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Experience the spectacular Royal Military Tattoo…

Set sail on a summertime cruise to the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Experience the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and visit a port that Saga Sapphire has never stopped at before, Peterhead. You'll also visit the Orkney Islands and the Isle of Man!

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Holyhead, Wales

Holyhead, Wales

Situated on the Island of Anglesey, Holyhead is a busy Welsh ferry port that provides day travelers easy access to Dublin. It’s long been known as both a fishing and golfing destination and is home to a number of historic and prehistoric sites such as the Barcloddiad Yr Gawres burial grounds and the church-in-the-sea, St Cybi’s, the remains located within the walls of an ancient fort. There’s also a maritime museum that educates visitors about the more than 100 shipwrecks that have occurred near Holyhead.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Liverpool, England

Liverpool, England

Music fans recognize Liverpool as the home of The Beatles while soccer fans laud the city for its premiere football league. Either way, you’ll be awed by this rugged but welcoming city, full of exciting events and places to go. From its stunning coastline to its green urban spaces to its wealth of dining and entertainment establishments, Liverpool provides the visitor with a little of everything. Explore the stately Georgian Quarter, vibrant Chinatown, and a waterfront that’s home to an impressive collection of national museums, including The Beatles Story interactive exhibit. It’s all just a short jaunt from the cruise terminal.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Douglas, Isle of Man

Arrive 0700. Depart 1800. Land by launch or tender.

Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland

The capital of Scotland’s Orkney Islands, Kirkwall was founded in 1035 and has long been the administrative center of the islands. A growing tourist industry has taken Kirkwall from a quiet town to a vibrant marketplace where both visitors and locals head for a good meal and a chance to shop. The oldest area of Kirkwall is one of the finest examples of an ancient Norse town. Guests will surely want to visit the sandstone St. Magnus Cathedral, founded in 1137 and considered one of the most magnificent ecclesiastic buildings in Scotland, and the Bishop’s Palace and Earl’s Palace, built at the same time as the cathedral. The Orkney Museum is an excellent choice for learning more about the islands and the Scapa Flow, where the Germans scuttled their entire fleet, is fascinating. It’s a haven for divers!

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Peterhead, Scotland

Peterhead, Scotland

Bucolic Peterhead, with its thriving port and rich maritime heritage, sits on the easternmost point of mainland Scotland. Founded by fishermen, it now boasts a more diverse economy though the sea is still at the center of life in this Aberdeenshire town. Take a walk along the harbor to the Craigewan Dunes and look for pods of dolphins, which are a common site along the coast. Just south of the town, snap a few photos of Slains Castle, said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. To learn more about Peterhead, consider a trip to the Buchanhaven Heritage Center and browse their exhibits, which span several centuries.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Dundee, Scotland

Dundee, Scotland

A new port of call for Saga Sapphire, Dundee is the first city in the UK to have been recognised as a UNESCO City of Design for its creative industries. Its V&A Museum of Design Dundee, due to open in 2017, is an architectural masterpiece that is sure to be the focal point of the city's waterfront. Dundee is also where several of the world's most recognisable comic strips originated, including Dennis the Menace, Desperate<nbs/>Dan and the Bash Street Kids - some of the characters have been brought to life in City Square and aptly named Bash Street. 

Arrive 0430. Depart 1630.

Leith, Scotland

Leith (for Edinburgh), Scotland

The Firth of Forth is home to Leith, an old port town not far from Edinburgh. The town was long a leader in many industries including glass, whiskey, soap, and – of course – shipbuilding and whaling. A number of notable events in Scottish history occurred in Leith and, as such, there are plenty of historic sites for visitors to explore. Check out both the North Leith and South Leith Parish Church and the St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Roman Catholic church, as well as the Royal Yacht Brittania, once the Queen’s floating royal residence and now one of Leith’s most popular attractions. There are a handful of Michelin-starred restaurants in town, too, and Leith’s eateries are a favorite among seafood lovers.

Arrive 0430 on August 9. Depart 1315 on August 10.

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