Join us for our
Orkney Special Cruise
Setting off from Inverness, we’ll cruise the North East of Scotland before heading across to explore the Orkneys.
A 7 night cruise crusing the North East waters of Scotland before heading to explore the Orkney Islands. En route we will visit a variety of ports & harbours, scenic landmarks and iconic attractions. See the Cruise Options tab for more details.
Food & Drink
We include breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of your cruise. Our cook will use the finest locally sourced produce, fresh from suppliers to deliver mouthwatering dishes.
Dinner will be the main meal of the day and will be served between 6pm and 7pm in sheltered anchorage or in harbour. If we are still on the move we can dine if the water is calm or wait until we reach sheltered waters. The other meals of the day require more flexibility as the boat may be moving depending on our schedule for the day.
An honesty bar with wines, beers and spirits will be available.
Scotland’s waters and coasts are a playground for a wide variety of wildlife from minke whales & porpoises to puffins and sea eagles. Binoculars and cameras are recommended.
At the start of each cruise the captain will meet with the all of the guests to discuss the planned route for your cruise which will take into account tides and weather. We will endeavour to visit some of Scotland’s finest distilleries, castles and attractions from suitable nearby mooring.
Walking & Mountaineering
There will be plenty of opportunity to explore Scotland’s hills and mountains so bring along your walking/hiking equipment.
The nature of our cruises is to provide a “theme” and to make the most of the options available to us based on weather, tides, access and things like local events & festivals.
Day 1: Join Nova Spero at Seaport Marina in Inverness and settle in for your first night on board.
Day 2: After breakfast we will exit the Caledonian Canal by midday. we will sail out under the Kessock Bridge past Chanonry Point on the seach for dolphins before sailing either south down the Moray Coast to Buckie or MacDuff for an overnight stay. The alternative option is to sail to Wick for a visit to the Old Pulteney distillery and overnight here instead.
Day 3: We will set sail in the afternoon for Kirkwall on Orkney where we will overnight, allowing you time to explore the town.
Day 4: Today you will have free time to explore perhaps the Highland Park Distillery or travel to the world famous Skara Brae. We will spend another night in Kirkwall.
Day 5: We will sail around to Stromness. You can stay on land and explore the Island some more if you would prefer and meet us at this evenings mooring in Stromness.
Day 6: Today you will have a chance to look around Stromness’s fantastic museum. Afterward we will sail back to Wick or perhaps Portmahomack.
Day 7: We make our way back to Inverness and lock in to the Canal for a final evening in Inverness.
Day 8: After breakfast disembark at your leisure.