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Treasures of Shetland and Orkney Islands
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Edinburgh
1night
United Kingdomgb
Market Street Hotel
Standard Double Breakfast included
Included
Standard Double Breakfast included
Standard Double Breakfast included
Up to 2 guests
1 double / twin bed
Breakfast included
Schedule

Day 1: Arrival
Upon arrival, you have a check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Day 2: Edinburgh Royal Mile and Departure
Today following breakfast you get to explore the capital of Scotland - Edinburgh! In the morning you meet with a guide in a lobby to start a tour of the Royal Mile.

During the tour, you visit the Edinburgh Castle to explore this famous fortification and enjoy great panoramic views of the city. After the tour (around 4 hours) you return to your hotel.

In the late afternoon, you walk to the train station to board the train to Aberdeen.

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Included experiences1 Experience
Half Day Guided City Tour
Included
Half day
Half Day Guided City Tour
Want to add more experiences
Edinburgh car services
Arrival transfer is included in your trip
Edinburgh car services
Arrival transfer is included in your trip
Arrival
Private Transfer Sedan
Included
Departure
Departure transfer
Not selected
Included
Edinburgh
Edinburgh rail station
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 h 30 min
Aberdeen
Aberdeen rail station
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Aberdeen
2nights
United Kingdomgb
Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel & Spa
Standard Double
Included
Standard Double
Standard Double
Up to 2 guests
1 double / twin bed
20 m²
Breakfast included
Schedule

Day 2: Arrival

Upon arrival, you have a check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Day 3: Castles Tour 

Following breakfast in the hotel, you meet your private guide-driver and start a full-day tour to explore Scotland's Castle Country. Today you visit two very different castles - Dunottar and Crathes.

The first stop is at the seaside town of Stonehaven to explore Dunnottar Castle. This iconic castle sits on a rocky outcrop glaring out to the North Sea. It is one of the most photographed castles & was the backdrop of the film "Hamlet". Together with the driver-guide you visit the castle and learn its story. Continue to the town for a coffee break and take a stroll along the pebble beach, boardwalk and take in the picturesque harbor.

Continue to the second castle of the day - Crathes, which is a 16th-century castle. It was a family home for nearly 400 years and over the centuries it evolved from a defensive structure to a sumptuous home. Following a lunch break, you get to visit the castle and see it from the inside, as well as its gardens.

During the trip, you also have a stop at the Falls of Feugh for tea and traditional scones. There is a chance to see salmon battling against the torrents of water attempting to return to their spawning grounds after 7 years at sea.

After the tour, you return to the hotel.

Day 4: Departure

Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and meet your driver for the transfer to Aberdeen airport.

map
Included experiences1 Experience
Full Day Private Tour of Dunottar and Crathes Casltes
Included
Full day
Full Day Private Tour of Dunottar and Crathes Casltes
Want to add more experiences
Aberdeen car services
Departure transfer is included in your trip
Aberdeen car services
Departure transfer is included in your trip
Departure
Private Transfer Sedan
Included
Included
Aberdeen
Aberdeen airport
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
1 h
Lerwick (Shetland)
Sumburgh Shetland airport
Lerwick (Shetland), United Kingdom
Lerwick
Lerwick
1night
United Kingdomgb
The Kveldsro House Hotel
Standard Double Breakfast included
Included
Standard Double Breakfast included
Standard Double Breakfast included
Up to 2 guests
1 double / twin bed
Breakfast included
Schedule

Day 4: Arrival to Shetland Islands and Tour

Welcome to the Shetland Islands! Your guide-driver meets you and together you embark on a full-day tour to the southern part of Shetland Island. This trip is one of the most scenic with amazing panoramic views, history, and wildlife.

Today you have a short photo-stop at Scalloway and travel across from Mousa to take in a view one of the best-preserved brochs in the world. Here you visit St Ninian's Isle, the 4000-year-old Jarlshof settlement, and the Crofthouse museum. On the way through Fladdabister, you learn more about what was life like in Shetland over a century ago and then you reach the wild cliffs of Sumburgh Head. Here you see Puffins from mid-April to mid-August and have a close look at Sumburgh Lighthouse which was opened in 1821.

