Eight days from Ireland to Scotland Aboard Le Boreal

Overview

From Dublin, the Irish capital brimming with convivial charm, Le Boreal sails to Belfast and across to the coastlines and islands of Scotland and the Inner Hebrides. Along the way, the colorful facades of local pubs entice travelers in for a pint, and the Celtic shores call out with song and legends. In Scotland, visit Tobermory, an ancient fishing village on the Isle of Mull with its row of brightly painted houses, and explore mysterious Lewis, the largest island of the Hebrides and home to the Standing Stones of Callanish. Cruise along the iconic Skye Bridge, walk the waterfront of Liverpool with its many museums and galleries, and end this incredible journey in Glasgow where Victorian monuments meet modern galleries and welcoming cafes. Enjoy live Celtic music and European cuisine on your legendary journey aboard Le Boreal.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Itinerary

Day 1, May 24, 2020
Dublin, Ireland

Begin your journey in Dublin, the Irish capital that stretches along the banks of the Liffey to Dublin Bay, on the East coast of Ireland. Discover Ireland’s warm conviviality in the pedestrian district of Temple Bar. Its cobbled streets are brimming with fabulous shops, pubs and arts centers. Next to Trinity College, famous for its 18th century library, you can stroll along Grafton Street: in one of its famous tea shops, try a delicious scone and clotted cream served hot and melt-in-the-mouth with jam. Not far from here, the majestic O’Connell bridge leads you to the avenue with the same name, on which Spire, a luminous contemporary sculpture presides.

Day 2, May 25, 2020
Belfast, Ireland

The capital city of Northern Ireland is located on the very tip of Belfast Lough, in the northeast of the Emerald Isle. Along the waterfront, the building shaped like a fragmented liner is non other than the Titanic Belfast, a homage to the famous transatlantic liner, with full-scale reconstructions making for an insightful experience of the Belle Epoque. In the historical center, you’ll also travel back in time when you see the majestic Edwardian columns of the City Hall, and the imposing neo-gothic towers of Queen’s University for example. The carved wooden façades of the Victorian pubs will certainly entice you in for a pint of beer or chilled cider.

Day 3, May 26, 2020
Tobermory, Isle of Mull / Iona, Hebrides, United Kingdom

Located at the northernmost tip of the lovely Isle of Mull, Tobermory has to be one of the most beautiful natural seaports on Scotland’s West Coast. Founded in 1788, this ancient fishing village has been converted to a leisure port highly appreciated today for its surroundings and the quiet charm it exudes. You will definitely be won over by the row of many-storied houses on the hillside, illuminating the harbour with their vibrant colours. Although the real spectacle is outdoors, a visit to the interesting Mull Museum dedicated the local history and the exhibitions at the An Tobar art gallery is well worth the time.

Of all the islands in the Inner Hebrides, Iona is by far the most conducive to contemplation and meditation. And for good reason. It is here that St Columba landed from Ireland in 563 and undertook to establish Christianity in Scotland. Now an abbey, the island's true spiritual center stands where the ancient monastery founded by the Irish missionary was built. Many kings of Scotland, including the legendary Macbeth, are buried in the nearby cemetery. In sunny weather, arriving on the Isle of Iona is a stunningly beautiful experience.

Day 4, May 27, 2020
Stornoway, Hebrides, United Kingdom

Discover Lewis, the largest island of the Hebrides, considered to be the cradle of Gaelic culture. Here, the peat- and heather- covered valleys and lochs stretch on to infinity, and numerous bird colonies have taken up residence in the long, jagged coastlines where. Not far from Stornoway, the island’s main town, built by the Vikings in the 9th century stands one of Scotland’s most prominent prehistoric sites: The Standing Stones of Callanish. Dating back to more than 3,000 years B.C., these imposing stones placed in a cruciform pattern were laid out according to the moon and stars and their main purpose was to keep track of seasonal cycles, as this was essential for farmers at the time.

Day 5, May 28, 2020
Portree, Isle of Skye / Skye Bridge

Nestling in the crux of a gorgeous bay, Portree reflects the magnificence of the grandiose Isle of Skye as well as being its main town. Apart from the charm of its colourful houses, the town’s outstanding location on the banks of a loch makes it a very pleasant place to be. From its colourful harbor bustling with local craftsmen’s shops, you can take in a stunning view of the surrounding hills. Before trekking through the wilderness and drinking in the natural beauty of the Isle of Skye, check out some of the beautiful images in the Aros Centre.

Days 6-7, May 29-30, 2020
Douglas / Liverpool

Douglas ᅠis the capital of the Isle of Man, a self-governing island in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. The Isle of Man is best-known for its gruelling annual TT motorbike race but Douglas itself is a charming traditional seaside resort. Take a stroll or horse tram along the busy promenade and visit the Manx Museum, which retraces the island's fascinating Celtic and Viking heritage. You can take a steam train into the mountainous interior, where you'll see medieval castles and pretty villages and farms.

The fast-moving and appealing city of Liverpool sprawls along the banks of the River Mersey. This former bastion of industry in England's north-west has found its second wind, thanks especially to the highly successful redevelopment of its docks, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004. The city, the Beatles' birthplace, has lots to offer to its visitors. While a walk down the Waterfront from Pier Head to Albert Dock is a major highlight. You'll also love the quality of ᅠmuseums such as the Walker Art Gallery and the wealth of architecture in the city. But what will really impress you is the playful and open-minded spirit of its inhabitants, which John Lennon referred to as "positive energy".

Day 8, May 31, 2020
Glasgow, Scotland

In the heart of the Clyde Valley, the bustling city of Glasgow contrasts starkly with the wild beauty of the surrounding countryside. Scotland's biggest city overflows with landmarks from its extensive artistic heritage and outstanding architectural tradition. The city's checkerboard layout makes walking through the major pedestrian thoroughfares easy: go with the flow and let the lively street atmosphere take you past the many Victorian monuments. Don't miss the collections on display in the numerous museums and art galleries. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an outstanding example.

Highlights

Highlights

Enjoy live music on-board performed by the Celtic music trio, Ewen Delahaye Favennec
Visit the mysterious Giant's Causeway site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the old port of Liverpool
Explore Iona, the sacred island of Scotland with an abbey dating back to the middle ages
Stroll the streets of Portee, the main town of the Isle of Skye with its lively port and cultural center

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $3701  
Arrive: Dublin, Ireland
Depart: Glasgow, Scotland
Lodging: 7 nights aboard a 264-passenger expedtion vessel
Meals: All meals aboard ship included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, Cultural Adventures, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History, Small Ship Cruising
Trip Level:

8-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours
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