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Explore the top-rated Scotland small ship cruises below.  Adventure Life works with the top-rated small ship cruise lines visiting Aberdeen, Kirkwall, Edinburgh, Lerwick, and Stornoway, and we help match you with the perfect small ship and cruise itinerary for your specific tastes and needs. There are countless advantages to exploring on a small ship cruise versus a large cruise ship including avoiding crowds and being able to visit and explore smaller ports and scenic shorelines that large ships simply cannot access. The cost of Scotland small ship cruises start at $2,750 for a trip of 6 to 15 days in 2024. Tell us about your dream Scotland small ship cruise and our team of travel planners will help you make it a reality.  
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Ring Of Brodgar, Orkney
$10,095
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Wild Scotland

Edinburgh - Aberdeen - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • Visit the St Kilda
  • Explore the Orkney Islands
  • Kayak through caves and lochs
  • Visit an Iron Age broch
Starts / Ends:
Edinburgh / Aberdeen
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
From the Hebrides in the west to inhospitable windswept specks of land like St Kilda and Foula, and to the Orkney and Shetland islands in the north, you’ll explore the intriguing diversity of Scotland’s wild islands. You can plan to take in Neolithic sites scarcely changed in 5,000 …
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Ring of Brodgar is a unique stone circle in Scotland.
$10,290
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Scotland's Highlands and Islands

8 Day Itinerary aboard Lord of the Glens
  • Sail through Loch Ness
  • Visit medieval abbey ruins
  • Hike in spectacular Cuillin Hills
  • Discover ancient standing stones
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Biking, Hiking, Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The only expedition of its kind, explore Scotland as few people have on an encompassing and enchanting Scotland voyage. Walk among ancient stone monuments, weave your way through ruins of fantastic castles, and stroll through a sacred abbey. Learn the legacy of 1,300-year-old clans and visit the …
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Broch of Mousa, Scotland
$5,995
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British Isles: Legendary History & Wild Nature

13 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Spirit
  • See Tresco, Bronze Age burial site
  • Discover Tresco Abbey Garden
  • Enjoy bird-watching in Rathlin
  • Step inside the fortress Llanduno
  • Visit the island of Staffa
Starts / Ends:
Portsmouth / Leith
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Take this opportunity to join Sea Spirit on its 13-day cruise to explore and discover the wonderful beaches, ruins and wildlife as you visit different islands. Discover the sand-fringed island of Tresco, Bronze Age burial site and see the 20,000 exotic plants in Tresco Abbey Garden. Enjoy …
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Colorful sunset over the Scottish Highlands
$10,887
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Ancient Isles: England, Ireland, and Scotland

12 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Explore Celtic and Viking culture
  • Sail around Skellig Michael
  • Zodiac cruise in Scotland
  • Visit giant seabird colonies
Starts / Ends:
Windsor / Edinburgh
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 12-day cruise from Portsmouth to Edinburgh aboard the National Geographic Explorer. Exploring the enduring Celtic and Viking influences in local culture and language. Visit the ancient Fingal's Cave on Staffa Island and observe a thriving puffin colony. Explore the 12th-century Iona …
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Discover the rich history of Edinburgh
$6,170
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Shetland, Orkney & Hebrides

Edinburgh - Glasgow - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Bellot
  • Explore Edinburgh Castle
  • Discover Lerwick
  • Explore Portree
  • Experience Kirkwall
Starts / Ends:
Edinburgh / Glasgow
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on an 8-day cruise aboard Le Bellot, exploring the enchanting Celtic lands through Scotland's breathtaking archipelagos. Starting from Edinburgh, a city steeped in history and UNESCO's City of Literature, visit Lerwick in the Shetland Islands, known for the ruins of Scalloway Castle. …
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Visit charming Portree
$6,880
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Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords Voyage - with Smithsonian Journeys

