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Cruising around the Scottish coast is the ideal way to visit this amazing diversity as we explore the otherwise remote parts, the islands, creeks and little visited places which make the Scottish islands the most varied in the world. 

Guided Walking Holidays Roaming Around Scotland & Ireland

Whether you cruise in summer when the hills are clad in purple heather or in autumn when the trees are glistening in gold, Scotland and Ireland o¬ffer the perfect settings to explore. As you navigate the enchanting waterways, breathe in the salt infused air and watch the shimmering sea mists part to reveal islands brimming with wildlife.

In Scotland and Ireland we’re never far from our amazing coast where there is so much good walking close to sandy beaches and hilly terrains. Cruising around the Scottish coast is the ideal way to visit this amazing diversity as we explore the otherwise remote parts, the islands, creeks and little visited places which make the Scottish islands the most varied in the world. 

Our June cruise makes a call into the Faroes, whilst our cruise in September is a circumnavigation of the ‘Emerald Isle', calling at ports in both Eire and Northern Ireland.


Greenock - We walk within the forests of the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, a world away from the hustle and bustle of the port of Greenock. 

Tobermory - The pastel-painted houses of Mull’s main town are the starting point for our walk from the port, passing waterfalls and lily covered lochs. 

Kirkwall - From the Kitchener Memorial we walk across moorland and along cli¬ tops to the Orkney Islands’ most famous site, Scara Brae. 

Lerwick - The most northerly outpost of the British Isles, Lerwick boasts marvellous coastal scenery and is a haven for birdlife. We will hear tales of shipwrecks and smugglers. 

Invergordon - We travel north from Invergordon and enjoy a coastal walk followed by a visit to Dunrobin Castle. Later in the day we may have time to visit the town of Invergordon. 

Edinburgh - A morning visiting the Castle and Holyrood Palace is followed by a walk up Arthur’s Seat in the afternoon, with splendid views over the city, Firth of Forth and out to sea. 

- A short coach journey from the capital of the Faroe Islands brings us to the hamlet of Kirkjubour from where we walk back to Torshavn with views over its neighbouring islands. 

Killybegs - We have a choice of walks – the ridge of Slieve League or the gentle climb to a viewpoint on Crownarad Mountain for far reaching vistas over Donegal Bay, the Slieve League range and inland to the Blue Stack Mountains. 

Belfast - From Dunseverick Castle on Ireland’s north coast we follow the cli-tops on foot to the Giants’ Causeway. 

Dublin - We spend time walking the Howth Peninsula to explore the surrounding countryside to the east of the town and, time permitting, explore the famous city itself.

Drinks Inclusive Package: A Drinks Inclusive Package is available for £29 per person per night. The offer includes bar drinks such as wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks (but not cocktails, premium drinks, minibar drinks, room service or events such as an additional afternoon tea visit).

Fred.Olsen adopts smart casual dress code: Fred. Olsen has altered its dress code to allow for a smart casual option. There will still be formal nights on selected evenings, but the relaxed dress code will apply on all other nights. This means men can wear open necked shirts, chinos and dark coloured jeans, and women a dress or casual separates.


Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the Neolithic Site of Scara Brae
  • Lerwick's stunning coastal scenery
  • Walk up Arthur's Seat and visit Holyrood Palace
  • The peaceful Faroe Islands
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

    A shore visit programme organised by us and led by your tour leader. Almost all transport costs for our walking and sightseeing programmes from the ports visited. Occasionally there may be an optional museum entrance or cable car fare to pay for locally. Details are in our Holiday Information Sheets.

    Walking tours with local guides around many of the cities we visit.

    Tips to the restaurant staff on the ship – we ask you to tip your cabin staff, however.

    A full on board entertainment programme including stage shows, ship’s band and musicians, comedy and guest speakers. You can enjoy as much or as little as you choose.

Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
Please select Departure Date to view:

Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

  1. Date: 29/05/2019
    Embarkation at Liverpool Port
  2. Date: 30/05/2019
    Greenock, Scotland Shore Walking Excursion
  3. Date: 31/05/2019
    Tobermory, Isle of Mull Shore Walking Excursion
  4. Date: 01/06/2019
    Day at sea
  5. Date: 02/06/2019
    Ullapool, Scotland Shore Walking Excursion
  6. Date: 03/06/2019
    Kirkwall, Orkney Islands Shore Walking Excursion
  7. Date: 04/06/2019
    Lerwick, Shetland Islands Shore Walking Excursion
  8. Date: 05/06/2019
    Invergordon, Scotland Shore Walking Excursion
  9. Date: 06/06/2019
    Day at sea
  10. Date: 07/06/2019
    Disembarkation at Liverpool Port

Travel Details

 UK departure ports vary, please see the individual itineraries for details.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Black Watch

Black Watch is sleek, intimate and harks back to the days when cruise ships were revered for their style and charm. The ultimate home-from-home at sea; Black Watch is spacious with a friendly and familiar feel, and provides guests with a traditional cruise experience.  Having undergone a thorough refurbishment in late 2016, Black Watch features a selection of stylish suites and rooms, restaurants and spacious public rooms that provide up to 804 guests with everything needed for a comfortable, enjoyable and stress-free stay on board, while retaining the elegant style of a traditional cruise ship. 

Black Watch has several restaurants; welcoming bars and lounges offering an array of music, dance, comedy and entertainment. There are inviting open deck spaces; and a teak-lined promenade.  You can soak-up the sunshine at the Marquee Bar; or enjoy the sophistication of a Traditional Afternoon Tea, accompanied by breathtaking views, in the Observatory. To satisfy your caffeine cravings, visit The Bookmark Café for luxurious coffees and indulgent chocolates. In the evening, settle-in amongst the familiar surroundings of the Morning Light Pub; then take in the after-dinner show in the Neptune Lounge. In the Lido Lounge you can simply sit back with a drink in hand, or hit the dance floor!  Black Watch also has an upgraded 4K, 3D cinema if you fancy a ‘movie night’.

On board facilities also include two swimming pools, a fitness centre including a sauna, steam room and beauty salon, two sun decks, Jacuzzis, several lounges and bars, a card room, small casino, library, coffee shop, internet room and restaurants. The ship has a medical centre, a boutique, a shop where you can buy essentials such as sun cream or toiletries, and there is also a self service laundrette and ironing room on board.

All guest cabins are are equipped with climate control, an interactive smart TV, hairdryer, desk, phone, fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar) and tea and coffee making facilities as standard.  Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade. 

Your cabin steward will keep your cabin in immaculate condition, replacing any linen or towels as or when required. Separate towels are provided for poolside use. Black Watch operates a satellite telephone system, with telephones in each cabin, and personal mobile phones enabled for international roaming should work on board. The voltage on board the Black Watch is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug).

Payment on board is in Sterling, and a credit account system is operated on board allowing purchases to be charged to your account which must be settled at the end of your cruise.

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