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Scottish Isles & The Edinburgh Military Tattoo Cruise

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Board Basis: Full Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8968

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Make your own way to port

9 days

Cruise 2020

PRICE FROM ? £1399 per person
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Experience the very best of Scotland, with a perfect mix of remote islands, beautiful waterways and the attraction-packed historic capital. This enriching exploration presents untouched landscapes, captivating wildlife and ancient historical sites, and an unmissable opportunity to attend two iconic, internationally renowned events in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh – the International Festival’s performances of live theatre, music, opera and dance and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.


Day 1 – Home pickup & embarkation in Liverpool / Day 2 – At Sea
A uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home for your comfortable journey in a top specification car so you can begin your holiday in style. On arrival at Liverpool Port, we board the Black Watch and begin our journey, taking time to relax in our cabins or on deck and enjoying the use of the ship’s range of leisure facilities.

Day 3 – Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
We cruise into Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands, which resonates with ancient echoes of Christian, Nordic and Celtic history. It’s a town that feels more Scandinavian than Scottish; in fact, the name Kirkwall comes from the Norse for 'Church Bay', relating to the town's 11th-century Church of St Olaf of Norway.

Exploring the town’s atmospheric paved streets and twisting lanes, reveals a number of highlights, including the ruins of the Earl and Bishop’s Palaces, dating from the mid-12th century and serving as a reminder of the Orkney's turbulent past. The palaces are considered to be the finest Renaissance buildings in Scotland. Also worth visiting is St Magnus Cathedral, founded in memory of St Magnus Erlendsson by Norseman Earl Rögnvald Kali.

Day 4 – Rosyth (for Edinburgh), Scotland
We moor up in Rosyth from where we transfer to Edinburgh, Scotland's historic capital. The UNESCO-listed Old Town quarter is home to the city's magnificent castle, the famous Holyrood Royal residence, the parliament building and St Giles' Cathedral. Or if you prefer to indulge in a little retail therapy, you can wander the high-end stores and independent boutiques that line Princes Street, George Street and other areas in the New Town district.

Edinburgh is also renowned for its annual celebrations and events. Set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo combines music, dance, lights and marching bands with daredevil displays of skill and military showmanship featuring hundreds of performers from every part of the world. The International Festival is a celebration of the performing arts, presenting a programme featuring the finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre.

Please note: entrance to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the International Festival performances are not included.

Day 5 – Cruising by Old Man of Hoy & Marwick Head, Orkney Islands
We enjoy some scenic cruising today, providing some fantastic photo opportunities. Britain’s tallest and arguably most famous sea stack, the Old Man of Hoy rises 450 feet out of the Atlantic Ocean on the coast of Hoy Island, in Scotland’s rugged Orkney archipelago. Originally an arch with two ‘legs’ resembling those of an old man, hence the landmark’s nickname, the erosive power of the weather has reduced the stack to a single pillar which, owing to a huge crack slicing through the middle of it, geologists believe will one day collapse into the sea.

The imposing red sandstone cliffs of Marwick Head, on the rugged northwest coast of the Orkneys’ main island, are – according to the RSPB – a ‘seabird city’, home to one of the largest cliff-nesting seabird colonies in Scotland. Up to 25,000 birds perch along the flower-carpeted cliff edges here in the summer months, and as we sail slowly by it’s possible you’ll see various species including puffins, fulmars, guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes. You might even be lucky enough to spot Arctic skuas and red-throated divers. Look out for the Kitchener Memorial too – this crenelated tower was built in dedication of Lord Kitchener, who was killed when H.M.S. Hampshire sunk off the coast here in June 1916.

Day 6 – Lerwick, Shetland Islands
Lerwick is the friendly capital of the 100 islands and islets that make up Shetland and our next port of call. The bustling, cosmopolitan seaport is the islands’ only town with a wonderful natural harbour. Until the 1600s, Leir Vik – Norse for a muddy bay – was little more than a few huts. However, conflict between the British and Dutch, whose fishing fleet fished for herrings off the islands, led to the building of a permanent settlement.

