Shetland Islands, United Kingdom

United Kingdom & Ireland

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 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.

Upcoming United Kingdom & Ireland Expeditions

  • Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland

    Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland

    May 9May 24, 2018

    Witness some of Europe's largest seabird colonies—puffins, gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, and more—on our return to the British Isles. Visit Giant’s Causeway, Neolithic monuments, and a variety of architectural wonders.

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Interesting Perspectives from Our Explorations in the United Kingdom

  • European Crested Tit
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    European Birds: 10 Endemic Species

    August 28, 2017 | Blog Post

    The birds of Europe include around 700 different species, many of which are similar to those found in northern Asia and North America. In fact, there are only 10 endemic species of European birds that you won’t see anywhere else in the world.

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    Great Barrier Reef

    2018: 26 Countries, 52 UNESCO World Heritage Sites [Infographic]

    May 4, 2017 | Infographics

    In 2018, Zegrahm will be visiting 52 amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in over 25 countries! The United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the UN that maintains a list of important natural or historical sites, whose preservation and safe-keeping are deemed important for the world community.

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    Island Sky
  • Plymouth, England
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    Wild & Ancient Britain 2015 Field Report

    July 23, 2015 | Blog Post

    Monday, May 18, 2015 - London, England / Plymouth / Dartmoor / Embark Sea Adventurer: Our adventure began in the surroundings of the Hilton Hotel at London’s Paddington Station where we had gathered yesterday to meet our fellow travelers and some of the expedition team.

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    The Ultimate Packing List for Ireland & the British Isles

    May 2, 2012 | Blog Post

    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
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    Beyond the Castles

    December 30, 2011 | Blog Post

    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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  • Great Saltee Island
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    On Location: Saltee Islands, Ireland

    August 18, 2011 | Blog Post

    Today we were spoiled for choice.

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    Puffin, Flannan Islands, Outer Hebrides
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    On Location: Flannan Islands

    July 11, 2011 | Blog Post

    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
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    Archaeological Treasures of the Orkney Islands

    July 3, 2010 | Blog Post

    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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More Options for Exploration

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