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Take a tour or small ship cruise of Scotland's wild northern islands, where the birds outnumber the human population of this nation of around 5,000,000 inhabitants. Cruise through the Shetland, Orkney, and Hebrides Islands in Scotland's far north. In Edinburgh Old Townthe oldest part of Scotland's capital city, or tour Scotland's National Museum, the historical Edinburgh Castle, or walk through the Kelvingrove Art Gallery Museum one of Scotland's most popular free attractions. Travel to the granite city of Aberdeen on your way to the North Atlantic's Faroe Islands, Iceland, and Spitsbergen, Norway. During our Scotland tours and cruises, you will enjoy activities such as visits to villages and archeological sites, wildlife viewing, and hiking.  Contact our travel experts to start planning your adventure!
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10 Best Scotland Cruises & Tours for 2024-2025

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8 Best Scotland Cruise Deals for 2024-2025

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British Isles: Legendary History & Wild NatureCustom Label$619513May 6, 2025Embark on the Sea Spirit for this 13-day cruise from Portsmouth to Leith exploring wildlife, beautiful beaches, and magnificent ruins as you cruise …
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Spirit of CeltsSavings$878013May 20, 2025Enjoy a 13-day Spirit of Celts cruise through the British Isles aboard SH Diana. Explore historic Portsmouth, Cornwall's Fowey, the serene Isles of …
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Wild ScotlandCustom Label$1009512May 27, 2024From Edinburgh to Aberdeen, partake in this 12-day expedition cruise aboard the Greg Mortimer exploring the wild islands of Scotland. Visit …
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Northern LegendsCustom Label$109999Sep 15, 2024Embark on a 9-day Reykjavik to Dublin aboard World Voyager. Discover the enchanting wonders of Iceland, Denmark, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and …
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Crossing the Arctic Circle, Jan Mayen & SvalbardCustom Label$679513May 29, 2024Sea Spirit hosts this 13-day Arctic cruise from Edinburgh to Longyearbyen. Long days and short nights give you ample opportunity to experience this …
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Through the North AtlanticSavings$54909May 28, 2024Embark on a 9-day spring cruise on the Ocean Albatros and explore Scotland, Orkney, Shetland, The Faroes, and Iceland! Wander through the unique …
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Arctic Saga: Exploring Spitsbergen via the Faroes and Jan MayenCustom Label$1149514Apr 29, 2025Embark on a 14-day expedition cruise from Aberdeen to Helsinki on the Ultramarine. Explore Fair Isle, the Faroe Islands, Jan Mayen, and Spitsbergen, …
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Northern OdysseySavings$749512May 26, 2025Join this 12-day cruise from Aberdeen to Longyearbyen aboard Ocean Albatros, island-hopping from Scotland to Svalbard near the North Pole. Discover …
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10 Best Luxury Cruises of Scotland for 2024-2025

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Wild Scotland$1009512May 27, 2024From Edinburgh to Aberdeen, partake in this 12-day expedition cruise aboard the Greg Mortimer exploring the wild islands of Scotland. Visit …
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Scotland's Highlands and Islands$102908Jun 3, 2024From Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, explore the historic sites of Scotland on this week-long cruise on the Lord of the Glens. Lochs, castles, …
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European Classic Cruise - Scotland$56907Jun 2, 2024Discover the beauty of Scotland on a 7-day getaway cruise aboard the cozy barge hotel Scottish Highlander. Explore the mystical waterways of Scotland …
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British Isles: Legendary History & Wild Nature$619513May 6, 2025Embark on the Sea Spirit for this 13-day cruise from Portsmouth to Leith exploring wildlife, beautiful beaches, and magnificent ruins as you cruise …
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Scotland Slowly$739511Jun 3, 2025Explore Scotland's ancient past on this 11-day expedition cruise through Scotland's western and northern isles aboard Ocean Endeavor. In this land of …
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European Classic Cruise - Scotland$60907Jun 2, 2024Discover the beauty of Scotland on a 7-day getaway cruise aboard the elegant barge hotel Spirit of Scotland. Explore the mysterious Lochs of Scotland …
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Ancient Isles: England, Ireland, and Scotland$1088712Jun 9, 2024Embark on a 12-day cruise from Portsmouth to Edinburgh aboard the National Geographic Explorer. Explore Britain's, Ireland's, and Scotland's …
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British Isles & Faroes: Wild Islands & Lands of Legends$559512May 17, 2025Embark on a 12-day expedition aboard the Sea Spirit in historic Edinburgh, Scotland. Explore Orkney's rich heritage, Fair Isle's birdwatching, and …
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Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords Voyage - with Smithsonian Journeys$68808May 30, 2025Embark on an 8-day cruise aboard Le Bellot, exploring the captivating landscapes of the Scottish Isles and Norwegian fjords. Start in Glasgow, then …
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Scotland, The Faroe Islands, & Iceland: North Atlantic Saga$539511Jun 23, 2025On this 11-day expedition aboard the Ocean Endeavour, cruise from the craggy coastline of Scotland, past the staggering cliffs of the Faroe Islands …
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Top 10 Scotland Cruise Ships for 2024-2025

Best Scotland Cruise Lines for 2024-2025

  • Silversea Cruises offers Millennium Class ships Silver Whisper and sister ship Silver Shadow that invite you to enjoy world-class accommodations, shipboard conviviality, and warm, individualized service, paired with the enhanced spaces and amenities of a larger ship. Discover the prismatic beauty of Scotland, with its rolling moors, silent fjords, towering mountains, and dense emerald forests.
  • Ponant has voyages that include transfers to and from the ship, talks and discussions aboard the ship by world-class Smithsonian Journey experts, and a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that encourages guests to embrace the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the local environment and culture. Board Le Dumont-d'Urville on an exceptional itinerary to discover the beauty of the Norwegian fjords and the rugged landscapes of the Scottish Isles. 
  • Lindblad Expeditions has garnered numerous awards for its commitment to environmental stewardship, conservation, and geographic education. Discover Scotland's grand castles, lyrical moorlands, mysterious lochs, sacred abbeys, and sweeping mountains on the National Geographic Endurance.
  • European Waterways have specialized in creating luxury barge holidays for over 40 years on some of the most beautiful waterways in Europe. Cruise sedately through the Great Glen between Inverness and Fort William, navigating beautiful lochs and the Caledonian Canal's engineering masterpiece aboard the eight-passenger hotel barge Scottish Highlander.
  • Aurora Expeditions aim to take small groups of travelers on voyages of discovery to regions that inspired them, thereby creating lifelong ambassadors for preserving and protecting these sacred places. Explore the wild isles of Scotland, from the windswept Hebrides, inhabited for over 8,000 years, to the verdant Orkney Islands, where ancient Neolithic and Viking sites conjure images of civilizations long gone aboard the 132 passengers Greg Mortimer.
  • Poseidon Expeditions is a leading operator of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. Since 1999, they have offered voyages to the Arctic, Antarctica, and the North Pole that combines the spirit of adventure with a generous measure of onboard comfort and well-being. In Scotland, explore early Christian history on the peaceful Isle of Iona, magnificent archeological sites in the Orkney Islands, and exciting birdlife on Shetland’s beautiful Fair Isle aboard the Sea Spirit.
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