Silversea Luxury Cruises À Shiant Islands, Scotland

Shiant Islands, Scotland
Shiant Islands, Scotland

During summer, the flights of huge numbers of seabirds leaving and returning from the Shiant Islands are dramatic. Some wheel and soar, while others fly in direct lines on stubby wings, like flying potatoes. Puffins carry fish drooping from their beaks as they aim for their nesting burrows. Guillemots, Razorbills and Black-legged Kittiwakes nest on exposed cliff ledges. Guillemots do not build nests but lay pointed eggs on bare rock ledges. View more

The shape of the eggs ensure they roll in a tight circle, preventing them disappearing off the ledge to the sea below. Cliffs of tall hexagonal columns, looking like the cross-section of an enormous honeycomb, provide a sensational setting for the birds. The rock formations were formed when molten volcanic magma cooled very slowly underground. Millions of years of erosion exposed the six-sided columns to the sea. The tallest of these are 120 metres (390 feet) high. The Shiant Islands are part of the Outer Hebrides and located between the Isles of Lewis and Skye. Historically, they have supported families of sheep grazers who could tolerate a lonely island outpost. The Shiants were known as the last place in Britain where the Black Rat occurred in substantial numbers. These rodents were originally introduced to Britain from Asia in Roman times but caused problems, especially eating eggs and chicks of seabirds. A successful eradication program eliminated the rats in 2016, ensuring the spectacular seabird breeding colonies continue to thrive.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.