6 days

From $1,885

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Summary

Sail away to lands steeped in history, wildlife and stunning scenery, far from the jostling crowds to the haunting beauty of the Orkney and Shetland Isles. Many people have landed there before you - some as early as 3000 BC. Most famous of all were the Vikings, but they were not alone and all around you will find historical treasures. Both islands, but particularly Shetland, in summer have virtually no darkness and the beauty of this ‘Simmer Dim’, as it is called locally, has to be seen to be realised. Both Orkney and Shetland have their own identity, Orkney being very green and fertile while Shetland has a more rugged cliff and sea loch scenery. Both however share a colourful history of Picts, Norsemen, ancient antiquities, buried treasure and seafaring legends, bound up with an independent spirit that makes them quite different from the rest of Scotland.

We sail with Serco Northlink Ferries and their modern, purpose-built vessels, the Hrossey and the Hjaltland, from Aberdeen overnight to Lerwick. We then have two full days to tour Shetland. 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:

  • Spectacular sea cliffs at Eshaness
  • Multitudes of seabirds at Sumburgh Head (May-July)
  • The multi-period settlement of Jarlshof
  • Neolithic Orkney – a UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  • The Churchill Barriers and Italian Chapel, poignant reminders of more recent history

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • 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

 

Meet your Experts

Alastair Walker

Tour Manager

A native of Inverness with a rural background, Alastair’s knowledge of Scotland is wide ranging, from the Northern Isles and the Hebrides to Perthshire, Galloway and the Borders.

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Departure Points

Location Depart Return
Glasgow
Outside the Millennium Hotel
11.45 21.15
Edinburgh
Outside Marriott Hotel Glasgow Road
13.00 20.00
Dunfermline
Halbeath Park & Ride, Jct 3, M90
13.30 19.30
Kinross
Moto Services on M90
14.30 18.30
Perth
Broxden Park & Ride, A93
15.00 18.00
Dundee
Outside Discovery Point
15.30 (does not return to Dundee)
Aberdeen
Northlink Ferry Terminal
17.00 (does not return to Aberdeen)
Inverness 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 a professional tour manager
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Ferry crossings
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Offer Availability
August 2 2021 BOSH210802 August 2 2021 (Monday) August 7 2021 (Saturday) Alastair Walker $1,885
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$135 $510 Call for availability
August 7 2021 BOSH210807 August 7 2021 (Saturday) August 12 2021 (Thursday) Alastair Walker $1,750
(ex. flights)
$135 $535 Book Now
September 20 2021 BOSH210920 September 20 2021 (Monday) September 25 2021 (Saturday) Alastair Walker $1,750
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$135 $510 Call for availability
May 9 2022 BOSH220509 May 9 2022 (Monday) May 14 2022 (Saturday) $1,750
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$135 $535 $1,680
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June 13 2022 BOSH220613 June 13 2022 (Monday) June 18 2022 (Saturday) $1,750
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$135 $535 $1,680
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August 15 2022 BOSH220815 August 15 2022 (Monday) August 20 2022 (Saturday) $1,750
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$135 $535 $1,680
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September 19 2022 BOSH220919 September 19 2022 (Monday) September 24 2022 (Saturday) $1,745
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$135 $555 $1,675
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