MS Maud
13 days

British Isles from Dover – Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and a Diverse Coastline

Price from
$ 6000
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Maud
13 days

British Isles from Dover – Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and a Diverse Coastline

Price from
$ 6000
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
British Isles – Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and a Diverse Coastline
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Departures
12 April 2022
18 May 2022
8 August 2022
3 September 2022
  • Visiting Rathlin Island – Northern Ireland’s largest seabird colony
  • Nature landing at the UNESCO double World Heritage Site - St. Kilda
  • Exploring the true British Isles
  • Our knowledgeable Expedition team including experienced Ornithologists

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Itinerary

We set sail from the south of England to the most northerly region of Scotland – covering a vast area in between. A true British Isles journey, visiting England, Wales, N. Ireland, the Isle of Man, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and the Hebrides. As we head for remote destinations which will challenge our seamanship, the true meaning of expedition cruising will become apparent as the ideal way to discover these often inaccessible places. Along with towns and villages we encounter diverse landscapes, coastal paths for exploring, nature landings and scenic coastal cruising through unique pristine waters.

Highlights of the voyage include the remarkable birdlife of Rathlin Island and the abandoned village of St. Kilda, ancient history of Isle of Man and Waterford, naval history and scenic beauty of Devon, the whisky island of Islay, but we invite you to discover your own highlights and create your own remarkable memories.

Our knowledgeable and experienced Expedition team are on hand to ensure you make the most of your time on board as well as ashore.
Day 1
Dover, England

Estimated time of departure is 6:00 PM

Your Voyage Begins
Castle in Dover, England.
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This expedition cruise begins as we set sail from Dover and make our way along the south coast of England.

Before joining your ship today, perhaps take time to explore the coastal town of Dover with the magnificent, medieval Castle.

As we head out to sea, passing the famous white cliffs of Dover, stretch your sea legs and get to know MS Maud. Find the amenities you like best – the Science Center, the Explorer lounge, or maybe your favourite spot out on deck.

Castle in Dover, England.
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Ask our experts for photo tips.
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Science Center
Science Center
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Day 2
At Sea
Relax and Learn
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Ask our experts for photo tips.
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Enjoy an idyllic day at sea with plenty to do.

Meet our Expedition Team, who prepare you for exciting adventures ahead. Listen in on talks by these experienced explorers who share their extensive knowledge, or maybe you just want to kick back and relax.

Admire the views, try some of the ship’s cuisine that caught your eye on the menu, or settle into a good book while enjoying this day at sea. 

Day 3
Fishguard, Wales
Explore Fishguard
Fishguard is a coastal town in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK. The town is small and is basically divided into two parts, the main town of Fishguard and Lower Fishguard.
Fishguard is a coastal town in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK. The town is small and is basically divided into two parts, the main town of Fishguard and Lower Fishguard.
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This small, typical fishing village, seems to have stood still in time.  With its charming main street and lush green surroundings, Fishguard lies between the Preseli Hills and the coast of Pembrokeshire.  Split in two by a steep, winding hill, the “new” town sits on a clifftop commanding spectacular views.

Steeped in history dating back as far as the 10th Century, Fishguards past includes Viking raids and Norse settlements, and has the dubious accolade as the site of “last invasion of Britain”, by the French in 1797.  The local library houses ‘The Last Invasion Tapestry’, a 100-foot long masterpiece which took 4 years to complete, and records the scenes of the invasion.  The town offers insight into this fascinating history as well as being charming with local shops, cafes and restaurants to enjoy.

Explore the surrounding areas with walks through the ancient woodlands and the nearby Gwaun Valley which flows between Fishguard and the Preseli Mountains.  With its unique atmosphere, there is plenty of wildlife and prehistoric sites to explore, the valley is listed as one of the most important meltwater channels in Britain and dates from the last Ice Age.  At a more sedate pace, wander the gardens of Dyffryn Fernant or Penlan Uchaf, with lovely views across the valley.

