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Cruise Description

5 Night Cruise sailing from Liverpool roundtrip aboard Black Watch.

A short, yet highly invigorating adventure, this five-night cruise is a snapshot of Scotland’s wonderfully diverse scenic landscapes. With Black Watch as your guide, you can discover the splendid vistas, charming postcard-perfect towns and historic sites of beautiful islands and lochs that will inspire and delight; and all in less than a week.

Visiting Greenock – ‘Gateway to the Lochs’ – puts you within reach of one of Scotland’s most famous and sought-after scenic sites, breathtaking Loch Lomond. Opt for a boat tour of Lomond – the largest expanse of freshwater in Great Britain – and the treasures of this natural wonder will be revealed; the 974-metre-high Ben Lomond mountain, the castle and monastery of Inchmurrin – the largest of Lomond’s 60 islands – and elegant Victorian houses all come into view.

A stop at charming Tobermory on the beautiful Isle of Mull presents you with one of Scotland’s most-photographed images; be sure to have your camera to hand to capture this picturesque town’s famously colourful harbour from your ship. Spending the day here also affords you opportunities to experience a boat cruise along the sublime Sound of Mull, renowned for its unspoilt scenery and wonderful wildlife including seals, dolphins and eagles; or head across the Sound on a tour to discover the 13th century Duart Castle. The rugged Orkney Islands await you too. During a call into Kirkwall you can immerse yourself in the Orkneys’ fascinating history at the UNESCO-listed, 5000-year-old Neolithic village of Skara Brae, or the ancient stone circles of Stenness and Brodgar; or even visit St Magnus, Britain’s northernmost cathedral.

Highlights of this cruise:

Greenock, Scotland
The Scottish town of Greenock stands proudly on the southern bank of the Firth of Clyde. The original small harbour was converted into a main port in the early 1700s and flourished from the growing imports of Caribbean sugar. As the town’s stature grew, so did its buildings: the Municipal Buildings has an impressive 245 foot tower.

The intriguing Underheugh Cottage is a working smallholding that offers visitors the chance to try activities like pig-keeping and dressing up like an ancient Scot. Further cultural experiences are available at the McLean Museum, which details Greenock’s shipbuilding past.

The town’s Esplanade is a delightful stroll, and offers spectacular views out along the peninsula to Kilcreggan and Helensburgh.

Tobermory Isle of Mull, United Kingdom
Built as a fishing port in 1788 on a design by Thomas Telford, Tobermory is now the main village on the remote island of Mull. This little village with brightly-coloured houses that run from the main street down to the pier, is one of the prettiest ports in Scotland.

The name comes from the Gaelic, Tobar Mhoire – Mary’s Well – and water from it (now gone) was believed to have medical properties. The Mull Museum on the main street celebrates the island’s history, with artefacts that include working implements used by local craftsmen. Legend has it that the village’s sheltered bay is where one of the Spanish Armada ships sank in 1588 carrying gold bullion.

Tobermory Distillery, the only one on Mull, was founded in 1798. It has been closed and reopened several times – the most recent reopening in 1990. The buildings are the original ones from when the Distillery first opened. Today it produces a malt and a blend, known as Tobermory the Malt.

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.

Cruise Itinerary

Date Activity Arrive Depart
21/08 Liverpool, England Late PM
22/08 Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland Early AM Late PM
23/08 Tobermory, Scotland Early AM Late PM
24/08 Kirkwall, Scotland Early AM Late PM
25/08 At sea - -
26/08 Liverpool, England Early AM
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