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Wild Scotland

Explore Scotland’s wild islands, home to some of the world’s largest seabird colonies, including adorable puffins and noisy Arctic terns. The Scottish isles are a bird watchers’ paradise with species such as fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots, gannets and shags, too. Your ship will get you as close to the highlights as possible, but you can also take to the water in Zodiacs and kayaks to really get the most out of your wildlife experiences - seals will frolic near to you, and whales and dolphins will swim around you. Back on land, discover ancient sites, huge monoliths and remote, picturesque villages in the Hebrides, Shetlands and little-visited, tiny isles surrounding the mainland. This is a diverse exploration of rugged and remote Scottish islands from a unique vantage point.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore by Zodiac, and have whales and dolphins swim alongside you
  • Photograph some of the world's largest sea bird colonies; including cute little puffins
  • Discover picturesque villages and medieval hamlets on some of Scotland's least-visited tiny islands
  • Sail with otters and seals
  • Uncover the rugged and wild side of Scotland

Itinerary

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  • 1
    Set sail from Oban

  • 2
    Isle of Skye, Barra, Rum and Iona

  • 3
    Isle of Skye, Barra, Rum and Iona

  • 4
    Saint Kilda

  • 5
    Saint Kilda

  • 6
    Saint Kilda

  • 7
    Shetland Islands

  • 8
    Shetland Islands

  • 9
    Orkney Islands

  • 10
    Orkney Islands

  • 11
    Aberdeen

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We have the following different versions of the Wild Scotland - M/V Polar Pioneer tour available at present.

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Wild Scotland - M/V Polar Pioneer
PPWS 14
Why Book this tour
Here are the average costs of drinks, in USD, on board the Polar Pioneer - bear in mind, they may change:
Bottle of wine - from $12
Bottle of beer - from $3
Spirits (gin, whisky, vodka, port, rum) - from $5
Cocktails - from $5.50
Soft drinks (fizzy, fruit juice and water) - from $2.50
There is no internet access on board our ships, however you can pay to send and receive emails (no attachments). On the Polar Pioneer, the prices start from approximately 20 US cents per one kilobyte. Wi-fi access is available for laptops, with an email account set up for US$5, with the same download/sending fees.
A satellite telephone is available for use, and prices start from US$10 for 5 min.

Please Note: Due to the remote location of your voyage, making contact with the ship via telephone can be difficult and expensive.

It is better to carry US dollars for tipping and payment of bar bills on board the ship. You can also pay with all major credit cards including Visa, Mastercard and American Express.
Included meals 10 9 10
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Transport
Zodiac, Polar Pioneer
Accommodation
Tour Staff
Expedition Crew, Naturalist(s)
Ship Description
Polar Pioneer is a Finnish ex-research vessel, refurbished to provide an adventurous journey in the polar regions; its ice class means it has excellent manoeuvrability. The vessel accommodates only 54 passengers, meaning more time with the experts and a friendly on-board experience. Informed crew and experts will ensure you learn about how a polar expedition runs, your unique surroundings and the wildlife; Zodiacs will take you to shore for close encounters.