Fred. Olsen – Scottish Lochs & Isles – 2019
Includes 5 night all inclusive cruise, transfers and hotel stays in London and Liverpool
There’s no doubt cruising is the best way to truly appreciate the beauty of the captivating Scottish Lochs. Just hop on-board and simply sit on deck to savour the string of picture-postcard locations that unfold before your eyes. In just a week you’ll savour the scenic highlights of a string of waterways in this breathtaking part of the world.
The cruise begins at, what is considered, the gateway to the Lochs. The proud Scottish town of Greenock, which stands on the southern bank of the Firth of Clyde.
Next port of call is fascinating Tobermory, 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. Furthermore, you can learn about local legends and tales and visit the centuries old, Tobermory Distillery.
Finally, round off your journey amid the rugged beauty of the Orkney Islands. Home to a range of wildlife, including migration Arctic Terns and discover the legendary Loch Ness.
We have combined this with hotel stays in both London and Liverpool which will allow you to see iconic sights of the UK with a multitude of sightseeing possibilities to add to your package.
22nd May 2019 - 10 nights
Sat 22nd May 2019
Welcome to London. Transfer from London Heathrow or London Gatwick
Once clear of Immigration and Customs, there’s a transfer from London Heathrow or Gatwick to your chosen hotel in central London by private car. When you arrive you have the rest of the day at your leisure to relax. Depending on your arrival time we will try and secure an early check in for you, but if not you may leave your luggage with the concierge.
This evening is at your leisure and you are free to dine as you please. We will be delighted to offer some suggested restaurants, or alternatively you may choose to dine in the hotel restaurant. We will be pleased to book a table on your behalf.
Sun 23rd May 2019
Transfer to Liverpool by train with 1st class reserved seats
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in your hotel.
We have arranged a mid morning transfer by private car from your hotel to Euston Station, where you will board the Virgin Pendolino high speed train to Liverpool. The journey time is just over 2 hours, and you will have chance to sit back and relax in your reserved 1st class seat. During the journey you will be served complimentary drinks and a snack.
On arrival into Liverpool Lime Street, there will be a transfer by private car to your hotel in the City Centre. Check in and you then have the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore the City. May we suggest a visit to the Beatles Experience situated in Albert Dock, or the Maritime Museum or the Museum of Liverpool? Maybe a trip on the River Mersey itself – there’s so much to see and do.
We will be delighted to offer recommendations for your evening meal in the City, or maybe a meal in the hotel – it’s your choice!
Mon 24th May 2019
Departure from Liverpool
Enjoy a full English breakfast in your hotel, and you then have the morning free to explore the City.
We have arranged a private transfer from your hotel in the early afternoon to take you to the Port.
Board the ship mid-afternoon and settle into your cabin before you set sail.
Ports of call:
Greenock (Gateway to the Lochs)
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 town’s Esplanade is a delightful stroll, and offers spectacular views out along the peninsula to Kilcreggan and Helensburgh.
Tobermory, Isle of Mull
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, Orkney Islands
Situated on the beautiful Orkney Islands, and home to a range of wildlife, including migration Arctic Terns, Kirkwall is surrounded by gloriously rugged countryside just begging to be explored. Alternatively, ventures to the dominating St. Magnus Cathedral – the northernmost on the British Isles; discover the 5,000 year-old Neolithic village of Skara Brae; or tour to the Highland Park Distillery.
Wed 29th May 2019
Arrival at Liverpool
After an early breakfast, disembark the ship. We have arranged a transfer to your hotel where you can leave your luggage and you then can either have a day at leisure in Liverpool or alternatively take advantage of one of the sightseeing programmes we have available.
Your evening is free to dine in one of the many great restaurants in the City, or maybe a quiet dinner in your hotel.
Overnight at your 4 star hotel in Liverpool.
Thur 30th May 2019
Travel to London and free time
After breakfast in your hotel, we will transfer you back to Liverpool Lime Street Station for your return journey to London. You will travel in a first class carriage with reserved seats and enjoy a snack with tea & coffee.
On arrival at London’s Euston Station after your 2 hour journey there will be a transfer to your hotel in Central London. The rest of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure.
Fri 31st May 2019
Full day London sightseeing tour and River Cruise
Sightseeing tour with river cruise. Hop-on and Hop-off open top bus tour with live guided commentary in English, with digitally recorded commentary in seven other languages. Four tour routes cover over ninety stops showing you the very best of London attractions.
The River Cruise departs from Waterloo Pier (The London Eye) and Westminster Pier (Big Ben & Westminster Abbey). View the sights of London before arriving at Tower Pier where you can visit The Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
Sat 1st June 2019
Depart London – Airport transfers
Black Watch Ship information
Black Watch is the smallest of Fred. Olsen’s ships but offers an intimate and welcoming charm which focus on providing a traditional cruise experience.
The ship’s facilities include swimming pools & Jacuzzis, Sauna & Steam room, Fitness centre, Sundeck, golf nets & Tennis Court, Atlantic Spa & Salon, library and card room. There are also boutiques, fine jewellery, Port shop and a Theatre. A selection of soft drinks, wines and beers are included and provided by a wide range of restaurants, cafés, grill and lounges on board.
During the day several talks, lectures and classes take place, while in the evening fantastic live performances including cabaret, stand-up comedy and concerts will keep you entertained throughout the duration of your cruise. There is also an Observatory Lounge located towards the bow of the ship on Marquee Deck 9, where you can enjoy a premium Traditional Afternoon Tea service or a pre-dinner drink accompanied by spectacular views.
All of the 423 rooms are equipped with private facilities which include an en-suite shower (some may have a bathtub also), a desk, telephone, interactive television, hairdryer, air conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities. According to your needs you can choose between different room types: single, interior, ocean view, balcony rooms and suites.
In London we offer a selection of 4 & 5 standard hotels situated in the Kensington, Mayfair and Covent Garden areas, including the Millennium Gloucester, The Marylebone Hotel, The Mandeville Hotel, The Baileys Hotel, the Royal Horseguards and the Hilton Waldorf.
In Liverpool, we suggest the Mercure Atlantic Tower, The Titanic Hotel, the Liverpool Hilton and the Hard Days Night Hotel.
These are just a selection of hotels that we can offer an we will be pleased to suggest a hotel to suit your requirements.
Our Fred. Olsen cruise around the Lochs of Scotland is just one of many cruises that we can offer in 2019.
Many depart from UK ports, and offer a great chance to see the United Kingdom from the sea, and enjoy a wide range of shore excursions.
As prices will vary depending on the grade of cabin chosen and the hotels selected, we will be pleased to offer a personalised quotation on application.