We know that the London-centric nature of the UK's travel infrastructure can be a source of frustration to many outside the South East, whether it's the limited choice of destinations offered by regional airports, or the fact that most ex UK cruises sail from ports on the south coast.
We're always on the lookout for interesting cruise itineraries from Scotland, as we know our clients generally prefer to avoid the hassle of connecting flights to London and long journeys south via rail or road. A number of our most popular cruise lines offer voyages sailing from Scottish ports, so we've put together this selection of some of the most appealing itineraries...
1. Windstar Cruises - Scenic Scandinavia & The Baltic's Best
In July 2021 Windstar's newly 'stretched' Star Legend embarks on a fantastic 15-night voyage from Edinburgh to the Norwegian Fjords and the Baltic, visiting six different countries en route. Highlights include Norway's magnificent Geirangerfjord, the old Hanseatic wharf at Bergen, an overnight stay in wonderful St Petersburg and calls in three Baltic capitals - Tallinn, Helsinki and Copenhagen. Your cruise ends in Stockholm, connected to Edinburgh with daily direct flights.
2. Silversea - Norwegian Fjords & North Cape
Silversea's lovely 388-guest Silver Whisper, looking better than ever after an extensive refurbishment in 2018, is an occasional visitor to Scottish shores, and we particularly like the look of her 26 July 2021 sailing from Edinburgh to Tromsø. This 12-night voyage calls at some of the highlights of the Norwegian coast, including the charming city of Bergen and the stunning Lofoten Islands, and travels all the way up to the North Cape, the most northerly point in Europe.
3. Hebridean Island Cruises - Firth of Clyde Explorer
We could hardly talk about cruising from Scotland without mentioning one of our favourite little ships, the inimitable Hebridean Princess. This tiny vessel is based in Scotland all year round, carrying just 50 travellers in cosy and comfortable surroundings. Hebridean offer a number of short taster cruises, including this 4-night round-trip from Greenock departing on 13 November 2021, which is a great opportunity to get a feel for what life is like on board without committing to one of the longer (and pricier) sailings.
4. Ponant - Treasures of Scotland and Ireland
Take a trip around the Emerald Isle on board Ponant's stylish 264-guest expedition yacht L'Austral, departing from Fairlie on 18 May 2021 for a 7-night voyage. This varied itinerary includes Iona's historic abbey, the buzzing cities of Belfast and Galway, and beautiful coastal villages such as Kinsale and Glengariff. Your circumnavigation of Ireland ends in Dublin, where we highly recommend spending a couple of nights before your flight or ferry back across the Irish Sea. Or, for a truly unforgettable adventure, why not stay on board with a back-to-back cruise, heading north from Dublin via the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland to northern Norway and the Svalbard archipelago, one of the best places in the world to see polar bears in the wild.
5. Tradewind Voyages - Wonders of Iceland
Excitement is building for the launch of brand new cruise line Tradewind Voyages later this year, and the inaugural season includes this 15 May 2021 round-trip sailing from Greenock. Sail north on the world's largest tall ship, the 272-guest Golden Horizon, to the fascinating Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, for an overnight stay, then onwards as you complete a remarkable circumnavigation of this unique island nation. Explore the wild Westfjords, visit the quirky northern city of Akureyri and discover the stunning scenery of the east coast before returning home via the Faroe Islands.