Orkney & Shetland Minicruise
- Duration: 7 days
- Board Basis: Half Board
- Tour Ref: D2TANG2856
- Travel Type: Coach
- 3 star hotel
- Excursions: 3
7 Day tour - Tour number AB7069
Our mini cruise to Orkney and Shetland offers a rare chance to visit two of the most northerly British Isles. Journey to the far north of Scotland via the spectacular Highlands. The highlight of the tour is undoubtedly the two days of guided excursions on Orkney and Shetland and two nights cruising with Northlink Ferries.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
ItineraryOld Man of Hoy - photo by simaron
Day 1 Early departure to travel to Scotland for the overnight stop in the Glasgow area.
Day 2 Continue north with a stop in Pitlochry, a charming town, it was a favourite haunt of Queen Victoria. Travelling through the mountainous highlands, past the towns of Aviemore and the highland capital of Inverness, before completing today’s journey to the far north town of Thurso. We spend two nights at the Royal Hotel.
Day 3 The driver has a day off today. Our local coach will take us first to the famous tourist spot of John O’Groats, 837 miles from Lands End.
We then make a visit to the Queen Mother’s Castle of Mey, situated on the north coast of Caithness. It stands on rising ground 400 yards from the seashore, overlooking the Pentland Firth and the Orkney Islands and is an impressive sight with its jutting turrets, typical of the 16th century architecture. The gardens are equally impressive.
Day 4 We have a few hours to explore Thurso before travelling the short distance to Scrabster for the 13.15 Northlink Ferry departure. During the 90 minute crossing a soup and sandwich lunch will be served, while viewing the spectacular granite outcrop of The Old Man of Hoy. Re-board the coach in Stromness and meet the local guide.
Orkney boasts some of the best preserved archaeological sites in Europe, including the Neolithic villages, burial tombs and impressive stone circles. The afternoon excursion begins with a visit to Skara Brae, an incredibly well-preserved stone village dating back 5,000 years and the nearby Skaill House. For more recent island history travel via Scapa Flow, a 50 square mile expanse of deep water, forming one of the largest, sheltered anchorages in the world. Relics of two world wars lie both within and around the Flow: seven German ships, the Churchill Barriers with their beached blockships and the inspiring Italian Chapel. Also visit the magnificent Ring of Brodgar, originally 60 stones in a vast circle between the Stenness and Harray Lochs, 27 of which remain standing. Dinner is taken in a local restaurant.
Proceed to Kirkwall to board the 23.00 overnight Northlink Ferries sailing to Shetland. Comfortable twin bedded (Not bunk beds) cabins are provided.
Day 5 Breakfast is served on board before rejoining the coach in Lerwick and meeting the local guide for the day’s touring on Shetland.
The island has 900 miles of coastline with dramatic cliffs and beautiful scenery. Visit the outstanding sights of Jarlshof in the south and also view some of Shetland’s famous ponies. A stop will be made at Scalloway Castle, built by Earl Patrick Stewart in 1600, and its new museum.
Rejoin the ferry and enjoy a carvery-style dinner prior to the overnight crossing to Aberdeen.
Day 6 Breakfast is served on board before disembarking in Aberdeen. Travel along the beautiful Royal Deeside, passing Balmoral and through the Pass of Glenshee to arrive back at our overnight stop in the Glasgow area for our last night.
Day 7 Breakfast, then commence the homeward journey.
Included in costIncluded in Cost
● Coach Travel (local coach day 3)
● 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast hotel accommodation
● 2 nights on board Northlink Ferries in twin cabins with meals as shown
● light lunch day 4
● restaurant dinner on Orkney
● local guides on Orkney and Shetland
● admission to Castle Mey and attractions on Orkney and Shetland
● porterage at Thurso
Special NoteSpecial Note
a) Photographic ID is required to board the Northlink Ferries
b)You should take an overnight bag for use on the ferries.
ImageKirkwell - courtesy of VisitOrkney
ImageCourtesy of www.pitlochry.org
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