The UK & Ireland
This diverse sailing presents a healthy mix of awe-inspiring landscapes, wildlife
and ancient historical sites across dramatic islands and in charming capitals.
From the iconic Giant’s Causeway and the Neolithic village of Skara Brae to
the rugged Isle of Mull, a melting pot of extraordinary experiences awaits you.
What’s more, this rewarding journey of exploration has been specially timed to
take in the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
After a relaxing day at sea on board Black Watch,
you’ll pause at the ancient Orkney community of
Kirkwall. The town is home to the dominating St
Magnus, Britain’s most northerly cathedral. Among
the many other highlights are the 5,000-year-old
Neolithic village of Skara Brae and the ceremonial
stone circles of Stenness and Brodgar.
The Scottish delights continue as you reach Rosyth;
it’s your gateway to the beautiful city of Edinburgh.
While the likes of Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood
Palace, at the end of the famous ‘Royal Mile’, are ripe
for exploration, the chance to be part of the Royal
Edinburgh Military Tattoo is not-to-be-missed. This
treat is all part of the Edinburgh International Festival
that coincides with your visit perfectly.
Following a day to reflect on your recent adventures,
a host of natural wonders is waiting to be discovered
from Ullapool, such as Scotland’s first Geopark,
which includes Loch Glencoul and the cascading
waters of Eas a’ Chual Aluinn – Britain’s highest
waterfall. There is plenty to explore in and around the
charming town of Tobermory, too. The famous
brightly coloured harbourside houses, Tobermory
Distillery and Aros Park gardens are well worth a
visit, or you could venture further afield in search
of soaring eagles above the Isle of Mull’s stunning
landscapes. To round off the day, there’s scenic
cruising through the wildlife-rich Sound of Mull
and past the dramatic 13th century Duart Castle,
one of the last surviving privately-owned clan
castles in Scotland.
Before Black Watch returns to Liverpool, there’s
time for a call into the historic port of Belfast. This
cosmopolitan city, with its warm and welcoming
culture, is also the birthplace of RMS Titanic. On
the site where the infamous ship was built, you
can uncover her extraordinary story, from its
construction to its fateful maiden voyage.
Elsewhere, you could take in superb views of the
city from Belfast Castle or head off on a highly
recommended tour to the mystical and mysterious
geological formation of the Giant’s Causeway.
Marvelling at the interlocking hexagonal basalt
columns is always an inspirational experience.
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