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.
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.
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 is an elegant country house hotel set amidst 18 acres of private parkland with sweeping views over the Solway Firth.
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.
The Shetland Hotel is a modern purpose-build hotel, conveniently situated across from the ferry terminal in Lerwick.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From Aberdeen this morning, and after breakfast on the ship, we enjoy a scenic drive through Royal Deeside to Braemar.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
With over 114 years experience, Shearings is the largest escorted tour operator with over 800 pick-up points across the UK. They offer 170 destinations to suit diverse tastes and budgets.
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