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Exploring the British and Irish Isles

Experience a magical blend of deep history & vital present

Exploring the British & Irish Isles

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Itinerary Overview

Experience a magical blend of deep history & vital present

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A spiritual hub since the ancient Celts, the Iona Abbey is where Macbeth’s body lies in an unmarked grave.
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Visit Admiral Nelson’s splendidly preserved flagship H.M.S. Victory, now a museum and the oldest naval ship in the world still technically in commission.
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Zodiacs allow us to explore hidden corners and wild places in the British & Irish Isles.
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Explore the sub-tropical Tresco Abbey Gardens, home to thousands of exotic plants, in the company of expert naturalist.
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Feel the pulse of 2,000 years of history in Mousa Broch in Scotland, the finest, most complete iron-age broch in existence.
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Small, sturdy Shetland ponies were originally bred by Norse settlers and can still be found at Foula Island in Scotland.

Joining an expedition to the Isles is an unparalleled experience—a fresh, revealing perspective on what might be ancestral lands for many Americans, and familiar to quite a few. We find the hidden treasres and most charming places to explore, and we reveal the seldom-seen.  With the docent-quality guidance from our staff, you will see and learn more than you thought possible, all while traveling in comfort and style. The 148-guest National Geographic Explorer will enable you to:

  • Begin your journey along the historic Thames, passing under London's iconic Tower Bridge
  • Follow the maritime thread through the isles, exploring the wild and beautiful places where Celtic and Viking influences still thrive
  • Explore some of the charming villages along the British and Irish coasts—with opportunities to kayak, stroll on nature walks, or hike into the hills for scenic perspectives
  • View one of the world’s most complete pre-historic villages at Skara Brae in Orkney
  • Be surprised—by lush tropical gardens in the otherwise English-y Isles of Scilly; and by thrilling amount and thriving activity of bird life in the Isles
  • Visit ancient standing stones at off-the-beaten path locations Like Callanish, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, St Kilda.

It’s your expedition, you choose how to explore
How you spend your expedition time is vital to us. We want to bring you to and through the British & Irish Isles in the most engaging ways possible. Every day you can join naturalist or historian-guided hikes—choosing the individual whose interest and personality matches yours. Meet the lively characters who make up the contemporary scene in towns along the way. Or simply enjoy the open decks and glorious views from National Geographic Explorer.

Travel with some of the best and brightest
The encyclopedic knowledge of our historians adds insight, depth, and clarity to each geography. Our naturalists will describe the geology of these rich coastlines, sharing their knowledge daily. If improving your travel photos is a passion, than we recommend you spend time with the National Geographic photographer and the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor aboard ship and on walks ashore. Meet the team.


Outstanding. A "dream come true" trip.

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