A cruise to the British Isles offers passengers the chance to discover beautiful parts of the UK and Ireland that maybe you didn't even know existed and there is no better way to do this than in the comfort and style of a luxury cruise liner. Take a cruise from the British Isles and realize there is as much beauty close to home as the many other exotic far flung destinations.
Take a short cruise from Southampton to Cobh, the cruise port of Cork. This enchanting city sits on an island formed by channels of the River Lee and is filled with many picturesque quays and bridges, kiss the Blarney Stone, visit City Market or just simply relax and enjoy the charming countryside. There is no shortage of sights to explore or brews to sample in Dublin. Visit a castle, take a walking tour or enjoy a tasty pint of Guinness in a traditional Irish pub.
Cruise into Tresco, one of five inhabited islands in the Isles of Scilly and enjoy its amazing variety of scenery, wild rugged granite outcrops and heathland to the north and the sub-tropical sandy beaches and the Abbey Gardens to the south. Like the Scilly Isles, the Orkneys off Scotland's northeast coast have a temperate climate and have miles and miles of quiet sandy beaches, beautiful scenery and masses of different seabirds, Kirkwall, the main town is home to one of the few Cathedrals in the world with its own dungeon! Stornoway has a lovely natural harbour and is home to many varieties of wildlife such whales, dolphins, seals, puffins and otters.
Cruising the islands of the Hebrides off Scotland's west coast showcases landscapes of striking variety. The volcanic islands of St Kilda have some of the most remarkable landscapes and are home to the highest cliffs in the UK.
Edinburgh and Glasgow are two of the main ports of call when on a cruise to the British Isles cruise. The awe-inspiring Edinburgh Castle and the crown jewels it holds, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Old Town are all sights of Scotland's capital all visitors to the city should see. But both cities boast an architectural splendour that makes them both a pleasure simply to stroll around and explore.