This expedition-style British Isles cruise from Plymouth to Edinburgh is your chance to discover some of the British Isles’ most historically significant and wildlife-rich destinations. Cruising aboard the small, luxury expedition ship, the Sea Spirit is the perfect way to visit difficult-to-access locations where tourist value far exceeds tourist numbers. Begin this voyage with beautiful Tresco in the Isles of Scilly. In Scotland explore early Christian history on the peaceful Isle of Iona, magnificent archaeological sites in the Orkney Islands, and exciting birdlife on Shetland’s beautiful Fair Isle.

Day 1Heathrow, LondonWelcome to England
Day 2Plymouth, EnglandEmbarkation on the Sea Spirit
Day 3Tresco, Scilly Isles, England Explore this small group of Islands off the coast of Cornwall
Days 4 & 5Republic of IrelandMake your way through the southeastern coast Ireland
Day 6Llandudno, Wales Embark on a scenic overland tour of Snowdonia National Park
Day 7Portrush, Northern IslandLand at the small seaside resort town of Portrush
Day 8Inner Hebrides, ScotlandExperience this amazing part of the world with the hope of landing on the island of Staffa
Day 9St. Kilda, Outer Hebrides, ScotlandThis chain of dramatically rugged islands is an extremely impressive shore excursion
Day 10Kirkwall, Orkney IslandsEnjoy an overland tour of this historic port of Kirkwall
Day 11Fair IslandRolling moorlands and rugged coastlines
Day 12Bass Rock, ScotlandAlso known as "the Bass", it is home to over 150,000 Northern Gannets
Day 13Edinburgh, ScotlandDisembark from the Sea Spirit in Edinburgh's vibrant port district
British Isles


Sea Spirit next to Iceberg- Fiona

The Sea Spirit was built in Italy in 1991. She’s a very comfortable ice-strengthened, small (114 guests), all-suite expedition ship. The vessel was updated in late 2010 and had additional refurbishment in April 2017. All suites have private facilities and exterior views. Some of the suites feature private balconies for enjoying fantastic landscapes of Antarctica.

She has a fleet of ten rubber inflatable zodiac boats for landings, an experienced crew, and a set of retractable fin stabilizers for smooth sailing. This ship features an open bridge, 2 rear outdoor viewing areas, an outdoor viewing area at the front of the vessel, a bar, lounge, presentation room and dining area all lined with windows. There is also a gym on-board as well as a library and media centre.

Day 1 Embarkation in Plymouth, England

Presentation Room - Sea Spirit

Welcome to England and the start of your British Isles cruise! Our included pre-cruise hotel night is designed to allow for a relaxing motorcoach transfer to Portsmouth the next morning. You’ll receive information about the time and place to meet the motorcoach at the hotel.

Day  2 Plymouth, England

Sea Spirit Deluxe Suite balcony

Look for the Poseidon representative in the hotel’s lobby, who will direct you to our chartered motorcoach that will take us to Portsmouth. Considered the home of the Royal Navy, its rich maritime heritage sets the mood for the beginning of our exciting voyage. In the afternoon we welcome you aboard the deluxe expedition ship Sea Spirit.

Day 3 Tresco, Scilly Isles, England

Poseidon Only - Scilly Isles, England

The Isles of Scilly is a group of small islands off the coast of Cornwall boasting mild weather, secluded beaches, enchanting wildlife and a relaxed lifestyle. On the lovely, sand-fringed island of Tresco, Bronze Age burial sites and romantic 17th-century castle ruins reveal a long and dramatic history. On the hallowed grounds of a Benedictine abbey discover the exquisite Tresco Abbey Garden with its spectacular collection of more than 20,000 exotic plants from all corners of the world. Here you will also find the Valhalla Museum, a collection of colourful figureheads salvaged from the islands’ shipwrecks. Delightful cafés and local shops enrich your experience even further.

Days 4 & 5 Republic of Ireland

Poseidon Only - Lerwick

Dunmore East is a popular tourist and fishing village in County Waterford on Ireland’s southeastern coast. From here it is a short journey through scenic countryside to the House of Waterford Crystal. Here you can take a guided tour of the factory to see the master craftsmen at work as well as the world’s largest collection of their wares. Also nearby is Mount Congreve, a magnificent 18th-century Georgian estate and botanical gardens containing thousands of plant species on 70 acres of intensively planted woodland and a four-acre walled garden.

