The British Isles expedition cruise takes you off the beaten track

By on January 22, 2022 0

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The world may be open to travel, but there’s never been a better time to fall in love with Britain all over again and get off the beaten track – and Country Living’s expedition cruise around the British Isles this spring and this summer is the way to do it.

On this ultimate holiday, you’ll cruise the British and Irish coasts on a stunning 13-day round trip from Dover to one of Scotland’s most northerly regions with our partner Hurtigruten, the cruise experts shipping.


You’ll visit some of our most interesting islands, including fascinating Rathlin Island, home to the largest colony of seabirds in Northern Ireland, and St Kilda, with its breathtaking cliffs.

At Stornoway, on Lewis and Harris, you’ll see where Harris tweed is woven and visit Islay, famous for its whiskey distilleries. You’ll also explore the Isle of Man’s Viking and Celtic heritage in Douglas, before visiting Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city and home of the famous crystal.

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Also on this amazing trip are the unspoiled Isles of Scilly, the breathtaking archipelago off the Cornish coast. Your final stop will be the charming riverside town of Dartmouth, home of the Britannia Royal Naval College.

Your base for this wonderful voyage will be the biodiesel-fueled MS Maud, where you can enjoy the spectacular views from the outdoor observation deck or relax with a drink in the Explorer Lounge and Bar.

Why You’ll Love Country Living’s British Isles Cruise

Discover British Heritage

On this scenic journey with exploration travel specialist Hurtigruten, you’ll discover the coastline from south to north, passing through beautiful hills, valleys, river estuaries and fishing villages.

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Wander the charming streets of Fishguard and Dartmouth and visit Tresco Abbey Garden, home to 20,000 exotic plants, in the Isles of Scilly.

Flightless cruise on the MS Maud

On this round-trip from Dover, you’ll enjoy a full-board stay on the newly refurbished MS Maud, where you can eat at Aune Restaurants, the main dining room.

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Fredheim, which offers a mix of casual fast food and plant-based options. Suite guests can also enjoy Lindstrøm’s fine dining experience.

Visit ancient Scotland

On the Isle of Islay, once the seat of the MacDonald clan, you will discover Celtic ruins, as well as the distilleries of its famous whiskies. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of St Kilda is one of the jewels in Scotland’s crown and its stacks and islands are the perfect haven for nesting seabirds.


See the Isle of Man

With its stunning coastline, rolling hills, moors, waterfalls and beaches, the Isle of Man is a great place to explore.

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How to Book Country Living’s British Isles Cruise

Visit our vacation website to find out more about our 13-day round-trip cruise, which departs in April, May, August and September, and how you can book. This incredible vacation includes full-board accommodation and an experienced expedition team so you can make the most of the amazing destinations you’ll visit.


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