Trip Overview

Treasures of Shetland and Orkney Islands

Tour rating: 4.79 / 5, Based on 7 Reviews
Private tour to United Kingdom

Set off on an unforgettable 10-day journey around the scenic Scottish Islands. Enjoy the attractions of gorgeous Edinburgh, proceeding to the wild beauty of the Shetland and Orkney Islands. Get inspired by the medieval castles drowning in the greenery of the surrounding hills, discover the UNESCO-listed heritage and reveal the mysteries of the famous Loch Ness.

Treasures of Shetland and Orkney Islands

10 days5 cities
United Kingdom1 country
Private tour to United Kingdom
From
$4,498
Tour rating: 4.79 / 5, Based on 7 Reviews

Set off on an unforgettable 10-day journey around the scenic Scottish Islands. Enjoy the attractions of gorgeous Edinburgh, proceeding to the wild beauty of the Shetland and Orkney Islands. Get inspired by the medieval castles drowning in the greenery of the surrounding hills, discover the UNESCO-listed heritage and reveal the mysteries of the famous Loch Ness.

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Day-By-Day
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh

first destination

The capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh has stunning architecture including the Holyrood Palace on the Royal Mile and the Edinburgh Castle.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival to Edinburgh
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to the beautiful Scottish capital, Edinburgh! Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is at your leisure so you can start exploring the magnificent city on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Edinburgh Royal Mile Tour
City tour
City tour

Today following breakfast you set off on the comprehensive exploration of the Scottish capital - beautiful Edinburgh! In the morning you meet your guide and start a tour of the Old City also known as 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, you return to your hotel.

Later this day you walk to the train station to board the train to Aberdeen.

Upon arrival to Aberdeen, you have a check-in at the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Hilton Edinburgh Carlton, Edinburgh
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The beautiful Hilton Edinburgh Carlton boasts a great location near Edinburgh’s old town. All guest rooms are cozy and spacious and provide free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, a sitting area, and a private bathroom.

train
Edinburgh
Aberdeen
2 hrs 30 min

Enjoy a scenic ride on a comfortable train from the gorgeous Scottish capital to a charming city of Aberdeen along the breathtaking coast. Marvel at the wonderful panoramas of the wild local nature and take advantage of onboard amenities along the way.

Aberdeen, Scotland

Aberdeen

second destination

Being one of the most significant port cities in Scotland, Aberdeen is a nice spot to immerse into the local lifestyle and culture.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 3
Castles Tour
Day tour
Day tour

Following breakfast in the hotel, you meet your private guide-driver and set off on a full-day tour to explore Scotland's Castle Country. The tour includes visits to two very different castles - Dunottar and Crathes.

The first stop is at the seaside town of Stonehaven to explore Dunnottar Castle. Sitting on a rocky outcrop and overlooking the North Sea, Dunnottar Castle is one of the most photographed Scottish attractions, which even served as the background of the film "Hamlet". Together with the driver-guide you visit the castle and learn its story. Then you continue to the town for a coffee break and take a stroll along the pebble beach, boardwalk and take in the picturesque views of the harbor.

Afterward, you make your way to the second castle of the day - Crathes. Built in the 16th century, the castle first served as a fortification later transforming into a sumptuous home. Following a lunch break, you get to visit the castle, explore its interiors and walk around the beautiful 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.

Breakfast and tea with traditional scones​ are included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

plane
Aberdeen
Lerwick
1 hr

Take advantage of the fast and easy connection as a plane takes you from the mainland to the capital of the scenic Shetland Islands, lovely Lerwick.

Lerwick, Scotland

Lerwick

third destination

The capital of the Shetland Islands, vibrant Lerwick is a famous Scottish seaport that offers a great number of recreational opportunities.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Arrival to Shetland Islands and Guided Tour
Day tour
Day tour

Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and meet your driver for the transfer to Aberdeen airport to catch a plane to Lerwick, the capital of the Shetland Islands. Upon arrival, 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 tours of the program with amazing panoramic views, history, and wildlife.

