Orkney and Shetland
Departing by Coach
Duration 4 Days
Available September 2019

This picturesque early autumn cruise to Orkney and Shetland combines coastal scenery with fascinating history.

Orkney boasts inspirational landscapes where verdant fields stretch down to pristine beaches and dramatic seas crash against towering cliffs. The island’s attractions include the circle of standing stones known as the Ring of Brodgar, the harbour of Stromness and Skara Brae – a Stone Age settlement that predates the Pyramids.

Romantic Shetland is equally beautiful with a craggy coastline peppered with arches and caves. Ancient Lerwick is the county town and the isle boasts Bronze Age, Viking and Medieval settlements as well as Jarlshof – one of the most remarkable archaeological sites ever excavated.

We explore these enchanting islands aboard a stylish Northlink Ferry, as well as from our hotel in Kirkwall.

Price Includes

  • Return coach travel from Inverurie, Aberdeen, Stonehaven, Dundee, Perth, Dunfermline or Edinburgh
  • 3 nights’ accommodation with dinner, bed and breakfast – 1 night on the Northlink Ferry to Lerwick & 2 nights’ in Kirkwall, Orkney Isles
  • Enjoy excursions to Scalloway Castle, Standing Stones of Stenness, Scapa Flow and St Magnus Cathedral
  • Spend free time in both capital towns, Lerwick and Kirkwall
  • Comfortable coach and ferry travel throughout
  • Services of a holiday host

No single rooms, twin rooms only. Subject to availability.

Orkney and Shetland Itinerary

Day one

Join the coach at your pickup point (or join direct at port), meet your host then relax as we make our way to Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to board our Northlink Ferry and set sail to Lerwick. Enjoy dinner on board then relax in the lounge bar or catch a movie at the cinema before retiring to your comfortable, en suite cabin.

Day Two

We arrive in Lerwick and tuck into breakfast on board before meeting up with our local guide. Today’s tour includes the Jarlshof archaeological site as well as Scalloway Castle, a tower house dating back to 1600 and built by the Earl of Orkney. Following some free time in Lerwick, we rejoin our ship for an early evening departure to Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Isles. Enjoy dinner on board before our late night arrival at Kirkwall and transfer to our hotel.

Day Three

After breakfast we meet up with our local guide and visit the World Heritage sites of Skara Brae, the Standing Stones of Stenness, Ring of Brodgar, plus Skaill House, Churchill Barriers, Italian Chapel and Scapa Flow. We then have some free time in Kirkwall before our tour of St Magnus Cathedral. We return to our hotel late afternoon to relax before dinner.

Day Four

After breakfast we rejoin our ferry at Stromness for our scenic sail past Britain’s highest vertical cliffs and the fabled Old Man of Hoy. After disembarking, we return to our joining points.

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