LUXURY SCOTLAND CRUISES
The regal cities, picturesque towns and rugged scenic beauty of Scotland comprise an important and memorable share of Seabourn’s voyages in Northern Europe. With a long and illustrious history, a wealth of dramatic scenery and a hospitable, humorous population, Scotland rewards visitors with indelible memories.
Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, is among Europe’s most attractive and interesting cities. Both its Old Town and New Town are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Its rich historic heritage includes Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile, the Scottish National Gallery and Princes Street Gardens. The Scottish National Parliament, City Chambers, Law Courts and Scottish National Gallery are equally prestigious sights. The decommissioned Royal Yacht Britannia also resides there. Celebrated festivals such as the Fringe Festival and annual Military Tattoo add further interest. For Seabourn guests, Edinburgh is accessed from the nearby Firth of Forth ports of Newhaven, Rosyth or South Queensferry.
Other cities Seabourn guests enjoy include Aberdeen, the ‘City of Granite’ whose impressive 19th-century public buildings are built of local stone with high mica content, so they literally shine. Seabourn sometimes uses the old seaport of Peterhead to access Aberdeen. Located on the Firth of Tay, Dundee boasts a history of ‘Jute, Journalism and Jam’ for the linen and jute fabrics industry, the venerable D. C. Thomson newspaper publishing firm, and the 1797 ‘invention’ of orange marmalade by Mrs. Janet Keller. Dundee’s new Victoria & Albert Museum and the museum ships RSS Discovery and the frigate Unicorn also please visitors.
Rothesay in the Isles of Bute on the Firth of Clyde is just 35 miles from Glasgow and is a favorite seaside getaway for Glaswegians. It is known for the 13th-century Rothesay Castle, but its most dominant icon is the Discovery Centre in the restored, cast-iron and glass Winter Gardens with exotic Chinese-style roofs and Esplanade Gardens. The island offers other gardens as well, including the Ardengraig Gardens on Canada Hill and the Mount Stuart Gardens and House. For access to Glasgow’s treasures of Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture, including the Italian renaissance City Chambers, the austere University buildings and the ultra-modern “Armadillo” Clyde Auditorium, Seabourn uses the port of Greenock. Nearby in Argyll and Bute is Holy Loch on the Firth of Clyde, a famous shipbuilding town with access to Inveraray Castle, the Benmore Botanical Gardens and Glasgow. Campbeltown on the Kintyre peninsula is a perfect port for visits to the homeland of the Campbeltown Single Malt Whiskies, with distilleries including Glen Scotia, Glengyle and Springbank. McCaig’s Tower dominates a cliff above picturesque Oban, the ‘Gateway to the Isles.’ Castles such as Dunollie and Dunnstafnage top nearby heights and many ‘Glorious Gardens of Argyll’ surround the town. Fort William on the tranquil Loch Linnhe sits under looming Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the British Isles.
Invergordon is the seaport gateway to the Scottish Highlands, on the rugged Cromarty Firth. From there you can visit Cawdor Castle, the great Cathedral at Dornoch and the gardens of Dunrobin Castle, or the bucolic shores of Loch Ness. Ullapool is among the largest communities in the Scottish Highlands, and its Wester Ross region is famous for majestic mountains and picturesque villages. In Ullapool, explore the community gallery An Talla Solais, or visit breathtaking Corrieshalloch Gorge, the pinnacles of Stac Pollaidh and the sea cliffs at Rhue Lighthouse. Scrabster on Scotland’s northern coast boasts the picturesque Holborn Lighthouse, the Castle of Mey and Dunrobin Castle in the scenic nearby Highlands.
Seabourn’s ships take full advantage of Scotland’s myriad islands to visit Am Baile, Boreray and Stacs in the remote St. Kilda archipelago; Kirkwall and Copinsay in the Orkneys; Fair Isle, Lerwick, and the Isle of Noss in the Shetlands; Portree on the Isle of Skye; the serene Summer Isles and Staffa in the Hebrides; and Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.
Scotland consistently delivers extraordinary experiences to those who visit on Seabourn ships.