Packed full with exploration and countless photo opportunities, this short Scottish escape makes for a perfect summer escape. Balmoral will be your home-from-home for five relaxing nights and your guide to discovering two dramatic islands, where scenic delights, ancient sites and more await discovery.
As you’ll set sail from the Scottish port of Rosyth it won’t be long until you’re presented with your first glimpse of Scotland’s dramatic island landscapes. The morning after departure you’ll cruise past two geological wonders guarding the rugged Orkney archipelago, The Needle and the Old Man of Hoy. These towering sea stacks, standing at 230-feet and 450-feet respectively, have been a magnet for thrill-seeking climbers for many years; have your binoculars to hand as you sail by en route to Kirkwall and you may spot a climber or two making the brave ascent. Once you arrive in Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands, there are many attractions to uncover during your overnight stay, including the 5,000-year-old Neolithic village of Skara Brae, a site older than the Egyptian Pyramids; the ceremonial stone circles of Stenness and Brodgar; and the dominating spectacle of St Magnus, Britain’s most northerly cathedral.
- 5 nights’ accommodation staying in an interior room – upgrades available at an additional supplement
- Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
- Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
- Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
- All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
- Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
- On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
- A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
- All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
- Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Single supplements apply.
To speak to an adviser regarding more information for this cruise or to book this cruise, please call 0800 1707 233 and quote *DC THOMSON TRAVEL*.
Thursday 01 August: Depart Rosyth – Late PM
Friday 02 August: Cruising by The Needle & Cruising by Old Man of Hoy, Orkneys & Kirkwall, UK
‘Pinned’ just off south west coast of Hoy Island, the 230 ft-high Needle is the Orkney archipelago’s second-highest rock stack.
Along with the legendary Old Man of Hoy, the Needle is one of the Orkney’s most popular climbing hotspots, a haven for various seabird species and is a magnificent sight to admire from the comfort of your ship’s decks.
Britain’s tallest and arguably most famous sea stack, the Old Man of Hoy rises 450 feet out of the Atlantic Ocean on the coast of Hoy Island, in Scotland’s rugged Orkney archipelago.
Saturday 03 August: Kirkwall, United Kingdom
Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands, resonates with ancient echoes of Christian, Nordic and Celtic history. It’s a town that feels more Scandinavian than Scottish; in fact, the name Kirkwall comes from the Norse for ‘Church Bay’, relating to the town’s 11th century Church of St Olaf of Norway.
Sunday 04 August: Lerwick, United Kingdom
Sturdy Lerwick is the friendly capital of the 100 islands and islets of the Shetland Islands. The bustling, cosmopolitan seaport is the islands’ only town, and its wonderful natural harbour is a joy to explore.
Monday 05 August: At Sea
Tuesday 06 August: Disembark at Rosyth – Early AM