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Ring of Brodgar an ancient stone ring in Orkney, Scotland
Ring of Brodgar an ancient stone ring in Orkney, Scotland
ExpeditionsAncient Isles: England, Ireland, and Scotland

Ancient Isles: England, Ireland, and Scotland

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Uncover the hidden side of well-known isles on a journey that encompasses Britain, Ireland, and Scotland. Enter coastal villages by Zodiac and land on remote beaches. Witness prehistory juxtaposed with the present, probe the secrets of Stone Age megaliths, and discover early Christian settlements, Navigate through a picturesque sea cave, and observe colonies of migratory seabirds. Stroll charming, remote towns and mingle with locals in cozy pubs throughout the land.

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Aerial birds eye drone view from the world famous cliffs of moher in county clare ireland. Scenic Irish rural countryside nature along the wild atlantic way and European Atlantic Geotourism Route
  • Trace a maritime thread around the isles, exploring the wild and beautiful places where Celtic and Viking influences still thrive in local languages and customs

  • Zodiac into Staffa Island's ancient Fingal's Cave, formed entirely from hexagonal basalt columns (conditions permitting), and observe a puffin colony

  • Walk along Cornwall's scenic cliffside trails, and experience the peninsula's rich history and culture with visits to local producers and country estates

  • In the Inner Hebrides, see the stunning 12th-century Iona Abbey—believed to be the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland

  • Explore the wild, windswept coast of Western Ireland and Scotland; search for whales, dolphins, and seals; and see vast, important seabird nesting sites

  • Discover the Stone Age megaliths of the Ring of Brodgar and the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae on Orkney

  • Extend your voyage: explore the Scottish Highlands on a post-voyage extension

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Expedition Spotlight: A Spectacular Day on Staffa Island

  • Sep 2023

Puffins are the star of Staffa Island, but they’re not the only thing that makes this destination so special. Experience towering basalt columns formed over hundreds of thousands of years, and venture inside the famed Fingal’s Cave on an unforgettable Zodiac cruise. Naturalist Jim Wilson expounds on the geologic marvels and fascinating wildlife of this idyllic, uninhabited island off the coast of Scotland.

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