Glasgow, Scotland - Bergen - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Bellot
  • Explore Bergen
  • Experience a rail journey
  • Visit Lerwick
  • Experience Loch Ness
Starts / Ends:
Glasgow / Bergen
Activities:
Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on an 8-day adventure on Le Bellot, exploring the Norwegian fjords and the untamed landscapes of the Scottish Isles. The trip begins in Bergen, renowned for its Hanseatic port, Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site reflecting the city's medieval history. Hop on the Flam Railway for a …
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Explore Dublin
$4,630
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Journey along Celtic shores

Dublin - Edinburgh - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Lyrial
  • Discover Dublin
  • Visit Scotland's capital, Edinburgh
  • Witness Orkney Island
  • Discover Lewis Island
Starts / Ends:
Dublin / Edinburgh
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Escape to the British archipelago on this 8-day cruise aboard Le Lyrial from Dublin to Edinburgh. Explore the majestic lakes of the Highlands and the cliffs of the Scottish Isles. Visit Belfast and see the Giant's Causeway, then journey to Fort William and the beautiful scenery of Glencoe. …
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An polar bear makes its way across the rocks.
$14,195
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Across the Arctic Circle

15 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • Visit strongholds of Scottish clans
  • Encounter Neolithic sites
  • Search polar bears and walrus
  • Experience Svalbard
Starts / Ends:
Aberdeen / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Onboard the Greg Mortimer, embark on a 15-day Arctic Circle expedition cruise. The Orkney and Shetland Islands reveal a rich Scottish heritage, while Vikings, fjords, and fishing communities appear along Norway's stunning coastline, including a visit to the famous Lofoten Islands. Crossing the …
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Broch of Mousa, Scotland
$4,290
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Vikings of the North Sea

Denmark - Scotland - 6 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Albatros
  • Learn the history of Orkney Island
  • Experience wonders of Skagen
  • Visit legendary Haugesund
  • Explore Skara Brae
Starts / Ends:
Copenhagen / Aberdeen
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Come aboard the Ocean Albatros on a 6-day adventure cruise across the North Sea, starting at a pier in central Copenhagen. Visit Skagen, a scenic town where famous Danish artists lived in an artists' colony. Then, head to the west coast of Norway, where Viking warlords once ruled, and visit the …
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Discover ancient cultures of the Orkney islands
$21,495
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Cruising the British Isles: Scotland, Ireland & England

Scotland to London - 14 Day Itinerary aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville
  • Experience a luxurious voyage
  • Explore Edinburgh Castle
  • Explore the Highlands
  • Experience the fantastic history
  • Drive through Western Isles
Starts / Ends:
Edinburgh / London
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 14-day journey of the British Isles aboard Le Dumont D'Urville. Begin in Edinburgh, where you'll stay at the luxurious Balmoral Hotel and explore the iconic Edinburgh Castle. Sail on the Firth of Forth and witness the world's largest gannet colony on Bass Rock. Discover the …
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Lighthouse near Torshavn
$10,799
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British Isles Rhapsody

Dublin to Reykjavik - 9 Day Itinerary aboard World Navigator
  • Explore medieval charm of Dublin
  • Discover Kelvingrove and Glasgow
  • Experience rich history of Scotland
  • Visit Stone Age ruins
Starts / Ends:
Dublin / Reykjavik
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on an 9-day cruise through Ireland and Scotland aboard World Navigator. Start in Dublin, Ireland, exploring medieval charm and modern sights like the Book of Kells. In Glasgow, Scotland, visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and enjoy Wellpark Brewery. Explore Fort William, Loch Ness, …
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Beautiful view of Spitsbergen.
$6,795
EBD 20%
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Crossing the Arctic Circle, Jan Mayen & Svalbard

