | Comfort Twin
Deck four: Two porthole windows, unobstructed view; two lower berths, private bath, refrigerator. Approximately 175 sq ft
Deck seven: Picture window, partially obstructed view; two lower berths, private bath, refrigerator. Approximately 135 sq ft
Deck eight: Picture windows, obstructed view; queen bed, private bath, refrigerator. Approximately 160 sq ft
   Category 5 | Main Twin
Deck five: Picture window, unobstructed view; two lower berths, private bath. Approximately 115 sq ft
NOTE: Cabin 5047 is a 4-passenger Family Room.
   Category 4 | Exterior Twin
Deck four: Porthole window, unobstructed view; two lower berths, private bath. Approximately 100 sq ft (Twin) / 90 sq ft (Single)
NOTE: Cabin 4029 is a 6-passenger Family Room.
   Category 3 | Interior Twin
Deck five: Interior cabin, two lower berths, private bath. Approximately 125 sq ft (Twin) / 110 sq ft (Single)
   Category 2 | Triple
Deck four: Interior cabin, three lower berths, two private baths. Approximately 200 sq ft
   Category 1 | Quad
Deck four: Interior cabin, four lower berths, private bath (separate shower room and powder room). Approximately 240 sq ft
   Specialty Cabins
Cabin 5047 is a Category 5, 4-passenger Family Room
Cabin 4029 is a Category 4, 6-passenger Family Room