Lochs of Scotland

Cruising from Belfast – No flights required! Immerse yourself in the outstanding natural beauty, fascinating history and unerring tranquillity of one of Britain’s most beautiful regions on an unforgettable, 8-night scenic exploration of the stunning Scottish lochs aboard Boudicca.

FROM Belfast, Northern Ireland
DATE 08th May 2017
PRICE Was €1,479 now just €979 pp

Immerse yourself in the outstanding natural beauty, fascinating history and unerring tranquillity of one of Britain’s most beautiful regions on an unforgettable, 8-night scenic exploration of the stunning Scottish lochs aboard Boudicca.

This incredible adventure will be packed with breathtaking sights and experiences throughout, beginning with a relaxing cruise along Loch Fyne – one of the longest and most picturesque lochs – to Tarbert, where you could visit the 18th century Inveraray Castle and sample some of Loch Fyne’s famous seafood at fantastic restaurants. In Fort William, you’ll marvel at the sight of Ben Nevis – Britain’s highest mountain – before enjoying an evening of scenic cruising through Loch Linnhe, where porpoises, seals and golden eagles are often spotted. A memorable early-morning glide along Loch Shieldaig, Loch Torridon and the Sound of Raasay is then followed by a call into Portree, the perfect place from which to explore the spectacular landscapes of the Isle of Skye.

In Invergordon you can go in search of the Loch Ness Monster on a tour to arguably the most famous of all the Scottish Lochs; or shroud yourself in Scottish history amid the 15th century Cawdor Castle, while in Kirkwall you could explore the rugged landscapes of the Orkneys; or perhaps visit Skara Brae, the best preserved Neolithic village in Northern Europe. As this superb cruise draws to its conclusion you will also visit Ullapool, which is home to the most photographed town clock in Scotland; and enjoy a day in Tobermory, where you can sample authentic Scotch malt whisky at historic distilleries. A cruise along the Sound of Mull and past the impressive 13th century Duart Castle is the perfect end to this wonderfully scenic sojourn.

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Belfast, Northern Ireland: Depart Late Night

You will board the 4* Boudicca at the Belfast port to begin your journey full of incredible sights and scenic backdrops, that only Scotland can offer.

Day 2: Cruising Loch FyneEarly AM to Early AM

Connected to the Sound of Jura, Loch Fyne is the longest of the sea lochs, extending 40 miles inland from the Sound of Bute. Lending its name to the chain of countrywide restaurants, its reputation for oyster fishing is well-known.

Day 2: Tarbert, Loch FyneLate AM to Late PM

Known as the gateway to Kintyre in the south-west of Argyll, this idyllic Scottish village is full of charming houses and pubs welcoming you into the once entirely natural harbour – one of very few in Scotland.

Day 3: Pass through Corran NarrowsEarly AM to Early AM

Pass through the Corran Narrows – the narrowest point of Loch Linnhe – en route to Fort William. 

Day 3: Cruising Loch LinnheEarly AM to Early AM

Known as the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, beautiful Fort William is one of Scotland’s most popular destinations and is the second largest settlement in the breathtaking Scottish Highlands

Day 3: Fort William, ScotlandEarly AM to Late PM

Known as the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, beautiful Fort William is one of Scotland’s most popular destinations and is the second largest settlement in the breathtaking Scottish Highlands

Day 4: Cruising Loch Shieldaig, ScotlandEarly AM to Early AM

Branching off of the beautiful Loch Torridon, this beautiful loch leads to the charming village of Shieldaig – one of Scotland’s most picturesque villages – and is lined by epic mountain ranges, dense woodlands and rocky cliffs.

Day 4: Cruising Loch Torridon, ScotlandEarly AM to Early AM

Slicing through the rugged landscapes of the Northwest Highlands, Loch Torridon is a stunning sea loch surrounded by pretty villages and breathtaking picture-perfect scenery.

