Lews Castle Stronaway

© Dennis Minty

Itinerary and Pricing

Small-Ship Expedition

Scotland Slowly

June 4 to June 14, 2023

From $6,395 to $15,995 USD

Coming soon

Map

Scotland slowly 2023 map
  • Day 1: Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Day 2: Fair Isle
  • Day 3: Papa Stour and Foula
  • Day 4: Kirkwall, Orkney
  • Day 5: Stornoway, Lewis
  • Day 6: St. Kilda
  • Day 7: Outer Hebrides
  • Day 8: Skye
  • Day 9: Iona and Staffa
  • Day 10: Islay
  • Day 11: Glasgow, Scotland

Itinerary

  • Aberdeen

    © Mike Beedell

    Day 1: Aberdeen, Scotland
    The Adventure Begins

    Many of Aberdeen’s historic stone buildings are made of locally quarried granite; high in mica, they can sparkle like silver. The city is famed for its forty-five parks, gardens, and floral displays.

    In recent years, Aberdeen has become the gateway to the North Sea oil industry, but the city retains its old world charm and is a wonderful place for a walkabout. Here we board the Ocean Endeavour.

  • Fair Isle puffins

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 2: Fair Isle
    Birdwatching & Island Culture

    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.

  • Caves Papa Stour Shetland Islands

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 3: Papa Stour and Foula
    Birdwatching & Zodiac Cruise

    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!

    Twenty-three kilometres west of the Shetland Islands, Foula is the home of just a few dozen folks, many of whom preserve traditional methods of of agriculture and subsistence. Arctic terns, red-throated divers, and great skuas may be found here.

  • Ring Of Brodgar Orkney

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 4: Kirkwall, Orkney
    Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage Site

    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. We’ll also tour the Hall of Clestrain, childhood home of Arctic explorer John Rae.

  • Stornoway Lewis 3

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 5: Stornoway, Lewis
    Standing Stones & Gaelic Culture

    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. 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.

  • Hirta St Kilda

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 6: St. Kilda
    St. Kilda UNESCO World Heritage Site

    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!

  • Atlantic Puffins Fair Isle 01

    Day 7: Outer Hebrides
    Hiking & Zodiac Cruising

    The Outer Hebrides are a fantastic collection of over 100 islands seventy kilometers 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.

  • Skye Hike Loch Skavaig

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 8: Skye
    Photography, Birdwatching, and Hiking

    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 hills.

  • Iona Abbey The Burial Place Of Kings

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 9: Iona and Staffa
    Fingal's Cave & Iona Abbey

    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 crosses dating as far back as the eighth century.

  • Finnlaggan Islay

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 10: Islay
    Whisky Sampling & Gruinart Nature Reserve

    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 to the Gruinart Nature Reserve, a habitat for barnacle goose, hen harriers, and corncrakes.

  • Glasgow panorama 2

    Day 11: Glasgow, Scotland
    A Fond Farewell

    Greenock has a rich maritime history and was a major shipbuilding and import centre. Here, we’ll disembark the Ocean Endeavour and depart via coach to Glasgow.

Pricing and Cabins

Ship

Ocean Endeavour Labrador

Ocean Endeavour

Our spacious, ice-strengthened vessel features twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, and stabilizers. A doctor, paramedic, medical clinic, and enhanced health regime offer peace of mind. Roomy facilities offer comfortable travel with plenty of breathing room for all.

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Details

  • Small-Ship Expedition

    Scotland Slowly

    June 4 to June 14, 2023

    From $6,395 to $15,995 USD

    Coming soon

  • Single Supplement: No single supplement on a limited quantity of cabins in categories 3 to 7!

    Once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee is 1.5 times the berth cost.

  • Starts: Aberdeen, Scotland

    Ends: Glasgow, Scotland

Inclusions and Exclusions

Included:

  • Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour
  • Applicable taxes and credit card fees
  • Complimentary expedition jacket
  • Contribution to Adventure Canada’s Discovery Fund
  • Special access permits, entry, and park fees
  • Expert expedition team
  • Guided activities
  • Sightseeing and community visits
  • All Zodiac excursions
  • Port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Educational program
  • Nikon Camera Trial Program
  • Interactive workshops
  • Evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals

Not Included:

  • Commercial and charter flights
  • Program enhancements/optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Possible fuel surcharges and administrative fees
  • Pre- and post-trip hotel accommodation

Incentives

  • Free Single Supplement Icon

    Free Single Supplement

    For those who prefer not to share, we have a limited quantity of cabins in category 3 through to category 7 with no single supplement! Once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee is 1.5 times the berth cost. Single occupancy in categories 8–10 is available at full double-occupancy rates. Can be combined with the Multi-Trip Promotion, League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program, and 2023 Early Booking Bonus. Subject to cabin availability.

  • Multi Trip Promotion Icon

    Multi-Trip Promotion

    Receive 10% off the berth cost when you book more than one 2023 Ocean Endeavour expedition (excluding Antarctica). Can be combined with the Early Booking Bonus, Free Single Supplement, and League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

  • Family Friendly Icon

    Family Friendly

    Children four years old and younger pay only for charter airfare—and children two years and younger travel free! Children must be accompanied by a full-fare adult. Can be combined with the League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

  • Price Guarantee Icon

    Price Guarantee

    If Adventure Canada reduces the price of the berth portion of the fare of any expedition more than 120 days prior to departure, previously booked clients may claim the lower rate. For more information, please visit adventurecanada.com/guarantee.

  • Save 30 Under 30 Icon

    Save 30% under 30

    Save 30% on the berth cost for travellers under thirty years of age. Can be combined with the Free Single Supplement and League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

Adventure Canada itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather, ice, and sea conditions