Fishguard is a coastal town in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK. The town is small and is basically divided into two parts, the main town of Fishguard and Lower Fishguard.
Fishguard is a coastal town in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK. The town is small and is basically divided into two parts, the main town of Fishguard and Lower Fishguard.
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The historic area and monoliths of the Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber in Preseli hills, Pembrokeshire, Wales.
The historic area and monoliths of the Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber in Preseli hills, Pembrokeshire, Wales.
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Rathlin West lighthouse is one of the most intriguing attractions on the island.
Built directly into the cliff face starting in 1912 and officially implemented in 1919, Rathlin West lighthouse is one of the most intriguing attractions on the island, which also boasts medieval history and one of the largest seabird colonies in the United Kingdom.
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Rathlin Island bird sanctuary in Northern Ireland.
Rathlin Island bird sanctuary in Northern Ireland.
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Beautiful yellow wildflowers on Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland.
Beautiful yellow wildflowers on Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland.
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Day 4
Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland
Seabirds, Choughs and Corncrake
Rathlin Island bird sanctuary in Northern Ireland.
Rathlin Island bird sanctuary in Northern Ireland.
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Sitting just off the north coast, with its rugged cliffs, several lakes and vast, natural grasslands, Rathlin Island boasts Northern Ireland’s largest seabird colony.

At just six miles long and one mile wide, it is ideal for exploring by bike or on foot on one of the many walks in the area.  Cliff-top walks are waiting, or choose from many rambling cross-island trails.

Visit the Seabird centre and lighthouse -a unique and fully operational “upside-down” lighthouse. Here, close-up views of the seabird colonies are enjoyed, as well as spectacular panoramic coastal views.  Or stroll to Mill Bay where you can watch the frisky seals either at play or just relaxing in the sunshine.

Thousands of seabirds congregate on the island to breed from late April to July, including puffin, guillemot, kittiwake, razorbill and fulmar. Rathlin Island is also home to Northern Ireland's only pair of breeding choughs, and, more recently, calls by the secretive corncrake have been heard here for the first time in 30 years.

Located on the mainland, the World Heritage site of the Giant’s Causeway is just a short ferry ride and drive away.

Day 5
Isle of Iona, Scotland and Staffa, Scotland
Pilgrims and Puffins
Sandy beaches surround the isle.
Sandy beaches surround the isle.
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World famous for its religious connections, Iona was settled in 563 AD by the Irish missionary, St Colomba.

The much-restored Abbey is one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites, and still remains a place of pilgrimage and peace.  Spend time exploring the Abbey and learn about its fascinating history, visit the ancient graveyard where 48 of Scotland’s kings are buried or take a short walk to the highest point on Iona offering spectacular 360 degree views.

Views from Iona’s beaches stretch west towards the Outer Hebrides, resulting in places bearing emotive names such as ‘The Bay at the Back of the Ocean’.

Early afternoon, if conditions allow, we will spend time doing a ‘scenic sail by’ of the cave-riddled island of Staffa. The uninhabited island is home to the cathedral-like Fingal’s Cave, immortalised by Mendelssohn’s glorious ‘Hebrides Overture’. The basalt columns here are a northern extension of the Giant’s Causeway. Named by the Vikings from the old Norse for pillar or column, Staffa has been visited by Queen Victoria, Sir Walter Scott and Samuel Johnson, and is one of Scotland’s most famous islands. Fingal’s Cave is best viewed from the sea where the colour of the waters within the cave and its rising columns are at their most impressive.

Sandy beaches surround the isle.
Sandy beaches surround the isle.
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Discover the rugged beauty of the Inner Hebrides.
Discover the rugged beauty of the Inner Hebrides.
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Enjoy the rugged beauty of St. Kilda, Hirta Island
Enjoy the rugged beauty of St. Kilda, Hirta Island
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Day 6
St. Kilda, Hirta Island, Scotland
Reclaimed by Nature
Enjoy the rugged beauty of St. Kilda, Hirta Island
Enjoy the rugged beauty of St. Kilda, Hirta Island
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Any visit to this distant and wild archipelago, with its breathtaking sea cliffs, is totally weather-dependent. As a UNESCO double World Heritage Site and the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the National Trust for Scotland, it is an unforgettable experience. The outlying stacs and islands, which are the remains of a volcanic crater, provide ledges for thousands of nesting seabirds. Minke whales are frequently seen around the swirling waters of the archipelago.

