Rugged Beauty of Shetland & Orkney Departing Friday 9th April2021
Lying off Scotland’s north coast, surrounded by crystal-clear waters, this fantastic tour explores the beauty of the Shetland and Orkney Isles. Discover a unique blend of Scandinavian and Scottish culture, exploring miles of rugged coastline, dramatic cliffs, stunning sandy beaches and fascinating wildlife. A truly unforgettable Scottish island experience!
Day 1 Arrival in Perthshire
We arrive in time for dinner at the Fishers Hotel, Pitlochry.
Day 2 Arrival in Dornoch
After a hearty Scottish breakfast, we begin our drive through the stunning and scenic Cairngorm National Park, Britain’s largest mountain range, en route to Inverness,
where we spend lunchtime at leisure. From here, we then make our way to our next hotel in Dornoch.
Day 3 Orkney Isles
We make our way to Thurso for our midday ferry crossing to the mystical Orkney Isles. On arrival this afternoon, we meet our local guide who will be with us throughout our step-on tour of the island. We visit the mystical ancient settlement of Skara Brae, uncovered by a storm in 1850. This ancient settlement is older than Stonehenge and the amazingly preserved rooms provide us with a unique insight into prehistoric human living. We continue to the mystical Ring of Brodgar to view the standing stones, reminiscent of those at Stonehenge and Avebury, constructed around 2500 – 2000 BC. From here, we visit Skaill House, one of Orkney’s top tourist attractions, and the finest mansion on the island, steeped in 5,000 years of history. We then travel past The Churchill Barriers, the construction of which was ordered by Winston Churchill after the tragic torpedoing of the battleship Royal Oak in Scapa Flow during 1939. Our tour ends at the Italian Chapel, ‘the miracle of camp 60’, which was built by Italian prisoners during WWII. We finish our time in Orkney at Kirkwall where we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. After dinner, we board our overnight ferry to the Shetland Islands.
Day 4 Shetland Isles
After breakfast on board, we arrive in Lerwick and meet our local step-on guide for the day. We make our way southwards to the tip of the headland to visit the
Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement. This fantastically preserved ruin was only revealed by a storm at the end of the 19th century. Over 4,000 years of history are contained within this site and it remains a fantastic insight into life on the islands. We return northwards towards the capital of Lerwick, where we enjoy free time for lunch. In the afternoon, we visit Scalloway Castle and Museum, which tells the fascinating story of Scalloway and the “Shetland Bus”. Later in the afternoon, we board our overnight ferry where dinner is served on board.
Day 5 Aberdeen & Drymen
On arrival in Aberdeen, breakfast is served before we disembark and continue our return journey along the scenic coastal route south to Dundee, where we spend lunchtime at leisure with perhaps a visit to the striking V&A Dundee (free entry). From here, we continue our drive to our last hotel, The Winnock, where we can relax before dinner.
Day 6 Departure
After breakfast, we continue our way home.