Soak up Scotland’s stunning landscapes as you experience this diverse country by sea. Taking in Aberdeen and Balmoral Castle, before heading to Inverness, Orkney, Oban and the fascinating Outer Hebrides.
Be inspired by Loch Ness, the Ring of Brodgar and Neolithic Orkney, as our first-class small ship explores the less-visited ports of Scotland as well as a taste of coastal Ireland.
Cruising Scotland’s Highlands & Islands Price Includes
The price of this cruise is per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin and includes:
- Covid Cancellation protection included as standard
- 7 nights on board the MS Seaventure in your choice of cabin or suite, with sea views
- Embarkation in Edinburgh and disembarkation in Greenock*
- Guided sightseeing tours of Aberdeen, Inverness, Oban, the Isle of Lewis and Kirkwall
- Visits to Balmoral Castle with self guided tour, and Scenic Drive around Loch Ness
- Full breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and á la carte dinner daily on board
- Five-star service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
- All port taxes
- Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
- The services of a Riviera Travel Cruise Director and Concierge
*Reverse itinerary available
Subject to availability. Single supplements apply.
Day 1 – Embark in Edinburgh
Arrive in Leith, near Edinburgh, where you will board MS Seaventure for the start of this fascinating cruise of Scotland. The dedicated crew are there to welcome you on board, ensuring you settle in and familiarise yourself with your contemporary surroundings. Perhaps enjoy your favourite drink on the deck as this beautifully made ship elegantly cruises north along the Scottish coast.
Day 2 – Aberdeen and Balmoral Castle
As you enjoy a delicious breakfast in the well-appointed restaurant or sip your morning coffee on the deck, cast your eyes ashore to see we have moored in the historic port city of Aberdeen. This morning’s visit has a royal seal of approval, as we visit the breathtaking Balmoral Castle, famously owned by Queen Elizabeth II. Relax and take in the views as we travel by coach through Cairngorms National Park, a haven for spectacular British wildlife.
As if by magic, the iconic Balmoral Castle comes into view, with its imposing grey turrets set back against its verdant surroundings. Enjoy a self-guided visit of Balmoral Castle to learn more about its fascinating past, before returning to the ship for lunch on board. (Note that if the Queen is visiting, there is no access to the public and there will be an alternative activity planned).
This afternoon we explore a little closer to our mooring with a guided tour of Aberdeen, Scotland’s third largest city located on the mouths of the River Dee and River Don. This evening, after a delicious meal on board, enjoy the twinkling coastline views before our night time sailing along the North Sea.
Day 3 – Invergordon and Loch Ness
This morning we awake in Invergordon, a town and port in Easter Ross proud of its naval heritage. Nestled in the Cromarty Firth, this charming port is one which larger ships wouldn’t ordinarily be able to access, making it the perfect stop to effortlessly explore Inverness and the famous Loch Ness.
Your exploration of this area begins today with a guided walking tour of Inverness. The quaint town of Inverness, home to castles and cathedrals is perfect for exploring on foot. On your walking tour you will visit the main sights of this capital of the Highlands. Get ready to see the Inverness Town House, a stunning baronial house, plus Inverness Castle with its magnificent views over the city. The Victorian Market, another of your stops, is full of quaint boutique shops, as well as the Old High Church and graveyard, as mentioned in the Outlander series of books and the majestic St Andrews Cathedral, built in 1158.
Next, we take a scenic drive along Scotland’s most famous waters, Loch Ness. Loch Ness is the second largest loch by surface area and the largest by volume in the British Isles and is most associated with sightings of the legendary Loch Ness Monster. We uncover stories of a bygone era on a picturesque drive around parts of the loch, stopping to enjoy spectacular views with commentary from your knowledgeable guide. A favourite calling point for many will be the stop overlooking Urquhart Castle, one of Scotland’s most iconic castle ruins. We return to the ship for a late lunch, with the afternoon free to enjoy as you wish before our early evening departure.
Day 4 – Kirkwall and Neolithic Orkney
Overnight our agile ship has made its way to the most northerly point on our cruise, Kirkwall, the largest town in the Orkney archipelago. Our insight into this stunning part of Scotland begins with a scenic tour of UNESCO-listed Neolithic Orkney, including visits to Skara Brae and Skaill House. We then head west and visit the Standing Stones of Stennes, before visiting the Ring of Brodgar, the mystical stones which form one of the most fascinating prehistoric monuments in the British Isles.
Your journey continues on to Maeshowe, where you will enjoy a guided tour of the finest chambered tomb in northwest Europe, more than a staggering 5,000 years old. There will be time to explore Kirkwall, after a late lunch on the ship.
Later this afternoon your ship will begin to make its way to spectacular Stornoway, so why not find a spot on deck or by a panoramic window to take in the unforgettable views?
Day 5 – Stornoway, Outer Hebrides
This morning we awake to the sights of the Isle of Lewis & Harris, as we dock in Stornoway. Discover the wild scenery of the Outer Hebrides and learn about the region’s history from the Vikings to World War II. During this half day tour, you will enjoy a visit to Lews Castle, a Victorian-era castle designed by Glaswegian architect Charles Wilson. There will also be a chance to step back in time in the museum here before heading to the Neolithic Callanish Standing Stones. There’s natural beauty at every turn: admire the wild scenery with visit to Carloway Beach and the striking white sand of Bosta Beach.
After a morning embracing the history, culture and landscapes of this region, we return by coach to Stornoway for lunch on board. There’s plenty of time this afternoon to explore the town at your leisure before our evening departure as you dine.
Day 6 – Oban
For many today will be an early start, which is worth getting up for, as we sail through the Sound of Mull on the way to the port town of Oban. Surrounded by a balance of shorelines and lush countryside, this coastal spot makes for a popular fishing bay. This morning we uncover more about this fantastic town, translating as ‘little bay’, on a walking tour. With a local guide, you might spot the likes of the North Pier and Esplanade, Oban War & Peace Museum, the War Memorial, Oban Lighthouse and Dunollie Castle in the distance.
We return to the ship by late afternoon, ready for our onward voyage to the northern Irish port of Killybegs.
Day 7 – Killybegs, Muckros Head and Slieve League Cliffs
This morning our ship has effortlessly cruised to Ireland, with spectacular views to enjoy over breakfast. Today we explore the spectacular scenery of the County Donegal, with striking landscapes and arresting cliffsides around every corner. Our day begins by driving west to Muckros Head, where
you can enjoy spectacular views across to John’s Point, Ben Bulben and the Slieve League Cliffs.
Next, continue west along the coast to visit the Slieve League Visitor Centre, to learn the stories which
shaped this historic region. For an even closer look, you could take the shuttle bus to Slieve League Cliffs themselves for some of the best views in the world. Perhaps enjoy a short walk along part
of the cliffs before returning back to Killybegs.
This afternoon we return to the ship, where conversation might turn to the amazing memories made in these picturesque parts of the world.
Day 8 – Disembarkation at Greenock
Today we arrive at our final port in Greenock, near Glasgow, where we disembark.
*Please note: the departure on 26 July 2021 operates in reverse order. You will experience the same tours and visits.