The Celtic Seaways
Next DepartureMay. 21, 2020
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, Bus Excursion, Lectures, Tastings
- In pursuit of the Scottish gold. Spring cruise along Scotland, Orkney and Shetland - on board Ocean Atlantic.
Boarding in Dublin
The small town of Campbeltown on the Kintyre peninsula
Beautifully located Bunnahabhain distillery on the island of Islay
The pilgrimage island of Iona and the classic city of Oban
Orkney islands and historic Kirkwall - Possibility of visiting Skara Brae
During the night we’ll have sailed out into the waters between Outer and Inner Hebrides, and in the early morning we’ll reach the town of Kirkwall on the windy Orkney off the mainland of Scotland. Orkney is old Norse for the "seal islands", and, like the other North Atlantic islands, Orkney has a rich Viking story.
We depart Kirkwall and head into the west of Mainland, Orkney’s largest island. Along the way we will pass through rolling gentle landscapes into the Neolithic Heartland of Orkney, an area designated as a World Heritage Site due to its wealth of pre-historic archaeology. Passing the Standing Stones of Stenness, we will stop at the 5000 year old ceremonial circle: the Ring of Brodgar. From here we continue to as history goes even further back to one of the oldest European civilizations. Skara Brae, Northern Europe's Pompeii, which was hidden for almost 5000 years before a massive storm (150 years ago) revealed the ancient settlement. The 10 small homes are almost ready for moving into, fully furnished and with sanitation - all made in stone.
Back in Kirkwall, we will visit one of the local distilleries for a tasting of some of the northernmost drops in Scotland. A fitting end to an excursion with such an amazing historical backdrop.
(The excursion is part of the excursion package and is not included in the price of the trip).
The afternoon is free in Kirkwall before the evening departure north to the Shetland Islands and Lerwick.
Shetland Islands: The harbor and fishing town of Lerwick
The journey ends in Aberdeen, Scotland.
The captain has led the ship southwards along the east coast of Scotland, and we’ll arrive in Aberdeen, Scotland's third-largest city. Today we’ll say farewell to the ship and its crew before departing for the airport and beginning the return journey.