Exploring the Highlands, Islands & The ‘Emerald Isle'
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.
SHORE WALKS AND EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS:
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.
Torshavn - 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 £25 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.