A Luxury British Isles cruise

Rugged Landscapes, Rich History & Epic Wildlife

Duration: 12 nights

Price: From £5,190 per person based on two adults travelling together and including an all-inclusive cruise aboard Sea Spirit, including accommodation, meals and experiences as stated, a return flight from Edinburgh to London, and taxes

Experience a UK holiday with a difference on this luxury 13-day/12-night UK cruise, which takes in the best of the British Isles and its beautiful, wild, far-flung islands, including the Isles of Scilly, the Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland. Some islands you will visit are private and/or uninhabited, giving you privileged access to landscapes that are usually off limits.

This epic British Isles cruise gives you the opportunity to sail around Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and along the way, take in rich local histories, remote landscapes and dramatic, rugged coastlines. Accompanied by expert guides, you will have front row seats to hidden gems from Bronze Age settlements and the alleged final resting place of Macbeth to colourful wildlife, including the largest gannet colony in the world - the cruise is timed to coincide with their arrival.

See some of the UK’s most stunning spots aboard luxury ship Sea Spirit, which ventures to wild and wonderful locations around the world and offers stylish accommodation and plenty of facilities and activities to enjoy in between your memorable onshore excursions. Enjoy a complimentary $100 onboard credit - exclusive to Exsus guests!

Perfect forThose looking for a unique way to explore the UK and get off the beaten track in style. 
In the knowThe Sea Spirit specialises in accessing remote areas few get to see - it also cruises in other far-flung parts of the world including Antarctica and the Arctic.

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British Isles cruise, Sea Spirit, suite

Plymouth to IrelandDays 1 to 6  

Day 1
Your adventure begins! Your cruise around the UK starts as you board the Sea Spirit in Plymouth (a port with a fittingly impressive maritime heritage) and set off for your UK adventure. You will be welcomed aboard and have time to explore the ship and settle into your luxury suite.

Day 2
Your first stop is the Isles of Scilly off the coast of Cornwall, which have secluded beaches and an attractive laid-back lifestyle. On the pretty island of Tresco, the ruins of a 17th-century castle and Bronze Age artefacts are testament to its fascinating history. Visit the exotic Tresco Abbey Gardens and a museum telling the stories of the area’s shipwrecks.

Days 3 - 4
Slainte! It’s time to enjoy the craic in Ireland. Visit the privately-owned Saltee Islands, where you'll find one of the major bird sanctuaries in the world, thanks to its position on a migratory route. Explore a fishing village in County Waterford, see master craftsmen at work in the Waterford Crystal factory and visit the 18th-century Georgian estate and botanical gardens of Mount Congreve. 

Day 5
Another day, another country: today you will reach Wales, and dock in the seaside town of Llandudno. Swop the ship for four wheels for a scenic drive through the dramatic mountain and lake scenery of Snowdonia National Park, home to wild ponies, otters and rare birds such as the peregrine falcon. Visit charming Betws-y-Coed and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Conwy Castle.

Day 6
It’s back to Ireland, this time Northern Ireland, where you will disembark at Portrush to explore the unique basalt landscapes of the Giants Causeway, as sea birds such as petrels and cormorants swoop overhead. Legend has it that these 40,000 basalt columns, descending like a staircase into the sea, were created by a giant, hence the name.
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Hebrides to OrkneyDays 7 to 9 

Day 7
It’s time to head to bonnie wee Scotland, and the Inner Hebrides. Weather permitting, see the volcanic island of Staffa, a haven for nesting seabirds such as puffins and guillemots, and home to Fingal’s Cave, whose natural ‘sea music’ inspired a Mendelssohn overture. 

Iona, off the Isle of Mull, is a definite highlight: steeped in religious history (as well as showcasing white-sand beaches and impressive birdlife), its abbey, founded in 563 AD, is said to be the final resting place of medieval kings – including the legendary Macbeth.

Day 8
Today, you will visit the rugged islands of the Outer Hebrides, off Scotland’s west coast. On windswept St Kilda, see the stone dwellings of the island’s hardy final inhabitants, who departed after World War 1, set amidst extraordinary landscapes and natural wonders such as hundreds of thousands of sea birds and over 130 types of flowers.

Day 9
It’s on to the Orkney Islands. The ship will dock at the historic port of Kirkwall (which has a 12th-century cathedral), for a tour of Mainland, Orkney’s largest island, whose Neolithic treasures are UNESCO-listed. Explore the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae and the ancient Ring of Brodgar – Orkney’s version of Stonehenge.
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Shetland to EdinburghDays 10 to 13 

Days 10-11
Your next stop is Shetland and the island of Mousa, where you’ll see the Broch of Mousa, the most well-preserved Iron Age fortification in the British Isles, and one of the best-preserved prehistoric buildings in Europe, with a 2,000-year-old 40ft-high round tower. Keep your eyes peeled for seals and Mousa’s colony of storm-petrels.

Next up is Lerwick on Mainland, the largest island in Shetland, to visit its award-winning museum. Enjoy a scenic trip through the countryside to the historic lighthouse at the southernmost point of Mainland, whose rugged cliffs attract thousands of sea birds, while puffins perch amongst the wildflower-covered slopes.

See fascinating Bronze Age and Iron Age monuments at Jarlshof and the rolling moorlands, rugged coastlines and crofts of Fair Isle, also known for its birds and sea life, but made especially famous for its hand-knitted jumpers – which you will have a chance to purchase for an iconic souvenir.

Day 12
The final full day of your cruise takes you to Bass Rock, an uninhabited volcanic island in the Firth of Forth which a 150,000-strong colony of gannets make their home during breeding season – the largest such colony in the world. The voyage is timed to coincide with this incredible spectacle, a fitting finale to your trip.

Day 13
You will disembark at the end of your cruise in Leith, Edinburgh, and be taken to the airport for your flight back to London – or why not extend your holiday by spending a day or two in Scotland’s vibrant capital, and exploring further afield?
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