Day 6 Llandudno, Wales

Your port for today is the vibrant seaside town of Llandudno in the north of Wales. From here you will embark on a scenic overland tour of Snowdonia National Park. Drive through some of the wildest and most dramatic landscapes in Britain as you discover craggy mountains, stunning waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, dense woodlands and flowering meadows. Snowdonia is also renowned for wildlife including otters, water voles, wild ponies and rare birds such as dotterel and peregrine falcon. Enjoy a delightful stop at the charming and distinctively Welsh town of Betws-y-Coed in the Gwydyr Forest.

Day 7 Portrush, Northern Ireland

Northern Fulmar

Today you will disembark at the small seaside resort town of Portrush in Northern Ireland. Travel overland to the world-famous Giant’s Causeway. Here you will discover a geological masterpiece—40,000 closely packed hexagonal basalt columns of varying heights descending like a staircase into the sea. According to legend, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant. In this area you are also able to spot various seabirds such as fulmar, petrel, cormorant, shag, redshank, guillemot and razorbill.

Day 8 Inner Hebrides, Scotland


Weather permitting, the plan is to also visit the uninhabited island of Staffa. This island of volcanic origin is easily recognized by its striking colonnade of hexagonal basalt pillars. Here the hope is to explore the island’s most famous feature, Fingal’s Cave. Reaching deep into the island, the undulating sea plays upon the stunning matrix of columnar basalt to create an eerie melody which was the inspiration for Felix Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture. The rugged island also provides nesting sites for seabirds including guillemots, razorbills and puffins. Today you will also explore beautiful and serene Iona, a small island in the Inner Hebrides just off the Isle of Mull in western Scotland. At the gorgeous Iona Abbey, founded in 563 AD, you will be spellbound by one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites and indeed one of the oldest Christian religious centers in Western Europe. The adjacent graveyard is said to be the final resting place of numerous medieval kings, including Macbeth. In addition to its historical and religious significance, Iona is well known for its soulsoothing tranquility, white sand beaches and excellent birdwatching.

Day 9 St. Kilda Outer Hebrides, Scotland

St Kilda

The Outer Hebrides, also known as the Western Isles, are a chain of dramatically rugged islands off the west coast of mainland Scotland. The most isolated of these is St Kilda. This remote and stormravaged island was continuously inhabited for at least two millennia by peoples of extraordinary hardiness. But as the modern world closed in after World War I, the remaining inhabitants chose to evacuate. Now you will find only their rough stone buildings and distinctive storehouses called cleitean, all set amidst some of the most dramatic island scenery in the British Isles. Nature-lovers will be delighted, as the island is home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds, two early types of sheep, and over 130 species of flowering plants.

Day 10 Kirkwall, Orkney Islands


Today, we’ll disembark in Stromness for an overland tour of Mainland, the largest of the Orkney Islands off the northeastern coast of Scotland. Attractions such as the well-preserved 5000-year-old village site at Skara Brae and the ancient Ring of Brodgar within the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Heart of Neolithic Orkney” showcase the world-class cultural heritage of the island. We finish our island tour in the charming village of Kirkwall, where find the landmark Saint Magnus Cathedral, built in the Romanesque style in the 12th century. You will also have free time to roam the old streets of Kirkwall and enjoy its unique atmosphere before we head to our next destination..

Day 11 Fair Island


On Fair Isle -an isolated island of rolling moorlands and rugged coastlines – one is easily enchanted by historic crofts, picturesque lighthouses, and friendly locals. The island is famous among birders for its abundance of British birds and for its numerous records of eastern rarities and migrants.

Fair Isle is also one of Europe’s best places to watch seabirds, especially puffins, at close range.

Additionally, the island is notable for the abundance and diversity of its wildflowers. Seals are also commonly seen in its bays. Finally, during our visit it will be possible to see and purchase articles hand-knitted in the intricate and distinctive style for which Fair Isle has been celebrated for hundreds of years.

Day 12 Bass Rock, Scotland

Poseidon Only - Bass Rock

Bass Rock is an uninhabited island in the outer part of the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland. This bastion of volcanic rock, also known as “the Bass”, plays host to over 150,000 northern gannets in the breeding season, making it the world’s largest colony of these magnificent birds. The island’s steep walls are white with guano and the sky all around is darkened by the vast multitude of seabirds in flight. The voyage is perfectly timed to coincide with this amazing spectacle—truly one of the wildlife wonders of the world.

Day 13 Disembarkation Edinburgh, Scotland


After breakfast on board Sea Spirit say farewell in Leith, Edinburgh’s vibrant port district. Provide transfers to the airport or to Edinburgh city center if you wish to spend more time in the wonderful capital of Scotland.

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