4 Day Shetland (via Orkney) Tour

4 Day Shetland (via Orkney) Tour

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!

Tour Notes
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:     £2750

Tour Information

Depart Inverness 8am
Return Inverness
(4 Days)

This tour is only available on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday start days from Inverness.

Tours are exclusively for your private group only (up to 3 persons) and prices are per tour. We only offer private tours and do not combine individuals or separate groups - if your group size is less than 3 the advertised tour price still applies. Prices include all taxes, a driver/guide and standard ferry tickets but exclude your accommodation costs, overnight ferries cabin costs, entrance fees and meals.

Accommodation Options
We recommend that you book accommodation in Lerwick (Day 2) to make the most of your trip. Whilst we do not book accommodation for you we are happy to help with advice on where to stay and eat in Lerwick.

At the end of Day 1 and 3 we will board overnight ferries where you can book overnight en-suite cabins. Prices depend on your cabin choice (for example, a twin outer cabin is between £115 and £145 per cabin - depending on class). The tour quote will include full details of the cabin options and their current prices. More information about the cabin choices can be found on the Northlink Ferries Website.

Please note that your overnight ferry cabin costs will be added to the tour price and booked by The Hebridean Explorer in advance when booking the ferries tickets.

We recommend booking this tour as early as possible as the limited ferry cabins and vehicle spaces fill up quickly in advance for travel to Shetland over the summer months.

Ferry Sailings
Ferry sailings are generally very reliable in the summer months, but delays can very occasionally occur. While we cannot be responsible for any extra accommodation, food or other costs that clients may incur due to ferry delays and cancellations, we will make every effort to adapt the tour to minimise disruption. Please note that no refunds will be given for tour and itinerary changes due to ferry changes and cancellations.