A British Isles Cruise With Castles, Mystical Newgrange & Game of Thrones Locations
Featuring towering castles, breathtaking cliffs and cities dating back 1,000 or more years, a British Isles cruise is a history-laden journey through time. Along the way, you’ll find relics from bygone eras- and attractions that appeal to the interests of today’s world. Dublin, for example, is steeped in a rich variety of cultures- an exploration of the city, from its streets and buildings to cultural objects will uncover remnants of Victorian, medieval and even Viking eras! While there, you can also visit Newgrange, a magnificent UNESCO World heritage site which dates back to 3,200 BC. From there, you can continue on to Belfast, visit the Peace Wall, tour the Cathedral Quarter, and take a tour of Game of Thrones locations!
These unique experiences are all available through an unforgettable British Isles Cruise. The availability of these cruises is limited, however, and they are generally only available May through August, so now is the time to book for 2017!
Here are some examples of British Isles cruises from CruiseCompete; for more cruising options, please visit CruiseCompete.com.
Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Jade
11 Day British Isles from London (Southampton)
Starting in London with stops in Guernsey, Portland, Cobh, Dublin, Belfast, Kirkwall, Invergordon, Newhaven
2017 Sails: May 22
Oceania Cruises, Oceania Marina
12 Nights - British Isles Legends - London (Southampton) UK to London (Southampton) UK
Starting in Southampton with stops in Cruising the North Sea, Newcastle, Newhaven, Invergordon, Greenock, Liverpool, Dublin, Holyhead, Cobh, Portland
2017 Sails: Aug 1
Seabourn, Seabourn Quest
28-Day Norway’s Fjords & British Isles
Starting in Copenhagen with stops in Aalborg, Scenic cruising Limfjord, Flam, Scenic cruising Sognefjord, Alesund, Molde, Scenic cruising Romsdalsfjord, Geiranger, Cruising Geirangerfjord, Olden, Scenic Cruising Nordfjord, Bergen, Eidfjord, Scenic cruising Hardangerfjord, Stavanger, Dover, Leith, Invergordon, Copinsay Island, Kirkwall, Summer Isles, Ullapool, Oban, Londonderry, Holy Loch, Douglas, Dublin, Holyhead, Dunmore East, St Marys
2017 Sails: Jul 22
Here is a sampling of the many wonderful shore excursions to be had on a British Isles Cruise:
Game of Thrones Location Tour
Fans of the HBO phenomenal hit Game of Thrones, this Belfast tour is ready to blow you away. Many pivotal scenes from the franchise were shot throughout Northern Ireland; this full day excursion takes you to the land of fire and ice. Your route takes you to beautiful locations such as Carncastle and the Cushenem Caves. You'll view the rocky promontories of Carrick-a-Rede and gaze out towards Ballintoy Harbour's Rathlin Island. A prominent highlight of your tour is experiencing the Giant's Causeway, a breathtaking natural wonder. Afterward, dare to enter the Dark Hedges, instilling you with a foreboding sense of wonder.
From the Northern Irish capitol of Belfast, proceed north along the highly-rated Causeway Coastal Route. Your guide will regale you with information about the Game of Thrones HBO series, adapted from author George R. R. Martin's novels, A Song of Ice and Fire. Enjoy an introduction to Carncastle, near the village of Ballygally. This location kicked off the celebrated series, known for the character Ned Stark beheading a deserter from the Night's Watch. Before Game of Thrones, the village was primarily known for its Presbyterian church and Bronze Age fort and settlement, Knock Dhu.
To read more about this excursion, visit https://www.cruisecompete.com/shore_excursions_by_port.php and select “Belfast”.
Hill of Tara & Mystical Newgrange
Sit back and relax as you escape deep into the countryside. Go back in time to the seat of the High Kings of Ireland at the Hill of Tara, before experiencing one of the most beautiful scenic views of The Dublin Bay
Your journey begins with a visit to the Hill of Tara, the seat of the Irish High Kings. See the ancient monuments and learn the rich history of this mystical area.
Your tour continues at Newgrange, a magnificent UNESCO World heritage site which dates to 3,200 BC. This amazing site is of the oldest and largest Neolithic burial chambers in Europe, predating the Egyptian pyramids! As part of your experience you will be taken on a guided tour inside the tomb of Newgrange.
Your last stop of the day is in a small picturesque fishing village of Howth. Drive through Howth Summit, where you can end the day with spectacular views looking out over Dublin Bay. Let the fresh sea breeze invigorate you before heading back on a scenic coastal route back to the city.
To read more about this excursion, visit https://www.cruisecompete.com/shore_excursions_by_port.php and select “Dublin”.
Private Glenkinchie Distillery with lunch and the Royal Mile
Price: Starting at $165.00/person (Varies by group size)
After meeting your driver and escort at the pier, you will depart Edinburgh for the Glenkinchie Distillery. Situated in rolling farmland just 15 miles south-east of Edinburgh is Glenkinchie Distillery. The home of The Edinburgh Malt® was founded in 1833. Here you will learn about the process of making Scotland’s finest export. We in Scotland often call it the water of life. It’s a thing of legend and myth whose own history is itself intertwined with the story of our great country. Sometimes brutal and strong, it can also be kind and sweet, rebellion and comfort in the same glass. Each bottle holds its own secrets until it is let free to breathe the air and mix as it wishes. At the distillery, a guide will take you on a tour where you will see whiskey brought to life from its very earliest of stages to the moment it is poured and takes shape in the glass. Will you be ready for its heady aroma, its gentle embrace? Come on the tour and find out.
After the distillery then it’s a short trip through the lovely East Lothian countryside for a traditional pub lunch at the Goblin Ha, whose strange name is taken from an underground chamber in the nearby ruin of Yester castle that was supposedly built by an army of Hobgoblins summoned up by the then owner using a magic spell.
Earning its name by having a castle at one end and a palace at the other, the Royal Mile connects these two via a single street. Here you will find an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, pubs and attractions. You will have approximately 2 hours of free time on your own to explore this area.
After picking you up, we will take a leisurely drive back to the ship. This will give the driver and chaperone the opportunity to show you some of Edinburgh’s highlights from the comfort of your vehicle.
To read more about this excursion, visit https://www.cruisecompete.com/shore_excursions_by_port.php and select “Edinburgh”.
And if you have the interest, the British Isles are home to some of the world’s most sacred places, which can also be visited on via a cruise ship:
To see a list of worldwide sacred places that are accessible via cruise ship, click here.