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Take a small ship cruise of Scotland's wild northern islands, which have some of the world's largest bird colonies where the birds outnumber the human population of this nation of around 5,000,000 inhabitants. Cruise through the Shetland, Orkney, and Hebrides Islands in Scotland's far north. In Edinburgh Old Townthe oldest part of Scotland's capital city, or tour Scotland's National Museum, the historical Edinburgh Castle, or walk through the Kelvingrove Art Gallery Museum one of Scotland's most popular free attractions. Travel to the granite city of Aberdeen on your way to the North Atlantic's Faroe Islands, Iceland, and Spitsbergen, NorwayContact our travel experts to start planning your ideal Scotland river cruise today!
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7 Best Luxury Cruises of Scotland for 2022-2023

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Reykjavik to Dublin$1098913Aug 15, 2022Experience a magical expedition cruise sailing through Scotland, the Faroe Islands and Iceland on this 13-day expedition aboard Silver Cloud. Visit …
Dublin to Reykjavik expedition$920013Jun 15, 2023Experience a magical expedition sailing through Scotland, the Faroe Islands and Iceland on this 13-day expedition aboard Silver Cloud. Visit …
Longyearbyen to Dublin$2160027Aug 1, 2022Join the Silver Cloud on a magnificent 27-day sailing expedition exploring Svalbard, an Arctic territory full of life and color defined by the …
Tromso to Reykjavik$990015Aug 10, 2022Join Silver Whisper on this journey to Svalbard and Iceland to see isolated islands, remote landscapes, glaciers, and to look for polar bears, …
Shetland, Orkney & Hebrides$47908Aug 20, 2022Board Le Champlain for an exceptional cruise to Celtic lands, following an 8-day itinerary along with the magnificent Scottish archipelagos of the …
Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords Voyage - with Smithsonian Journeys$61208Jun 17, 2023Come aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville for an 8-day cruise with Smithsonian Journeys experts to discover the beauty of the Norwegian fjords and the rugged …
Celtic Voyage: The Hebrides and the Irish Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys$60309May 5, 2023Come aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville for a 9-day cruise on an exceptional itinerary to discover the rich cultural history and stunning landscapes of the …

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Best Scotland Cruise Lines for 2022-2023

  • Silversea Cruises offers Millennium Class ships Silver Whisper and sister ship Silver Shadow that invite you to enjoy world-class accommodations, shipboard conviviality, and warm, individualized service, paired with the enhanced spaces and amenities of a larger ship. Discover the prismatic beauty of Scotland, with its rolling moors, silent fjords, towering mountains, and dense emerald forests.
  • Ponant has voyages that include transfers to and from the ship, talks and discussions aboard the ship by world-class Smithsonian Journey experts, and a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that encourages guests to embrace the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the local environment and culture. Board Le Dumont-d'Urville on an exceptional itinerary to discover the beauty of the Norwegian fjords and the rugged landscapes of the Scottish Isles. 
  • Lindblad Expeditions has garnered numerous awards for its commitment to environmental stewardship, conservation, and geographic education. Discover Scotland's grand castles, lyrical moorlands, mysterious lochs, sacred abbeys, and sweeping mountains on the National Geographic Endurance.
  • European Waterways have specialized in creating luxury barge holidays for over 40 years on some of the most beautiful waterways in Europe. Cruise sedately through the Great Glen between Inverness and Fort William, navigating beautiful lochs and the Caledonian Canal's engineering masterpiece aboard the eight-passenger hotel barge Scottish Highlander.
  • Aurora Expeditions aim to take small groups of travelers on voyages of discovery to regions that inspired them, thereby creating lifelong ambassadors for preserving and protecting these sacred places. Explore the wild isles of Scotland, from the windswept Hebrides, inhabited for over 8,000 years, to the verdant Orkney Islands, where ancient Neolithic and Viking sites conjure images of civilizations long gone aboard the 132 passengers Greg Mortimer.
  • Poseidon Expeditions is a leading operator of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. Since 1999, they have offered voyages to the Arctic, Antarctica, and the North Pole that combines the spirit of adventure with a generous measure of onboard comfort and well-being. In Scotland, explore early Christian history on the peaceful Isle of Iona, magnificent archeological sites in the Orkney Islands, and exciting birdlife on Shetland’s beautiful Fair Isle aboard the Sea Spirit.
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