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England, Wales & Scotland with M/S Stockholm

Join us on a brand new expedition cruise with M/S Stockholm, starting in the English gem of Bristol! While travelling north we explore some of Wales’ and Scotland’s beautiful islands and idyllic little townships. We will learn more about the area’s rich history, enjoy bird colonies and walk amongst the lovely various landscape.

Accommodation: Cabin on board M/S Stockholm, hotel in Bristol. Transport: Expedition ship, Zodiac. Ship: M/S Stockholm. Guides: 2 guides. Passengers: 12 passengers. Languages: Swedish & English. Length: 12 days, 10 nights on ship. Price: From USD 8 690. Departures: 2 April 2019

Itinerary

Day 1: Bristol, England

Arrive in Bristol and check into our hotel. Explore the beautiful city of Bristol on your own, where the city centre and old town offer superb food, fascinating history and good shopping.

Day 2: Embarkation

Free time in the morning. Your guides will meet up for lunch, which is followed by a visit to the Dockyard Museum, taking us through the amazing history of SS Great Britain. We board the M/S Stockholm later in the afternoon and sale out through the Bristol channel. In true expedition style, our itinerary is flexible, and our exact route is weather dependent.

Day 3: Clovelly and Lundy

At the end of the Bristol channel we pay a visit to the charming fishing village of Clovelly, known for its steeply cobbled main street and donkeys! We then head for the remote Lundy Island. Its rugged cliffs and rocky shoreline are a haven for seabirds such as puffins and manx shearwaters. Ashore we might meet the wild Lundy pony, sika deer or soay sheep.

Day 4-5: Island hopping in Wales

We have now entered Welsh waters! These are a few of the places we hope to visit:

Skomer Island is a wildlife paradise, mostly famous for its huge puffin colony. Most parts of the island have been burrowed by puffins, shearwaters and rabbits and we carefully walk on designated paths not to disturb their habitat. Skomer is also a marine nature reserve and the surrounding water is rich in wildlife, with porpoise, dolphins and a huge population of Atlantic grey seal. Neighbouring Skokholm Island is also well worth a visit.

Later we aim to pass by Grassholm Island, where we cruise along the shore. The island is home to an enormous colony of northern gannets, which equals ten percent of the world population.

The dramatic cliffs of Ramsey Island, rising 120 metres, offer a breeding place for ravens and peregrines, as well as guillemots and buzzards. The island is inhabited by just two wardens and a flock of welsh mountain sheep that keep the grassland grazed, enabling the protected chough to probe for food.

Day 6: Conwy

Today we try to reach Conwy, a medieval walled town by the banks of Conwy river. The town is listed as a World Heritage Site, renowned for the Conwy Castle and the massive town walls, built 1283-1289. The views from the Castle’s battlements are breath taking – of mountains and sea as well as the castle’s now roofless Great Hall.

Day 7: Isle of Man

Situated in between of the English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh coastlines, in the middle of the Irish Sea, lies the beautiful island Isle of Man. We go ashore at Peel Castle, an impressive ancient fortress that originally was a place of worship before becoming the fort of Magnus Barefoot – an 11th century Viking king of Mann. Originally the castle was built of wood but in the early 14th century it was replaced by red sandstone. After the Vikings left, the Church used the castle until it was abandoned in the 18th century. Today the internal parts are mostly ruined, but the outer walls remain intact. 

We take a tour through this fascinating building and feel the history that still dwells here. Those who want can also climb up to the top of the Gatehouse Tower and enjoy the panoramic views of Peel. Later, we visit House of Manannan, where we will see life sized reconstructions of a Celtic roundhouse and explore 19th century Peel.

Day 8-11: Greetings Scotland

The following are places we hope to visit when in Scotland:

We head towards the island of Ailsa Craig, formed from a volcanic plug and rising steeply out of the sea. The name Ailsa Craig is likely to derive from Gaelic, meaning the Fairy Rock. Today the island is a bird sanctuary, sheltering thousands of breeding pairs of gannets. It is also famous for its rare type of micro-granite, which is used to make the larger part of the world’s curling stones. The last harvest of Ailsa Craig granite was in 2013. The company is said to have harvested 2,000 tons of stone, enough to meet demand until at least 2020. We hope to make a landing by the quarry and also stroll among the ruins of the 1500s castle situated on the slopes above the lighthouse.

The beautiful Isle of Gigha offers varied terrain of woodland, pastures, silver-sanded beaches and rocky hilltops. The island’s rich history tracks back to the plundering Vikings and the Norse king Haakon, who also gave the island its name, Gudey, the Good Isle. The name was later adjusted to Gigha by the Gaels. In the middle of the island is the Achamore Garden, which hosts many notable and unusual plants and trees from around the world.

George Orwell described Jura Island as "extremely unget-at-able”, however, having an expedition ship like M/S Stockholm makes it a bit more accessible. We go ashore in the main settlement of Craighouse, stroll the one road and perhaps stop by at the one pub, before visiting the one distillery – The Jura Distillery, producing its renowned single malt whisky.

We stop by the picturesque harbour village of Crinan, at the entrance of Crinan Canal, and wonder around the towpaths, lock gates and shorelines.

Day 12: Oban

We disembark the M/S Stockholm in Oban early morning and travel to Glasgow by bus.

Please note: Visits to many of the places mentioned above are depending on tide and weather conditions. The itinerary might change due to these factors. The Captain and Expedition leader will do their utmost to maximise your experience.

 

The ship M/S Stockholm

  • Katharina Miller
  • Katharina Miller
  • Ulrich Kühn
  • Niklas Nilsson
  • Cosy cabins with bunkbeds
    Niklas Nilsson
  • Katharina Miller
  • Cosy lounge
    Katharina Miller
  • Adam Rheborg
  • PolarQuest

A VINTAGE EXPEDITION SHIP LOVED BY MANY

The M/S Stockholm is a classic ship built in 1953 for the Swedish National
Maritime Administration. In 1998 she was totally refitted and started her
career as a comfortable polar passenger ship. The M/S Stockholm carries
a maximum of 12 passengers in twin cabins with bunk beds. All cabins
have private facilities and small windows (portholes). M/S Stockholm is
a marvellous piece of maritime history with beautiful brass details and
wooden decks. It is no wonder she is loved by so many! After 20 years of
navigating the waters in Svalbard she has the experience and track record
of being able to access difficult to reach sites that are inaccessible to
other ships.

On board you will enjoy delicious meals in the company of
likeminded travellers, who are all fascinated by the Arctic nature, wildlife
and history. The food on board is of high standard and all beverages
are included in the price. With such a small party on board, this is like
travelling on a private yacht. The crew on board M/S Stockholm are also
great enthusiasts of the unique wildlife and unspoiled nature. Their
genuine curiosity is a prerequisite for expedition cruises of this kind. A
trip on board M/S Stockholm in these northern waters, with its unique
wildlife and pristine nature, is an experience of a lifetime! There are two
Zodiacs and two guides on board M/S Stockholm.

Cabins & prices

Cabin category Price per person
Twin cabin Bunkbed USD 8 690
Twin cabin for single use USD 15 990

Price includes: 10 nights on board the M/S Stockholm, 1 night in a hotel in Bristol, transfer Oban - Glasgow, all meals on board, all beverages on board, 1 Expedition Leader and 1 guide, guiding ashore and talks on board, all excursions and activities, the customary gratuity to the ship’s crew, comprehensive information material before the expedition, an illustrated post-expedition log.

Not included: Flights to Bristol and from Glasgow, travel and cancellation insurance.

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