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British Isles

There truly is no better way to discover the British and Irish Isles than by sea, and our spectacular collection of itineraries, aboard small ship cruises provide the perfect way for you to do just that. Due to their size, our smaller ships can access destinations larger ocean liners could only dream of and at Arena Voyages, we like to make dreams come true! The British Isles have been continually inhabited for over five thousand years and Viking, Celtic and even Prehistoric influences can be found throughout the lands. So, no matter where you drop anchor, whether it be the Galway Bay in Ireland, from where you can explore Dunguaire Castle or Fishguard in Wales the location of the last invasion of mainland Britain in 1797 – there is a tale to be told at every destination. A guided walk through the scenic wonder that is the Giant’s Causeway, a kayak through the Scottish lochs, or a trip to Liverpool of Beatles fame, no matter what your interests, there’s a British Isles cruise for everyone. 

Things to know

  • In Liverpool you will find the Calder Stones. Situated in the Harthill Greenhouses at Calderstones Park, the six sandstone blocks were once a part of a Neolithic tomb - which means they are even older than Stonehenge! 
  • In Wales you will find a town with the longest name in the world -  Llanfairpwllgwyngyll-gogerychwyrndrobwlllllandysiliogogogoch – we bet that was hard to fit on a sign post! 
  • Loch Ness is not only famous for being the apparent home of a certain monster, but also well know for being the largest body of fresh water in the British Isles! 
  • Whilst you cannot compare British cuisine with the gourmet plates of France, you will find some delicious dishes in the country, some of the most famous include fish & chips, roast dinners and the classic full English breakfast
  • Dublin is home to the oldest pub in Ireland! It was built in 1198 and it still serving pints today
  • The British Isles or UK has the third longest coastline in Europe. At 7,723 miles long it comes after Norway and Denmark