Monday, September 7, 2009

See the wild side of Scotland with Aurora Expeditions

Aurora Expeditions is offering adventurers the opportunity to explore the magic and mystery of the Scottish Isles, with a new voyage onboard the Polar Pioneer departing in June 2010.

Following Scotland's wild north-west coastline, this expedition-style voyage takes in the mournful beauty of the Outer Hebrides and Orkney Islands; the fertile farmlands of the Shetlands, World Heritage-listed St Kilda; and the remote Atlantic Faroe Islands, before finishing in Bergen, Norway.

The voyage offers a chance to experience a side of Scotland rarely seen by visitors, navigating spectacular coastlines and threading through narrow channels to hidden lochs, visiting traditional farming communities and archaeological sites steeped in history.

Historic sites visited include Iona, considered the birthplace of Christianity in Britain and the 5000 year-old Neolithic village of Skara Brae.

There is also the opportunity to enjoy a quiet single malt from a distillery in the home of whisky; buy a sweater from the village of Fair Isle; and visit castles that were once strongholds of Scottish clans.

Daily shore excursions and explorations using inflatable Zodiacs provide access to the best wildlife encounters and photographic opportunities. A team of experienced naturalists and historians will guide passengers through the dramatic landscapes, unique culture and abundant wildlife that embody the essence of the Scottish nation.

Joining the voyage will be noted Scottish historian Carol Knott, who has lived and worked in the Outer Hebrides for the past twenty years. Her research as a field archaeologist has focused on the history and archaeology of remote communities and deserted offshore islands, and the lives of the people who have made their homes here from earliest times.

Limited to a small group of just 54 passengers, the 14-day voyage departs on 12 June 2010 from Oban. Prices start from A$7155 per person for a triple share cabin and include all meals, shore excursions and port charges.

For further information contact Aurora Expeditions on (02) 9252-1033 or 1800 637 688 (toll-free) or visit

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