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June is an ideal month to visit Scotland, with birds breeding well underway, there are plenty of opportunities for avian enthusiasts. Photographers are in their glory amid the gorgeous scenery and small-group tutorials can help shutterbugs capture the experience at its finest. Board the Ocean Endeavour and enjoy 11 days of contemporary comforts as you explore your way out from Glasgow, through the western isles and the Pentland Firth to Orkney and Shetland. Abundant ecology and spectacular geology beckon adventurers for a closer look!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Glasgow & Greenock | Embark
Day 2 : Islay
Day 3 : Iona & Staffa
Day 4 : Isle of Skye
Day 5 : Outer Herbrides
Day 6 : St. Kilda
Day 7 : Isle of Lewis
Day 8 : Kirkwall, Orkney
Day 9 : Papa Stour & Foula
Day 10 : Aberdeenshire
Day 11 : Aberdeen, Scotland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Marvel at western Europe's largest collection of megalithic structures
  • Appreciate Scotland's picturesque shorelines and maritime heritage
  • Climb Mousa Broch, an almost-perfectly intact Iron Age fortification
  • View the largest seabird colony in the United Kingdom at St. Kilda

Ship

Ocean Endeavour (AC)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Discover the restored Iona Abbey, Scotland A group of puffins sit on the side of a cliff overlooking the ocean. Explore the enchanting city of Glasgow Seabirds flying over dramatic ocean island cliffs St Kilda Broch of Mousa, Scotland

Day 1 Glasgow & Greenock | Embark

The bustling metropolis of Glasgow is the economic engine of Scotland—and an architectural delight. After a walking tour, depart via coach, and travel onward to Greenock. Originally a small fishing community, Greenock grew with industrialization and boasts the site of the first dock on the River Clyde. The community has a rich maritime history and was a major shipbuilding and import center. Here, board the Ocean Endeavour, home for the next ten nights.

Day 2 Islay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Queen of the Hebrides, Islay is the southernmost of the Inner Hebrides. This island lies only forty kilometres from the Irish coast. Islay is a haven for seabirds, thanks to the warming effects of the Gulf Stream.

Islay is world-famous for fine whisky, thanks to clear waters, fine peat and barley. The capital of Islay is Bowmore, known for its distilleries and is home of the Bowmore Round Kirk. 

Day 3 Iona & Staffa

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The isle of Staffa is famed for basaltic formations and numerous caves. The best known of these is Fingal’s Cave, a spectacular geological feature named for the Celtic hero. Originally known in Gaelic as “the melodious cave”, it provided the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s overture, The Hebrides. 

St. Columba established his monastery at nearby Iona—the burial place of kings. The restored Iona Abbey complex preserves two outstanding eighth-century crosses and a splendid collection of sculpture. 

Day 4 Isle of Skye

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This is a fabulous day for birders, photographers, and hikers. En route to the Isle of Skye, sail by the cliffs at Lunga, where razorbills, guillemots, and puffins make their nests.

Cruise the southwestern shore of Skye to visit Loch Coruisk, a freshwater loch accessed through Loch Scavaig. Here find one of the finest mountainscapes in Britain, backed by the Cullin Mountains. Hike the western shore and revel in the view.

Day 5 Outer Herbrides

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At times referred to as the Long Isle or the Western Isles, the Outer Hebrides are a fantastic collection of over 100 islands 70km off Scotland’s west coast. Known today as a leader in renewable energy and a Gaelic stronghold, The Outer Hebrides have a colorful history. Here you'll find the oldest evidence of human habitation in Scotland with Pictish, Norse, and Scots influence. Search for rich marine and birdlife of the islands as conditions permit.

Day 6 St. Kilda

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The archipelago known as St. Kilda was inhabited until 1930. Today, St. Kilda is a World Heritage Site, protecting fascinating ruins as well as natural heritage features.

Seabirds thrive on the island of Hirta—notably, puffins, fulmars, and the largest gannet colony in Britain (and the second-largest in the world). Hirta is also home to feral sheep left by the departing islanders. Enormous cliffs offer dramatic ocean views for our hikers!

Day 7 Isle of Lewis

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lewis is the largest of the Hebridean Islands and a Gaelic stronghold. Harris Tweed has its headquarters on Lewis. Its product is hand woven exclusively in the Outer Hebrides by weavers working at home. We’ll visit Stornoway, the island’s capital.

