Join us to go deep into Scottish and English history, touring from Dublin to London via Scotland by sea and by train. We will sail from capital to capital, Dublin to London, over 12 days, starting in vibrant Dublin and heading first to the Isle of Lunga for birdwatching (mainly for the iconic Atlantic Puffin) and then to Iona Abbey, one of Scotland’s most sacred and historical sites. We’ll go ashore at the incredible Orkney archipelago to see prehistoric (Neolithic and Mesolithic), Norse and medieval architectural elements, evidence of civilization dating back more than 5,000 years. We will ride across the picturesque Scottish Highlands on the train that inspired Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express and visit Aberdeen, gateway to the Royal Deeside and five spectacular castles. You can look forward to arriving at St. Kilda, Scotland, a rare dual UNESCO World Heritage Site to see many bird species (including thousands of Northern Gannets) and prehistoric (Neolithic) ruins. In England, we will visit the majestic York Minster, one of the largest and most ornate examples of Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe. Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of these naturally beautiful locations from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
St. Kilda, Scotland – Go ashore at this dual UNESCO World Heritage Site (recognized for its natural heritage and cultural significance) and observe one of the world’s largest homes of the Northern Gannets (as well as the iconic Atlantic Puffin). St. Kilda boasts both medieval ruins and even prehistoric architectural features from the Neolithic period.
Isle of Skye, Scotland –Visit breath-taking natural scenery, as well as some of the most well-known Hebridean/Scottish castles: either the Eilean Castle or Dunvegan Castle. Lucky visitors may see seals, whales or dolphins surrounding the island.
Aberdeen, Scotland – Visit beautiful, history-laden Aberdeen, moving from bustling city to the magnificent valley of the River Dee, affectionately nicknamed the Royal Deeside as it houses the summer home of the Royal Family: the stunning Balmoral Castle. There are other castles to visit there as well: Braemar, Drum and Crathes, with its world-famous gardens.
York Minster, England – Walk the charming, cobblestone streets of York and step inside the incredible York Minster, a glorious Gothic cathedral and the largest of its kind in Europe, dating back to the 13th century, AD (but not completed until the 15th century).
London, England –We’ll take a panoramic tour of London.
Enjoy an evening ashore in the Orkney Islands and sample local food while story-tellers and a local band (including a dance caller) will entertain the guests.
Wildlife Watch List:
Birds of note: Corncrakes (mainly heard, but difficult to see) at Iona, Atlantic Puffins, Manx Shearwater, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Razorbills, Northern Gannets, Herring Gulls, Black Guillemots,
Sea mammals: porpoises and grey seals.
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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