The best of Scotland on Golden Horizon with Angus Konstam
Sailing from Leith, where you'll have had the chance to explore some of Edinburgh's top attractions, we make our way north, across the Firth of Forth and onto Aberdeen. Visit the Maritime Museum and Aberdeen Art Gallery, or take a day to hike in the Cairngorms National Park, the largest nature preserve in Scotland, where mountains and country estates - including Her Majesty's Balmoral Castle - are ten-a-penny.
Next up is Invergordon, the gateway to Loch Ness, and then we'll cruise around Scapa Flow, where the wild and remote Orkney Islands are stranded off the coast of mainland Scotland. This stretch of water that has been of such historical importance from The Vikings to World War Two. Here you will joined by the Scottish historian and author, Angus Konstam, who will join you for a special tour and fascinating talk and Q&A.
Ullapool is where we'll explore the rugged landscapes of Corrieshalloch Gorge or Knockan Crag, before we land on the Isle of Skye. Visit the otherworldly Fairy Glen and see the striking Man of Storr, and don't miss a taste of local Talisker whisky.
A stop in Tobermory offers clan history at Duart Castle, and Fort William is your jumping off point for adventures around towering Ben Nevis. You can taste whisky in Islay - Scotland's best island for smoky malts - and finish up in Greenock, where you can strike out into Glasgow to taste your way around the city's fantastic food scene.
Your home throughout will be the luxurious Golden Horizon, a near replica of a 1913-built ocean-faring ship, which combines the charm and romance of a classical vessel, with the food and service you expect of a modern ship.
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- Sailing in luxury for nine nights on Golden Horizon
- All on-board meals
- Special excursion in Scapa Flow with Angus Konstam
- Talk and Q&A with Angus Konstam
- Signed copy of one of his books
- Choice of dozens of interesting optional excursions
- Calling at Aberdeen, Invergordon, Ullapool, Tobermory, Fort William
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner when served in main restaurant
- Free Wi-Fi, on-board entertainment, gratuities and service charges
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Day1LeithLeith, United Kingdom
Embark Golden Horizon in the stylish Edinburgh district of Leith.
Day2AberdeenAberdeen, United Kingdom
Enjoy sailing up the panoramic north-east coastline to Aberdeen, Scotland's sparkling 'granite city', and one of the best places to spot dolphins as there's a resident pod in the harbour. You will journey through spectacular scenery to breathtaking Royal Deeside and visit the charming picturesque 'Royal Village' of Ballater, situated in the heart of the River Dee Valley.
Day3InvergordonInvergordon, United Kingdom
In the centre of the eastern Highlands, Invergordon is the perfect base to explore the "Great Glen" and discover the legend of Loch Ness.
Optional Excursions: Journey along the deep, dark waters of Loch Ness searching for 'Nessie' and visit the impressive ruins of Urquhart Castle. Or choose to visit the Glenmorangie Distillery where just sixteen people - the Sixteen Men of Tain - craft its singular taste. Another more active option is to walk around Rogie Falls, a beautiful spot located on the Blackwater River near the village of Contin.
Day4Scapa FlowScapa Flow, United Kingdom
Sail through this body of water in the Orkney Islands, sheltered by the islands of Mainland, Graemsay, Burray, South Ronaldsay and Hoy.
Today, you will join Angust Konstam in Scapa Flow for a special tour of this special strecth of water - and the Orkneys - and an exclusive talk and Q&A.
Day5UllapoolUllapool, United Kingdom
Your tour of the Scottish Highlands continues with a stop at this picturesque fishing town, nestled on the shores of Loch Broom.
Optional Excursions: Visit the three stunning, pink sand beaches of Gruinard Bay and walk to the dramatic, 65-metre Measach Falls, in the Corrieshalloch Gorge, a National Nature Reserve. Hiking lovers can take a walk to Knockan Crag at the heart of the North West Highlands Geopark.
Day6PortreePortree, United Kingdom
Capital of the Isle of Skye, Portree's harbour is fringed by dramatic cliffs and a great place for walking.
Optional Excursions: Discover Eilean Donan Castle, built in the 1930s on a tiny island where three sea lochs meet, or learn about the fascinating history of the Isle of Skye on a scenic tour, including the curious outcrop known as the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, a dramatic 200-foot high cliff and tumbling waterfall, and the crofting township of Staffin.
Day7TorbermoryTobermory, United Kingdom
Tobermory is the capital of the Isle of Mull in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. There are some beautiful walks from Tobermory, including a light stroll to the Lighthouse at Rubha nan Gall or a more strenuous walk into Aros Park. You could alternatively take a boat trip or learn about clan history at Duart Castle.
