A Taste of the Shetlands

Shetland ponies
Jarlshof
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The rugged and secluded Shetland Islands boast a landscape quite unlike anywhere else in the world, with huge cliffs, unspoilt coastline and an abundance of wildlife. It is a once in a lifetime holiday for many, and with an experienced guide on hand, you will see the main sites and scenery of the islands, as well as hearing stories about life on these islands, closer to Scandinavia than mainland Scotland.

Accommodation

Doubletree by Hilton Aberdeen City (primary)

This elegant 4-star hotel is located close to Aberdeen City Centre and has lovely views across Aberdeen seafront. It features a swimming pool, spa and a selection of restaurants serving different types of food.


Hallmark Hotel Carlisle

This elegant Victorian hotel is located in the heart of Carlisle City Centre. Rooms in this 4-star hotel feature 32-inch flat screen TVs. Meals are served in the Brasserie and there is also a relaxing Tapas bar to enjoy.


Hetland Hall Hotel

Hetland Hall Hotel is an elegant country house hotel set amidst 18 acres of private parkland with sweeping views over the Solway Firth.


Northlink Ferries

All accommodation on board NorthLink Ferries ships is in modern, clean cabins that are equipped with en-suite washbasin, toilet and shower facilities, an individual temperature control and tea & coffee making facilities. The restaurants on board serve lots of locally sourced food with each of the passenger shops having achieved a coveted ‘Taste our Best’ award. There are lounges to relax in as we sail across to the Orkney and Shetland Isles and a shop selling local crafts and produce.


Shetland Hotel

The Shetland Hotel is a modern purpose-build hotel, conveniently situated across from the ferry terminal in Lerwick.

Excursions

Full Day: North Mainland (Included)

We travel via Voe and Bra to the ‘Drongs’ – a spectacular series of sea stacks, then visit the Tangwick Haa Museum. In the afternoon we have a guided tour of Shetland Jewellery Workshop, where gold and silver jewellery is handcrafted using traditional Nordic themes. We make our way back to Lerwick via Wormadale Viewpoint, with a final stop at the Shetland Museums.


Full Day: Northern Isles (Included)

Arriving into Lerwick, we have breakfast on board the ship then a local experienced guide will meet us at the ferry terminal to escort us on today’s excursion. We’ll depart for the Northern Isles, comprising of the smaller islands of Yell and Unst. We’ll have a photo stop at the vast Sullom Voe Oil Terminal before we catch the ferry to Yell. There will be a visit to the Old Haa Museum – full of unusual artefacts from the lives of islanders. We then continue across and take the short ferry ride to Unst, with many beautiful beaches, it was the home for decades to the RAF. There will be an included soup and sandwich lunch before we then go to Muckle Flugga, the most northern tip of the UK to take in the spectacular views. Finally we’ll see a replica Viking Long Ship before we return to Lerwick.


Full Day: Northern Lakelands (Included)

Explore the northern Lakelands, visiting Keswick and pretty Grasmere - a charming village which was once home to Wordsworth, whose grave lies in the little churchyard.


Full Day: South & West Mainland (Included)

Today we’ll set off on a coastal tour towards Sumburgh Head RSPB, stopping at St Ninian’s – probably the best beach on Shetland. Nearby, view the cliff scenery, golden beaches and seabird colonies. Afterwards we visit Jarlshof archaeological site – one of Europe’s largest and most complex sites spanning over 5000 years up to the 1600’s. In the afternoon there will be a photo stop of Shetland Ponies, before we arrive in Scalloway, the former capital of The Shetlands. Here we visit the museum displaying local island exhibitions and local history and folklore.


Half Day: Scenic Royal Deeside (Included)

From Aberdeen this morning, and after breakfast on the ship, we enjoy a scenic drive through Royal Deeside to Braemar.