Once home to Britain’s most remote island community, it was evacuated in 1930 at their own request after 5,000 years of continuous habitation. The tiny museum that remains is a record of how hard life was on this exposed island.

Spend time ashore exploring this remote, uninhabited island and take in the magnificent rugged scenery.

Day 7
Stornoway, Lewis, Scotland
Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides
Lews Castle overlooks the harbour.
Lews Castle overlooks the harbour.
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Originally a Viking settlement, Stornoway is the main town of the Western Isles and the capital of the Isle of Lewis, which is the largest and most northerly of the Outer Hebrides. A bustling harbour and waterfront with museums and art galleries are overlooked by the handsome Lews Castle which we invite you to explore with us.

Further afield are mills and cottages where hard-wearing Harris Tweed is woven. There are tiny folk museums, the world-famous Callanish Standing Stones, described as Scotland’s Stonehenge from around 3000BC, and the mysterious Carloway Broch - the best preserved fort in Scotland dating back more than 2,000 years.

Lews Castle overlooks the harbour.
Lews Castle overlooks the harbour.
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Harris tweed has a long history in the area.
Harris tweed has a long history in the area.
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Local whisky awaits worldwide export.
Local whisky awaits worldwide export.
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Relics of the past are sprinkled throughout the islands.
Relics of the past are sprinkled throughout the islands.
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Day 8
Islay, Scotland
Land of Whisky
Local whisky awaits worldwide export.
Local whisky awaits worldwide export.
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Pronounced “EYE-la” was once the seat of the MacDonalds, Lords of the Isles. This is ‘whisky island’, world famous for its peaty single-malt whiskies and its many local distilleries is one of the largest Hebridean islands.

Offering a diverse landscape, together with ancient Celtic ruins, Islay is a stop-off for migrating birds, making it ideal for seabird spotting along its many superb cliff-top walks.

In the charming little town of Bowmore, there are a handful of small shops, a round church housing no corners, and some say the locals are the friendliest in Britain.

Day 9
Douglas, Isle of Man
Viking History on a Celtic Island
Douglas, Isle of Man.
Douglas, Isle of Man.
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With a rural landscape and rugged coastline, the Isle of Man became a designated Biosphere Reserve in recognition of its marine and coastal ecosystems. With more than 100 miles of stunning coastline and rugged cliffs, the island has a spectacular landscape of rolling hills, moorland and heath, waterfalls, pebble-dash beaches and coastal paths – an ideal destination for exploring.  

Our location in Douglas enables us to explore the island which has a strong Celtic and Viking heritage.  There are Viking museums to visit, or board a historic steam train, or discover the castles of the island, or just enjoy strolling through the town and local surrounds at your leisure.

Nearby Douglas Head is a rocky outcrop overlooking Douglas harbour, which has some of the best views on the Isle of Man.  Pass through the ornate gate, visit the unique Grand Union Camera Obscura and continue on to the Douglas Head Lighthouse, built in 1857.

Visit the delightful harbour community of Peel with the impressive Peel Castle, originally constructed by the Viking King of Mann, and dating back to the 11th Century as the original place of worship and stronghold.

On previous calls to the Isle of Man, we have joined the local community and taken part in a beach clean-up as well as engaging in a tree-planting ceremony along with the Department of Forestry who have identified a site where they intend planting 84,000 trees as a national forest.

The famous TT races are held on the island from late May to early June.

Douglas, Isle of Man.
Douglas, Isle of Man.
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Lighthouse on Isle of Man.
Lighthouse on Isle of Man.
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Kilkenny Castle was built in 1195 to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several routeways.
Kilkenny Castle was built in 1195 to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several routeways.
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Stunning coastline surrounding Waterford.
Stunning coastline surrounding Waterford.
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Day 10
Waterford, Ireland
A Warm Irish Welcome
Kilkenny Castle was built in 1195 to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several routeways.
Kilkenny Castle was built in 1195 to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several routeways.
Photo: Shuttertock / Hurtigruten

The oldest city in Ireland, founded by the Vikings in at the start of the 10th century, Waterford and its surrounding areas is a short drive away and make this the ideal destination to visit.

With its strong Norse roots, explore the Viking Triangle, so named for the 1,000 year old Viking walls once surrounding the area and is an integral part of the cultural and heritage of Waterford City.