On the way back to Lerwick you see lots of Shetland ponies, seabirds, and other wildlife. For a lunch break, you can choose a restaurant in the Sumburgh Hotel, which was built in 1867.

After the tour you are taken to the hotel for check-in.


Day 5: Unst and Yell Islands Tour 
Following breakfast and check-out, you meet with your private guide-driver and start a tour to the Northern Isles: to Unst and Yell. To reach the destination you also enjoy a hop on and off two ferries on the way.

Firstly you visit Island of Yell, which is Shetland's biggest island and from here you catch the 5-minute ferry to Unst. Today you see a 400-year-old Muness Castle, the ex-RAF base of Saxa Vord, where there is now a brewery and gin distillery. From Saxa Vord you may see Muckle Flugga, the most northerly part of the British Isles. Continue to Haroldswick boat museum and visit the reconstructed Viking longhouse and longship created by Viking Unst before visiting Hermaness and its visitor center.

After the tour you are taken to the port for a ferry to Kirkwall.


map
Included experiences2 Experiences
Full Day Private Shetland Islands Tour (South Mainland)
Included
Full day
Full Day Private Shetland Islands Tour (South Mainland)
Full Day Private Tour to Unst and Yell
Included
Full day
Full Day Private Tour to Unst and Yell
Want to add more experiences
Lerwick car services
Here you can add your arrival & departure car transfers, meet-and-greet services
Lerwick car services
Here you can add your arrival & departure car transfers, meet-and-greet services
Included
Lerwick
Lerwick port
Lerwick, United Kingdom
6 h 30 min
Kirkwall, Orkney
Kirkwall port
Kirkwall, Orkney, United Kingdom
Kirkwall, Orkney
2nights
United Kingdomgb
The Lynnfield Hotel
Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
Included
Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
Up to 2 guests
1 double / twin bed
Breakfast included
Schedule

Day 5: Arrival In Kirkwall 
Upon arrival in Kirkwall, you driver meets you and transfers to the hotel for check-in.


Day 6: UNESCO Heritage Tour 
Following breakfast, you meet your private guide and embark on a full-day trip to explore four of Orkney’s pre-history sites included in the UNESCO list.
The first place you visit today is Maeshowe which is the finest and largest chambered cairn (tomb). Here you witness the most amazing Viking graffiti and learn about burial traditions of Neolithic people. Continue to Standing Stones of Stenness still raising many questions about its purpose. Together you drive to Watchstone, situated on the Bridge of Brodgar, and pass the Ness of Brodgar. Since a Geophysical survey in 2003 this place revealed up to twelve possible archeological structures.
Travel to Ring of Brodgar one of the finest stone circles and head for the last of the four World Heritage Sites - Skara Brae. It is a remarkably well preserved Neolithic village which was only revealed following a fierce storm back in 1850 when the sand dune that covered it was partially washed away.
The last site on your trip today is a Skaill House, situated next door to Skara Brae. Here you visit the museum displaying finds from Skara Brae of jewelry, tools and earthenware.
After the tour you return to the hotel.


Day 7: Departure 
Following breakfast in the hotel and check-out, you meet the driver for the transfer.

map
Included experiences1 Experience
Full Day Private UNESCO Heritage Tour
Included
Full Day Private UNESCO Heritage Tour
Want to add more experiences
Kirkwall, Orkney car services
Arrival & departure transfers are included in your trip
Kirkwall, Orkney car services
Arrival & departure transfers are included in your trip
Arrival
Private Stromness Port Transfer Sedan
Included
Departure
Private Stromness Port Transfer Sedan
Included
Included
Kirkwall, Orkney
Kirkwall hotel
Kirkwall, Orkney, United Kingdom
5 h 30 min
Inverness
Inverness hotel
Inverness, United Kingdom
Inverness
2nights
United Kingdomgb
pentahotel Inverness
Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
Included
Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
Up to 2 guests
1 double / twin bed
Breakfast included
Schedule

Day 7 Arrival
Upon arrival, you have a check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Day 8: Exploration of the Loch Ness
Following breakfast in the hotel, you meet with the private guide-driver you set off on a tour to Scotland's famous lake, Loch Ness. 

