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Luxury

Highlands of Scotland with British Isles Quest

Edinburgh to London
18 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: NOBCEL18
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Discover the Isle of Skye

On the largest of the islands in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, visit Dunvegan Castle and drive along the Trotternish Ridge.

Isle of Eriska

Enjoy a unique stay on your own private island off the coast of the Western Highlands.

Stirling Castle

Experience the grandeur of Stirling Castle, one of Scotland's most historically important sites.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 20 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in five locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 39 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert APT expedition leader and team
  • 9 nights authentic accommodation
  • Transfers, port charges and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Europe map NOBCEL18 2021
Edinburgh to London

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

Arrive in Edinburgh, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, come together for a welcome dinner.

Stay: Edinburgh, The Dunstane Houses

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  • Dinner
View across the city of Edinburgh with Edinburgh Castle in distance, Scotland

Journey to Kinloch Rannoch today and visit Stirling Castle on the way.

Stay: Two Nights, Kinloch Rannoch, Dunalastair Hotel Suites

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps visit Rannoch railway station and explore Rannoch Moor, one of Europe’s last remaining wildernesses. Otherwise, visit a whisky distillery and try the local tipple.


The choice is yours when it comes to the activities on offer today.

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  • Breakfast

Stop by the incredible Cairngorms National Park, nestled in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Continue to Inverness, arriving in time for dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Inverness, Ness Walk Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Embark on an exploration of rarely visited Ullapool, a remote, picturesque fishing port town which is situated on the shores of Loch Broom. We have left the rest of the day free for you to further explore on your own.

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  • Breakfast

Travel to the iconic Loch Ness and stop at the famous viewpoint over Loch Garry. You will then continue past the immense mountain range of the Five Sisters of Kintail. Later, see the village of Kyle of Lochalsh with its whitewashed buildings before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye, where you’ll have dinner tonight.

Stay: Two Nights, Isle of Skye, Cuillin Hills Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today is all about exploring the Isle of Skye, the largest island in the Inner Hebrides archipelago, filled with rugged seascapes, pretty fishing villages and ancient castles. Begin with a visit to Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, set in the heart of a staggering 17,000-hectare property. Afterwards, take a scenic drive along the dramatic Trotternish Ridge. Later, return to your hotel for dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

From the Isle of Skye, take the ferry across to the port town of Mallaig, before stopping near the Glenfinnan Viaduct for a photo of the Jacobite Steam Train. Tonight, savour an incredible gourmet experience at your hotel’s fine dining restaurant.

Stay: Two Nights, Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Choose to explore Glencoe, considered one of the most beautiful glens in Scotland. Otherwise, enjoy a round of golf.


Choose your experience today. Later, return to your island for dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today, enjoy sublime vistas as you enter Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, in the Scottish southern highlands region. Afterwards, bid farewell to land-only guests and travel to Oban where you’ll board your expedition cruise.

Stay: Eight Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Weather permitting, your ship will dock as close to shore as possible so you can hop into a Zodiac for a closer inspection of the famous Fingal’s Cave. Here, see the curious hexagonal rock formations of the cave, which open up to a 70-metre tall cavern.


Early this morning, arrive on the Isle of Lunga, off the western coast of Scotland. You’ll discover a wildlife haven, home to grey seals, razorbills, kittiwakes and puffins before lunch back on board, as you cruise to Iona. More than 40 Scottish kings, as well as kings from around the world, are buried here amid the island’s tranquillity and natural beauty. You might like to visit Iona Abbey, one of the oldest Christian religious centres in western Europe or go for a wander along the local beach before setting out again, this time for the Isle of Staffa. Here, enjoy a Signature Experience.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
View of rock face over ocean, Scotland

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps learn the history and artistry behind concocting the perfect Irish coffee or take time to explore Londonderry at leisure.


Arriving in Northern Ireland this morning, your ship berths in Londonderry, coined by locals as Derry. Here, you’ll disembark to explore the famous walls which wrap around the city. These are the only ones in Ireland which still remain intact. Afterwards, it’s time to head out to the Giant’s Causeway, which is a World Heritage-listed natural wonder. You’ll find over 40,000 basalt columns create rugged stepping stones into the Atlantic Sea. You are then free to craft your own afternoon.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps discover Belfast’s history on a Black Cab tour or embark on a walking tour of the city.


After breakfast this morning, spend the day exploring Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast. Step back in time with a visit to the Titanic Museum, to learn the history of the RMS Titanic’s creation in the early 1900s, and the story behind this ocean liner’s maiden voyage. After lunch back on board, the afternoon is yours to shape as you like. This evening, start cruising to the Isle of Man with dinner back on board.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive on the Isle of Man this morning, a tiny island in the Irish sea, steeped in Viking and Celtic heritage. Travel to Tynwald Hill in the little village of St John’s, to see this symbol of the island’s independence as a self-governing crown dependency. Then it’s onwards to the west coast port of Peel, where we’ve set aside time for you to explore on your own. Discover Peel’s castle ruins and enjoy a wander before heading back to the island’s capital, Douglas, where your ship is stationed. Perhaps join a local guide on a walking tour or explore Douglas independently. Walk along the town’s sweeping promenade or visit the Manx Museum. This evening, set sail for Ireland.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

You might like to visit the Guinness Storehouse or join a sightseeing tour of the city. Otherwise, you may like to visit Malahide Castle and Gardens or tour Trinity College.


Cobbled streets, classic pubs, medieval castles and cathedrals, Dublin has it all, and we’re making a beeline for it during a full day’s discovery. Enjoy a choice of activities.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Hapenny Bridge stretching over the river waters in Dublin, Ireland

Set your sights on Ireland’s south-eastern coast this morning. We dock in Waterford, a city which is famous for Waterford Crystal, world-renowned flint glass. Afterwards, hop on a coach to Kilkenny, the heart and soul of medieval Ireland, which is yours to enjoy with free time. Walk along cobbled lanes and discover hidden passage. Perhaps explore Kilkenny Castle, built over a millennium ago. Alternatively, delve into the town’s famous craft scene and peruse ceramics, jewellery, candles, stone carvings and more, all lovingly made by hand. Return to your ship for lunch, before your exploration continues. It’s time to visit the House of Waterford Crystal, and learn about the process and history of glass making which began in 1783.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Later today, visit the sub-tropical Abbey Gardens for a guided tour.


Wake to the aquamarine waters and white-sand beaches of the Isles of Scilly, an unexpected tropical delight in the middle of the Celtic Sea. Within this archipelago off the coast of Cornwall you’ll find Tresco Island where you’ll enjoy a Signature Experience. Aboard Zodiacs, set out to explore. There’s no shortage of picture-perfect landscapes, from rocky outcrops to pristine beaches, while you’re here.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark in Plymouth after breakfast this morning, where you’ll be transferred to London for your onward flight.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Close up of small ship ms Caledonian sky and her blue hull anchored

MS Caledonian Sky

Cruise aboard this intimate vessel and enjoy less time waiting to disembark and direct access to smaller ports and towns.

VIEW SHIP DETAILS

Dunstane Houses Edinburgh

Timeless traditions and modern comforts combine in the most luxurious fashion at this stunning Victorian boutique hotel.

Dunalastair Hotel Suites

Nestled in the quaint village of Kinloch Rannoch in the Scottish Highlands, this Victorian hotel boasts stunning surrounds.

Our people are passionate about dreaming up once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our guests and making them possible