4 Day Shetland (via Orkney) and East Highlands Tour
A stunning 4 day tour from Inverness through the Highlands and via Orkney to Shetland.
Day 1 - Our longest day as we depart from Inverness on a morning drive to the far North of Scotland and our ferry port of Scrabster, near Thurso. The drive north covers wonderful coastal scenery and normally takes around 3-4 hours including photo stops and a brief visit to the historic town of Dornoch. Our 1½ hour ferry journey includes a great view of the Old Man of Hoy before our arrival in Orkney where we visit the 5000 year old Neolithic village settlement of Skara Brae and the nearby Neolithic standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar. After an evening meal in Kirkwall we catch the late ferry (11pm) from Kirkwall for an overnight sailing to Lerwick in the Shetland Islands.
Day 2 - After a leisurely breakfast on the ferry we depart Lerwick to spend the day exploring the south mainland of Shetland. Sumburgh Head is our first stop - a stunning viewpoint and a haven for seabirds. Next is Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse settlement which spans over four thousand years. After lunch at the Sumburgh Hotel, the afternoon takes us on a beautiful coastal drive to the breath-taking St Ninian's Isle where you can hike across the sands to the island. Returning north we end the day at the two thousand year old Clickimin Broch before our overnight stay in Lerwick.
Day 3 - Departing from Lerwick we head towards the north Shetland mainland. Arriving at Eshaness we take time to savour the dramatic cliffs and sea stacks that the fantastic coastal landscape of Shetland presents to us from this headland. After lunch at Busta House Hotel, the afternoon takes us to the ruins of Scalloway Castle before we return to Lerwick. Here we explore the Shetland Museum and Fort Charlotte before ending our time in Shetland with a meander through the Lerwick town and harbour. In the late afternoon we board the ferry from Lerwick for an overnight sailing to Aberdeen on the Scottish mainland.
Day 4 - Arriving into Aberdeen harbour in the early morning, we enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the ferry before heading south to explore the historic ruins of Dunnottar Castle. Next we drive east towards to Elgin to expore the stunning seven hundred year old ruins of Elgin Cathedral and the Pictish standing stones of the area. The late afternoon takes us back to Inverness, but not before we enjoy a tour and tasting at Benromach malt whisky distillery. Alternatively (instead of Benromach), we can end the day with a visit to the four thousand year old burial cairns and standing stones at Clava, along with a guided walk of Culloden Battlefield.
What to expect on a Shetland Tour (via Orkney)...
I can promise our tour will include all the wonderful views shown above... but maybe not the weather - we are the land of four seasons in one day!
This tour is ideal for those that have already visited Orkney (and during our brief stopover we can amend the itinerary to visit your favourite sites). For those looking for more time in Orkney (and there is lots to explore) then please consider our 5 Day Shetland and Orkney Tour which has an additional day in Orkney.
Private Tour Price (per tour)
Mid-May to Mid-September: £2500
+ £75 per person ferry tickets
Depart Inverness 8am