Rugged Beauty of Shetland & Orkney

This fantastic tour explores the beauty of the Shetland and Orkney Isles. From the dramatic rugged coastlines and fascinating wildlife to the ancient history and unique blend of Scottish and Scandinavian culture, this is a truly unforgettable Scottish island experience!
PACKAGED ITINERARY
Day 1 Arrival in Perthshire
We arrive in time for dinner at the Fishers Hotel, Pitlochry.

Day 2 Arrival in Dornoch
After a hearty Scottish breakfast, we begin our drive through the stunning and scenic Cairngorm National Park, Britain’s largest mountain range. We arrive in time for dinner at our next hotel, the Dornoch.

Day 3 Orkney Isles
We make our way to Thurso this morning for our ferry crossing to the mystical Orkney Isles. We meet our local guide who will be with us throughout our visit to the island. Our tour takes us by The Churchill Barriers, the construction of which was ordered by Winston Churchill after the tragic torpedoing of the battleship, Royal Oak, in Scapa Flow during 1939. We will visit the Italian Chapel, ‘the miracle of camp 60’, which was built by Italian prisoners during WW II, followed by the mystical ancient settlement of Skara Brae, uncovered by a storm in 1850. This ancient settlement is older than Stonehenge and the amazingly preserved rooms provide us with a unique insight into prehistoric human living. Our tour continues with a visit to Skaill House, one of Orkney’s top tourist attractions, and the finest mansion on the island, steeped in 5,000 years of history, after which we continue on to the mystical Ring of Brodgar to view the standing stones, reminiscent of those at Stonehenge and Avebury, having been constructed around 2500 - 2000BC. We finish our time in Orkney at Kirkwall where dinner is provided at a local restaurant. After dinner, we board our overnight ferry to the Shetland Islands.

Day 4 Shetland Isles
After breakfast on board, we arrive in Lerwick and meet our guide for the day. We make our way southwards to the tip of the headland to visit the Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement. This fantastically preserved ruin was only revealed by a storm at the end of the 19th century. Over 4,000 years of history are contained within this site and it remains a fantastic insight into life on the islands. We return northwards towards the capital of Lerwick, where we will enjoy free time for lunch. In the afternoon, we visit Scalloway Castle and Museum, which tells the fascinating story of Scalloway and the "Shetland Bus". Later in the afternoon, we board our overnight ferry where dinner is served on board.

Day 5 Aberdeen & Stirling
On arrival in Aberdeen, breakfast is served before we begin our journey with a scenic drive through some of Scotland’s most picturesque countryside. We arrive at our final hotel, The Winnock Hotel, where we can relax before dinner.

Day 6 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.
Legend

Dornoch Hotel

Dornoch, Inverness
AAA New to Albatross Spectacular Views
Set in its own grounds in an historic corner of the Scottish Highlands, overlooking the esteemed Royal Dornoch Golf Course, the Dornoch Hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the Highlands and Scotland's most unspoiled coastline. All 105 comfortable bedrooms are equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There are 2 restaurants, alongside a wood-panelled bar and relaxing sun lounge.

Fishers Hotel

Pitlochry, Perthshire
AAA+
The friendly Fishers Hotel is situated in the main high street in the heart of historic Pitlochry, a scenic resort popular for over 150 years, with Queen Victoria amongst its first visitors. All 130 bedrooms are well decorated and have a homely feel (some bedrooms are located in the garden wing where there are steps). There is a bright, spacious restaurant and two bars, one of which is a pub-style bar and one of which is a smaller, more intimate bar. There are also two elegant lounge areas full of comfortable sofas and armchairs. • Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is off-site & chargeable

The Winnock

Drymen
AAA+
A very warm welcome awaits you at The Winnock, an award winning hotel located on the village green in pretty Drymen. The hotel has been hosting groups for 30 years and is very successful in delivering quality cuisine, service and entertainment. All 73 comfortable bedrooms are traditional in style, furnished in tartan fabrics. There is a large, bright restaurant and a relaxing, informal bar. There is no lift but ground floor rooms are available. • Ground floor rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Dornoch Hotel

Dornoch, Inverness

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Fishers Hotel

Pitlochry, Perthshire

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The Winnock

Drymen

5 Nights Half Board
2020 Twin from £629pp
Single Supplement from £220
Selected Dates Only
Inclusions
1 Night Half Board at Fishers Hotel
1 Night Half Board at Dornoch
• Ferry crossing Scrabster – Stromness
• Ferry crossing Scrabster – Stromness
• Full day step-on guide of Orkne
• Entrance to Skara Brae, Stenness Stones, Ring of Brodgar, Skaill House, Churchill Barriers, Italian Chapel & Scapa Flow
• Dinner in a local Orkney restaurant
1 Night B&B NorthLink Ferry overnight crossing Kirkwall - Lerwick
• Full day step-on guided tour of Shetland Isles
• Entrance to Jarlshof Prehistoric & Norse Settlement
• Entrance to Scalloway Castle & Museum
1 Night Half Board NorthLink Ferry overnight crossing Lerwick – Aberdeen
1 Night Half Board at King Robert Hotel
Please note, due to a late touring day in Orkney, coach valet embarkation can be arranged if desired. Please call our Sales Team for details.
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