Upon arrival at the lake, you have a one-hour cruise around the loch on a small cruise boat. Enjoy an informative expedition coupled with comfort and great service on board the spacious boat Nessie Hunter equipped with color sonars, radar as well as an underwater camera.
Following the cruise, you continue to the Loch Ness Center for a short visit and have a photo stop by the Urquhart Castle.

Next, you head to Invermoriston and drive by the Fort Augustus, an inspiring old settlement with an impressive Abbey and sailing Caledonian Canal. Afterwards, you travel through the forested landscape of Loch Ness and have a stop at the forest community of Foyers to see a stunning waterfall. The final destination of the route is the picturesque Great Glen Valley boasting simply stunning panoramas. After the tour, you are taken back to the hotel.


Day 9: Departure to Edinburgh
Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and  walk  to the train station.

map
Included experiences1 Experience
Full Day Private Loch Ness Tour
Included
Full day
Full Day Private Loch Ness Tour
Want to add more experiences
Inverness car services
Arrival transfer is included in your trip
Inverness car services
Arrival transfer is included in your trip
Arrival
Private Transfer Sedan
Included
Departure
Departure transfer
Not selected
Included
Inverness
Inverness Central Station
Inverness, United Kingdom
4 h
Edinburgh
Edinburgh Central Station
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Edinburgh
1night
United Kingdomgb
Market Street Hotel
Standard Double Breakfast Included
Included
Standard Double Breakfast Included
Standard Double Breakfast Included
Up to 2 guests
1 double / twin bed
Breakfast included
Schedule

Day 9: Arrival
Upon arrival, you have a check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Day 10: Departure
Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and depart from Edinburgh.

map
Want to add more experiences
Edinburgh car services
Departure transfer is included in your trip
Edinburgh car services
Departure transfer is included in your trip
Departure
Private Transfer Sedan
Included
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Treasures of Shetland and Orkney Islands
Edinburgh
1night
United Kingdomgb
Market Street Hotel
Standard Double Breakfast included
Market Street Hotel
Included
Standard Double Breakfast included
Standard Double Breakfast included
Up to 2 guests
1 double / twin bed
Breakfast included
Schedule
Schedule

Day 1: Arrival
Upon arrival, you have a check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Day 2: Edinburgh Royal Mile and Departure
Today following breakfast you get to explore the capital of Scotland - Edinburgh! In the morning you meet with a guide in a lobby to start a tour of the Royal Mile.

During the tour, you visit the Edinburgh Castle to explore this famous fortification and enjoy great panoramic views of the city. After the tour (around 4 hours) you return to your hotel.

In the late afternoon, you walk to the train station to board the train to Aberdeen.

map
Included experiences1 Experience
Half Day Guided City Tour
Included
Half day
Half Day Guided City Tour
Want to add more experiences
Edinburgh car services
Arrival transfer is included in your trip
Edinburgh car services
Arrival transfer is included in your trip
Arrival
Private Transfer Sedan
Included
Departure
Departure transfer
Not selected
Included
Edinburgh, Edinburgh rail station
2 h 30 min / 1st Class Seat
Aberdeen, Aberdeen rail station
Aberdeen
2nights
United Kingdomgb
Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel & Spa
Standard Double
Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel & Spa
Included
Standard Double
Standard Double
Up to 2 guests
1 double / twin bed
20 m²
Breakfast included
Schedule
Schedule

Day 2: Arrival

Upon arrival, you have a check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Day 3: Castles Tour 

Following breakfast in the hotel, you meet your private guide-driver and start a full-day tour to explore Scotland's Castle Country. Today you visit two very different castles - Dunottar and Crathes.

The first stop is at the seaside town of Stonehaven to explore Dunnottar Castle. This iconic castle sits on a rocky outcrop glaring out to the North Sea. It is one of the most photographed castles & was the backdrop of the film "Hamlet". Together with the driver-guide you visit the castle and learn its story. Continue to the town for a coffee break and take a stroll along the pebble beach, boardwalk and take in the picturesque harbor.

