Which Cruise Lines go to Scotland 2019?

The Isle of Skye with Hapag Lloyd

The 2019 Scotland cruise season is firmly launched, with stunning ships arriving at our beautiful ports every day throughout summer. If you’re not already booked, here’s a quick rundown of some recommended cruise lines visiting Scottish shores this year. Click on the link to go direct to the cruise line’s own site for booking … and don’t forget to let me know how you enjoy your cruise! You can comment on the site, the Facebook page or direct mail me. Have fun!

Holland America Line

British Isles Explorer HAL
The British Isles Explorer

With a fantastic choice of cruises visiting Scotland in 2019, HAL certainly tops our recommended list. From the ‘British Isles Explorer’ on the much-loved Prisendam to the 14-day ‘Scottish Highland Explorer’ – cruises often call into Edinburgh, Invergordon, Kirkwall and Portree.


Ponant seeks out Scotland's Puffins
Ponant seeks out Scotland’s Puffins

L’Austral cruises from Dublin to Tromso in 2019: calling at Islay, Iona, St.Kilda, Kirkwall and Shetland. Also scheduled is the ‘Green and Gentle’ cruise, which journeys from London to Bergen on the amazing Le Boreal; stopping in at Rosyth for a private tour of Edinburgh’s Botanical Gardens.

Lindblad/National Geographic

Lindblad NG approaches the Skye Bridge
Lindblad NG approaches the Skye Bridge

The ‘Scotland’s Highlands and Islands’ cruise was awarded the “Tour of a Lifetime” accolade by National Geographic Traveler magazine. The 48-guest Lord of the Glens takes cruisers along the Caledonian Canal, weaves between Inner Hebridean islands and visits some of Scotland’s most important heritage sites.


Hurtigruten Orkney
Hurtigruten visits Orkney

Orkney and Shetland form part of the stunning ‘In the Wake of the Viking’ cruise by this expedition specialist cruise line. Travel from Norway to the magical shores of Iceland, stopping off at the Faroe Islands on the way.


Edinburgh Castle with Viking Ocean Cruises
Edinburgh Castle with Viking Ocean Cruises

The ‘British Isles Explorer’ is a 15-day cruise between London and Bergen; with stops in Shetland, Orkney, Invergordon, Edinburgh and Ullapool. Voyages are offered on several of Viking’s identical ships depending on the date booked.


Hapag Llyod visits Lerwick
Hapag Llyod visits Lerwick

The exciting new Hanseatic Nature cruises between Dublin and Bergen for an expedition journey to remember. Calling at Iona, Staffa, Lewis, Orkney and Shetland this trip aims to explore Scotland’s amazing culture and wildlife. Or choose to journey to Iceland on the Bremen; visiting Aberdeen, Orkney, Lewis and the wonderful Inverewe Gardens.

Aurora Expedition

Duntottar Castle with Aurora Expeditions
Dunnottar Castle with Aurora Expeditions

The ‘Wild Scotland’ cruise travels to some far-flung places, including the stunning remote St.Kilda, Staffa, Skye, Canna and Iona. This is a particularly beautiful itinerary which goes well-beyond the obvious ports of call.

Images courtesy of cruise lines as featured.




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