Exhilaration and adventure are key ingredients in a genuine expedition cruise. Aurora’s Wild Scotland isn’t short on either of these, adding a sprinkle of challenge and a dash of mystery into the mix on this tour of the country’s most rugged and remote places.
As a pioneer in expedition cruising, this Australian company seeks far-flung islands and deserted beaches, uncovering history and fascinating wildlife along the way.
The 11-day trip visits the beautiful island of Iona, birthplace of Christianity in Scotland and gateway to the dramatic basalt columns of Fingal’s Cave. Then the ship ventures 100 miles from shore to the world-heritage site of St. Kilda, which is home to Europe’s largest sea-bird colony and Britain’s highest sea stacks.
So many cruises rush through the magical Hebridean islands and the archipelagoes of the Northern Isles, often en-route to Norway or Iceland. Instead, Aurora lingers in these places, taking the Zodiacs to islands only inhabited by birds or seeking out ancient Neolithic sites not yet found by summer tourists.
You sail on the much-loved Polar Pioneer. Originally built as an ice-strengthened research vessel in Finland, the ship was refurbished in 2000 and now carries only 54 passenger on unique exploration voyages. Accommodation is simple and the atmosphere on board is team-like rather than luxurious, as it should be on a voyage of this kind.
Shore excursions are included as well as an expedition jacket, boot hire and a photo book to commemorate your cruise.
More information on this cruise can be found here at Aurora’s website.
Photos courtesy of Aurora Expeditions.
Date: 22nd June to 2nd July 2019
Ship: Polar Pioneer