Day 1 - Dover
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to Dover, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Black Watch in readiness for an evening sailing.
Day 2 - At sea
There’s time to relax on board your ship today and enjoy the facilities aboard Black Watch as we sail towards the Irish Sea. Perhaps take a dip in one of the two heated pools or practise your swing in the golf nets.
Day 3 - Dublin, Ireland
We arrive in the Irish capital, Dublin, this morning, with a full day to explore this inviting city. Learn about the nation’s past in the splendid National Museum, visit the impressive St Patrick’s Cathedral, wander through the bohemian Temple Bar neighbourhood or relax in the more peaceful surroundings of Phoenix Park, one of the largest urban public gardens in Europe. And if you want to know more about the ‘little people,’ the National Leprechaun Museum is the place to go!
Day 4 - Cruising Loch Fyne - Tarbert
Connected to the Sound of Jura, Loch Fyne is one of the longest and most picturesque of Scotland’s sea lochs, set against a backdrop of crumbling castles, craggy mountains and marshy heaths. As we glide through the Loch this morning, you may be lucky enough to see seals, otters, basking sharks, dolphins and other native wildlife. The loch is also famous for its delicious seafood, especially oysters. Early this evening we reach the idyllic village of Tarbert, watched over by its ruined medieval castle. We set sail late tonight.
Day 5 - Cruising Loch Linnhe - Corran Narrows - Fort William
Flanked by rolling hills and rugged woodland, Loch Linnhe offers incredible views as we sail through early this morning. Be sure to keep a look-out for the local golden eagles, porpoises and seals. We pass through the Corran Narrows, the narrowest point of Loch Linnhe, towards the picturesque town of Fort William, which occupies a dramatic location at the foot Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Known as the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, Fort William is a popular centre for climbing, hillwalking and mountain-biking while points of interest include the West Highland Museum, with its extensive collections chronicling Highland history and culture, the ruins of Inverlochy Castle and the Ben Nevis Distillery, which offers guided tours. We depart tonight.
Day 6 - Cruising Fingal’s Cave - Firth of Lorn - Duart Castle - Tobermory Bay - Sound of Mull - Sound of Rum - Sound of Sleat - Loch Hourn - Loch Nevis
Early today we sail past the astonishing Fingal’s Cave, located on the uninhabited island of Staffa in the Inner Hebrides, continuing through the Firth of Lorn between the Isle of Mull and the Slate Islands. We will pass the impressive 13th century Duart Castle and the Isle of Mull and sail through the Sound of Rum between the picturesque islands of Eigg and Rum, where whales, dolphins and otters are often to be seen. Our day concludes among the dramatic fjord-like landscapes of Loch Hourn and Loch Nevis.
Day 7 - Portree, Isle of Skye - Cruising Sound of Rassay, Loch Torridon & Loch Shieldaig
Black Watch docks in Portree, the largest town on the Isle of Skye, this morning. Set within an attractive natural harbour, Portree is a bustling port with a number of interesting sights such as the Aros Centre, where you can watch live CCTV images of local sea eagle nests. The town also serves as a gateway other attractions on the island, including the intriguing rock formations at Trotternish Ridge - which can be found north of Portree, the Talisker whisky distillery and the ruins of the village of Tusdale, deserted during the Highland Clearances. We depart late this evening, cruising through the Sound of Raasay towards Loch Torridon, a stunning sea loch surrounded by pretty villages and the sandstone and quartzite peaks of the Torridon Hills. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 8 - Kirkwall, Orkney
This morning we arrive in Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney, an archipelago of 70 islands off the northern tip of the Scottish mainland with a strong Scandinavian heritage. The mediaeval St Magnus Cathedral, founded by the Viking chief, Earl Rögnvald Kali Kolsson, in 1137, still dominates Kirkwall’s skyline while the Orkney Museum, with important collections of Stone Age and Viking artefacts is also worth a look. Alternatively, join our optional tour to the remarkable archaeological site of Skara Brae, a wonderfully preserved 5,000-year old Neolithic village, uncovered by a violent storm in 1850. You’ll also visit the Standing Stones of Stenness, one of the oldest stone circles in Britain, and the Ring of Brodgar, as well as Skaill House, a fine 17th century mansion.
Day 9 - Invergordon
Located at the head of the beautiful Cromarty Firth, Invergordon is the gateway to the northern Highlands and is surrounded by stunning scenic beauty. Close-by and within easy reach is Scotland's most famous Loch - Loch Ness - legendary home of the elusive Loch Ness Monster. You might like to join a coach tour to the Loch and go in search of Nessie yourself. We leave Invergordon tonight.
Day 10 - At sea
We have a full day to relax on board Black Watch as we cruise the North Sea back to Dover. Perhaps take the time to unwind with a massage in the spa or catch up with friends over coffee in one of the lounges.
Day 11 Dover
Black Watch arrives back in Dover early this morning. You will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.