Like a tiara of emeralds, small islands adorn the Scottish coastline. And none of these fascinating history-filled islands are easy to get to...

On this special voyage, you will get a unique chance to visit no less than nine Scottish islands. Each one is begging to tell you stories about a dramatic past reaching back millions of years to birth from hot molten lava, millennia to Stone Age dwellings – or just 12 years to create splendid single malt whiskies.

Embarking on Albatros’ purpose-built expedition vessel, Ocean Albatros, we head for our first landing on the Shetland islands, the United Kingdom's northernmost archipelago. From here we will venture onwards to Ullapool, gateway to the Northwest Highlands, and on the Isles of Mull, Iona and Lunga, rich in culture, history and wildlife. During evening lectures on board, your knowledgeable Expedition Team will help to interpret these islands' fascinating geological and human history, ecology and culture.

We continue across the Minch to make landfall on Hirta in the remote St. Kilda archipelago and in the town of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. North of the mainland lies the rugged and scenic islands of Orkney, home to some of Europe’s oldest preserved dwellings – and Scotland’s northernmost whisky distillery! The voyage ends in the Granite City of Aberdeen on the Scottish mainland. 

This spring cruise aboard Ocean Albatros is the ultimate journey upon storied Scottish waters, complete with whisky, wildlife, and spectacular landscapes!



Facts about The Jewels of the Scottish Isles
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