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 rooted in naval history and surrounded by ruggedly picturesque countryside. Travel along the coast to find more reminders of Scotland’s past, 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 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’s wonderfully scenic cruise begins in Tobermory Bay, fringed by wooded hills, and along the Sound of Mull, overseen at the southern end by Duart Castle, home of the great warrior Clan Maclean. We continue along the 16-mile long Firth of Lorn and onwards to 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 Lews Castle, the largest castle in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides with a great story, despite its relatively short life; or explore the town once inhabited by Vikings and enjoy its traditional restaurants. 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.