13 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Spirit
  • Enjoy Edinburg's unique charm
  • Explore St. Magnus Cathedral
  • Explore Spitsbergen & its wildlife
  • Visit Kirkjubøur
Starts / Ends:
Edinburgh / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the Sea Spirit to join this 13-day Arctic cruise from Edinburgh, Scotland to Longyearbyen, Norway. Long days and short nights give you ample opportunity to experience this region the way the Vikings did centuries ago. Enjoy stops in the Faroe Islands, Kirkwall, and the Shetland Islands before …
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pair of killer whales
$2,750
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Arctic Ocean - Fair Isle, Jan Mayen, Ice Edge, Spitsbergen, Birding

Aberdeen - Longyearbyen - 10 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Explore Aberdeen
  • Experience Fair Isle's charm
  • Explore Jan Mayen
Starts / Ends:
Aberdeen / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Experience the 10-day cruise aboard MV Plancius as you journey through the stunning Arctic Ocean. From the city of Aberdeen to the remote island of Jan Mayen, each destination offers unique experiences and breathtaking scenery.Explore the rugged landscapes of Fair Isle, where you can experience …
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Fair Isle
$9,395
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Arctic Saga: Exploring Spitsbergen via the Faroes and Jan Mayen

14 Day Itinerary aboard Ultramarine
  • Explore Aberdeen
  • Discover Fair Isle
  • Experience Faroe Islands
  • Explore Jan Mayen
Starts / Ends:
Aberdeen / Helsinki
Activities:
Hiking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 14-day expedition cruise from Aberdeen to Helsinki aboard the Ultramarine. This expedition takes you to some of the world's most remote islands, blending history, culture, and the mesmerizing midnight sun. Traverse the North Atlantic, encountering the rugged beauty of the Arctic, …
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Golden hour on the coast
$11,499
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Lands of the Celts

15 Day Itinerary aboard Seabourn Venture
  • Discover St. Kilda
  • Explore Stornoway
  • Experience Isles of Scilly
  • Discover Dublin
Starts / Ends:
Isles of Scilly / Leith
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 15-day cruise aboard Seabourn Venture, exploring the UK's history and natural beauty. Starting in Greenwich, London, visit historic landmarks including the Greenwich Naval Observatory and the birthplace of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Explore scenic destinations such as the Isles of …
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Discover the rich history of Edinburgh
$9,690
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For Connoisseurs and Sailing Buffs

Edinburgh - Hamburg - 9 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud Spirit
  • Discover the city of Aberdeen
  • Explore the region of Speyside
  • Experience haute cuisine
  • Sail to Sylt and explore
  • Cruise the Elbe River
Starts / Ends:
Edinburgh / Hamburg
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On this9-day For Connoisseurs and Sailing Buffs Cruise from Edinburgh to Hamburg aboard Sea Cloud Spirit, sail from Scotland to Norway and Sylt on a culinary voyage that awakens your senses and celebrates fine dining. Begin in Aberdeen, a historic city, and explore Speyside, the renowned whisky …
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View of Reykjavik from the Church Tower
$10,999
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Northern Legends

Reykjavik to Dublin - 9 Day Itinerary aboard World Voyager
  • Explore Reykjavík's
  • Discover wonders of Tórshavn
  • Visit Callanish in Stornoway
  • Marvel at Belfast
Starts / Ends:
Reykjavik / Dublin
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a remarkable 9-day journey from Reykjavik to Dublin aboard World Voyager, exploring Iceland, Denmark, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Ireland. Begin in Reykjavík and be captivated by the colorful houses and the modern architecture of the Harpa Concert Hall. Continue to …
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Bowhead whales
$3,000
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Arctic Ocean - Aberdeen, Fair Isle, Jan Mayen, Ice edge, Spitsbergen, Birding

12 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Discover Fowlsheugh
  • Experience Fair Isle
  • Explore Jan Mayen
  • Witness Forlandsundet
Starts / Ends:
Vlissingen / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 12-day expedition cruise aboard the MV Plancius. From Vlissingen to explore the North Sea's wonders. Witness diverse marine life, from dolphins to majestic whales. Visit Fowlsheugh's seabird cliffs or the vibrant Ythan Estuary. Explore Fair Isle's serene charm, known for its …
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