Islands of Scotland, 2024

Discover the Inner and Outer Hebrides on board the „Cape Race“

Cape Race Scotland

From Oban, the cosy harbour town in the west of Scotland, we explore with you in eight days the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides in the northwest of Scotland, so popular because of their mild climate, spectacular rock and landscape structures and their rich history.

Cape Race Delfine

You will observe porpoises, gannets, sea otters, dolphins or puffin colonies from on board, visit the famous Iona Abbey and Dunvegan Castle, sail the Staffa Cave, walk across seemingly endless moors, heath and lush meadows to lonely lighthouses, marvel at the mighty waterfalls of Kilt Rock, anchor in front of white sandy beaches and sheltered bays or enjoy legendary fish & chips in picturesque Portree. Every day on this cruise is filled with cultural experiences or rare wildlife sightings on one of Europe’s most impressive coasts. And every day is determined by wind and waves, because the crew knows a corresponding attraction for every weather.

The planned itinerary
Day 1: Flight from Germany, Switzerland or Austria to Glasgow.
Overnight stay in airport hotel. Onward journey by private coach transfer to Oban (Scottish Gaelic for “little bay”). During the journey you will enjoy the first sights of the Scottish West. Arriving in Oban, the gateway to the Hebrides, you board the Cape Race: from here we start our exploration of the fascinating Scottish islands.

Schottland Strand

Day 2 – 8: The weather conditions determine our route!
With stronger winds we head for the sheltered small islands of the Inner Hebrides.
On Iona we hike up the 101 metre high hill Dun l, visit the famous Iona Abbey, from which the Christianisation of Scotland started in the 6th century and in whose graveyard almost all Scottish kings are buried, including – probably – Macbeth. Or we can venture deep into Fingal’s Cave, the famous Staffa Cave, or climb its basalt cliffs in calm seas with the Zodiacs. Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy is said to have been inspired here to write his Hebridean Overture. With a little more wind, we anchor in the west of the Isle of Skye in Loch Dunvegan, directly in front of the still inhabited Dunvegan Castle of the MacLeod clan. We visit the imposing premises and the famous gardens. On the east side of Skye we drive to the 55 m high Kilt Rock waterfall and then to the harbour of picturesque Portree, where we enjoy legendary fish & chips.

Cape Race Point Neist

The Outer Hebrides beckon with white beaches and wonderful walks over heath and moorland, hills and lush meadows. And then there are the lighthouses! We hike to Eilean Glas lighthouse, which has been sending its beacon across the Little Minch strait since 1789, or anchor below Neist Point, take the Zodiacs ashore and climb to the lighthouse, also known as the “most beautiful end of Scotland”. You can also visit Islay’s whisky distilleries, the parrot colonies on Lunga or the world’s third largest maelstrom, Corryvreckan, north of Jura, whose roar can be heard up to 10 nautical miles away (but which we of course only approach in calm seas). It is not unusual for schools of dolphins to accompany our ship as we sail from island to island, exploring numerous other castles, palaces, cliffs, moors, lighthouses, cosy harbours or lonely bays together with our local German-speaking expedition guides.

Day 9: Return to Oban and transfer to Glasgow.
Our exact route will depend on weather conditions and wildlife. The places mentioned are just examples of some of the many sights this trip has to offer. Please remember that flexibility is key to a successful expedition!

         
DATES 2023
Time on board:
8 days / 7 nights
PRICE PER PERSON IN EURO
Triple cabin shower/WC Double cabin
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25.4.2024 – 3.5.2024
(MARE 04-24)
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€ 4.900,- € 4.900,- € 5.250,-
2.5.2024 – 10.5.2024
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9.5.2024 – 17.5.2024
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16.5.2024 – 24.5.2024
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Services included in the tour price

  • Nature cruise on board the CAPE RACE (8 days / 7 nights), as described
  • One overnight stay in a good middle class hotel in Glasgow at the airport before the nature cruise, including breakfast
  • Full board on board incl. soft drinks
  • Flights from / to Germany, Switzerland or Austria in economy class to Glasgow and return
  • All shore excursions and excursions during the cruise
  • Transfer from Glasgow to Oban and back
  • German speaking tour guide on board 

Services not included in the cruise fare

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities and personal expenses
  • Any costs for medical tests (for example COVID-19) or vaccinations required either by a government agency or by the tour operator before, during or after the cruise.

Notes

All scheduled landings are subject to local weather conditions. The itinerary and programme are expressly subject to change. Completion of various questionnaires is compulsory.

Mobility notice

We are obliged to point out that this trip is generally not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. In individual cases, please contact us.

 

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Schiffsroute Schottland
  • German-speaking guided nature cruise
  • Travel months: April - May 2024
  • Embarkation: Oban (Scotland)
  • Disembarkation: Oban (Scotland)
  • Length of stay on board: 8 days/ 7 nights
  • Maximum number of participants: 12 passengers