A Bit of Hiking While Cruising

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Hiking While Cruising?

Many holiday-goers dismiss the idea of a cruise because of cost, distance or even crowds, but British Isles cruises offer another way to ride the seas. Leaving from convenient locations and with no flights involved, many international cruise lines now sail around the Channel Islands, Northern Ireland and England.

One of the most beautiful routes takes in the highlands and islands of Scotland, an area perfectly suited not only to water-based exploration but also a bit of walking or easy hiking.

There are a number of options for cruises around Scotland, some focusing on the mainland, with cities like Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen as major starting-points, as well as cultural attractions in their own right.

However, if you’re looking to get out and about in the hills and glens, plenty of boats take the Caledonian Canal from Inverness and do a west-to-east sweep of the highland and coastal regions.

Travellers get to search for monsters at Loch Ness and watch the grand peak of Ben Nevis glide into view at Fort William, famous Glenfinnan viaduct.

"tobermory to see on hiking while cruising in mull"

Photo by Low Cloud

The Isle of Mull usually provides the next port of call, with the colourful harbour at Tobermory a beautiful spot for a wander. Excursions may also include Duart Castle, before moving onto smaller islands like Eigg or heading straight to Portree on the Isle of Skye. There’s an opportunity for walking in the awe-inspiring Cuillin mountains here.

Other options include an anti-clockwise route from Inverness that includes the Orkney Islands, where the Viking settlement of Kirkwall and the ancient Ring of Brodgar provide some fascinating local history. Some visitors might prefer ships that leave from Glasgow and stop at the picturesque fishing town of Oban, along the West Coast, before going on to the Inner Hebrides.

"ring of brodgar to see on hiking while cruising"

Photo by Bruce McAdam

Whether you focus on a particular coastline or take a grand tour around the UK, cruising in the British Isles can be a refreshing way of seeing these islands from a completely new perspective where you can even squeeze in some hiking too.

With fewer expenses and smaller liners, cool-climate and ‘staycation’ cruises are becoming a popular alternative to tropical journeys and allow anyone to experience a voyage on the ocean waves.

 

 

 

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