The Shetland & Orkney Isles Explorer

8 DAYS | 21st July 2017

The wild beauty of the Shetland and Orkney’s is a unique experience to any visitor. The Orkney Isles lie at the crossroads between Scotland and Scandinavia and exhibit something of the character of both as well as having its own unique identity. Shetland is as close to Norway as it is to the Scottish mainland an owes much of its heritage to the Vikings. On all the islands you will find dramatic coastlines, landscapes, beaches and incredible scenery.


We depart Macclesfield early morning for our journey to Aberdeen where we board the North-Link cruise ferry for our overnight sailing to Lerwick. Dinner and cabin on board.


After breakfast we disembark and meet our guide for a tour of the west of the island. Mid afternoon we head to Busta and our base for the next two nights. Overrlooking the shore of Busta Voe, Busta House Hotel is a lovely old building with en suite bedrooms, large garden and superb local food. The traditional rooms are individually appointed, have an en suite, and feature modern amenities including TVs.


Our excursion today takes us far north, to the islands of Yell and Unst. Enjoy the stunning scenery en route, we then stop for coffee and lunch. We return to the hotel mid-afternoon for a little rest and relaxation.


We meet our guide for a tour of the south of the island taking in the sights and the capital Lewick. We depart on the early evening sailing for the Orkney Isles. There will be dinner on board the boat as we do not arrive in Kirkwall until approximately 22.30. Once we have docked we take the very short journey to our Hotel and our base for the next two nights. The Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall is a family-run hotel overlooking Kirkwall harbour. It offers local produce in its restaurant and traditionally styled bedrooms, Wi-Fi and modern amenities.


We meet our guide after breakfast for a full day sightseeing of the unspoilt sea and landscapes, bountiful wildlife and outstanding archaeology. Discover over 5,000 years of history, visit the World Heritage sites of Skara Brae and Scapa Flow to name but a few. We return to our hotel late afternoon.


A day at your leisure in Kirkwall. There is lots to see and do in the town, why not visit St Magnus Cathedral or the museum?


We depart after breakfast and board the ferry for Scrabster. We then head south for our overnight stay at the Craiglynne Hotel, Grantown on Spey. Situated in its own grounds and a short walk from the town centre, the Craiglynne Hotel offers a warm, friendly atmosphere with a lounge, bar and traditional restaurant. Guest rooms feature tea/coffee making facilities and en suite bathrooms.


We say our farewell to Bonny Scotland and make our way home calling for coffee and lunch en-route. We aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area early evening.

Tour includes: Luxury coach travel throughout. All ferry crossings. 7 nights dinner bed and breakfast. All guided tours.
£1085.00 per person sharing twin/double
£195.00 single room supplement
£32.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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