Shetland Islands, United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Encompassing four delightful countries—England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland—the United Kingdom lends itself to a historic and picturesque adventure. Zegrahm Expeditions’ UK tours take guests from the British Isles, where we’ll find some of Europe’s largest seabird colonies, to Edinburgh, where we’ll tour the castle and take a jaunt along the Royal Mile. Our UK cruises allow us to slip in and out of small ports where larger ships cannot go...to the World Heritage Sites and ancient ruins of the Orkney Islands to the lovely subtropical gardens on the Isles of Sicily. Custom-crafted with differing levels of adventure seeking in mind, our UK tours visit the geologic wonder of Giant’s Causeway, the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Scotland, and into quaint villages and isolated communities of the British Isles.

Beyond the Destination

  • Ireland

    The Ultimate Packing List for Ireland & the British Isles

    May 2, 2012

    Stephen C. Quinn, of the American Museum of Natural History, will be joining our Ireland and the British Isles expedition this May. Being of Irish descent, Stephen is particularly excited about the journey and shared with us his must-have items on a trip that incorporates both incredible wildlife viewing and magnificent scenery.

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    Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland

    Beyond the Castles

    December 30, 2011

    Naturalist Mark Brazil has been leading trips for Zegrahm Expeditions for over 10 years. His explorations range from seeking out India’s rare Bengal tigers to photographing Japan’s white-naped cranes.

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    Puffin, Flannan Islands, Outer Hebrides

    On Location: Flannan Islands

    July 11, 2011

    The name alone should send shivers up and down your spine. As a photo appeared on the screen at Recap for our next adventure, there was a gasp in the crowd...okay, not really. But everyone’s eyes got wide and there were definitely some nervous giggles—and that was from the staff! The Flannan Islands, known for their lighthouse, is a place shrouded in mystery—literally.

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  • Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

    Archaeological Treasures of the Orkney Islands

    July 3, 2010

    An excellent way to start the day! Brunch, sunshine, and a full day tour of the stunning archaeology of the Orkney Islands. Of course, I confess to being somewhat biased in my enthusiasm—having spent some 30 years of my life digging in Orkney and discovering its Viking past—but enthusiasm is infectious!

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    Puffin, Flannan Islands, Outer Hebrides

    On Location: St. Kilda, the Wildest of Britain's Isles

    June 30, 2010

    At 5 a.m., under leaden skies and a lazy, rolling sea, our vessel, the Island Sky, made its way into Village Bay at Hirta, the largest of the seven islets that make up the archipelago of St. Kilda—Britain’s most remote group of islands.

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    Abbey Gardens, Tresco, Isles of Scilly

    Isles of Scilly and the Tresco Abbey Gardens

    June 22, 2010

    The first landing of our Wild and Ancient Britain adventure began with a short Zodiac ride to the island of Tresco; one of the islands that make up the Isles of Scilly.

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More Options for Exploration

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