Scotland, the way you have always dreamed about

Scotland and The Faroes

June 12 -26, 2022

July 8 - 20, 2022

This unique expedition appeals to those interested in remarkable history, natural fibers, wonderful wildlife and the most endearing people. Traveling from Scotland’s rugged coastline to the deeply remote Faroe Islands and on to the Shetland Islands, this voyage is a “grand slam” for those who have ever dreamed of visiting these historic destinations. 

Itinerary

Depart from Aberdeen

Day 1: Westray

Day 2: Fair Isle

Day 3: Lerwick

Day 4: Fetlar

Day 5: Unst

Day 6: Torshavn, Faroes

Day 7 Vestmana, Faroes

Day 8 Suduroy

Day 9: St. Kilda

Day 10: Stornoway and Shiants

Day 11: Loch Scavaig and Canna

Day 12: Iona and Lunga

Day 13: Oban

“This grand wilderness in its untouched freshness ... this severely solitary land in the topmost, frost-killed end of creation.”

John Muir

Serenissima

If large resort-style vessels accommodating many thousands of passengers are your ideal, then the MS Serenissima is not the vessel for you as you will not find endless entertainment, round the clock buffets and the people management which is so much a part of today’s big ship on board style. However, if you prefer a more peaceful life at sea you will find the MS Serenissima the ideal vessel. The MS Serenissima is more akin to a country hotel than one of the large ships trawling the seas today

 

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Few ships are large enough to navigate the open water to the north, yet small enough to weave among the smaller islands along the Scottish coast. The MS Serenissima with just 95 fellow passengers is the ideal choice, combining both elegance and expedience. To duplicate this trip by road, air, and sea would be a logistical nightmare, requiring nearly twice the time. To visit the small communities of Westray, Unst and Fetlar with the uninhabited St Kilda into one itinerary is rare and when combined with the towns of Torshavn and Lerwick, such an adventure rarely comes along. 

Things that make this trip unique

Location! Location! Location!

One can't overstate the itinerary from both a wildlife and a wild fiber perspective. For many, a visit to Scotland let alone the Shetlands is a dream come true. To venture out to the Faroes, visiting with farmers, crofters and knitters while surrounded by the beauty of the North Sea is part of what makes this trip unique. And then there's the ship, which feels like home from the moment you lay your head down to sleep.

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Questions and Answers

What's the weather like?

Temperatures  in summer typically stay in the 50s. However, the damp ocean air often makes it feel cooler. Rain is not only possible, it's all but guaranteed. Why else does the grass perpetually stay green. The further north we travel, the colder and windier it will get. Then again, there are those perfect days in June when the sun is shining brightly and not a breath of wind to be found.

What about seasickness?

Typically, the seas in this are rather active., although the summer months are known to be calmer than other times of the year. However, for those who are prone to seasickness, advance preparedness is the key. 

If this is an expedition, what are the physical requirements?

Each person must be ambulatory, The amount of walking or hiking is at the sole discretion of the individual and may limit access to certain destinations.  If walking long distances or along uneven surfaces is problematic, hiking poles are strongly recommended.

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