Whiskies & Wildlife – 2023 Coastal Scotland Expedition Cruise
Whiskies & Wildlife – 2023 Coastal Scotland Expedition Cruise from Greenock
Explore Scotland’s rugged coastline and set foot on its beautiful islands on an expedition cruise offering stunning scenery, wonderful wildlife and some classic malt whiskies.
Setting out from Glasgow, your adventure focuses on the aspects of Scotland’s west coast and islands are famous for: picturesque lochs and mountains, iconic wildlife, and superbly distinctive whiskies.
Tour some of the country’s oldest distilleries on the Isles of Arran and Mull, and delve into the ‘whisky isle’ of Islay with its eight working distilleries that each create unique, peaty drams.
In Oban, the ancient seat of the Clan Chiefs, you’ll find both a quirky distillery and some outstanding cuisine.
You’ll journey to dramatically beautiful lochs with fascinating histories attached to them, as well as some hidden gems few others get to visit.
Sailing into Loch Linnhe, we’ll travel to Fort William, backed by stunning Highland panoramas and dubbed the ‘Outdoor Capital of Britain’. Visit nearby Glen Coe and immerse yourself in the beauty of Scotland’s unequalled mountain scenery.
As spring stirs, so does the wildlife. Throughout your expedition cruise, you’ll be looking out for seabirds, seals and even dolphins and whales.
On Islay, scan the skies for some of the 200 species of birds found here, including buzzards, Hen Harriers, oystercatchers, terns, cormorants, gannets and mighty Golden Eagles.
What You'll Love
- Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
- Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
- English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
- Range of included activities
Day 1: Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow is an elegant city filled with splendid architecture in the Victorian and Art Nouveau styles. If you have any time prior to embarkation you’ll discover its museums, galleries, and lively spots to eat, drink and shop.
When you’re done, your comfortable expedition ship MS Spitsbergen will be waiting for you. You’ll be greeted by your friendly Expedition Team and after attending a safety briefing and settling in, you’ll sit down to a welcome dinner to mark the start of the cruise.
Day 2: A Microcosm of Scotland
Warmed by the North Atlantic Drift, the sheltered isle of Arran is a haven for wildlife. As you travel around the island, see if you can spot Scotland’s ‘Big Five’ wildlife draws: the Golden Eagle, red deer, red squirrel, otter and seal.
Fancy some walking? Try the popular Goat Fell hiking trail, and visit Brodick Castle to get a sense of the aristocratic life of yesteryear. Discover Neolithic treasures across Machrie Moor, and sample the distinctive malt whisky of the local distillery.
Day 3: Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland
Tobermory is the main town on the Isle of Mull. As you get close to the waterfront, you’ll be greeted by a row of distinctive brightly-coloured Georgian houses. Explore this small town, packed with cafés, restaurants and craft stores – it even has its own whisky distillery.
If conditions allow, we’ll go to Loch Sunart, a beautiful seawater loch that few others visit. As a Marine Protected Area, the clear waters shelter a rich ecosystem and are a stronghold for otters. It’s also a great place for spotting dolphins and porpoises.
Day 4: Fort William, Scotland
After sailing into Loch Linnhe we arrive at Fort William. The town is known as ‘Britain’s Outdoor Capital’ and is a magnet for hikers, bikers, climbers and skiers. As you’ll see, it’s set amidst some spectacular Highland scenery.
The town’s whisky distillery offers its take on the national tipple, and a scenic short walk awaits at Glen Nevis. You can also visit Glen Coe, a valley formed from volcanic activity, sculpted by glaciers and designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Day 5: Oban, Scotland
The ‘Gateway to the Isles’, the little town of Oban reached its heyday when the railway arrived, adding to its life as a busy fishing port. Victorian buildings cluster round the port while ferries come and go, heading out to the distant Hebrides.
A 20-minute walk from town goes past beaches and through woodland to the castle Dunollie, ancient seat of the Clan Chiefs. Fancy a wee dram? The tiny Oban Distillery is one of the smallest and one of the oldest in Scotland.
Day 6: Islay, Scotland
Islay (pronounced eye-la) isn’t called ‘Whisky Island’ for nothing. There are nine working distilleries here, and you’ll find their peaty single malts sold around the world. One of the larger isles, there’s 130 miles of coastline, and numerous quiet sandy beaches.
Islay is also an island of wildlife, with over 200 species of birds including Golden Eagles, oystercatchers, gannets and Hen Harriers. What’s more, the mystical past is present here, with ancient monoliths, Celtic crosses and a stone circle all visible.
Day 7: Glasgow, Scotland
Our island-hopping expedition ends where we started out, in Glasgow. We know you’ll have had some wonderful experiences on your expedition, but why not linger a while and see some of the things you may have missed before you set sail.
Named after the Crown Jewel of the Arctic Norway – the Svalbard archipelago and its biggest island, MS Spitsbergen is stylish, comfortable, offering morden public areas and cabins.
Environmentally progressive with future plans looking at ways to further reduce emissions and fuel consumption even more, MS Spitsbergen also has its own expedition team on board.
Throughout your journey, the on-board Expedition Team host a lecture programme and evening gatherings daily. Out on deck you can participate in live points of interest to learn more about the nature, culture and other phenomena we encounter during your cruise.
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Terms & Conditions
Organised by Hurtigruten. From price quoted are in GBP and are per person and based on the Select fare structure, and full occupancy of lowest available grade two-berth cabin, on a full-board basis. Single supplements apply. Cabins and excursions are subject to availability. Hurtigruten operates a flexible pricing system and prices are capacity controlled, correct at time of booking. Not included: travel insurance, luggage handling, optional excursions or gratuities.