Highlights of Orkney and Shetland - 6 day tour

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Tour Summary

Highlights of Orkney and Shetland
6 day/5 night

This island adventure starts with a tour to Aberdeen to catch the overnight ferry service bound for Lerwick in the Shetlands, Britain's most northerly island archipelago. Spend two days exploring some of the many island treasures, including Scalloway Castle and Jarlshof, an outstanding example of a prehistoric and Norse settlement. Next, sail southwards to reach the Orkney Islands, where we'll discover the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage site that includes Skara Brae, Maeshowe and the Ring of Brodgar Stone Circle. Free time will let you explore Kirkwall and St Magnus Cathedral before setting sail for the mainland.

Jarlshof - explore this historic site, where people lived for more than 4,000 years, to see outstanding examples of Bronze Age and Viking houses

Scalloway - tour through this attractive fishing port that was once the island capital to visit the imposing ruins of 17th Century Scalloway Castle  

Maeshowe - investigate this impressive chambered tomb and see the Viking graffiti left 1,000 years ago    

Skara Brae - discover how early man lived at this amazingly well-preserved Stone Age settlement of dwelling houses complete with beds and chairs  

Kirkwall - enjoy a three-night stay in this bustling port dominated by 12th Century St Magnus Cathedral  

Movie locations – Moondogs, The Long Hope and The Spy in Black

Hotel accommodation included

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Full Tour Itinerary

Frequently Asked Questions



  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • Location: Northlink Ferry (1); Busta, Shetland Islands (1) and Kirkwall, Orkney islands (3)


  • Cooked/Continental breakfast (5)
  • Table d' hote dinners (5)

Visits, Admissions and Experiences

  • Admission to Scalloway Castle, Jarlshof, Ring of Brodgar, Stenness Standing Stones, Maeshowe, Skara Brae and Italian Chapel

Tour Essentials

  • Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats 
  • All ferry fares and reservations
  • All baggage handling and hotel tips are included
  • Services throughout the tour of a professional Tour Director
  • Service charges and taxes 


Departure information

From Glasgow

North Hanover Street Bus Stance, Glasgow, G1 2BP

Tour departure times will be advised on final documentation.

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From Edinburgh

Outside Marriott Hotel, on Glasgow Road, Edinburgh, EH12 8NF

Tour departure times will be advised on final documentation.

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Child details

Please contact us for information on child prices. 

Price Notes

The price of this tour includes hotel accommodation/ferry cabin with en-suite bathroom. 

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Product code
BW 02968

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