For those who go off the beaten path, there are places in the British Isles where nature is still wild and history can be touched.
This expedition-style voyage from Plymouth to Edinburgh is your chance to discover some of the British Isles’ most historically significant and wildlife-rich destinations. Cruising aboard our small, luxury expedition ship is the perfect way to visit difficult-to-access locations where tourist value far exceeds tourist numbers.
We begin with beautiful Tresco in the Isles of Scilly. We continue to Ireland where we visit the Skellig islands, renowned for their seabirds and monastery ruins. In Scotland we explore early Christian history on the peaceful Isle of Iona, magnificent archeological sites in the Orkney Islands, and exciting birdlife on Shetland’s beautiful Fair Isle.
Whether your interest is botanical gardens or native wildflowers, the flora on this voyage is in full bloom. Unique in the British Isles, Tresco Abbey Garden boasts an outdoor collection of more than 20,000 exotic plants from around the world. In Ireland, a walk through the intensively planted woodland at Mount Congreve Estate is one the world’s great botanical experiences.
This voyage also coincides with spectacular wildflower displays on Fair Isle, where we find a surprising abundance and diversity of plant species adapted to the harsh environment and encouraged by traditional crofting methods.
In these surprisingly wild corners of the British Isles we find some of Europe’s best birding destinations. The birds at these world-renowned but little-visited sites are sure to impress and delight birders of all levels, from the casual birdwatcher to the most impassioned twitcher. Each day is another opportunity to see something new.
Highlights include the Skellig islands, one of Ireland’s most important seabird sites for both population size and diversity of species. In Scotland, isolated Fair Isle is famous for its abundant local birdlife and frequent sightings of rarities. Our voyage is timed to coincide with the spring migration and the peak of the seabird breeding season.
In the earliest times, the only way to get around in the British Isles was by small boat. So it is not surprising that many of the most important historical sites are on islands more accessible by sea than by road, leaving them in relative peace today. With our small ship and fleet of Zodiacs, such sites are easily within our reach.
Destinations include gorgeous Iona Abbey and the well-preserved monastery on remote Skellig Michael. In Orkney we find a Neolithic village site, ancient henge monuments, a Romanesque cathedral, and the historic Burgh of Kirkwall. Throughout the voyage we discover tastefully curated historical sites nestled in romantic landscapes.
This voyage offers a wealth of subjects for photographers of all levels and interests. Our included photography program gives you the chance to learn and practice your skills alongside a professional photographer.
Zoom out to capture dramatic landscapes of sweeping moorland and rugged coastlines or go macro to expose the beauty of flowers. You will get plenty of practice with the special art of architectural photography as well.
From historical monuments to colorful puffins, the sights on this voyage will make a photographer out of anyone. Our expert will be there to help you make the most of the bounty in your viewfinder.