This expedition cruise around the British Isles takes you off the beaten path

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Photo credit: Iona. Ashley Cooper - Getty Images

The world might be open for travel but there's never been a better time to fall back in love with Britain and going off the beaten path - and Country Living's expedition cruise around the British Isles this spring and summer is the way to do it.

On this ultimate staycation, you'll cruise the UK and Irish coastline on a magnificent 13-day round-trip from Dover to one of the most northerly regions of Scotland with our partner Hurtigruten, the experts in expedition cruising.

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You'll visit some of our most interesting islands, including the fascinating Rathlin Island, which is home to Northern Ireland’s largest seabird colony, and St Kilda, with its breathtaking cliffs.

In Stornoway, on Lewis and Harris, you’ll discover where Harris tweed is woven, and you’ll visit Islay, which is famous for its whisky distilleries. You’ll also explore the Viking and Celtic heritage of the Isle of Man in Douglas, before visiting Waterford, the oldest city in Ireland and home of the famous crystal.

Photo credit: Hurtigruten
Photo credit: Hurtigruten

Also on this incredible trip are the unspoilt Isles of Scilly, the breathtaking archipelago off the Cornish coast. Your final stop will be the delightful waterfront town of Dartmouth, home of the Britannia Royal Naval College.

Your base for this wonderful trip will be the biodiesel-powered MS Maud, where you can enjoy the spectacular views from the outdoor observation deck or relax with a drink in the Explorer lounge and bar.

Why you'll love Country Living's British Isles cruise

Discover UK heritage

On this scenic voyage with exploration travel specialist Hurtigruten, you’ll discover the coastline from south to north, taking in beautiful hills, valleys, river estuaries and fishing villages.

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Photo credit: Ashley Cooper - Getty Images

Wander the charming streets of Fishguard and Dartmouth, and visit Tresco Abbey Garden, home to 20,000 exotic plants, in the Isles of Scilly.

No-fly cruise on MS Maud

On this round-trip from Dover, you’ll enjoy a full-board stay on the newly refurbished MS Maud, where you can eat in restaurants Aune, the main dining room.

Photo credit: Hurtigruten
Photo credit: Hurtigruten

Fredheim, which offers a mix of casual fast food and plant-based options. Suite guests can also enjoy the fine-dining experience of Lindstrøm.

Visit ancient Scotland

On the Isle of Islay, once the seat of the MacDonald clan, you’ll discover Celtic ruins, as well as the distilleries of its famous whiskies. UNESCO World Heritage site St Kilda is one of the jewels in Scotland’s crown and its stacks and islands are the perfect home for nesting seabirds.

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See the Isle of Man

With its stunning coastline, rolling hills, moorland, waterfalls and beaches, the Isle of Man is a great place for exploring.

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Photo credit: by Andrea Pucci - Getty Images

How to book Country Living's British Isles cruise

Visit our holiday website to find out more about our 13-day round-trip cruise, which departs in April, May, August and September, and how you can book. This amazing holiday includes full-board accommodation and an experienced Expedition Team for you to make the most of the incredible destinations you'll visit.

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