Callanish standing stones

© Dennis Minty

Itinerary and Pricing Small-Ship Expedition Cruise
Scotland Slowly

June 14 to June 24, 2023

From $6,395 to $15,995 USD

Save 15% until January 31, 2022

Applies to berth cost only.

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

Itinerary

  • Glasgow panorama 3

    Day 1: Glasgow, Scotland
    Begin Your Adventure

    Meet your fellow adventurers in Glasgow and depart via coach to travel onward to Greenock, a city with a rich maritime history as a major shipbuilding and import centre.

    Board the Ocean Endeavour for an evening departure.

  • Loch Finlaggan historic site

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 2: Islay
    Tour the Gruinart Nature Reserve & Sample Whisky

    Wet your whistle on Islay, the Queen of the Hebrides, known for its fine whisky and as a haven for seabirds.

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

    If you’re a Scotch lover, you can select an optional enhancement to take a tour of Islay's world-famous distilleries.

  • Zodiac cruise Fingals Cave

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 3: Iona and Staffa
    Make a Pilgrimage to Iona Abbey & Fingal's Cave

    Take a Zodiac cruise at the Isle of Staffa, famed for basaltic formations and numerous caves, the best known being Fingal’s Cave.

    See for yourself why it is originally known in Gaelic as “the melodious cave” and provided the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s overture, The Hebrides.

    Then visit nearby Iona, where St. Columba established his monastery—the burial place of kings.

    Admire the beautifully restored Iona Abbey complex, which preserves two outstanding crosses dating as far back as the eighth century.

  • Skye scotland

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 4: Skye
    Enjoy Photography, Birdwatching, and Hiking

    Whether you’re a hiker, photographer, or birder, you will love a visit to Skye.

    Cruise the southwestern shore of this large island to visit Loch Coruisk, a freshwater lake accessed through Loch Scavaig.

    Choose the level of activity that suits you best for a walk, hike, or trek among one of the finest mountainscapes in Britain, the Cuillin hills.

  • Stac Lee saint kilda bird colony

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 5: Outer Hebrides
    Explore Uninhabited Isles

    Reach out-of-the-way, uninhabited islands that are only accessible by Zodiac during an expedition landing to the Outer Hebrides—a fantastic collection of over 100 islands seventy kilometres off Scotland’s west coast.

    Take note of archaeological remains that reveal the oldest evidence of human habitation in Scotland, with influence from Pictish, Norse, and Scottish cultures.

    Search out the rich marine and bird life of the islands as conditions permit.

  • Sheep at st kilda

    © Dennis Minty

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

    Venture to the tiny, far-flung archipelago of St. Kilda, which has been uninhabited since 1930.

    Wander amongst this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site that protects the former community as well as natural heritage features.

    Hike to enormous cliffs offering dramatic ocean views.

    Take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the millions of seabirds who thrive on the island of Hirta, which is also home to feral sheep left by the departing islanders.

  • Stornoway Lewis 2

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 7: Stornoway, Lewis
    Witness Modern & Ancient Scottish Culture

    Visit Stornoway on the isle of Lewis, a Gaelic stronghold and the capital of the largest of the Hebrides.

    Meander through one of Britain’s most important Stone Age sites, Callanish’s standing stones, which are said to be giants who were punished by St. Kieran for refusing to convert to Christianity.

    Browse charming shops to purchase the island’s famous tweed.

  • The ring of brodgar orkney

    © Kristian Bogner

    Day 8: Kirkwall, Orkney
    Visit the Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Wander through the stone walls of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll find the 4,000-year-old Ring of Brodgar.

    Tour the Hall of Clestrain, childhood home of Arctic explorer John Rae and take in the sights of the city of Kirkwall, dominated by the massive St. Magnus Cathedral, dating from 1137.

  • Papa Stour

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 9: Papa Stour and Foula
    Take a Zodiac Cruise

    Explore the rugged coastline and spot flourishing marine and bird life among Papa Stour’s cliffs, caves, sea stacks, and blowholes on a morning Zodiac cruise.

    Call in at sweet and petite Foula, twenty-three kilometres west of the Shetland Islands, home to just a few dozen folks, many of whom preserve traditional methods of agriculture and subsistence.

    Keep an eye out for the Arctic terns, red-throated divers, and great skuas that may be found here.

  • Atlantic puffin

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 10: Fair Isle
    Enjoy Birdwatching & Quaint Island Culture

    Journey to charming Fair Isle, once a Viking hub and now an idyllic island colony of artists and shepherds.

    Keep your binoculars handy to spot some of the 350 bird species that the island boasts, including puffins and great skuas in substantial numbers.

    Take a tour of the local museum, dedicated to preserving island heritage.

  • Aberdeen 2

    © Mike Beedell

    Day 11: Aberdeen, Scotland
    Wave a Fond Farewell

    Complete your journey by disembarking the Ocean Endeavour in Aberdeen.

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

    Say your farewells in this modern city that retains its old-world charm.

Pricing and Cabins

Canadian residents may opt to take advantage of Adventure Canada's in-house exchange rate and pay for their voyage in Canadian dollars, if desired. Contact us for more details.

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 Cruise

    Scotland Slowly

    June 14 to June 24, 2023

    From $6,395 to $15,995 USD

    Save 15% until January 31, 2022

    Applies to berth cost only.

  • 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: Glasgow, Scotland

    Ends: Aberdeen, 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

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    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.

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    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.

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