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Orkney and Shetland

Orkney and Shetland

Door to door service

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Door to door service

Orkney and Shetland

 

We begin our drive through the stunning and scenic Cairngorm National Park, Britains largest mountain range. After the ferry crossing to Stromness, we have a full day guided tour of the Orkney Isles, experiencing Skara Brae, Stenness Stones, Ring of Brodgar, Skaill House, CVhurchill Barriers, Italian Chapel and Scapa Flow. An overnight ferry crossing to Lerwick sees us on the Shetland Isles. Here we have a guide for the day and experience Jarshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement, with a visit to Scalloway Castle and Museum. We end with a scenic drive through some of Scotland’s most picturesque countryside.

 

Fisher’s Hotel, Pitlochry***

The 3-star Fisher's hotel is centrally located within the beautiful Victorian town of Pitlochry.

Dornoch Hotel, Dornoch***

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. (Hotel will be moved closer to Winnock please check)

The Winnock, Drymen***

A very warm welcome awaits you at The Winnock, an award-winning hotel located on the village green in pretty Drymen. All the bedrooms are well decorated and have a homely feel, withhairdryer, tea/coffee facilities and TV.

 

Price includes

Door to door pick up service

Elite coach travel

1 night half board at overnight hotel

1 night half board at overnight hotel

Ferry crossing Scrabster – Stromness

Full day step-on guided tour of Orkney

Entrance to Skara Brae, Stenness Stones, Ring of Brodgar, Skaill House, Churchill Barriers, Italian Chapel and Scapa Flow

Dinner in a local Orkney restaurant

1 Night B and B NorthLink Ferry overnight crossing Kirkwall - Lerwick

Full day step-on guided tour of Shetland Isles

Entrance to Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement

Entrance to Scalloway Castle and Museum

1 night half board NorthLink Ferry overnight crossing Lerwick – Aberdeen

1 night half board at Winnock Hotel

Day 1

What better way to start your holiday than being picked up from your front door and brought to the coach. The coach heads for up north stopping along enough for you to enjoy lunch before continuing to the hotel.

Day 2

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

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

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

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

Breakfast over, we check out of the hotel and make our way in time to get back on the coach and return home. Arriving back you will be met by one of our Door to Door vehicles and returned to your front door

Booking Information

Acklams Coaches reserve the right to amend the itinerary if circumstances dictate

Fisher’s Hotel, Pitlochry***

The 3-star Fisher's hotel is centrally located within the beautiful Victorian town of Pitlochry.

 

The Winnock, Drymen***

A very warm welcome awaits you at The Winnock, an award-winning hotel located on the village green in pretty Drymen. All the bedrooms are well decorated and have a homely feel, withhairdryer, tea/coffee facilities and TV.

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