Day 4: Cruising Sound of RaasayEarly AM to Early AM

This idyllic stretch of water divides the picturesque islands of Raasay and Skye and – while it narrows to just under half a mile wide in some places – is one of Britain’s deepest channels

Day 4: Portree, Isle of SkyeLate AM to Late PM

Set within a natural harbour and surrounded by rocky cliffs and rolling hills, Portree – the Isle of Skye’s main town – is a truly beautiful place to explore.

Not only is Portree the Isle of Skye’s main town, it’s also the island’s most popular tourist destination, thanks to its attractive coastline, pretty working harbour and interesting attractions, includingthe Aros Centre and the An Tuireann Arts Centre which celebrate the island’s Gaelic heritage.

The town also serves as a gateway other attractions on the island, including the intriguing rock formations at Trotternish Ridge – which can be found north of Portree – and the ruins of Tusdale.

Day 4: Cruising Sound of Raasay: Late PM to Late PM

This idyllic stretch of water divides the picturesque islands of Raasay and Skye and – while it narrows to just under half a mile wide in some places – is one of Britain’s deepest channels

Day 5: Invergordon, Scotland: Early AM to Late Night

Invergordon – located at the head of a beautiful firth in the stunning Scottish Highlands – boasts stunning scenic beauty and epic landscapes to explore, and serves as a gateway to the mystical waters of Loch Ness – home of the legendary Loch Ness Monster.

Day 6: Kirkwall, Orkney Islands: Early AM to Late PM

Kirkwall feels more Scandinavian than Scottish: in fact the name comes from the Norse for “Church Bay”. The church in question is the 11th century Church of Saint Olaf of Norway. St Magnus Cathedral in the town was founded in memory of Saint Magnus Erlendsson by the Norseman Earl (later Saint) Rögnvald Kali.

The Cathedral has been restored over recent years and the work is still continuing. It’s well worth visiting, as are the nearby ruins of the former Bishop’s Palace, dating from the middle of the 12th century, and Earl’s Palace, said to have been the finest Renaissance building in Scotland. Kirkwall has two excellent museums as well: Tankerness House, a beautifully preserved 16th century town-house, has historic collections of major importance; while the Orkney Wireless Museum has comprehensive displays about the history of radio.

Day 7: Ullapool, Scotland: Early AM to Late PM

It has become an important holiday centre in recent years, with fishing in the sea and the loch, as well as deer stalking, golf and boat hire all on offer. The award-winning Ullapool Museum is in a former church, a Grade A building designed by Thomas Telford. It was built in 1829 following a parliamentary initiative to provide places of worship throughout the Highlands: hence it was called a “Parliamentary Church” before it closed.

The town clock is claimed to be the most photographed in Scotland: cast iron, each four pediment faces decorated with crowns and an urn on top carrying a weathervane. Just outside Ullapool is Rhue, a four-acre Bronze-Age settlement, with the remains of round houses and barns.

Day 7: Cruising Loch Broom, UK: Late PM to Late PM

Loch Broom is a beautiful sea loch located in northwestern Ross and Cromarty, Scotland. 

Day 8: Tobermory, Isle of Mull: Early AM to Late PM

Tobermory is a pretty little village with brightly coloured houses fronting the main street that runs down to the pier. The name comes from Gaelic Tobar Mhoire – Mary’s Well – the water from which was said to have medical properties. Sadly, the Well has disappeared. The Mull Museum on the main street celebrates Mull’s history, with artefacts that include working implements used by local craftsmen.

Tobermory Distillery, the only one on Mull, was founded in 1798, but has been closed and reopened several times – the most recent reopening was in 1990. The buildings are those which were built when the Distillery first opened. It produces a malt and a blend, with the former known as Tobermory the Malt: the bottle has an enamelled label.

Day 8: Cruising Sound of Mull: Late PM to Late PM

Flowing between the Isle of Mull and the shores of Scotland, the Sound of Mull is a beautiful stretch of water that forms part of the Atlantic Ocean

Day 8: Cruising past Duart Castle: Late PM to Late PM

Duart Castle dates back to the 13th century and is one of the most historic, important and prettiest castles in the Highlands.

