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Live one of the below 14 unique cultural experiences in Scotland for 2022 or 2023. Visit villages and experience local cuisine with a local English speaking guide on your own private tour or small group guided tour. Iona, St. Kilda, Kirkwall, Kyle of Lochalsh, and Laggan have particularly rich cultures and can be visited on trips that include activities like village visits, small ship cruises, wildlife viewing, archaeological site visits, and whale watching and cost from $4,395 for experiences of 7 to 27 days. Tell us about your ideal cultural trip to Scotland and our Scotland experts will help you plan every detail of your next trip.
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Ring of Brodgar is a unique stone circle in Scotland.
$9,430
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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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Discover the restored Iona Abbey, Scotland
$10,989
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Reykjavik to Dublin

13 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Cloud
  • See historic cathedrals and church
  • Walk through the street of Torshavn
  • Visit Kirkwall
  • Observe the Isle of Man's wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Reykjavik / Dublin
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
From Iceland’s inspiring capital to Ireland’s irresistible one, enjoy a voyage that drinks in the beauty of the north. Sail from Reykjavik to Dublin on this Scottish island cruise that will have you gasping at the wonder of Mother Nature. Explore each island’s history to discover …
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Colorful sunset over the Scottish Highlands
$17,770
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Ancient Isles: England, Ireland, and Scotland

15 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Explore Celtic and Viking culture
  • Sail around Skellig Michael
  • Zodiac cruise in Scotland
  • Visit giant seabird colonies
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Walk through Stone Age village ruins 5,000-years-old, Zodiac cruise around the stunning island of Staffa, and hoist a pint or two with spirited natives in cozy pubs throughout the land. You’ll explore ancient sites in moody landscapes to learn about culture and history in lands that have been …
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Discover ancient cultures of the Orkney islands
$11,890
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Legendary Northern Isles: Scotland, Faroes, & Iceland

Bergen - Reykjavík - 13 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Go back in time at Skara Brae
  • See the mysterious Ring of Brofgar
  • Walk through Jarlshof
  • Observe incredible birdlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Bergen / Reykjavik
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail beneath the midnight sun, overseas steeped in Norse mythology, and along the route of the boldest Vikings who ventured west. Meet the welcoming islanders who call the scenic Faroes home—Danes by nationality and Viking by blood. See the graves of their Viking ancestors and explore their …
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Grass covers the houses of the Faroe Islands, blending them into the landscape.
$4,395
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North Atlantic Saga: Scotland, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland

Aberdeen-Reykjavik - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Stand among Neolithic stones
  • Shop for exquisite handicrafts
  • See the volcanic Surtsey island
  • Follow the routes of the Vikings
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 11-day expedition cruise charts a course unlike any other on Earth, from the costaline of Scotland, through the cliffs of the Faroe Islands, to the volcanic plains of Iceland. Explore ancient Neolithic ruins on rugged Celtic islands, and sail into the sagas of Norse explorers bound for …
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Discover the restored Iona Abbey, Scotland
$9,200
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Dublin to Reykjavik expedition

13 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Cloud
  • See historic cathedrals and church
  • Walk through the street of Torshavn
  • See Icelandic eiderdown collectors
  • Observe Arctic's wildlife in Vigur
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience how different and yet how beautiful three countries can be on this journey through Scotland, the Faroe Islands and Iceland on this 13-day expedition aboard Silver Cloud. Sail from Ireland’s capital to Iceland’s capital, Dublin to Reykjavik, with stops in Scotland and the …
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Eilan Donan Castle
$5,090
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European Classic Cruise - Scotland

7 Day Itinerary aboard Spirit of Scotland
  • Tour of Cawdor Castle
  • Cruise Scotland's Lochs
  • Visit to Culloden Moor
Activities:
Barge Cruising, Biking, River Cruise, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the beauty of Scotland on a 7-day getaway cruise aboard the elegant barge hotel Spirit of Scotland. Take an evening stroll at Banavie before the start of the tour. Cruise along Lochs Lochy, Oich and the famous Loch Ness and perhaps a chance to see "Nessie". Take a stop at one of …
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Amazing blue water and ice in Greenland
$21,600
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Longyearbyen to Dublin