Continue to the second castle of the day - Crathes, which is a 16th-century castle. It was a family home for nearly 400 years and over the centuries it evolved from a defensive structure to a sumptuous home. Following a lunch break, you get to visit the castle and see it from the inside, as well as its gardens.

During the trip, you also have a stop at the Falls of Feugh for tea and traditional scones. There is a chance to see salmon battling against the torrents of water attempting to return to their spawning grounds after 7 years at sea.

After the tour, you return to the hotel.

Day 4: Departure

Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and meet your driver for the transfer to Aberdeen airport.

map
Included experiences1 Experience
Full Day Private Tour of Dunottar and Crathes Casltes
Included
Full day
Full Day Private Tour of Dunottar and Crathes Casltes
Want to add more experiences
Aberdeen car services
Departure transfer is included in your trip
Aberdeen car services
Departure transfer is included in your trip
Departure
Private Transfer Sedan
Included
Included
Aberdeen, Aberdeen airport
1 h / Economy
Lerwick (Shetland), Sumburgh Shetland airport
Lerwick
Lerwick
1night
United Kingdomgb
The Kveldsro House Hotel
Standard Double Breakfast included
The Kveldsro House Hotel
Included
Standard Double Breakfast included
Standard Double Breakfast included
Up to 2 guests
1 double / twin bed
Breakfast included
Schedule
Schedule

Day 4: Arrival to Shetland Islands and Tour

Welcome to the Shetland Islands! Your guide-driver meets you and together you embark on a full-day tour to the southern part of Shetland Island. This trip is one of the most scenic with amazing panoramic views, history, and wildlife.

Today you have a short photo-stop at Scalloway and travel across from Mousa to take in a view one of the best-preserved brochs in the world. Here you visit St Ninian's Isle, the 4000-year-old Jarlshof settlement, and the Crofthouse museum. On the way through Fladdabister, you learn more about what was life like in Shetland over a century ago and then you reach the wild cliffs of Sumburgh Head. Here you see Puffins from mid-April to mid-August and have a close look at Sumburgh Lighthouse which was opened in 1821.

On the way back to Lerwick you see lots of Shetland ponies, seabirds, and other wildlife. For a lunch break, you can choose a restaurant in the Sumburgh Hotel, which was built in 1867.

After the tour you are taken to the hotel for check-in.


Day 5: Unst and Yell Islands Tour 
Following breakfast and check-out, you meet with your private guide-driver and start a tour to the Northern Isles: to Unst and Yell. To reach the destination you also enjoy a hop on and off two ferries on the way.

Firstly you visit Island of Yell, which is Shetland's biggest island and from here you catch the 5-minute ferry to Unst. Today you see a 400-year-old Muness Castle, the ex-RAF base of Saxa Vord, where there is now a brewery and gin distillery. From Saxa Vord you may see Muckle Flugga, the most northerly part of the British Isles. Continue to Haroldswick boat museum and visit the reconstructed Viking longhouse and longship created by Viking Unst before visiting Hermaness and its visitor center.

After the tour you are taken to the port for a ferry to Kirkwall.


map
Included experiences2 Experiences
Full Day Private Shetland Islands Tour (South Mainland)
Included
Full day
Full Day Private Shetland Islands Tour (South Mainland)
Full Day Private Tour to Unst and Yell
Included
Full day
Full Day Private Tour to Unst and Yell
Want to add more experiences
Lerwick car services
Here you can add your arrival & departure car transfers, meet-and-greet services
Lerwick car services
Here you can add your arrival & departure car transfers, meet-and-greet services
Included
Lerwick, Lerwick port
6 h 30 min / Standard Outside Cabin
Kirkwall, Orkney, Kirkwall port
Kirkwall, Orkney
2nights
United Kingdomgb
The Lynnfield Hotel
Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
The Lynnfield Hotel
Included
Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
Up to 2 guests
1 double / twin bed
Breakfast included
Schedule
Schedule

Day 5: Arrival In Kirkwall 
Upon arrival in Kirkwall, you driver meets you and transfers to the hotel for check-in.


