Scotland Slowly

Scotland Slowly

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

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Ring of brodgar orkney standing stones

© Dennis Minty

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Map of Scotland, showing our planned route and ports of call.
  • Day 1-2: Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Day 3: Aberdeenshire
  • Day 4: Papa Stour and Foula
  • Day 5: Kirkwall, Orkney
  • Day 6: Isle Of Lewis
  • Day 7: St. Kilda
  • Day 8: Outer Herbrides
  • Day 9: Skye
  • Day 10: Iona and Staffa
  • Day 11: Islay
  • Day 12: Glasgow/Greenock, Scotland

Top 5 Experiences on Scotland Slowly

Travel in comfort to Scotland's farthest-flung islands, only accessible by sea

Journey to Scotland’s farthest-flung islands, including the Shetlands, Orkneys, and Outer Hebrides, where crofters and fisherfolk live close to the sea and maintain an island way of life.

Make landings by Zodiac in places otherwise inaccessible to travellers and visit the abandoned settlement at St. Kilda, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hiking at saint kilda

© Dennis Minty

Immerse yourself in history at standing stones, brochs, ruins, and castles

Wander wide-eyed through Scotland’s rich and layered history that rises up from the ground to meet you.

Visit archaeological ruins including standing stones, brochs, ancient complexes, and medieval castles.

Learn about the English, Scots, Norse, Pictish, and Neolithic cultures that all made their mark in Scotland.

Ring of brodgar orkney standing stones

© Dennis Minty

Spot seabirds and whales in rich marine environments

Peruse Scotland’s rocky coastlines that attract millions of seabirds, including northern gannets and puffins.

Cruise the rich waters of the North Atlantic and North Sea that are favoured by numerous species of whales.

Enjoy the springtime conditions that are excellent for viewing seabirds and spotting marine mammals.

Fair Isle puffins

© Dennis Minty

Sample fine Scotch straight from the source

Visit small distilleries, famed the world over, that are home to some of Scotland’s most celebrated single malts.

Tour these unique attractions, learn how Scotch is made, and sample some of the world’s finest straight from the source.

On Islay and around the islands, where fresh water and characteristic peat are found in plenty, numerous Scotch distillers ply their unique trade.

Jura Distillers

© Mike Beedell

Get up-close-and-personal to some of Europe's finest cliffs and caves on daily Zodiac rides

See for yourself why Felix Mendelssohn was inspired to write his overture The Hebrides after visiting Fingal’s Cave on the Isle of Staffa.

Explore the rugged coastline and spot plentiful marine and bird life among Papa Stour’s cliffs, caves, sea stacks, and blowholes.

Access uninhabited isles only reachable by Zodiac.

Zodiac cruise Fingals Cave 2

Ocean Endeavour

Life aboard Ocean Endeavour is as relaxed or as engaged as you want it to be. The onboard spa, library, hot tub, sauna, gift shop, multiple lounges, and viewing areas offer comfort and ease.