Day8Fort WilliamFort William, United Kingdom
We enjoy a scenic sailing into the spectacular Loch Linnhe with mountains, islets, estuaries and lochs creating the ideal backdrop.
Dominated by the view of Ben Nevis, Fort William is our base for exploring this magnificent area. There are plenty of local points of interest worth a visit - whether it's the excellent West Highland Museum in the centre of the town, St Andrew's Church, St Mary's Catholic Church, or the Old Fort. Nearby attractions include the town is Glenfinnan - best known for the stunning railway viaduct which featured in a Harry Potter movie, the 60-mile-long Caledonian Canal, Glencoe - one of Scotland's most spectacular places, and further afield is the Urquhart Castle - one of Scotland's largest castles on the shores of Loch Ness.
Glen Nevis is also a short drive away where you can enjoy one of the best short walks in Scotland, through the dramatic and beautiful Nevis Gorge and the awesome Steall Falls. Or if you fancy a "wee dram" there's the Ben Nevis Distillery located at the foot of the mountain.
Day9Port Ellen, IslayPort Ellen, United Kingdom
This small and pretty town on the island of Islay, in Argyll, Scotland is named after the wife of its founder, Frederick Campbell of Islay.
Optional Excursion: Islay is probably best known for its malt whiskies, one of the most important sources of income for the island. With eight working distilleries on the island this excursion includes a visit to one where the process of whisky-making will be explained from start to finish.
Day10GreenockGreenock, United Kingdom
Disembark Golden Horizon, where you can make your way home from Glasgow or choose to continue your holiday with a stay in this iconic UK city.
The world's largest square-rigged sailing vessel, Golden Horizon. A near replica of the 1913-built ocean vessel, France II, she retains the charm, adventure and romance of an historic ship.
Discover iconic and remote locations of the world, on board a ship which perfectly marries rich sailing heritage and modern luxury, with a sustainable twist.
All 140 cabins are outside facing, so guests can enjoy the breath-taking views. Cabins evoke the luxury and facilities expected of a boutique cruise ship, whilst retaining the charm, adventure and romance of a truly historic sailing vessel.
Style & Character
Golden Horizon attracts like-minded adventure seekers for a sailing experience which allows guests to connect with the elements of the natural world.
The ambience on board is relaxed, casual, elegant and without unnecessary formality. We have created an environment which will encourage our guests to return to time and time again, and to share their stories and experiences.
With grace and beauty, the Golden Horizon is a sailing ship first and foremost, sailing to share adventures with our friends, our guests.
Facilities & Services
Guests can unwind in our on-board spa which boasts a Sauna, Hamman, Snow Room and Jacuzzi. The spa offers a range of treatments including massages, facials, wraps and scrubs. There is also beauty salon, which offers an assortment of treatments including manicures, pedicures and blow-dries and there is a well-stocked library and complimentary wifi.
There are three pools to choose from,a gym, plus a Marina from which you can enjoy a variety of watersports and diving.
Our destination speakers will provide guests with engaging insights, specifically related to the voyage and ports of call.The on-board cruise team offers a full programme of activities including wine tasting and cooking demonstrations.
All 140 cabins and suites enjoy a sea view, as well as twice daily housekeeping and luxury amenities. Cabin interiors offer contemporary luxury, with traditional features and furnishings - a tribute to the nautical heritage of a tall ship.
Owner's Suite: Double or twin beds, living
& dining area, balcony, en suite (shower & bath), sofa bed
& guest bathroom, walk-in wardrobe, complimentary mini bar and
Deluxe Balcony Room: Balcony, double or twin beds, sofa bed, en suite with shower over bath, complimentary mini bar.
Cabin: Double bed or twin beds, two portholes, deluxe bathroom with a shower, complimentary water.
Food & Drink
Breakfast, lunch and daytime offerings can be traditional or light and fresh and include dishes with a local flavour.
Our full-service dinner is served over two levels in our spectacular main dining room. A selection of wines and beers are complimentary in the main dining room.
There are five bars including two outside bars and a piano bar which is perfect for enjoying a drink with new friends. Elsewhere, our premium beverage bar, Debeljak's, is stocked with some of the world's finest spirits.
Our resident pianist and musical duo will entertain guests and, as we travel the world, local shows, dancers and singers will help to immerse our guests in the local culture.
Our philosophy is simple but unique - we will follow the sun, using the winds and the currents, to take us to magical beaches and port destinations.
Our aim is to be powered by nature whenever possible and we intend to sail, without using propulsion, for around 70% of each season.
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