Rugged Beauty of Shetland & Orkney This special island tour explores the beauty of the Shetland and Orkney Isles. From the dramatic rugged coastlines and fascinating wildlife to the ancient history and unique blend of Scottish and Scandinavian culture, our wonderful guided tours will make this a truly unforgettable Scottish island experience! PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We arrive at our overnight hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Inverness After a hearty Scottish breakfast, we begin our drive through the stunning and scenic Cairngorm National Park, Britain’s largest mountain range. We pause in Inverness en route, where we spend lunchtime at leisure. From here, we make our way to our home for the next two nights, on the north coast. Day 3 Castle & Gardens of Mey & John o’ Groats Today we visit the former royal residence of the Queen Mother, the Castle & Gardens of Mey , where we get an insight into Her Majesty’s life in Caithness and spend time enjoying the peaceful gardens and grounds. After, we head to the most northerly point of the mainland, John o’ Groats, a famous start or finish point for cyclists and walkers making the great journey to or from Land’s End. We can explore the village and admire the beautiful scenery, surrounding coast and wildlife before returning to our hotel. Please note, some departures have an extra night in Caithness hotels. Please speak to the sales team if you would prefer an extended stay. Day 4 Orkney Isles After a leisurely breakfast we journey to Scrabster and board the lunchtime ferry to Orkney . On arrival, we meet our local guide who will be with us throughout our step-on tour of the island. No trip to Orkney would be complete without a visit to 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 then head to the mystical Ring of Brodgar to view the standing stones, reminiscent of those at Stonehenge and Avebury and constructed around 2500 - 2000 BC. After, we 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, then visit the Italian Chapel , ‘the miracle of camp 60’, which was built by Italian prisoners during WWII. We finish in Kirkwall, where we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant , before boarding our overnight ferry to the Shetland Islands. Day 5 Shetland Isles After breakfast on board, we arrive in Lerwick and meet our step-on guide for the day. We visit a local jewellery workshop and then see some Shetland Ponies before heading back to Lerwick to visit the Shetland Museum & Archives. After spending lunchtime at leisure, we head to the fertile limestone community of Fladdabister, and the world’s best preserved 2,000-year-old Iron Age Broch, on the Island of Mousa. Finally, we travel through 5,000 years of Shetland history at Jarlshof, one of Europe’s biggest and most complex archaeological sites, ranging from the Neolithic Age up to the 1600s. Later this afternoon, we board our overnight ferry where dinner is served on board. Day 6 Aberdeen & Departure On arrival in Aberdeen, breakfast is served before we disembark and continue our return journey home.
Ring of Brodgar
Salutation Hotel (or similar) Perth, Scotland
Norseman Hotel Wick, Caithness
The Norseman Hotel is located in the centre of Wick. With views of the picturesque Wick River and the hotel’s private gardens, the Norseman is perfectly suited for coach groups touring the Caithness area. The 48 comfortable bedrooms are tastefully decorated and stylishly furnished and are equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The public areas are well-suited to groups; the lounge area is filled with comfortable seating, the bar is traditional in style and the restaurant prides itself on sourcing local produce. There is no lift but there are ground floor rooms.
• Ground floor rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge
Nights 2 & 3
Please note, some departures will use an alternative, similar hotel on Nights 2 & 3. Please contact us for information.
5 Nights Half Board Twin from £733pp Single Supplement from £179 Based on Wednesday arrivals Selected Dates Only Inclusions 1 Night Half Board at Salutation Hotel • Porterage
• Entrance to Italian Chapel • Dinner in a local Orkney restaurant 1 Night B&B NorthLink Ferry overnight crossing Kirkwall - Lerwick • Full day step-on tour of Shetland Isles & visitor attraction entrances 1 Night Half Board NorthLink Ferry overnight crossing Lerwick - Aberdeen • 3 course dinner
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner 2 Nights Half Board at Norseman Hotel • Porterage • Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner • Entrance to Castle & Gardens of Mey • Ferry crossing Scrabster - Stromness • Full day step-on guide of Orkney • Entrance to Skara Brae
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