Exploration | The UK & Ireland
From the beautiful national park of iconic Loch Lomond to the rugged isles of
Scotland and the Faroes, you’re sure to be captivated every step of the way on
this spellbinding summer voyage. Relax as Black Watch glides past the historic,
clan-owned Duart Castle; discover a variety of fascinating wildlife, including
puffins and eagles; explore Neolithic and Bronze Age heritage; and call into
Tórshavn, one of the world’s smallest capitals.
After departing Liverpool, Greenock is the first
destination on the horizon. A day here during the
summer solstice can be spent exploring one of
Scotland’s most treasured waterways, as the city is
your gateway to Trossachs National Park and Loch
Lomond. A boat tour will present you with views of
some of Scotland’s most elegant Victorian stately
homes, as well as Inchmurrin, the lake’s largest island.
The famously photogenic coloured houses of
Tobermory harbour will greet you next. The Mull
Museum and Tobermory Distillery are well worth a
visit too, or you could venture further afield to
explore more of the Isle of Mull’s stunning landscapes
and, if you’re lucky, spot some soaring eagles.
The tranquil, wildlife-rich Sound of Mull and dramatic
13th century Duart Castle – one of the last surviving
privately-owned clan castles in Scotland – feature en
route to Shetland. Lerwick is a great base for
uncovering the stunning sites of the Shetland
mainland, though the town’s quaint shops and
charming harbour make for tempting propositions
too. The fascinating Bronze Age settlement of
Clickimin Broch; coastal Northmavine; and RSPB
Sumburgh Head, home to swooping eagles and
curious puffins, are particularly recommended.
You leave behind this charming maritime town for the
stunning landscapes of the Faroes. The archipelago’s
largest centre, Tórshavn – named after the Norse god
Thor – is one of the world’s smallest capitals.
Viðarlundin is a delightfully wild park where trees and
sculptures intertwine and lead down to the Listasavn
Føroya, with its fine collection of modern and
contemporary Faroese art. Alternatively, you could
opt to discover the charismatic Tórshavn Cathedral –
with its distinctive clock tower that peeps over historic
wharf buildings – and Tinganes, said to be one of the
oldest parliamentary meeting places in the world.
To round everything off there’s the coastal calm of
Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands. Among the
many delights to experience are the ceremonial stone
circles of Stenness and Brodgar; the 5,000-year-old
Neolithic village of Skara Brae, a site older than the
Egyptian Pyramids; and the dominating spectacle of
St Magnus, Britain’s most northerly cathedral.
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