Destinations visited
  • Europe
  • Scotland
  • Scotland Touring
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  • Cultural
  • History
  • Wildlife
  • Scenic
  • UK Coach Departures


Day One - Home to Northern England We’ll make our way from the interchange to our overnight hotel in Northern England where we’ll enjoy an evening meal. (D)

Day Two - Northern England to Aberdeen We’ll make our way north arriving in Aberdeen in time to enjoy an evening meal. (B,D)

Day Three - Aberdeen to Shetland This morning you may choose to join an optional countryside drive via South Deeside to Banchory, returning for free time at Duthie Park Gardens, then a panoramic city drive around Aberdeen. Later in the afternoon, we’ll board the Northlink ferry for the overnight sailing from Aberdeen to Lerwick. Accommodation is in twin berth cabins and you should have an overnight bag with you for on the ship. (B,D)

Day Four – Northern Isles This morning sees us arrive into Lerwick. After breakfast on board, a local experienced guide will meet you at the ferry terminal to escort you on today’s excursion. We’ll depart for the Northern Isles, comprising of the smaller islands of Yell and Unst. We’ll have a photo stop at the vast Sullom Voe Oil Terminal before we catch the ferry to Yell. There will be a visit to the Old Haa Museum – full of unusual artefacts from the lives of islanders. We then continue across and take the short ferry ride to Unst , with many beautiful beaches, it was the home for decades to the RAF. There will be an included soup and sandwich lunch before we then go to Muckle Flugga, the most northern tip of the UK to take in the spectacular views. Finally we’ll see a replica Viking Long Ship before we return to Lerwick and check into the Shetland Hotel, where we stay for the next two nights. (B,D)

Day Five – South and West Mainland Today we’ll set off on a coastal tour towards Sumburgh Head RSPB, stopping at St Ninian’s – probably the best beach on Shetland. Nearby, view the cliff scenery, golden beaches and seabird colonies. Afterwards we visit Jarlshof archaeological site – one of Europe’s largest and most complex sites spanning over 5000 years up to the 1600’s. In the afternoon there will be a photo stop of Shetland Ponies, before we arrive in Scalloway, the former capital of The Shetlands. Here we visit the museum displaying local island exhibitions and local history and folklore. (B,D)

Day Six – North Mainland and Lerwick – Aberdeen sailing This morning, after checking out of the hotel, we travel via Voe and Bra to the ‘Drongs’ – a spectacular series of sea stacks, then visit the Tangwick Haa Museum. In the afternoon we have a guided tour of Shetland Jewellery Workshop, where gold and silver jewellery is handcrafted using traditional Nordic themes. We make our way back to Lerwick via Wormadale Viewpoint, with a final stop at the Shetland Museums, before we board the Northlink ferry once more, by late afternoon, for our return overnight sailing back to the mainland. (B,D)

Day Seven – Aberdeen and Royal Deeside We arrive back into Aberdeen this morning, and after breakfast on the ship, we disembark and enjoy a scenic drive through Royal Deeside to Braemar. Later on this afternoon we make our way back to Aberdeen where we stay for the next two nights. (B,D)

Day Eight – Aberdeen After a busy few days on the Shetlands, we have a day to relax at our hotel or you may choose to make the most of the leisure facilities. (B,D)

Day Nine – Aberdeen to Carlisle / Dumfries Today we start to make our way south, travelling via Dundee, Scotland’s fourth largest city. We’ll enjoy some free time to explore before we make our way to our hotel where we spend the next two nights. (B,D)

Day Ten – Northern Lakelands We make our way to the northern Lakelands, enjoying a cruise on beautiful Ullswater. The second largest lake in the Lake District, and regarded by many as its most beautiful. We continue on to visit the market town of Keswick, on the peaceful shores of Derwentwater. (B,D)

Day Eleven - Dumfries/Carlisle to overnight hotel We depart and continue our journey south, travelling via the Yorkshire Dales. (B,D)

Day Twelve – Overnight hotel to home Time to say goodbye today; we depart after breakfast and make our way to the interchange before returning home. (B)

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