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Balmoral
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Balmoral, Isles of Scotland in 5 Nights ex Rosyth Return
Ship: Balmoral
Selected Sailing Date: 01 Aug 2019
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Cruise Description

5 Night Cruise sailing from Rosyth roundtrip aboard Balmoral.

Packed full with exploration and countless photo opportunities, this short Scottish escape makes for a perfect summer escape. Balmoral will be your home-from-home for five relaxing nights and your guide to discovering two dramatic islands, where scenic delights, ancient sites and more await discovery.

As you’ll set sail from the Scottish port of Rosyth it won’t be long until you’re presented with your first glimpse of Scotland’s dramatic island landscapes. The morning after departure you’ll cruise past two geological wonders guarding the rugged Orkney archipelago, The Needle and the Old Man of Hoy. These towering sea stacks, standing at 230-feet and 450-feet respectively, have been a magnet for thrill-seeking climbers for many years; have your binoculars to hand as you sail by en route to Kirkwall and you may spot a climber or two making the brave ascent. Once you arrive in Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands, there are many attractions to uncover during your overnight stay, including the 5,000-year-old Neolithic village of Skara Brae, a site older than the Egyptian Pyramids; the ceremonial stone circles of Stenness and Brodgar; and the dominating spectacle of St Magnus, Britain’s most northerly cathedral.

Completing your short, yet memorable journey is a call at Lerwick, in the picturesque Shetlands. Perhaps you’ll choose to continue your discovery of some of Scotland’s most spectacular landscapes with a tour to Northmavine. The Shetlands’ northernmost point boasts incredible coastal scenery and wonderful sea vistas looking out across the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, you could explore the fascinating Bronze Age settlement of Clickimin Broch; visit RSPB Sumburgh Head, where soaring sea cliffs are alive with fulmars, puffins and many other species; or simply take in Lerwick’s quaint shops and charming harbour.

Highlights of this cruise:

Kirkwall, United Kingdom
Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands, resonates with ancient echoes of Christian, Nordic and Celtic history. It’s a town that feels more Scandinavian than Scottish; in fact, the name Kirkwall comes from the Norse for 'Church Bay', relating to the town's 11th century Church of St Olaf of Norway.

Exploring the town’s atmospheric paved streets and twisting lanes, reveals a number of highlights, including the ruins of the Earl and Bishop’s Palaces, dating from the mid-12th century and serving as a reminder of the Orkney's turbulent past. The palaces are considered by many to be the finest Renaissance buildings in Scotland. Also worth visiting is the recently restored St. Magnus Cathedral, founded in memory of Saint Magnus Erlendsson by Norseman Earl Rögnvald Kali.

Don't miss Tankerness House, a beautifully preserved 16th century townhouse, and the Orkney Wireless Museum, with it's fascinating insights into the history of radio, too.

Lerwick, United Kingdom
Sturdy Lerwick is the friendly capital of the 100 islands and islets of the Shetland Islands. The bustling, cosmopolitan seaport is the islands’ only town, and its wonderful natural harbour is a joy to explore.

Until the 1600s, Leir Vik – Norse for a muddy bay – was little more than a few huts. However, conflict between the British and Dutch (whose fishing fleet fished for herrings off the islands) led to the building of a permanent settlement. This included Fort Charlotte, which once overlooked the harbour but has now been enclosed by the town following land reclamation.

Despite the wealth created by North Sea oil, modern Lerwick retains many fascinating small shops and historic buildings. Wandering along atmospheric Commercial St. is a delight, and the Böd of Gremista – a “fishing booth” built in 1780, is now a fascinating museum. The ground floor has the salt store and the kitchen, where herrings were hung to dry. Outside the town are the well preserved remains of the Broch of Clickimin, a small Bronze-Age settlement excavated in the last century.

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