Despite the wealth created by North Sea oil, modern Lerwick retains many fascinating small shops and historic buildings. Wander along atmospheric Commercial Street or visit the Böd of Gremista – a “fishing booth” built in 1780, which is now a fascinating museum. Outside the town are the well preserved remains of the Broch of Clickimin, a small Bronze-Age settlement excavated in the last century.

Day 7 – Portree, Isle of Skye
We drop anchor in Portree, the Isle of Skye's largest and liveliest town set within a pretty natural harbour with brightly-coloured houses and surrounded by rocky cliffs and rolling hills.

Its name (from the Gaelic for King's Harbour) commemorates James V, who arrived here in 1540 to pacify the local clans. The town is a popular tourist destination, thanks to its stunning coastline and interesting attractions that include the Aros Centre and the An Tuireann Arts Centre, which celebrate the island's Gaelic heritage.

Day 8 – Cruising Fingal’s Cave, Tobermory Bay, Sound of Mull & past Duart Castle
A day of scenic cruising awaits, passing by some lovely sights. Fingal’s Cave is a beautiful basalt sea-cave with distinctive ‘columns’ and a remarkable symmetry. Often, the cliffs, ledges and grassy slopes are smothered with native seabirds, including guillemots, razorbills, puffins and more, so it’s the perfect place to enjoy a little birdwatching. Just make sure you have your binoculars to hand!

Situated in the north east corner of the picturesque Isle of Mull, Tobermory Bay is a beautiful stretch of water sheltered by steep cliffs and tall hills. From the ship you can enjoy views of Tobermory harbour's famous colourful waterfront, which you may recognise from the popular children's TV series Balamory.

Flowing between the Isle of Mull and the shores of Scotland, the Sound of Mull is a beautiful stretch of water that forms part of the Atlantic Ocean. As we sail through the sound, you'll see some stunning natural landscapes.

Dating back to the 13th century, Duart Castle is one of the most historic and prettiest castles in the Highlands. Set amongst a backdrop of beautiful valleys, the castle looks impressive from any angle, especially from the water.

Day 9 Disembarkation in Liverpool
We arrive back in Liverpool where we disembark and are met by our chauffeur for the journey home – a luxurious and stress-free way to end the holiday.

Self Drive Bullets

  • Door to Door Club Class Home Collection Service*
  • 8 nights full board accommodation on the Black Watch
  • Self-service tea and coffee at selected venues
  • Morning coffee with biscuits
  • Afternoon sandwiches and cakes
  • In-room sandwiches and snacks
  • Captain’s drinks party and gala buffet
  • All evening entertainment
  • Use of leisure facilities
  • On board activities and guest lectures
  • Porterage between port and cabin
  • Port taxes
Departure date: 05/08/2020
Departure point: Liverpool

Search Bullets

  • 8 nights full board accommodation on the Black Watch
  • Self-service tea and coffee at selected venues
  • Captain’s drinks party and gala buffet
  • All evening entertainment
  • Use of leisure facilities
  • On board activities and guest lectures

Helpful Information

To enhance the enjoyment of your cruise, a programme of optional shore excursions will be available at extra cost in advance of the cruise departure for pre-registration. Please note certain ports may only be accessible by the use of a smaller tender vessel.

The Black Watch operates a cashless system on board and all incidental expenses will be charged to your account. A gratuity of £5 per person, per day will be debited to your account automatically.

Self-drive available.Car parking is available at Liverpool Port. Please contact CPS (Cruise and Passenger Services) on 0345 071 3939 or visit their website A discount of £100pp on prices shown is applicable if you are making your own way to the port.





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Club Class Home Collection Service

Free* Club Class Home Collection Service

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip MileagePrice (pp)
Up to 150 milesFREE
151+please call
Single Traveller SupplementAdditional 75%
*Up to a maximum of 150 miles from your home postcode. The round trip mileage is calculated from your home postcode to the hotel/airport/port postcode and back again using Google maps most direct routing.
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