Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland: May 03—18, 2019
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A multi-themed cruise through the British Isles showcases rugged and beautiful coastal landscapes, visiting spectacular colonies of nesting seabirds and landbirds, combined with rich cultural, historical, and geological attractions.
For millennia, man and nature have thrived in the region we know as the British Isles. These ancient lands, timeless and undeniably beautiful, are repositories of natural and historical wonders, places where biological heritage intertwines inextricably with human legacy.
On this departure, one in our series of collaborative trips with Zegrahm Expeditions, we present an exciting voyage to Britain and Ireland, a multi-themed cruise offering plentiful activities both for the birding and natural history oriented and those whose preference is history, culture, and sightseeing. Traveling aboard the lovely 120-passenger Ocean Adventurer, we’ll cruise from the south of England, around Ireland to the tip of Scotland, tracing a route to ports, islands, and archipelagos legendary in Anglo-Saxon lore: Falmouth, the famous Isles of Scilly, Waterford, Isle of Man, the Hebrides, St. Kilda, the Orkneys, Shetlands, Fair Isle, and Aberdeen.
Birders and nature enthusiasts will be thrilled by visits to some of the most important seabird breeding grounds in the Atlantic, to islands bedecked with colonies of Great Skuas, storm-petrels, gannets, Razorbills, Black Guillemots, murres, Atlantic Puffins, and more, while shore excursions bring opportunities to sight a fine variety of waterfowl, shorebirds, and landbirds such as Corncrake, Red-billed Chough, Yellowhammer, warblers, wagtails, Long-tailed and Blue tits, Goldcrest, and Eurasian Jay.
In tandem with our natural history endeavors, time ashore includes options for visits to superb historical and cultural attractions including botanical gardens, Giant’s Causeway, World Heritage Site monasteries, the Waterford Crystal glassworks, the steam railway on the Isle of Man, a world-famous Scotch distillery on Islay, and visits to the famous archaeological sites of Skara Brae, the Standing Stones of Stenness, famous Stonehenge, and the Ring of Brodgar.
Very good accommodations and cuisine; cruising time mixed with many shore excursions by both Zodiac and bus; a good choice for those with non-birding spouses or partners; weather ranges from sunny and mild to cool and rainy.