Treasures of the British Isles

Resort: Treasures of the British Isles
Operator: Saga
Destination: British Isles
Price From: £3999.00

An exploration of the British shores

See the British Isles from a different perspective as Spirit of Adventure circumnavigates the coastline.

Trace the magnificent coastline of the British Isles on this spring cruise that takes in the shores of Guernsey, the rugged west coast of Ireland, the ancient Orkney archipelago, and the firths and inlets of Scotland. Discover the natural beauty of Ireland with visits to Foynes and Killybegs before experiencing the livelier side of island life in Belfast, where an included tour reveals some of the citys highlights.

Cruise north to delve into the history of the Orkney Islands where the Neolithic village of Skara Brae and the 5000-year-old tombs of Maes Howe are just a few of the fascinating archaeological sites. Step ashore on the Scottish mainland with its treasure trove of caisteals and perhaps step back in time with visits to Grand Dunrobin Castle, Cawdor Castle or Urquhart Castle. Leith offers a gateway to Edinburgh where you can walk the Royal Mile, explore Holyrood Palace and even try your hand at playing the bagpipes.

Included sightseeing tours
Newcastle, England
Edinburgh (from Leith), Scotland
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Cobh (from Ringaskiddy), Ireland


Full Itinerary

20/05/2021 Dover, England

Dover, England

Embark Spirit of Adventure.

Depart 1800.

Dover, England

21/05/2021 Portland, England

Portland, England.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

On your first port of call, Spirit of Adventure sails into Portland Harbour, the third largest man-made harbour in the world and a major embarkation point for Allied forces on D-Day in 1944. Located along the UNESCO-listed Jurassic Coast, the Isle of Portland is connected to the mainland by the 18-mile long Chesil Beach spit. Its an ideal base from which to discover Dorset’s natural coastal wonders, such as the iconic Durdle Door.

With prehistoric sites and medieval towns, alongside delightful country houses and beautiful gardens, Dorsets rural interior is also worth exploring. Perhaps seek out Benedictine ruins in Abbotsbury or visit 15th-century Athelhampton, a private home since Tudor times. Alternatively, follow in the footsteps of Enid Blyton and take a ride on the restored Swanage Railway to Corfe Castle.

Portland, England

22/05/2021 St Peter Port , Guernsey

St Peter Port , Guernsey

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

The pretty little town of St Peter Port in Guernsey combines a distinctly nautical flavour with a delightful array of attractions. Clinging to a rocky outcrop on the edge of the island, Castle Cornet has guarded St Peter Port harbour for around 800 years. It houses several museums, including one that tells its own colourful history of a castle torn between French and British invaders.

Explore hilly lanes in search of Georgian and Regency gems, such as Victor Hugos Hauteville House, or visit some of the many bunkers that shed light on the islands turbulent occupation by the Germans during World War II. Wander up hill to the award-winningly restored Candie Gardens, home to beautiful lawns, fishponds, and the oldest known heated glasshouses in the British Isles. The estate boasts spectacular views over the ocean and neighbouring islands.

Land by launch or tender

St Peter Port, Guernsey

23/05/2021 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

24/05/2021 Ringaskiddy, Ireland

Ringaskiddy, Ireland

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

A charming former fishing village with centuries of tradition, Ringaskiddy is situated on the western side of Cork harbour, south of Cobh. Look forward to anincluded tourof Cobh, pronounced cove, with its waterfront of brightly coloured houses watched over by the austere St Colman’s Cathedral. Once the departure point for thousands of Irish immigrants to America, the town then known as Queenstown was the last cruise port of the Titanic on her fateful maiden voyage. Learn what life was like for those on board on a Titanic-themed walking tour, or perhaps journey into the city of Cork, admiring the idyllic scenery en route.

Widely considered by residents to be the true capital of Ireland, Cork is a city of jazz, film, opera and theatre, yet it retains the warmth of traditional rural town. Visit the Jameson Heritage Centre to sample Ireland’s cherished whiskey making tradition, or head to Blarney Castle where you can kiss the Blarney Stone to get the gift of the gab!

Ringaskiddy, Ireland

25/05/2021 Foynes , Ireland

Foynes , Ireland

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Sail up Irelands longest river into to the heart of the Emerald Isle. The small town of Foynes sits on the banks of the Shannon Estuary, along the Wild Atlantic Way, and is known as the birthplace of the Irish coffee. Foynes was the first place in Europe to welcome trans-Atlantic flights, and you can learn about the history of early aviation at the towns primary attraction, the Flying Boat Museum.

Further afield you can find a peaceful escape in Adare, Irelands proclaimed prettiest town, marvel at the 600-foot-high sandstone Cliffs of Moher, or tour the 15th-century Bunratty Castle, one of the finest and most complete castles in Ireland.