Day 9: Belfast, Northern Ireland: Arrive Early AM to disembark ship

The Boudicca will arrive in Belfast early in the morning where you will disembark in Ireland! No flights necessary.

8 Nights accommodation aboard the 4 Star Boudicca, operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on MS Boudicca)

4* Fred Olsen – Boudicca

Originally designed for world cruises, Boudicca has a high proportion of large cabins and suites, many with sea views. The vessel’s interior is stylish, elegant and very modern, and large windows in public rooms create a very light and airy ambience. In addition they provide magnificent views for passengers in the restaurants, lounges and bars of the ship.

The Secret Garden Restaurant, decorated in an oriental style, is available for informal dining, while the ship’s main formal restaurants are the Tintagel and Four Seasons, which display a wealth of original landscape and botanical paintings, as does the Heligan Room, named after the recreated Cornish “Lost Gardens” of Heligan. In fine weather a poolside buffet is available on the lounge deck, alongside the large swimming pools, two jacuzzis and exercise pool.

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Marina Deck 3

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Atlantic Deck 4

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  • E Oceanview
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Main Deck 5

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  • C Superior Oceanview
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  • JS Junior Suite
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Lounge Deck 6

Restaurant, Lounge, Bars & Pool

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Lido Deck 7

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  • B Superior Oceanview
  • A Superior Oceanview
  • JS Junior Suite
  • DS Deluxe Suite

Library, Card rooms & Bar

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Bridge Deck 8

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  • J Superior Single Balcony
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  • JB Single Balcony Suite
  • BS Balcony Suite
  • SS Superior Suite

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Marquee Deck 9

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  • PS Premier Suite

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Sun Deck 10

Fitness Centre, Golf Nets & Sun Deck

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Dates & Prices

08 May 2017 Was €1,479
now €979
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08 May 2017 Was €1,529
now €1,179
Outside Book Now
08 May 2017 Was €1,869
now €1,379
Superior Outside Book Now
08 May 2017 Was €2,629
now €1,819
Balcony Book Now
08 May 2017 Was €2,089
now €1,239
Single Inside Book Now
08 May 2017 Was €3,499
now €1,139
Single Oceanview Book Now

Price inclusions

  • No flights necessary!
  • Free return coach transfer from Dublin to Belfast port (call for details)
  • 8 nights accommodation aboard the 4* Boudicca based on 2 sharing a stateroom
  • Fine dining on a full board basis
  • All on board entertainment
  • Unlimited baggage
  • Taxes and charges of €130

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit of 15% per person
  • Full payment due on confirmation
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit or charge card
  • Optional Insurance from €31 (conditions apply)
  • All Inclusive Drinks Package available for €18 per person per night
  • Gratuities from €5 per person per night payable at the end of your cruise onboard M.S. Boudicca
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
  • Full payment is required at the time of booking.100% cancellation charges apply – no refunds are permitted.Non-transferrable to any other cruise once booked.

    No room number and / or room grade is provided at the time of booking (room number will be advised on the cruise ticket).

    Oceans Cruise Club discounts (Advance Booking Discount/On board Account Discount/Pre-Booked Shore Tours Discount) are not combinable with Anchor Fares – Oceans points will be earned however.

    Additional charges may apply for shuttle bus or transfers to local amenities.

    Dining sitting will be allocated at our discretion and will be advised on the cruise ticket – Anchor Fare guests can choose to book a specific dining sitting for a supplement of GBP 2.00 per person per night (DINING SITTING CANNOT BE CHANGED ONCE ALLOCATED UNLESS A SUPPLEMENT IS PAID).

    Other booking changes are permitted subject to our standard Terms & Conditions, available on request or at www.fredolsencruises.com/Terms-and-Conditions

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