Wildlife of England and Scotland
A Circumnavigation of Great Britain
Step aboard for this very special cruise, circumnavigating Great Britain, and explore the diverse landscapes and fascinating wildlife of our home island. Sailing from Liverpool, you’ll head northwards to the picture-postcard town of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, keeping a lookout for the seals, dolphins and porpoises which inhabit the waters of the Inner Hebrides. You’ll voyage across the northern tip of Scotland, where orcas and minke whales are sometimes seen, continuing to rugged Orkney and Shetland, before turning south again, sailing past Northumbria’s Farne Islands, home to a variety of seabirds. You’ll have time to relax or explore at leisure in the charming Suffolk seaside town of Southwold, perhaps visiting one of the nearby nature reserves, while your final port of call will be the vibrant maritime city of Portsmouth.
- 8 nights cruise on Boudicca
- 23 meals: 8 breakfasts (days 2-9) 7 lunches (days 2-8) 8 dinners (days 1-8)
- Included onboard drinks package
- Varied daytime activities, lectures, talks and evening entertainment
- 2 formal nights during cruise
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Embarkation assistance by Titan staff
- Services of the experienced Fred. Olsen staff on board
- Port taxes
Day 1 - Liverpool
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to Liverpool, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Boudicca in readiness for an evening sailing.
Day 2 - Tobermory, Isle of Mull
This morning we arrive in the pretty town of Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull. Built as a fishing port in the 18th century, it is celebrated for its picturesque harbour and brightly painted houses. Learn about the local sea life in the Marine Exhibition or perhaps enjoy a ‘wee dram’ at Tobermory Distillery. We depart late this evening. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 3 - Cruising Pentland Firth - Kirkwall, Orkney
Pentland Firth separates Orkney from mainland Scotland and is renowned for its strong tides, which are among the fastest in the world, with speeds of up to 30km per hour recorded. Seals and porpoises can be seen here all year round, while dolphins, orcas and minke whales are occasional visitors. There will be great views of the uninhabited islands of Stroma and Swona before we reach Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney. Don’t miss the mediaeval St Magnus Cathedral, founded by the Viking chief, Earl Rögnvald Kali Kolsson, which still dominates Kirkwall’s horizon. You may choose to join our optional tour to the remarkable archaeological site of Skara Brae, a wonderfully preserved 5,000-year old Neolithic village. 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. We depart Orkney late tonight.
Day 4 - Lerwick, Shetland Islands
We spend time in the Shetland Islands today, and their capital, Lerwick. Maybe visit the Shetland Museum, with exhibitions chronicling the islands’ long and fascinating history from earliest times to the present day, and the Böd of Gremista, a restored 18th century ‘fishing booth’, now housing the collections of the Shetland Textile Museum. Anyone interested in our prehistoric past should head to Clickimin Broch, a well-preserved Iron Age fortified dwelling just outside Lerwick. We leave tonight.
Day 5 - Cruising the Farne Islands
Lying off the coast of Northumberland, the beautiful Farne Islands are managed by the National Trust as a wildlife sanctuary, and are home to more than 100,000 seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, razorbills and sandwich terns, as well as a large colony of grey seals. Be sure to have your binoculars ready as we sail by today.
Day 6 - Southwold
This morning we arrive in Southwold in Suffolk, a quintessentially British seaside town with a busy harbour, attractive pier and, of course, a beautiful beach complete with traditional beach huts. There are plenty of attractions to discover here, including the 15th century St Edmund’s Church, Southwold Museum and the Victorian lighthouse, which you can visit on a guided tour. The local Adnams’ Brewery & Distillery also offers guided tours and tastings. You could also head out of town to visit the nearby Suffolk Coast or Westleton Heath National Nature Reserves, both home to a variety of scarce bird species. We leave late this evening.
Day 7 - Portsmouth
The UK’s only island city, Portsmouth’s proud naval heritage stretches back more than 800 years and it is still one of the Royal Navy’s principal ports. Today you might like to learn more about that history at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, where you’ll find Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, the Mary Rose, which sank in Portsmouth harbour in 1545 and HMS Warrior, Britain’s first iron-hulled warship. Other attractions worth a look include the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum, the D-Day Museum and Southsea Castle, while there are stunning views of the city and the Isle of Wight from the top of the Spinnaker Tower.
Day 8 - At sea
We have a full day to relax on board Boudicca as we cruise back towards Liverpool. Perhaps take the opportunity to unwind with a massage in the spa, enjoy a dip in one of the pools or simply sit back with a drink and a good book on the sun deck.
Day 9 Liverpool
Boudicca returns to Liverpool early this morning. You will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.