On the west side of Lewis is Callanish, one of Britain’s most important Stone Age sites. Callanish’s standing stones are said to be giants who were punished by St. Kieran for refusing to convert to Christianity.

Day 8 Kirkwall, Orkney

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your morning begins with the Old Man of Hoy, a distinctive 137-metre red sandstone sea stack. Visit the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, find the 4,000-year-old Ring of Brodgar and Maes Howe, a chambered cairn estimated to have been constructed around 2700 BC. 

Day 9 Papa Stour & Foula

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Marine and bird life flourish at Papa Stour among cliffs, caves, sea stacks, and blowholes. There are numerous Neolithic burial sites, as well as Norse Ruins.
 
Twenty-three kilometres west of the Shetland Islands, Foula is the most remote inhabited island in the UK. Here, a few dozen folk make their homes, many preserving traditional methods of agriculture and subsistence. Arctic terns, red-throated divers, and great skuas may be found here.

Day 10 Aberdeenshire

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Scotland’s northeast coast features seaside towns, rolling fields, stunning coastlines and countless historic points of interest. The gentle landscape makes it perfect for walking and exploring by foot. Spend the day exploring the vibrant region outside of Aberdeen.

Day 11 Aberdeen, Scotland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The Ocean Endeavour arrives in Aberdeen in the morning. You may choose to extend your stay in Scotland, take part in one of your optional extensions, or make your way home from here.
 

Ocean Endeavour (AC)

Per person starting at
$5,995
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 1 Quad
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Quadruple - Category 1
Deck four: Interior cabin, four lower berths, private bath (separate shower room and powder room) - approx. 240 sq. ft.
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 2 Triple
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Triple - Category 2
Deck four: Interior cabin, three lower berths, two private baths - approx. 200 sq. ft.
Interior Twin cabin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Interior Twin - Category 3
Deck five: Interior cabin, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 125 sq. ft. (twin)/110 sq. ft. (single)
Exterior Twin Cabin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Exterior Twin - Category 4
Deck four: Porthole window, unobstructed view, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 100 sq. ft. (twin)/90 sq. ft. (single)
Exterior Twin Cabin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Main Twin - Category 5
Deck five: Picture window, unobstructed view, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 115 sq. ft.
Comfort Twin cabin on board Ocean Endeavour
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Comfort Twin - Category 6
Deck four: Two portholes windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths - 175 sq.ft. Deck seven: picture window, partial view, two lower berths- 135 sq.ft. Deck eight: Picture windows, obstructed view, matrimonial bed, pvt. bath, fridge - 160 sq.ft.
Top Deck Twin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Select Twin - Category 7
Deck five. Picture windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths, approx. 190 sq. ft. Deck eight: oversize windows, partially obstruction view, matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 145 sq. ft.
Superior Twin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Superior Twin - Category 8
Deck five. Two picture windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths, sitting area- 210 sq.ft. Deck seven: forward-facing windows with unobstructed view, matrimonial, private bath w/full tub- 180 sq.ft. Deck seven midship: picture windows, partially obstructed view, matrimonial, private bath, fridge - 190 sq.ft
Ocean Endeavour Cabin Category 9
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Junior Suite - Category 9
Deck five: Picture windows, unobstructed views, matrimonial bed, sitting area- approx. 270 sq. ft. Deck seven: forward-facing picture windows, views, matrimonial bed, private bath w/full tub, sitting area, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 290 sq. ft.
Ocean Endeavour Cabin Category 10
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Suite - Category 10
Deck seven. Forward-facing picture windows, unobstructed view, matrimonial bed, private bath with full tub, refrigerator - approx. 310 sq. ft.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the double occupancy rate.

Expedition Costs Include:
  • Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour
  • Applicable taxes and Credit card fees
  • Complimentary Expedition jacket
  • Contribution to Adventure Canada's Discovery Fund
  • Special access permits, entry and park fees *Team of expedition staff
  • Guided activities
  • Sightseeing and community visits
  • All Zodiac excursions
  • Port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Educational program
  • Nikon Camera Trial Program
  • Interactive workshops
  • Evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals
Expedition Cost Does Not Include:
  • Commercial & charter flights
  • Program Enhancements/optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Possible fuel surcharges
  • Pre- & post-trip hotel accommodation
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