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Scotland Slowly Cruise - 15% off until Oct 31

  1. 2021
    Monday, June 14, 2021 to Thursday, June 24, 2021
    Tour Duration: 
    11 days
    Tour Price:
     $5,995 USD
    Tour Starts/Ends: 
    Glasgow, Scotland/Aberdeen, Scotland
Highlights
  • Appreciate Scotland's picturesque shorelines and fascinating maritime heritage
  • Wander among monuments at the heart of the Neolithic Ornkey UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Marvel at the largest collection of prehistoric megalithic structures in western Europe
  • Experience island life on Foula in the Shetlands
  • View the largest seabird colony in the United Kingdom at the cliffs of St. Kilda
  • Purchase world-famous Harris Tweed, hand woven from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides
Overview

In the isles of Scotland, the past is present. Music, dancing, and stories. Rugged ruins. Ancient villages. Soaring seabirds. Visit mystical, coastal Scotland by ship!

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. 

Explore in comfort aboard the Ocean Endeavour. Visit historic Glasgow, the Western Isles, Pentland Firth, Orkney, the Shetland islands, and Aberdeen. Learn from Scottish experts as we go.

Scotland is spectacular in springtime. June is breeding season for birds. Search for whales on a Zodiac outing. Meet the locals and get a glimpse of island life. Raise a dram at world-famous distilleries. Wander among Neolithic ruins. Explore sea caves and bird cliffs. Savour Scotland—slowly.

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DAY 1: GLASGOW/GREENOCK, SCOTLAND
After meeting in Glasgow we’ll depart via coach, and travel onward to Greenock. Greenock has a rich maritime history and was a major shipbuilding and import centre. Here, we'll board the Ocean Endeavour, our home for the next ten nights.

DAY 2: ISLAY
The Queen of the Hebrides, Islay is the southernmost of the Inner Hebrides, known for its fine whisky and as a haven for seabirds.

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

DAY 3: IONA AND STAFFA
The Isle of Staffa is famed for basaltic formations and numerous caves, the best known being Fingal’s Cave. Originally known in Gaelic as “the melodious cave,” it provided the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s overture, The Hebrides.

We then visit nearby Iona, where St. Columba established his monastery—the burial place of kings. The restored Iona Abbey complex preserves two outstanding eighth century crosses and a splendid collection of sculpture.

DAY 4: SKYE
This is a fabulous day for birders, photographers, and hikers. We will cruise the southwestern shore of Skye to visit Loch Coruisk, a freshwater loch accessed through Loch Scavaig. Here we find one of the finest mountainscapes in Britain, backed by the Cuillin Mountains.

DAY 5: OUTER HERBRIDES
The Outer Hebrides are a fantastic collection of over 100 islands seventy kilometers off Scotland’s west coast. Here we find the oldest evidence of human habitation in Scotland with Pictish, Norse, and Scottish influence. We’ll search out the rich marine and bird life of the islands as conditions permit.

DAY 6: ST. KILDA
The archipelago known as St. Kilda was inhabited until 1930. Today, St. Kilda is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, protecting fascinating ruins as well as natural heritage features.

Seabirds thrive on the island of Hirta, which is also home to feral sheep left by the departing islanders. Enormous cliffs offer dramatic ocean views for our hikers!

DAY 7: ISLE OF LEWIS
Lewis is the largest of the Hebridean Islands and a Gaelic stronghold. We’ll visit the island’s capital, Stornoway, where one can purchase the Island’s famous tweed, as well as one of Britain’s most important Stone Age sites. Callanish’s standing stones are said to be giants who were punished by St. Kieran for refusing to convert to Christianity.

DAY 8: KIRKWALL, ORKNEY
Kirkwall is dominated by the massive St. Magnus Cathedral, dating from 1137. We’ll visit the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where we’ll find the 4,000-year old Ring of Brodgar and The Hall of Clestrain, the childhood home of Arctic explorer John Rae.

DAY 9: PAPA STOUR AND FOULA
Marine and bird life flourish at Papa Stour among cliffs, caves, sea stacks, and blowholes. We will have a morning Zodiac cruise exploring the coastline’s rugged beauty!

Twenty-three kilometres west of the Shetland Islands, Foula is the most remote inhabited island in the UK. Here, a few dozen folk make their homes, many preserving traditional methods of agriculture and subsistence. Arctic terns, red-throated divers, and great skuas may be found here.

DAY 10: FAIR ISLE
Once a Viking hub, Fair Isle is now an idyllic island colony of artists and shepherds. The island boasts 350 bird species, including puffins and great skuas in substantial numbers. The local museum is dedicated to preserving island heritage.

DAY 11: ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND
The Ocean Endeavour arrives in Aberdeen in the morning.

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Ship Info

Sailing with a maximum of 198-passengers, Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising. Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges and a top deck observation room, she is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to freely explore throughout the Arctic summer.

Launched in 1982, she has had numerous upgrades, most recently in 2010 and 2014. At 137 meters (450ft) in length, Ocean Endeavour has plenty of interior and exterior space. Enjoy multiple decks offering comfortable lounge chairs, outdoor dining, a swimming pool, sauna and even a hot tub! The spacious interiors allow for multiple workshops and presentations to occur simultaneously. Community is at the heart of Adventure Canada’s expedition experience. We gather together to learn, enjoy a drink, sing a song or share a yarn – connecting with one and other. The three lounges aboard Ocean Endeavour are fantastic public spaces for seminars, events and dialogue.

The Ocean Endeavour’s private spaces are stylish and comfortable. All cabins have private washroom facilities, a phone for internal calls, radio, TV and air-conditioning. There are a variety of cabin categories available ranging from 9-30 m2 (100-320 sq ft). 

Ocean Endeavour’s crew is experienced, and friendly. Her shallow draft and maneuverability allow her to access isolated fiords, bays and secluded communities. The stylish vessel is at home among the glorious settings we seek. Enjoy the class and comfort of a boutique hotel, while venturing to some of the world’s last great frontiers aboard the Ocean Endeavour!

 

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Pricing

2021 Fares are per person in US Dollars: 15% off until October 31, 2020

Category 1: $5,995  Deck 4 

Category 2: $6,995  Deck 4 

Category 3: $8,295 Deck 5 

Category 4: $9,595 Deck 4 

Category 5: $10,595 Deck 5 

Category 6: $11,595 Deck 7 & 8

Category 7: $12,595  Deck 8 

Category 8: $13,595 Decks 5 & 7 

Category 9: $14,595  Decks 5 & 7 

Category 10: $15,595  Deck 7 

If you'd like a single occupancy cabin, there are a limited number of single cabins in categories 3 to 7 available without a single supplement. Single cabins in categories 8 to 10 are available at 1.5x the fare quoted above.