We try to use the most accessible and easiest ports for our expeditions. In Scotland, we cruise out of Troon on the west coast of Scotland, and we arrive into Aberdeen, on Scotland’s east coast. Find out about these two ports and how to get to them below.
A mere 45 minutes’ drive from Glasgow, Troon is a busy west coast seaside resort. A natural harbour, Troon was once home to the thriving Alisa Ship Building Company, constructing ships which sailed worldwide. Its modern-day persona is a little less industrial, with a yachting marina and fishing boats gracing its port and a string of restaurants and Bed and Breakfast properties lining its stretch of sandy beach which faces the Isle of Arran and Ailsa Craig.
Stunning Victorian architecture of locally-quarried stone has earned Aberdeen the title ‘Granite City’, but it’s the nearby North Sea oil fields that have made it the busiest port in Scotland. Having both a domestic and international airport, along with frequent and quick train services to the rest of the UK, Aberdeen is very easy to access. The third most populated city in Scotland, Aberdeen is a lively, prosperous city, and along with its friendly locals and pleasant weather, it is the perfect port to disembark in.
Getting to our Scottish port(s)
Getting to Troon
Lying on Scotland’s west coast, Troon is an easy 40 minute drive from Glasgow and around one and a half hours from Edinburgh. Should you prefer rail, the rail journey from Glasgow Central Station is the same duration, with connections from Glasgow airport and Edinburgh available.
To get to Scotland, it is easiest to fly either directly into Glasgow, with both Emirates and Qatar offering one-stop flights from Australia or most major airlines flying into London, or Manchester with connections available to Scotland.