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Explore the top-rated United Kingdom small ship cruises below.  Adventure Life works with the top-rated small ship cruise lines visiting Aberdeen, Kirkwall, Lerwick, Edinburgh, and Portsmouth, 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 United Kingdom small ship cruises start at $3,000 for a trip of 6 to 15 days in 2024. Tell us about your dream United Kingdom 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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Big Ben and Whitehall
$6,499
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Emerald Isles

London - Dublin - 9 Day Itinerary aboard World Navigator
  • Explore London
  • Experience the Isles of Scilly
  • Visit Cobh
  • Discover Holyhead
Starts / Ends:
London / Dublin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 9-day cruise from London to Dublin aboard the World Navigator. Explore London's historic sites like Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, uncover local folklore in Guernsey's St. Peter Port, visit the rarely-touched Isles of Scilly, indulge in whiskey tasting at Cork's Old …
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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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Isle of Iona, Scotland
$9,166
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Spirit of Celts

Portsmouth - Dublin - 13 Day Itinerary aboard SH Vega
  • Visit Portsmouth's naval heritage
  • Experience Isles of Scilly
  • Uncover Bantry's ancient history
  • Roam through Dingle's craggy cliffs
Starts / Ends:
Portsmouth / Dublin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a captivating 13-day Spirit of Celts cruise aboard SH Vega, exploring the British Isles with a light-hearted spirit. Start in historic Portsmouth, boasting a naval legacy and an enticing Historic Dockyard. Sail to Fowey, a Celtic-inspired Cornish town, and enjoy the wonderfulselection of …
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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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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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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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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:
Relaxed
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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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:
Relaxed
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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Beautiful view of Spitsbergen.
$6,795
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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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Explore the island of Guernsey
$4,160
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British Archipelagos and Celtic Shores

Saint-Malo - Dublin - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Boreal
  • Discover Heritage Sites of Dublin
  • Explore Bantry, Fowey, & Herm
  • Enjoy Guernsey & Isles of Scilly
  • Visit little English town Dartmouth
Starts / Ends:
Saint Malo / Dublin
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Aboard Le Boreal for an 8-Day cruise and discover the hidden gems of the British Archipelagos and Celtic Shores.In Saint-Malo, where your voyage will begin, immerse yourself in the diversity of its heritage and find the famous port city, Route du Rhum. Experience the refreshingly mild climate of …
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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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Discover the rich history of Edinburgh
$9,690
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For Conoisseurs 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 Conoisseurs 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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Visit Neolithic sites of the Orkney islands
$9,599
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Iceland to the North Sea

Reykjavik to Dublin - 9 Day Itinerary aboard World Traveller
  • Marvel at Belfast
  • Discover wonders of Tórshavn
  • Marvel at the Stornoway
  • Explore Isafjörður
Starts / Ends:
Reykjavik / Dublin
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a remarkable 9-day cruise aboard World Traveller, where you'll discover the breathtaking beauty and rich culture of Iceland, Denmark, the UK, and Ireland. Begin in Reykjavik, with its charming colorful houses and unique modern architecture. Explore Isafjörður, a hidden …
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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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