Day 6: UNESCO Heritage Tour 
Following breakfast, you meet your private guide and embark on a full-day trip to explore four of Orkney’s pre-history sites included in the UNESCO list.
The first place you visit today is Maeshowe which is the finest and largest chambered cairn (tomb). Here you witness the most amazing Viking graffiti and learn about burial traditions of Neolithic people. Continue to Standing Stones of Stenness still raising many questions about its purpose. Together you drive to Watchstone, situated on the Bridge of Brodgar, and pass the Ness of Brodgar. Since a Geophysical survey in 2003 this place revealed up to twelve possible archeological structures.
Travel to Ring of Brodgar one of the finest stone circles and head for the last of the four World Heritage Sites - Skara Brae. It is a remarkably well preserved Neolithic village which was only revealed following a fierce storm back in 1850 when the sand dune that covered it was partially washed away.
The last site on your trip today is a Skaill House, situated next door to Skara Brae. Here you visit the museum displaying finds from Skara Brae of jewelry, tools and earthenware.
After the tour you return to the hotel.


Day 7: Departure 
Following breakfast in the hotel and check-out, you meet the driver for the transfer.

map
Included experiences1 Experience
Full Day Private UNESCO Heritage Tour
Included
Full Day Private UNESCO Heritage Tour
Want to add more experiences
Kirkwall, Orkney car services
Arrival & departure transfers are included in your trip
Kirkwall, Orkney car services
Arrival & departure transfers are included in your trip
Arrival
Private Stromness Port Transfer Sedan
Included
Departure
Private Stromness Port Transfer Sedan
Included
Included
Kirkwall, Orkney, Kirkwall hotel
5 h 30 min / Private Transfer Sedan and Standard Class Ferry Ticket
Inverness, Inverness hotel
Inverness
2nights
United Kingdomgb
pentahotel Inverness
Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
pentahotel Inverness
Included
Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
Up to 2 guests
1 double / twin bed
Breakfast included
Schedule
Schedule

Day 7 Arrival
Upon arrival, you have a check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Day 8: Exploration of the Loch Ness
Following breakfast in the hotel, you meet with the private guide-driver you set off on a tour to Scotland's famous lake, Loch Ness. 

Upon arrival at the lake, you have a one-hour cruise around the loch on a small cruise boat. Enjoy an informative expedition coupled with comfort and great service on board the spacious boat Nessie Hunter equipped with color sonars, radar as well as an underwater camera.
Following the cruise, you continue to the Loch Ness Center for a short visit and have a photo stop by the Urquhart Castle.

Next, you head to Invermoriston and drive by the Fort Augustus, an inspiring old settlement with an impressive Abbey and sailing Caledonian Canal. Afterwards, you travel through the forested landscape of Loch Ness and have a stop at the forest community of Foyers to see a stunning waterfall. The final destination of the route is the picturesque Great Glen Valley boasting simply stunning panoramas. After the tour, you are taken back to the hotel.


Day 9: Departure to Edinburgh
Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and  walk  to the train station.

map
Included experiences1 Experience
Full Day Private Loch Ness Tour
Included
Full day
Full Day Private Loch Ness Tour
Want to add more experiences
Inverness car services
Arrival transfer is included in your trip
Inverness car services
Arrival transfer is included in your trip
Arrival
Private Transfer Sedan
Included
Departure
Departure transfer
Not selected
Included
Inverness, Inverness Central Station
4 h / 1st Class Seat
Edinburgh, Edinburgh Central Station
Edinburgh
1night
United Kingdomgb
Market Street Hotel
Standard Double Breakfast Included
Market Street Hotel
Included
Standard Double Breakfast Included
Standard Double Breakfast Included
Up to 2 guests
1 double / twin bed
Breakfast included
Schedule
Schedule

Day 9: Arrival
Upon arrival, you have a check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Day 10: Departure
Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and depart from Edinburgh.

map
Want to add more experiences
Edinburgh car services
Departure transfer is included in your trip
Edinburgh car services
Departure transfer is included in your trip
Departure
Private Transfer Sedan
Included
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