Steeped in history and set amongst beautiful Irish countryside, the region is renowned for its excellent archaeological treasures, parts of the ancient walled core still remaining as well as Norman forts and majestic, medieval abbey ruins and ancient monasteries. 

Visit the nearby 12th century Kilkenny Castle, one of the earliest Norman stone castles, stroll through quaint villages and charming hamlet towns nearby or take in the beautiful scenery with a cycle along the along the Waterford Greenway.  A visit to the Copper Coast UNESCO Geopark offers spectacular scenery and sights of the Copper Coast, named for the vast.

Not to forget home to the famous, finest crystal since 1783 a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre would not go amiss.

Day 11
Isles of Scilly, England
Beauty, history and brimming with wildlife
Scan for grey seals among the rocks.
Scan for grey seals among the rocks.
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This enchanting archipelago off the coast of Cornwall is home to outstandingly beautiful, uncrowded and unspoilt islands and around 140 islets.  Covered in heathland, with magnificent sandy beaches, these islands are surrounded by rocks and reefs and offer picturesque coastal walks.

Ideal for exploring on foot, the small town of Tresco is home to the world famous Tresco Abbey Garden with its 20,000 plants from 80 different countries. You can also explore the castle ruins, the Valhalla Museum or stroll along the tropical-like white beaches.  Should conditions allow, we aim to do a beach clean-up on this charming island.

We will split our time in the area and you may also choose to visit St. Mary’s - the largest of the islands – with its rocky coves, archaeological sites and charming Hugh Town.  Explore the town and sample some of the freshly caught seafood whilst enjoying the delightful views of the island. 

Alternatively, join one of our optional excursions for a trip around the islands, visiting shipwreck sites, spotting seals basking on the rocks and cruising around the bird sanctuary of Annet to observe the puffins and numerous other breeding seabirds. 

Scan for grey seals among the rocks.
Scan for grey seals among the rocks.
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Admire the lush Tresco Abbey Gardens on the Isles of Scilly.
Admire the lush Tresco Abbey Gardens on the Isles of Scilly.
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Discover local coastal beauty.
Discover local coastal beauty.
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Dartmouth Castle guards the River Dart.
Dartmouth Castle guards the River Dart.
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Stroll colourful lanes in Dartmouth.
Stroll colourful lanes in Dartmouth.
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Day 12
Dartmouth, England
Along the River Dart
Dartmouth Castle guards the River Dart.
Dartmouth Castle guards the River Dart.
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A picturesque sail-in marks our arrival into the delightful waterfront town of Dartmouth.  Set on the banks of the River Dart, this enchanting town is steeped in maritime history along with a rich cultural history.

With a commanding location above the town, dating back to 1863, the magnificent building of Britannia Royal Naval College trains the finest officers in the world, and is set in 126 acres of landscaped gardens offering views over the river, the town and out to sea.

Buckfast Abbey, historic castles, steam train rides and magnificent walking trails are just a few of the many compelling attractions waiting to be explored during our visit. 

We will be anchored in the centre of the town with a short tender ride ashore, allowing you easy access to visit the town on your own to stroll through the lanes and enjoy the quaint shops. Or join one of our impressive excursions to learn more about this fascinating town and the scenic Devonshire surrounds.

Day 13
Dover, England

Estimated time of arrival is 9:00 AM

Return to Dover
Dover, England.
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We pass the white cliffs of Dover during the early morning hours and dock at the city’s harbour. After breakfast, it’s time to leave your home for the past 13 days.

Dover, England.
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Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune and Fredheim
  • A la carte restaurant Lindstrom included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library, biological and geological microscopes and samples
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and indoor gym and outdoor gym, in line with health & safety guidelines
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Landings using our fleet of small expedition boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographer to help with your camera settings before landings

 

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Spa treatments

Notes

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MS Maud

Year built 2003
Year of refurbishment 2021
Shipyard Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)
Beds 532
Gross tonnage 16,140 T
Length 135,75 m
Beam 21.5 m
Speed 15 knots
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MS Maud is designed to take you on a cruise in maximum comfort, equipped for a sustainable and memorable expedition.

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