While the majority of ex UK cruises sail from ports in the south
of England, several of our favourite cruise lines operate a handful
of cruises out of Scottish ports during the summer months. The most
common points of embarkation are the ports serving Edinburgh -
Leith, South Queensferry and Rosyth - though you may occasionally
find itineraries sailing out of Greenock, Glasgow's main port.
These itineraries are rarely round-trips, so you'll normally be
disembarking somewhere else in Northern Europe, with common ports
including Copenhagen, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Reykjavik.
Occasionally you might find an itinerary beginning or ending
somewhere else in the British Isles, such as Dublin or
Cruise lines currently operating out of Scotland during the
summer include small ship lines Windstar Cruises and Azamara,
typically visiting Scandinavia, the Baltic or Iceland, and
Silversea sometimes offer expedition itineraries to Iceland, Norway
or the Arctic sailing from Scottish ports.
And let's not forget Scotland's own home-grown cruise line,
Hebridean Island Cruises, which sails the waters around Scotland
for most of the year. During spring and autumn the quirky little
Hebridean Princess sails out of Greenock, while during the summer
she's based in Oban and occasionally other ports such as
Invergordon. This one-of-a-kind ship is like a floating country
hotel, small enough to visit the remote islands and craggy
coastlines that other cruise lines can't reach.