Balmoral takes you on a discovery of scenic sights and wildlife found close to home, yet off the beaten track, amongst the rugged and remote isles and lochs of Scotland. Some of the UK’s most beautiful scenery will come into view as you sail Scottish waters; see the wild, unspoilt landscapes of the Small Isles and Loch Hourn, as well as the remarkable rock formations of the Old Man of Hoy, The Needle, Dutchman’s Cap and Fingal’s Cave. At each of these sea stacks and cliffs, look out for large colonies of seabirds in their natural habitat.
When you get to head ashore, seabird havens await discovery in the Orkneys, Shetlands and the Isle of Skye, with their craggy interiors and coastlines. RSPB Sumburgh Head in the Shetlands, where fulmars, puffins and various other bird species live and breed, is a particular highlight. Capture the coastal scenes of Northmavine, the Shetlands’ northernmost point, too; and take in the Orkney’s historic highlights, such as Neolithic Skara Brae and ceremonial stone circles of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar. Meanwhile, from Ullapool, opt to take a boat trip on the glacier-carved Loch Glencoul, or perhaps see the tumbling waters of Eas a' Chual Aluinn – Britain’s highest waterfall – up close.
Gary and Lesley have been hosting bridge events for over fifteen years, working with both Bernard and his father, and are well known to many of Bernard’s loyal clients. They have hosted more than twenty four cruises and numerous bridge weekends. They enjoy the cruises, socialising with the guests, and have been lucky enough to have visited over forty countries around the world.
Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included. Upgrade to All Inclusive Drinks Package is available as a chargeable optional extra and can be added to your booking up to six days prior to your cruise departing.
Great value offers
Great value offers on selected fares and cabin grades available on this cruise. Please contact our Reservations team for further details.
Please note, rooms 8057 and 8059 on Lido deck are equipped for use by disabled passengers.
*Rooms 8073, 8075, 8084 and 8086 on the Lido Deck are wheelchair accessible and have a fully restricted view.
*Please note, rooms 9048, 9056 and 9095 on Bridge Deck have been adapted for use by disabled passengers.