Ireland & The British Isles Aboard Silver Cloud
A journey overview
- Ashford Castle
- Isle of Skye
- Shetland Islands
19 Days Ocean Voyages
- 18 May 2019
Leaving Ireland’s windswept coast, pass Scotland’s Inner and Outer Hebrides en route to the Orkney and Shetland islands.
Our path through Ireland and the British Isles is instilled with adventure. Fly towards Dublin, where The Merrion Hotel welcomes us warmly before a leisurely exploration of the city.
We sip the celebrated single malts of Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery and pause in Galway before arriving in the city of Cong. Here, our home for the next three nights is Ashford Castle. Your World experiences reveal Ireland’s rugged west coast in a collage of wild boglands, farms and dramatic cliffs that drop into churning seas. Falconry, horse riding and golf are also on offer.
Dublin, Embark Silver Cloud
We swing east along the shores of Galway Bay to Kinvara. Back at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin, we enjoy dinner at the two-star Michelin Restaurant, Patrick Guilbaud. Our final day in Ireland presents a choice of Your World Experiences, from a guided stroll through the city, to a visit to the Guinness Storehouse and Old Jameson Distillery or a food-themed discovery. The adventure truly begins when we board Silver Cloud and lose sight of the shore.
Iona (Scotland), Lunga, Oban, Mallaig, Isle of Skye
Entering Scottish waters, we anchor to explore the island of Iona then cruise to the Isle of Lunga, finding that we can sit just metres away from the resident puffins. Oban’s mountains and lochs charm us as we make our way to Dunollie Castle and soak up the charm in the village of Mallaig. We spend a day on the Isle of Skye.
St Kilda, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands
Beyond the Outer Hebrides we land at the remote archipelago of St Kilda, admiring the seabird breeding colony. The capital of Orkney, Kirkwall, entices us with its narrow lanes that twist through rows of brick buildings, and we pay a visit to the Orkney Museum. In the Shetland Islands, we enjoy wandering amidst the heritage stone buildings of Lerwick, and see Shetland ponies grazing on the Isle of Noss.
Arriving on Scotland’s mainland, we spend the morning in Aberdeen then continue onto the fishing port of Eyemouth, five miles north of the English border. On arrival, the colourful flotilla of vessels provides a contrast to the blue sea. At the local museum, we see the town’s history revealed through exhibitions, photographs and various works of art.
Hull (England), Ramsgate
From the river town of Hull, we set out for York and admire the famous 14th-century stained glass windows at York Minster, Northern Europe’s largest cathedral. Cruising further south to Ramsgate, we find this former small fishing port now contains a bustling harbour, whose adjacent marina is also brimming with yachts.
We glide into London up the famous River Thames. Watch in awe as the British capital draws closer, before our ship drifts beneath the London Tower Bridge. The city is ours to explore on a choice of Your World experiences. Browse through the markets, explore the Chelsea Physic Garden or enjoy a private visit to Chenies Manor House. We farewell our ship and retire to the Savoy Hotel.
Our epic journey at an end, we reflect on the remarkable experiences we have taken part in.