Orkney Islands

Fred Olsen Black Watch Scotland Mini Cruise – 20th July 2018

Fancy sailing alongside the rugged Scottish coastline, taking in a generous amount of ports and scenery along the way?

Hop aboard Fred. Olsen's Black Watch for a leisurely tour of Scottish lochs, highlands, and islands, sailing from Liverpool.

About this cruise

Your adventure to Scotland starts in Liverpool on Friday 20th July, where you'll board Black Watch. This ship is small but perfectly formed. It lacks the bells and whistles of the mammoth giants that sail occasionally drop into Liverpool, but its small scale means it is not overwhelming and is perfect for touring the Scottish coastline. Onboard you can expect a friendly atmosphere - by the end of the trip you'll feel part of one big family.

The first day is spent at sea. You're free to do whatever you want to. Hopefully the sun will shine in July so grab a sun lounger and soak up the rays, or take a dip in the pool. Head to the spa or enjoy a drink or two while taking part in the onboard entertainment.

Keep your eyes peeled for Fingal's Cave. It is located on the inhabited island of Staffa in Scotland's Inner Hebrides, and the ship will pass by - cameras at the ready!

On Sunday, you can stretch your legs in Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands. Explore the fusion of Christian, Nordic, and Celtic heritage, have a bite to eat, or splurge on local crafts in the shops.

Monday's call is Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. It was built as a fishing port in the late 18th century and is now the main village on the island. It doesn't have a cruise terminal so this port is tendered, meaning small boats run between Black Watch and Tobermory, ferrying passengers back and forth throughout the day. Book an optional excursion or explore the island on your own.

That evening, you'll cruise along the Sound of Mull, a picture-perfect stretch of water flowing between the Isle of Mull and the shores of Scotland. Another superb photo opportunity here, as is  Duart Castle, one of the prettiest castles in the Highlands. You'll sail by this 13th century castle so keep a look out for it.

The adventure doesn't stop with Tuesday's port of call being Greenock. This is the gateway port for Glasgow so it's not surprising many will flock to the city either under their own steam or on optional organised tours.

Make the most of your time in Scotland as the adventure draws to a close on Wednesday morning as you arrive back in Liverpool.

(Photo credit to 27707)

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The Route

The itinerary for this mini cruise is:

1Friday 20th July 2018LiverpoolLate afternoon
2Saturday 21st July 2018At seaAll day
3Sunday 22nd July 2018KirkwallEarly morning to late afternoon
4Monday 23rd July 2018TobermoryEarly morning to late afternoon
5Tuesday 24th July 2018Greenock (for Glasgow)Early morning to late afternoon
6Wednesday 25th July 2018LiverpoolEarly morning

Why choose this taster cruise?

  • 5 nights on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' small ship, Black Watch
  • Voyage W1815 departs on Friday 20th July 2018
  • Sail round-trip from Liverpool
  • Take in the Orkney Islands, the Isle of Mull, and Glasgow

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So you know, the map above shows point-to-point lines which may cross land. Don't worry, your cruise ship will not sprout legs and run across dry land. Instead it's water all the way! Mapping is approximate, and the scheduled times are estimates. Your trip is subject to change as, occasionally, operators have to alter itineraries due to bad weather or unforeseen events.

The Price


On Monday 18th June 2018, I found a starting price from £699 per person based on two sharing the cheapest cabin (usually this is an inside cabin). 5 days prior it started from £599 per person, a hike of £100 per person.


What's that per night?

Want to compare this short break to a hotel stay? A starting price of 'from £699 per person' equates to 'from £139.80 per person per night'.

Here's a trend line showing the movement of the lead-in price for this cruise. I aim to check prices daily and this graph shows only those readings. I love geeky stuff like this and thought it might be handy when planning when to book your next cruise.

In my last 15 checks, the cheapest I have seen this cruise start at is from £599 per person, and the highest I've seen it go is from £899 per person.


Are there any extras?

This price normally includes some meals but excludes drinks, gratuities, optional shore excursions, and any applicable flights and transfers (if needed and if excluded). If you want a cabin or suite with a view, these come at a premium (if available).

Cruise prices are based on supply and demand so the more spare cabins there are closer to the sail date, the cheaper the prices often become. After all, no cruise line likes sailing with empty cabins and this cruise sails in 28 days.

I regularly check for price changes by hand, but as they can occur rapidly, please use the link below to get the latest prices.

Remember, prices were correct when I last checked, but may have since changed. Prices are usually based on two adults sharing the cheapest available cabin.

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