6 days

From £1,245

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The islands of Orkney and Shetland are littered with archaeological remains.  People first came here over 5000 years ago and many of their remains survive.  New archaeological sites are discovered every year.  Some, such as Skara Brae, were buried under sand, only to be exposed by a winter storm thousands of years later; Skara Brae presents a fascinating glimpse of stone age life from the beds with their little shelves and cubby holes, to the remains of jewellery and medicine. Research is ongoing here and elsewhere excavation by archaeologists continues to uncover new information.  The islands are therefore of enormous interest to anyone who enjoys first-hand contact with ancient settlements and buildings, and the people who once lived here. 

During our time on Shetland we will visit the uninhabited island of Mousa with its 2000 year old full size broch; the prehistoric and Norse settlement of Jarlshof; St Ninian’s Isle with its 6th century church and the ruined castle of Scalloway.  We then travel to Orkney where we visit the Italian Chapel; the Tomb of the Eagles, which offers a unique ‘hands-on’ experience - an opportunity to handle 5000 year old artefacts excavated from an extensive cliff-top site; Maeshowe, the finest chambered tomb in Western Europe and Skara Brae & Skaill House.  En route to Aberdeen, we will also stop for a photo opportunity at the dramatic ruins of Dunnottar Castle.

We will stay on both Orkney and Shetland, allowing more time to appreciate the special charm of these islands. We sail with Serco Northlink Ferries on their modern, purpose-built vessels, the Hrossey and the Hjaltland, from Aberdeen overnight to Lerwick. We then have two full days to tour Shetland, staying overnight at the historic Busta House Hotel in Brae. After rejoining the ship for an evening sailing to Kirkwall, we have a further two full days touring Orkney, before our short crossing back to the mainland.

Tour highlights:

  • Mousa Broch – the best preserved Iron Age tower in existence
  • The multi-period settlement of Jarlshof
  • Neolithic Orkney – a UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  • Handling 5000 year old artefacts at the Tomb of the Eagles
  • The Churchill Barriers and Italian Chapel, poignant reminders of more recent history

Today's Price

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of £50, was £100.

Single supplement: £375

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Self-drive options
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Broch of Mousa

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
Outside the Millennium Hotel
10.45 21.15
Outside Marriott Hotel Glasgow Road
12.00 20.00
Halbeath Park & Ride, Jct 3, M90
12.30 19.30
Moto Services on M90
13.30 18.30
Broxden Park & Ride, A93
14.00 18.00
Outside Discovery Point (no return to Dundee)
14.30 (does not return to Dundee)
Northlink Ferry Terminal (no return to Aberdeen)
17.00 (does not return to Aberdeen)
To be advised
N/A 15.30

Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Services of an archaeological expert as tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
  • Ferry crossings
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single Supp. Availability
26 April 2021 BOSA210426 26 April 2021 (Monday) 1 May 2021 (Saturday) £1,295
(ex. flights)
£375 Call for availability
12 July 2021 BOSA210712 12 July 2021 (Monday) 17 July 2021 (Saturday) £1,445
(ex. flights)
£375 Call for availability
23 August 2021 BOSA210823 23 August 2021 (Monday) 28 August 2021 (Saturday) Peter Yeoman £1,395
(ex. flights)
£375 Book Now
31 May 2021 BOSA210531 31 May 2021 (Monday) 5 June 2021 (Saturday) £1,245
(ex. flights)
£375 Book Now
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