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Islay, Scotland

West Coast Gems of Scotland

7-day coastal cruise from £1,695 pp

Summary

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A unique opportunity to explore Scotland's Westerns Isles

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Highlights

  • Take the helm of the world's largest square-rigged sailing vessel, the Golden Horizon
  • Visit Duart and Eilean Donan, two of Scotland's most spectacularly-located castles
  • Uncover the story behind the world-famous Harris tweed
  • Discover the wild beauty and marine life of Scotland's west coast
  • Enjoy a wee dram - or two - of one of Islay's single malts

In Brief

  • 1 Night Greenock
  • 1 Night Tobermory
  • 1 Night Stornoway
  • 1 Night Ullapool
  • 1 Night Portree
  • 1 Night Port Ellen
  • 1 Night Greenock

About

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Ocean cruise

Discover the beautiful coastal towns, striking natural sights, historic castles and glistening lochs of western Scotland in style, aboard the world's largest square-rigged sailing vessel. Setting sale from Greenock, you'll let the prevailing winds and currents guide you between some of the UK's most spectacular islands and coastlines, calling into Stornaway, Ullapool and beautiful Islay. Along the way, you'll be treated to a full programme of excursions, all providing an in-depth introduction to the region's wildlife, landscapes and cuisine. And, speaking of food, back on board you'll enjoy a full spread of included meals, each making the most of western Scotland's unique and delicious pantry.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Greenock (Glasgow)

Embark Golden Horizon at Greenock (Glasgow) for your tall-ship adventure, departing in the evening for the Isle of Mull.

Stay: Golden Horizon

Meals: D

Day 2
Tobermory

Mull is the second-largest of Scotland's Inner Hebrides, and this is its photogenic capital. From the moment you spy the brightly-coloured buildings lining Tobermory's quay, the fishing town engages in an irresistible charm offensive. Climbing steeply from that sheltered harbour, its narrow lanes host boutiques worthy of browsing, excellent small museums, a town gallery with objects retrieved from a sunken Spanish Armada ship, a Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust visitor centre and a bijou whisky distillery offering tasting tours. There's also the arts centre, An Tobar, whose comfy café and log fire are dangerously conducive to slumber. Stretching away to the south, Mull offers mountainous moorland with lonely clan fortresses - most memorably Duart Castle, high and handsome atop a coastal crag. Take it all in with a choice of optional excursions, including a Glengorm Castle walk, a tour of Duart Castle or a sea life adventure in search of whales, dolphins and basking sharks.

Stay: Golden Horizon

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Stornoway

Beyond Skye, across the Minch, sprawl the Outer Hebrides (or Western Isles) – an epic archipelago of more than 200 chunks or specks. Found on the conjoined, northernmost islands of Lewis and Harris, busy Stornoway represents their sole town. Occupying another picturesque harbour, it hosts a gallery devoted to the weaving of Harris Tweed and, amid a modern extension of baronial Lews Castle, the Museum of the Isles. Most visitors, however, make a bee-line for the surrounding sights: boggy peat moors, peaks, white-sand beaches and a profusion of prehistoric remains headlined by the Calanais standing stones, a cross-shaped formation which predates Stonehenge. Today's optional excursions include a Lews Castle walk, a visit to one of the famous Harris Tweed shops or a RIB boat safari of the island's stunning coast, hopefully spotting seabirds, seals and maybe even minke whales. Alternatively, head into the hills and along the coasts, taking in bustling port towns and spending some time of a remote beach.

Stay: Golden Horizon

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Ullapool

Nestled on the shores of Lochbroom is the picturesque town of Ullapool. Despite its small size it is the largest settlement for many miles around and an important  port and tourist destination. With a strong fishing heritage and surrounded by rugged mountains this is an ideal base for exploring the local landscapes: from Corrieshalloch Gorge to the wild and remote highland landscapes of the Geopark. To make the most of your stay, choose between optional excursions that include a half-day nature reserve tour, exploring waterfalls and picturesque bays or a guided hike to Knockan Crag in the island's beautiful Geopark.

Stay: Golden Horizon

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Portree

Docking in Portree, the pretty waterside capital of the Isle of Skye, you’ll head out to explore the island’s lofty landscapes. The rich-green foliage and unusual rock formations of the Fairy Glen are simply otherworldly, and the Old Man of Storr is striking evidence of geological shifts from millennia ago. This main town on the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides has a thriving cultural centre and is a popular base for exploring the rest of the island. Today's excursion options include a visit to the famous Eilean Donan Castle and a guided tour of Portree, a bustling fishing town huddled around a charming harbour and continue the Scorrybreac route where you will be rewarded with some fantastic views to Raasay.

Stay: Golden Horizon

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Port Ellen, Islay

A small town on the island of Islay, in Argyll, Scotland. Arriving by ship it is impossible to miss the square shaped Carraig Fhada Lighthouse and its bay of golden sand. The island is best known for its whisky distilleries and an optional Islay Distillery tour and tasting will introduce you to its famous single malts. Or, choose to take in centuries-old Finlaggen and its wetlands, an important habitat for migrating birds. An RSPB ranger will lead the way.

Stay: Golden Horizon 

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Greenock (Glasgow)

Disembark early in the morning after breakfast.

Meals: B

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Pricing

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Prices

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

7-day coastal cruise from £1,695 pp

Departure: 15 July 2021

Includes:

  • 6 night cruise in a Gallery Forward cabin (upgrades available)
  • Meals are included on a full-board basis, with fine dining as standard
  • A selection of complimentary wines and beers is served during meal hours
  • 24-hour complimentary room service (in selected cabin categories)
  • A range of optional shore excursions is available in each port

Limited cabins available

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