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With a deep ocean-going heritage, a British Isles cruise is the best way to discover the hidden coastal gems of not only England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales but also the Isle of Man, Scilly, and the Channel Islands. Boasting a vast variety of local departure ports in iconic maritime cities, also doubling up as wonderful day excursions, a no-fly cruise around Britain is as enriching as it is convenient. Meanwhile, outside the bucket-list destinations of London, Edinburgh and Dublin, you’ll also get to take in the gorgeous natural beauty of the Hebrides, White Cliffs of Dover and quaint fishing towns.

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An exciting cruise holiday doesn't have to take you far afield, with a British Isles cruise offering everything from fascinating itineraries and beautiful landscapes to interesting and immersive shore experiences. If you choose to cruise round Britain, you'll be treated to some of the countries’ hidden-gem destinations, including the remote islands of Scotland.

Best time for a British Isles cruise

While the British Isles are a fantastic cruise destination all year round, a cruise around the British Isles is best in the spring and summer when the weather is warmer and the countryside is out in full bloom.

Special events

If you head on a cruise at a certain time of the year, you may even get to enjoy some of these special events:

  • St Patrick's Day in Ireland in March
  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August
  • New years Eve Fireworks in London

What to do on a British Isles cruise

With so much natural beauty and historical sites, there's plenty to see and do during your British Isles cruise. From hiking in the rugged Scottish highlands and whale and dolphin spotting off the coast to visiting the Guinness Storehouse in Ireland, there's something on your itinerary to suit all interests.

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Edinburgh

Packed with winding streets and historical sites round every corner, Edinburgh is perfect for history buffs and culture enthusiasts alike. Whether you're visiting the castle, hiking up to Arthur's Seat or dining in one of the many fantastic restaurants, nowhere gives you a better taste of Scotland than this vibrant city.

Dublin

Dublin may not be big, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in things to do. From exploring the ruins of Glendalough to learning more about the city's history at the museums, there's plenty to keep you busy during your time here. However, before you leave, it would be a shame not to leave some time to visit the iconic Guinness Storehouse.

London

One of Europe's largest cities, London is packed with history, culture and fun from morning to evening. Spend your days visiting famous monuments such as Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London, head inside to one of the many free museums or try food from around the world as you take a culinary tour of the city.

Belfast

While Belfast itself is a beautiful city, full of hip bars and restaurants, fascinating museums and independent shops, it's also the perfect base for a visit to the Giant's Causeway and admire the ocean views as you discover this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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