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Explore Shetland and Orkney’s stunning archaeology, wildlife, and landscapes on this wonderful mini cruise to the Northern Isles. Expect dramatic rugged coastlines and fascinating wildlife, ancient history, and a unique blend of Scottish and Scandanavian cultures. We visit Skara Brae, the best-preserved Neolithic settlement in Western Europe and the stunning Italian Chapel on Orkney. We also include the Iron Age broch on the Island of Mousa and Jarlshof, Shetland’s most impressive archaeological site. A trip that will live long in the memory!

Your Holiday Package Includes:

3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast plus 1 dinner in hotels as stated

2 nights bed & breakfast plus 1 dinner on Northlink Ferry in 4 berth inside cabins

Services of experienced tour driver

Luxury coach with onboard toilet & facilities

Services of local guides for 1½ days

EXCURSIONS – entry to Italian Chapel, Skara Brae, Shetland Museum & Archives, Iron Age Broch at Island of Mousa and Jarlshof

Your Holiday Accommodation:

The *** CRAIGLYNNE HOTEL is an impressive building set in its own grounds a short walk from the centre of Grantown on Spey. There is a cosy bar and spacious restaurant. The comfortable bedrooms offer en suite facilities with TV, telephone, tea making facilities and hairdryer with Wi-fi in public areas. There is a lift.

The *** CASTLETOWN HOTEL is located in the centre of Castletown and offers a warm welcome and spotless accommodation. There is a cosy lounge bar and restaurant serving tasty food. All bedrooms are en suite with TV, tea making facilities, hairdryer, and Wi-Fi. There is no lift.


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Date : August 21, 2024

Depart for Grantown on Spey

We journey north via main roads and motorways to Grantown on Spey for overnight half board accommodation at the Craiglynne Hotel.


Date : August 22, 2024

Depart for Castletown

We continue north, via the stunning city of Inverness, and travel to Castletown near Thurso for 2 nights half board accommodation at the Castletown Hotel.


Date : August 23, 2024

Caithness & John o’ Groats

Today we explore Caithness, taking in views of the Castle of Mey, former royal residence of the Queen Mother, before continuing along the stunning coastline to John o’ Groats, the most northerly point of the UK mainland. There will be time to explore the village and take in the stunning scenery.


Date : August 24, 2024

Depart for Stromness on Orkney & overnight ferry

After a leisurely breakfast we travel to Scrabster for our early afternoon ferry to Stromness on Orkney. After disembarking we are joined by a local guide and visit the ancient settlement of Skara Brae. Discovered in 1850 and older than Stone Henge, it offers a unique insight into prehistoric life. We also include a visit to the interesting Italian Chapel, a beautiful Roman Catholic chapel in Lamb Holm which was constructed by Italian POWs during the Second World War. We continue to the Albert Hotel for a 3-course dinner with tea & coffee before boarding our ferry for the overnight crossing from Kirkwall to Lerwick on Shetland.


Date : August 25, 2024

Guided tour of Shetland & overnight ferry

After a continental breakfast on board we disembark and are joined by a local guide for the day. We visit a local jewellery workshop before exploring the Shetland Museum & Archive. Enjoy some free time for lunch before we continue to the Iron Age Broch on the island of Mousa and Jarlshof, Europe’s largest archaeological ranging from the Neolithic up to the 1600’s. Later we board our ferry for dinner and the overnight crossing from Lerwick to Aberdeen.


Date : August 26, 2024

Return home

After a hot breakfast we disembark in Aberdeen and begin our journey home, making suitable stops along the way and arriving into our local area early evening.


Single supplement – £200.00

Outside 2 berth cabin on Northlink Ferry – £10.00 per cabin

TRAVEL INSURANCE: Strongly recommended


£60.00 per person

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