Highlights of Orkney and Shetland by Air - 5 day tour

Tour Summary

Highlights of Orkney and Shetland by Air
5 day/4 night

On this five-day adventure of the Orkney and Shetland Isles, you will fly from Edinburgh to Sumburgh and back from Kirkwall. During your two-night stay on the Shetland Islands, discover the prehistoric settlement of Jarlshof and ancient Scalloway Castle. Sail to the little island of Mousa to visit the fascinating Iron Age broch and enjoy some nature spotting. Fly southwards to the Orkney Islands to visit the Italian Chapel and the UNESCO World Heritage treasures of Maeshowe, Skara Brae and the Standing Stones of Stenness. There is time to explore the island capital of Kirkwall and the towering St Magnus Cathedral before flying back to the mainland. 

Jarlshof - learn the prehistoric and Norse history of this remarkable archaeological site 

Scalloway - discover this historic fishing port and see the striking ruins of 17th Century Scalloway Castle  

Mousa - marvel at the ruins of the Iron Age broch that towers 13 metres high

Italian Chapel - visit this ornate chapel fashioned by Italian prisoners of war from two simple huts 

Neolithic Orkney - explore stone circles, chambered burial chambered tombs and Stone Age villages

Movie locations - Shetland, The Long Hope and The Spy in Black

Hotel accommodation included

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Full Tour Itinerary

Frequently Asked Questions



  • 4 nights hotel accommodation
  • Location: Busta, Shetland Islands (2) and Kirkwall, Orkney islands (2)


  • Cooked/Continental breakfast (4)
  • Table d' hote dinners (4)

Visits, Admissions and Experiences

  • Admission to Jarlshof, Italian Chapel, Maeshowe, Stenness Standing Stones, Skara Brae and Skaill House 
  • Excursion to Mousa 

Tour Essentials

  • Scheduled flights from Edinburgh to Sumburgh; Sumburgh to Kirkwall and Kirkwall to Edinburgh
  • Island touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats 
  • All baggage handling and hotel tips are included
  • Services throughout the tour of a professional Tour Director
  • Service charges and taxes 


Departure information

Scheduled flights depart from/return to Edinburgh Airport (ED)

Check-in: TBA hrs
Tour Departs: TBA hrs
Tour Returns: TBA hrs

Child details

Please contact us for information on child prices. 

Price Notes

The price of this tour includes hotel accommodation with en-suite bathrooms. 

Flight Departure and Return Times
Final flight timings and check-in formalities will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days before departure.

Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.

Product code
BW 04014

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