From magical landscapes and iconic coastlines to sites brimming with history, the endlessly intriguing British Isles always offers something new to uncover.

Discover the rugged West Coast of Ireland and the wild isles of Scotland on small ship expeditions designed especially for birders, photographers and adventurers. You’ll have access to exclusive presentations from our Expert Hosts – birders and naturalists who will share their love of travel and the natural environment.

For a limited time, save up to 25%* on select British Isles expeditions in 2022.

Perched on the edge of the Atlantic, journey through hundreds of islands, enchanting peninsulas and fjords, soaring cliffs, crumbling castles and discover unique flora and fauna.

Zodiac-cruise past sea-sculpted coastlines watching for dolphins, seals, and photograph seabirds in one of Europe’s largest seabird colonies. 

Alongside the up to 25%* off sale, we are also offering solo travellers who have been thinking about taking the plunge into an extraordinary travel adventure in 2022, the no single supplements on select Expeditions*.

*Terms & conditions apply

Bird Gallery

If you’re a birding enthusiast, the British Isles also holds a special surprise in the range of birdlife that call this region home, here are a handful of the birds to look out for:

Puffins (fratercula arctica)
Black Guillemots (cepphus grylle)
Northern fulmar (fulmarus glacialis)
Great Skuas (catharacta skua)
Northern Gannets (morus bassanus)
Puffins (fratercula arctica)
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With Special Guests...

We are partnering with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, so each voyage will have a birding specialist to lead presentations and discussions.

David Ascanio

David Ascanio

David Ascanio, a Venezuelan birder and naturalist, has spent 35 years guiding birding tours throughout his native country. David combines superb birding skills with an astonishing command of bird vocalizations. David is an excellent communicator, has a great sense of humor, and is tireless in helping others find birds and wildlife. These traits have made him one of the most popular naturalists/guides in the Neotropics.

Brian Gibbons

A field leader in bird branding, Brian Gibbon’s most amazing recoveries were a female Wilson’s Warbler that had been banded in Alaska and was captured by Brian in Colorado, and a Sooty Tern that perished after a hurricane on the Texas coast; it had plied the Gulf of Mexico and the oceans of the world for 24 years. Brian’s recreational bird-seeking has taken him to Machu Picchu in Peru, the Great Wall in China, the plains of East Africa, and the Himalayas in Nepal. Brian leads birding trips in the United States, Central America, the Caribbean, South Africa, and Europe. 

Brian Gibbons
Andrew Whittaker

Andrew Whittaker

A VENT tour guide since 1993, Andrew Whittaker is a true all-around naturalist and loves sharing his intimate bird knowledge and fascination for all aspects of the natural world in a fun and enthusiastic way. Andy is well recognized for his passionate and intimate knowledge of bird vocalizations and taxonomy, which has enabled him to discover several new species and rediscover others thought to be extinct. He is an excellent communicator and tour organizer and loves nothing better than finding and sharing a rare skulker, or telling one of his many fascinating and fun bird and travel stories.

“Encounters with wildlife are as good as anything I’ve experienced in the Arctic—puffins nesting metres away, flocks of guillemots bobbing on the water, basking sharks, grey seals popping up beside the zodiacs, and at Sula Sgeir, the unforgettable sight (and sound) of tens of thousands of gannets filling the air..”

Robyn Mundy

Senior Polar Guide, Author, Lecturer

Read more on the wonders of wild outdoor Scotland according to Robyn Mundy here.

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*Terms & Conditions apply. Valid on select ship voyages only. Offer is valid on new bookings only aboard the Greg Mortimer or Sylvia Earle which must be booked and deposited by 31 May 2022. Promotion is subject to availability at the time of booking and capacity controlled. The promotion is only available in conjunction with the back to back voyage discount or the loyalty program offer, and not available with any other offer. The promotion can be withdrawn at any time and is not redeemable for cash. Normal booking terms and conditions apply. To confirm your booking, a completed booking form and non-refundable deposit of $2,500 pp in the booking currency is required within 7 days of reserved berth/s. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Please see full terms and conditions.

^Terms & Conditions apply. Additional 5% discount valid on both voyages but two voyages must connect back to back in terms of dates to be eligible. Offer is valid on new bookings only aboard the Greg Mortimer or Sylvia Earle. Promotions are subject to availability at the time of booking and capacity controlled. The promotion is only available in conjunction with early bird voyage discount or the loyalty program offer, and not available with any other offer. The offer can be withdrawn at any time and are not redeemable for cash. Normal booking terms and conditions apply. Please see full terms and conditions.