6 days

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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.

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 Routes

Location Depart Return
Glasgow
Bus stop on North Hanover Street, opposite Queens Street Station
11.45 21.15
Edinburgh
Outside Reception at the 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 n/a
Aberdeen (Northlink/No Rtn)
Northlink Ferry Terminal
17.00 n/a

Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Today's Price
$2,025

Deposit: $140 Single supplement: $535

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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 Availability
1 June 2022 BOSH220601 1 June 2022 (Wednesday) 6 June 2022 (Monday) $1,995
(ex. flights)
$140 $555 Call for availability
13 June 2022 BOSH220613 13 June 2022 (Monday) 18 June 2022 (Saturday) $2,025
(ex. flights)
$140 $535 Call for availability
15 August 2022 BOSH220815 15 August 2022 (Monday) 20 August 2022 (Saturday) Alastair Walker $1,955
(ex. flights)
$140 $535 Call for availability
19 September 2022 BOSH220919 19 September 2022 (Monday) 24 September 2022 (Saturday) $1,885
(ex. flights)
$140 $555 Book your trip
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