We try to use the most accessible and easiest ports for our expeditions. In Scotland, we cruise out of Oban 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.


Renowned for its seafood (and one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries), Oban is a busy west coast seaport just across from the Isle of Mull. Nearby ruined and renovated castles mark clan territory of the MacDougall’s and the Campbell’s. A bustling town at the mouth of a loch, it serves as the perfect departure port to explore the Inner Hebrides, less than an hour away on board the Polar Pioneer, allowing us to maximise our time exploring.


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 Oban

Lying on Scotland’s west coast, Oban is a joy to travel to. Just three hours by car, coach or train from Edinburgh or Glasgow, and less than 2 hours away from Stirling, the scenic and picturesque journey is a memorable part of a visit to bustling Oban. With a multitude of things to do, and places to stay (ranging from simple B&B’s to hotels), Oban is very easy to get to and to find a place to stay!

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 flies into London with connections available to Scotland.

Contact our Reservations Consultants for more information about connections and where to stay.