Land by launch or tender

River Shannon at Foynes, Ireland

26/05/2021 Killybegs, Ireland

Killybegs, Ireland

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

The welcoming, picturesque Irish town of Killybegs has a deep maritime history and a fine harbour. Located within the rolling hills of the Wild Atlantic Way, Killybegs offers links to some of Irelands most popular attractions including Malin Head, The Shannon Estuary, home to bottlenose dolphins, and Claire Island Lighthouse. You could also choose to visit the authentically Irish town of Donegal.

Against a backdrop of the Blue Stack Mountains, Donegals charming centre blends quaint modern shops with 15th-century castles, abbeys, and monuments. See the well-preserved castle, take a waterbus cruise around Donegal Bay or visit the Donegal Railway Heritage Centre.

Killybegs, Ireland

27/05/2021 Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

From beautiful coastlines to a fascinating industrial heritage, Northern Irelands capital, Belfast, is a modern, vibrant and stylish city. As you cruise into port, youll notice the bright-yellow gantry cranes, Samson and Goliath, which speak of the citys shipbuilding industry. Begin your exploration with anincluded panoramic tourwhich reveals more of Belfasts rich and varied past.

Explore the revived city centre which is packed with a superb selection of shops, restaurants and bars, as well as outstanding landmarks such as the grand City Hall in the centre of Donegall Square, the 19th-century Opera House and Queens University. Belfast is also perfectly placed to discover the stunning Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. This incredible coastal rock formation of interlocking basalt pillars is steeped in myths and legends.

Belfast, Ireland

28/05/2021 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

29/05/2021 Kirkwall , Orkney Islands

Kirkwall , Orkney Islands

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Arrive in the Orkney Islands archipelago, famed for ancient standing stones and prehistoric villages. The capital of the islands is Kirkwall, founded as a Norse settlement in the 11th century and whose name is loosely derived from the Norse Kirkjuvagr, meaning Church Bay. Explore the atmospheric paved streets of this friendly town, a previous winner of Scotlands most beautiful high street, and seek out the imposing 12th-century Norse cathedral of St Magnus. Attractions in the town include one of the worlds most northerly whisky distilleries, a local museum showcasing artefacts of Norse heritage, and theres a small Wireless Museum worth a visit too.

Outside of Kirkwall, Mainland boasts four UNESCO World Heritage Sites to choose from: Skara Brae, the Stones of Stenness, Maeshowe chambered tomb and the Ring of Brogar. Or wildlife enthusiasts might like to explore the stunning coastal scenery of moorlands, meadows and cliffs, all of which provide a vital habitat for seabird and seal colonies.

Land by launch or tender

Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

30/05/2021 Invergordon, Scotland

Invergordon, Scotland

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

The beautiful Scottish Highlands encapsulate centuries of history and traditions. Spirit of Adventure docks in Invergordon, your gateway to the natural treasures and cultural attractions of the region. This small and charming town is set on the shores of the Cromarty Firth, and its fine natural harbour has seen the town play an important role in naval history.

Within the town you will find a trail of 17 murals created as part of the community Off the wall project, as well as a town museum. Perhaps explore the incredible scenery of the Highlands that forms a stunning backdrop to the romantic castles and historic battlefields, tour the Glenmorangie Distillery or gaze out across the opaque waters of Loch Ness and ponder its legendary monster!

Invergordon, Scotland

31/05/2021 Leith (for Edinburgh) , Scotland

Leith(for Edinburgh) , Scotland

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

The buzzing port district of Leith is the gateway to the magnificent Scottish capital, Edinburgh, ranked as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Discover the citys eye-catching combination of crooked medieval, elegant Georgian and sparkling modern architecture on anincluded scenic tour. There is a myriad of attractions to see here, such as the black spire of the Hub, the brown flanks of Arthurs Seat and the steely grey Firth of Forth.

You may wish to visit Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish capital’s iconic fortress, Holyrood Palace, the Queens official residence when she is north of the border, or perhaps travel south through the wild Scottish borders for a guided tour of the beloved home of famous novelist Sir Walter Scott. For a truly Scottish experience, you could even try your hand at playing the bagpipes.

Land by launch or tender

Leith, Scotland

01/06/2021 Newcastle, England

Newcastle, England

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Newcastle has had a mixed past, evolving from a centre of the wool trade to shipbuilding capital of the world and most recently a hub of culture, design and digital technology. Having undergone impressive levels of regeneration, this vibrant city on the banks of the River Tyne is now a thriving tourist hotspot, home to a glittering waterfront with boutique hotels and high-end restaurants, and a number of fascinating art galleries and museums. Anincluded scenic tourseeks out the citys iconic attractions such as Antony Gormleys Angel of the North.

Art aficionados can pay a visit to Laing Art Gallery, filled with stunning 18th and 19th-century pieces, then contrast them with the exhibitions of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. Alternatively, step back in time at the Beamish living museum, or on a tour of Chesters Roman Fort, located along the UNESCO-listed Hadrians Wall.

Newcastle, England

02/06/2021 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

03/06/2021 Dover, England

Dover, England

Arrive 0800.

Disembark Spirit of Adventure after breakfast.

Please note:Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions, at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

Dover, England

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