The Celtic Seaways 2021
Next DepartureMay. 21, 2021
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, Boat, Bus Excursion, Kayaking, Lectures, Photography, Tastings, Trekking, Wildlife observations, Zodiac
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
Beautiful island of Islay with tasting of local whisky
The pilgrimage island of Iona & the classic city of Oban
The legendary island of Skye and the main town of Portree
"You take the high road, and I take the low road" is a commonly sung quote from the Scottish group Runrig, who originate in the Isle of Skye.
The captain’s analysis of weather and climate will determine which route we choose for Portree on Skye. Our nightly sailing can either go through Sound of Sleat and Loch Alsh east of Skye, or we can sail west into the sea of the Hebrides and north of Skye. In any case, we will in the morning be in Portree, the island's largest city. It is beautifully situated, with colorful houses that surround the small nature harbor. Ocean Atlantic will go close to the harbor, sheltered from western winds on the east coast of the island. But the water is shallow, so we will use the ship's Zodiacs for easy and quick landing.
More beautiful islands can hardly be found in Scotland, and it has Britain's largest concentration of mountain peaks.
Today's excursion allows you to experience the dramatic landscape dominated by sharp peaks in the Cuillin’s mountain rug. As we depart the charming port and drive across the lovely Island of Skye to its west coast to the castle of Dunvegan; seat of the Clan Macleod chiefs since the 13th Century. One of the greatest and most renowned among the Hebridean strongholds, Dunvegan Castle is the only one to have been continuously owned and occupied by the same family over a period now spanning 8 centuries. Within the castle are priceless heirlooms and treasures which have come down through the hands of the chiefs of MacLeod since medieval times.
(The trip around Skye is part of the excursion package and is not included in the price of the trip. Read more under price information).
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 village of Lerwick
The voyage ends in Aberdeen, Scotland
Skye: Bus from Portree to the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland: Dunvegan Castle. Return to Portree with views of the Cuilin Mountains along the way.
Orkney: Bus to the neolithic settlement: Skara Brae. Return to Kirkwall for a spirit tasting.