Day 1 - Newcastle
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Newcastle, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Balmoral (3T+) in preparation for your sailing.
Day 2 - Invergordon
Invergordon is a town bursting with Scottish charm with its stunning landscapes, picturesque countryside, mysterious Loch Ness and historic architecture. Wander the enchanting town, with many examples of Scottish history including 15th century Cawdor Castle and the magnificent Dunrobin Castle, a beautiful 13th century structure with a grand collection of paintings and belongings of the Earls of Sutherland. Alternatively, you can visit the nearby famous Loch Ness to be enthralled by stories, myths and tales of the legendary creature thought to live hidden in the waters.
Day 3 - Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
The capital of the Orkney Islands, Kirkwall, is the place to discover ancient architecture and fascinating Christian, Nordic and Celtic history; the variation of which has created a unique and interesting mix of culture, heritage and traditions. Visit the dominating St Magnus Cathedral, the city’s ancient architectural masterpiece built in memory of Saint Magnus Erlendsson; or St Olaf’s Church, an 11th century construction. Other sights to see include the well-preserved Tankerness House, a 16th century museum of historic collections; and the Orkney Wireless Museum, which depicts the interesting history of radio.
Day 4 - Cruising Tobermory Bay, Sound of Mull, Firth of Lorn and Fingal’s Cave
Today is spent scenically cruising past unmissable sights. We begin in Tobermory Bay, a stretch of water flanked by steeps cliffs and the Sound of Mull. Continue past the stunning Duart Castle on to the 16-mile long Firth of Lorn, before completing your journey at the extraordinary Fingal’s Cave, a sea-cave formed with distinctive ‘columns’ that echo Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway.
Day 5 - Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
This morning we arrive in the largest town of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, Stornoway. The town is a place of natural beauty; perhaps visit Stornoway Castle, or alternatively you can taste some of the delicious local cuisine being served at traditional restaurants scattered throughout the town. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 6 - Lerwick, Shetland Islands
Until the 1600s there was little to be found in Lerwick, apart from a few huts around a ‘leir vik’ - Norse for a muddy bay, but around the middle of the century, conflict between the British and Dutch led to the building of a permanent settlement. Modern Lerwick retains many fascinating small shops and delightful historic buildings and near the port is the Böd of Gremista, a ‘fishing booth’ built in 1780 and now a museum. Outside the town are the well-preserved remains of the Broch of Clickimin, a small Bronze-Age settlement excavated in the last century.
Day 7 - At sea
A day spent relaxing at sea as Balmoral sails back to UK shores.
Day 8 Newcastle
We disembark after breakfast and you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.