The British Isles provide their guests with a fantastic combination of history, wildlife and an abundance of cultural experiences. Consisting of the main islands of Great Britain and Ireland, and over 5000 smaller islands that make up the Bristish Isles, most notably – the Hebrides, the Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands, Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Man. Explore areas that have been continuously inhabited for over 5,000 years with ancient Celtic, Viking and prehistoric influences. UNESCO World Heritage Sites are abound along with age-old villages shrouded in fascinating history. Structures of a bygone era offer a window into the past and open the eyes of those that are able to witness the majesty of these seldom-visited sites. Unique flora and fauna are guaranteed to reward those who venture to these remote lands on an expedition or luxury cruise.
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Bird enthusiasts are absolutely spoilt when it comes to the British Isles, that are teeming with unique species in absolute abundance. Boasting some of Europe’s best bird destinations, cruises are timed to coincide with the spring migration and peak breeding seasons. You can expect to see puffins in overwhelming amounts, many gannetry’s, auks, kittiwakes, European storm petrels, shags, different species of shearwaters and many, many more.
England, Wales, Scotland Northern Ireland and Ireland all have an ancient history with many beautiful and well-preserved castles, stately homes, abbeys and brochs many of which were built near the coast. Sites dating back to the Bronze Age, Iron Age, Vikings and medieval periods are found throughout these countries.
The amalgamation of the varied natural conditions and the small area that the British Isles cover, contributes to the abundance of stunning flora that flourishes in the area. Be treated to spectacular wildflower displays on Fair Isle, which have, over time, adapted to the harsh environment in which they live in and visit the Tresco Abbey Garden, whose collection of 20,000 international exotic plants are greatly impress those who are treated to a visit. If you are a fan of botany or simply appreciate natural beauty, the British Isles will succeed your expectations.
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With over 6000 islands including Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Hebrides there is an incredible amount of diversity throughout the British Isles. Each coast and island offer wild and rugged landscapes just begging to be explored. Fascinating geological formations create ideal habitats for birds and landscapes are dotted with historical remains providing fascinating evidence of the human inhabitants, both current and former of the islands.