Britain and Ireland: Exploring Ashore

Pomp and pageantry, natural beauty, ancient history, castles and gardens – there is so much to discover on your cruise to Britain and Ireland! Take a look at the wonderful opportunities available for exploring ashore.

Whether you circle the British Isles on sailings from Southampton or call at several British ports on a European cruise, there’s an overwhelming mix of things to see and do while in port.  From Dublin to Edinburgh; Liverpool to Guernsey, your cruise can take you to places in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland for many exciting adventures ashore.

Apart from touring the highlights of the ports you visit, these are a few of the top sights available on excursions from your ship, either by group tour or private vehicle:

  • Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland – the UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Antrim Coast which features unique geological formations can be visited from Belfast.
  • Blarney Castle, Ireland – kiss the famous Blarney Stone on an excursion from Cork that also takes you to Ireland’s country lanes, the Lakes of Killarney and some prehistoric monuments.
  • Land’s End, Cornwall, England – this windswept point at the tip of England is mesmerizing with its endless sea views, a must see when calling at Falmouth.
  • Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland – perched high above the old town atop Castle Rock, this iconic, historic fortress dominates the city skyline.   
  • Loch Lomond & Loch Ness, Scotland – enjoy the scenery of the highlands at these beautiful lakes, accessible from Glasgow and Invergordon, respectively.
  • Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantisiliogogogoch, Wales – on excursions from Holyhead, pause for a photo at the place with the longest name in Europe! 
  • The Beatles’ Liverpool – The Cavern Club, Penney Lane and Strawberry Field are amongst the places you’ll visit on this special tour of Liverpool for fans of the Fab Four.
  • Highlights of Guernsey, Channel Islands – many circle Britain cruises call at this charming island, steeped in history. Visit the highlights on a bicycle tour or by horse-drawn carriage for a change of pace.

Special interests and events are also included amongst the wide array of shore excursions:

  • Culinary experiences are a part of many tours which feature meals or tastings along the way. Special culinary focused tours are a delight including a culinary walking tour of Dublin, the Edinburgh Food Safari and single malt whiskey tasting in Invergordon.
  • How about a round of golf on one of Scotland’s famed courses or taking a special theme cruise to witness the British Open?
  • There are opportunities to attend the magnificent Edinburgh Tattoo in August with a range of seating available and round-trip transfers to/from the ship.
  • Why not add on a pre or post cruise day at Wimbledon in late June or early July?

There’s so much to discover in Britain and Ireland and what better way to enjoy this wide variety of experiences than on a cruise?

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