Scotland Cruises

From the wild and rugged Highlands to the charming isles of Skye and Oban, down to the rocky borders and across to the buzzing cities, Scotland is a land of vast beauty and huge character.

This small but strong country has a lot to offer in the way of history and art and delivers it up with a helping of Scottish humour and heart.

Cruises to Scotland often mean navigating the North Sea and gliding past wistful sandy bays, or by the luscious mountains of the Cairngorms. This diverse land of beaches and mountains, while often a little wet and windy, holds stunning landscapes, ideal for those who love to hike, bike, ski or fish.

Intrinsic to all of this is the fact that the Scots are often considered to be the friendliest people in the world. With a dram of whisky and quick ceilidh dance, visitors soon feel at home in this Gaelic wonderland.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • The highest mountain in Scotland is Ben Nevis.
  • Golf originated in St Andrews.
  • Both Princess Kate and Prince William studied in Scotland.
  • The national dish is haggis.
  • Scotland is made up of almost 800 islands.


The ports

A Scotland cruise brings visitors into one of the country’s many ports. For city lovers that can mean delving directly into the heart of Scotland to the capital of Edinburgh where the Royal Mile and Holyrood plunge visitors into the kilt-wearing, bagpipe playing atmosphere of Scotland. Alternatively, arrival into Glasgow means you’re just a hop away from the Buchanan Street shops, the quirky West End and the endless stream of rustic pubs.

The Lochs

Further north, visitors can drop into other fascinating cities such as Inverness, Aberdeen and Dundee which all have their own unique character and charm. 

Just a short distance from each of these cities lie the country’s many lochs, mountains and forests. While Loch Venachar, Loch Lomond and the Loch of Strathbeg are all wonderful to see and equal in beauty and serenity, it’s the famous Loch Ness that has those arriving into the Invergordon port rushing to catch a glimpse of the mythical monster.




Over 3,000 castles and forts are strewn across the landscapes and shorelines, each telling a different story – whether it be of Scotland’s Viking origins or of the gory Tudor times – and some even have UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Edinburgh Castle towers above the city, merging palace with fortress while Stirling Castle looks down on the site of the battle of Bannockburn. Culzean Castle near Troon sits upon a cliff casting beautiful views, while Glamis was the Queen Mother’s childhood home and was even the location that inspired the classic Shakespeare play Macbeth. 

Up in the Highlands, Dunvegan Castle is one of the most famous. It’s the oldest continuously inhabited castle in the country and has been the ancestral home of the chiefs of Clan MacLeod, historically one of the most important clans in Scotland, for 800 years. Eilean Donan Castle marks the point where three lochs meet, and is one of the most recognised Scottish castles in the world, thanks to its appearance on shortbread tins.


Ports in the country


Cruises visiting Scotland

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