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Holiday type Ocean cruises
Country United Kingdom
Travel type Cruise
Price range From £599
Travel partner Newmarket Holidays
Duration 8 nights
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Scottish highlands and isles cruise

This springtime cruise sees Discovery cross the Irish Sea to Dublin, before heading north to some of Britain's most spectacular scenery and more remote islands.


  • Eight nights accommodation in your choice of cabin
  • Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, luncheon, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
  • On-board entertainment as arranged
  • Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
  • Port charges and taxes
  • Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement

Day one

Make your way to Avonmouth for embarkation and this evening's sailing.

Day two

Today finds Discovery in Dublin, the incomparable Irish capital. This vibrant city was home to Joyce, Yeats, Wilde and Swift, and was the birthplace of Shaw. It is also the site of Trinity College, Dublin. Enjoy rich culture, Grafton and O'Connell streets packed with shoppers, and perhaps a stop in one of the cafes and coffee shops, or famous bars and pubs.

Day three

This morning Discovery anchors in Oban. Take a shore excursion to one of a host of nearby whisky distilleries, before Discovery weighs anchor once more.

Day four

Discovery anchors off Stornoway, the capital of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, today. Perched on the edge of Britain, these unspoiled islands have been inhabited continuously for over 6,000 years, and are guardians of a rich culture with its roots in the mists of time. Explore the town, or take the excursion to the ancient standing stones at Callanish, thought to be nearly 4,000 years old.

Day five

Today's destination is the ancient Orkney capital of Kirkwall, with its magnificent St Magnus cathedral, meandering streets and excellent museum. Kirkwall is gateway to a rugged hinterland where history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife all play their part.

Day six

The Shetland Islands, and their enchanting capital, Lerwick, are home to ancient legend, traditional crafts and an abundance of bird-life. Spend time in the town, or join the excursion to the 3,000 year-old archaeological site at Jarlshof, with its Bronze and Iron Age remains.

Day seven

Discovery arrives in the Wester Ross port of Ullapool, today. Here you'll be able to step ashore and explore the North West Highlands - which include Torridon's granite massifs and dramatic, remote Ben Assynt - or take an excursion to discover some of Britain's finest scenery.

Day eight

Today is spent at sea cruising south.

Day nine

Discovery arrives back in Bristol.

MV Discovery

In 2013, 20,000-tonne Discovery sets out on a series of exciting departures from ports around the UK, on her first season of cruises. With her classic profile, eight passenger decks, and accommodation for 700 passengers, Discovery is a smaller ship built in traditional style, and offers the perfect 'home from home' for a memorable holiday.

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Departure date Nights Price  
10-May-2014 8 599.00 book