6 days

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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.

NC500: Please note that this itinerary features part of the North Coast 500, the highly scenic coastal route which begins and ends in Inverness.

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

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
Bus Stop on North Hanover Street, opposite Queen St Station
11.45 21.15
Outside Marriott Hotel Glasgow Road
13.00 20.00
Halbeath Park & Ride, Jct 3, M90
13.30 19.30
Moto Services on M90
14.30 18.30
Broxden Park & Ride, A93
15.00 18.00
Outside Discovery Point
15.30 (does not return to Dundee)
Bus stop off the A90, near McDonalds
15.45 n/a
Market Square
16.30 n/a
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.

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Deposit: $140 Single supplement: $535

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  • 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 training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing


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Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Ferry crossings
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9 May 2022 BOSH220509 9 May 2022 (Monday) 14 May 2022 (Saturday) $1,955
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1 June 2022 BOSH220601 1 June 2022 (Wednesday) 6 June 2022 (Monday) $1,925
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13 June 2022 BOSH220613 13 June 2022 (Monday) 18 June 2022 (Saturday) $1,955
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15 August 2022 BOSH220815 15 August 2022 (Monday) 20 August 2022 (Saturday) Alastair Walker $1,885
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19 September 2022 BOSH220919 19 September 2022 (Monday) 24 September 2022 (Saturday) $1,815
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