27 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Cloud
  • Discover NW Spitsbergen NP
  • Circumnavigate the Duck Islands
  • Admire Pasvik Valley’s wildlife
  • Visit Kirkwall
  • Observe the Isle of Man's wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Longyearbyen / Dublin
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience the Arctic as never before. Beginning in the great wilderness that is Svalbard, this voyage showcases a region that is practically unknown. Join Silver Cloud as she takes you - in ultra-luxury - to places other cruise ships cannot reach. Explore both the Southern and Northern ends of the …
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White cliffs overlook the rocky shores
$7,846
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British Isles From Dover

15 Day Itinerary aboard MS Maud
  • Visit Fort William
  • Explore St. Kilda
  • Discover Isle of Lewis
  • Enjoy South Cornwall's beauty
Starts/ Ends in:
Dover / Dover
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board MS Maud on this 15-day cruise of the British Isles. Highlights include the village of Fishguard with its quaint harbour and isolated islands such as Rathlin Island, home to Northern Ireland’s largest seabird colony and the abandoned village of St. Kilda, before reaching the remote …
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Two curious sheep in England
$6,473
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British Isles

13 Day Itinerary aboard MS Maud
  • Visit Rathlin Island
  • Explore St. Kilda
  • Discover Isle of Lewis
  • Enjoy South Cornwall's beauty
Starts/ Ends in:
Dover / Dover
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Whale Watching
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sail from the south of England to the most northerly region of Scotland – covering a vast area in between. A true British Isles journey, visiting England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and the Hebrides, head for remote destinations which will …
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Famed Pulpit Rock in Norway
$9,900
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Tromso to Reykjavik

15 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Whisper
  • Discover Romsdalsfjord
  • View Bergen's waterfront
  • Explore Tromso
  • Spot incredible Arctic wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Tromso / Reykjavik
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Urban Exploration, Village Visits, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the luxurious Silver Whisper on this 15-day voyage to explore the highlights of the Arctic. Journey to Svalbard and Iceland to discover volcanic islands, stunning glacier-carved landscapes, and sculptural icebergs. Look for vibrant wildlife such as whales, walruses, musk oxen, Arctic foxes, …
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Spirit of Scotland Ship
$57,000
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Private Charter - European Classic Cruise - Scotland Aboard Spirit of Scotland

7 Day Itinerary aboard Spirit of Scotland
  • Cruise Scotland's Lochs
  • Visit to Culloden Moor
  • Tour of Cawdor Castle
  • Admire Falconry display
Activities:
Barge Cruising, Biking, River Cruise, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the beauty of Scotland on a 7-day private cruise aboard the elegant barge Spirit of Scotland. Cruise along with the Lochs Lochy, Oich, and the famous Loch Ness and perhaps a chance to see "Nessie." Explore the mysterious battlefield in Glencoe, famed for one of the darkest days …
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Explore the enchanting city of Glasgow
$6,120
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Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords Voyage - with Smithsonian Journeys

Bergen - Glasgow, Scotland - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville
  • Discover beautiful Norwegian Fjords
  • Experience a rail journey
  • Enjoy the view of Olden
  • Discover beauty of Bergen
Starts/ Ends in:
Bergen / Glasgow
Activities:
Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board Le Dumont-d'Urville for an 8-day journey through the Norwegian fjords and the wild landscapes of the Scottish Isles. Begin your journey in Bergen, famous for its Hanseatic port, Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site that still bears traces of the Viking-founded city's illustrious …
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Explore Dublin
$6,030
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Celtic Voyage: The Hebrides and the Irish Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys

London - Glasgow - 9 Day Itinerary aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville
  • Discover Scotland's warm culture
  • Explore Hebrides archipelago
  • Experience the wonders of Belfast
  • Visit legendary Dublin
Starts/ Ends in:
Glasgow / Glasgow
Activities:
Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Begin your voyage in London, the economic and cultural heart of the country. Continue along to Dover, known for its famous and impressive white cliffs, which have inspired many a poet and playwright. Visitthe Isles of Scilly, where everything resembles a tropical paradise. Le Dumont-d’Urville …
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