Today you have a short photo-stop at Scalloway and travel across the isle of Mousa to take in the view of one of the best-preserved brochs in the world. You also 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 and have a close look at Sumburgh Lighthouse which was opened in 1821.

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

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

Breakfast is included.

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Day 5
Unst and Yell Islands Tour
Day tour
Day tour

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

Firstly you visit the Island of Yell, Shetland's biggest island 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. 

Then you proceed to the 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 to take a ferry to Kirkwall.

Upon arrival in Kirkwall, you have a check-in at the hotel.

Breakfast is included.

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3-star hotel
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Enjoy a memorable stay in a nice centrally located 3-star hotel. Being a blend of comfort and coziness, the hotel will make you feel at home due to its pleasant designs, a variety of services as well as an excellent value for money. The hotel's gallery contains several examples of 3-star hotels we offer.

ferry
Lerwick
Kirkwall
6 hrs 30 min

Get ready for a memorable journey! Enjoy a worry-free ferry ride from Lerwick to the largest city of the Orkney Islands, Kirkwall. On your way to the charming city of Kirkwall, you pass by some of the most scenic islands in the UK as well as relax with the peaceful sounds of the sea.

Kirkwall, Scotland

Kirkwall

fourth destination

Kirkwall, is a Scottish town with a Norse heart, boasting a wonderful location. People from all over the world come to Kirkwall to enjoy the magnificent views of the Scottish countryside and to take advantage of the unique hiking opportunities.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 6
UNESCO Heritage Tour
Day tour
Day 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. You continue to the Standing Stones of Stenness, still raising many questions about their appearance and purpose. Together you drive to Watchstone, situated on the Bridge of Brodgar, and pass the Ness of Brodgar. Since a Geophysical survey of 2003, this place revealed up to twelve possible archeological structures.

Afterward, you make your way to the Ring of Brodgar which is one of the finest stone circles, and head for the last of the four World Heritage Sites - Skara Brae. This is a well preserved Neolithic village, revealed after a fierce storm in 1850 when the sand dune covering 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.

Breakfast is included.

 

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4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

car
Kirkwall
Inverness
4 hrs 30 min

Your journey to Inverness starts with a comfortable car ride to Stromness. Then you proceed to enjoy breathtaking views of the Scottish countryside onboard a ferry, taking you to the port in Scrabster. When this short sea trip is over, you continue your way to Inverness.

Inverness, United Kingdom Gallery

Inverness

fifth destination

Inverness is undoubtedly a must-visit while in the Scottish Highlands! Full of myths and legends, spectacular nature and man-made wonders, the city is home to the monumental Inverness Castle, as well as the famous Loch Ness.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 7
Arrival to Inverness
Transfer
Transfer
Free day
Free day

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel in Kirkwall and meet the driver for a transfer to the port. After a ferry ride, you arrive on the mainland and have a private 2.5-hour transfer straight to Inverness.

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

Breakfast is included.

 

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Day 8
Exploration of the Loch Ness
Day tour
Day tour

Following breakfast in the hotel, you meet your private guide-driver and 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. Afterward, 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.

Breakfast is included.

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Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
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If you are looking for a "home away from home" in Inverness, take a closer look at the elegant Kingsmills Hotel, located right in the heart of this beautiful Scottish city. The property prides itself on flawless service, great in-house amenities, and cozy well-fitted guestrooms, equipped with everything you might need for a comfortable stay.

train
Inverness
Edinburgh
4 hrs

Enjoy a nice ride on a comfortable train with the scenic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and charming countryside passing by your window. During the 4-hour ride, you cross Scotland from north to south, seeing numerous cities, admiring the views of the Cairngorms National Park and beautiful coastline along the way.

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh

sixth destination

The capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh has stunning architecture including the Holyrood Palace on the Royal Mile and the Edinburgh Castle.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 9
Free Day in Edinburgh
Free day
Free day

Following breakfast, you check out from your Inverness hotel and have a private transfer to the train station to catch a train to Edinburgh.

Upon arrival, you have a check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is free at your disposal so you have time to explore the city's attractions on your own.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 10
Departure from Edinburgh
Transfer
Transfer

This is the last day of your adventure! In the morning after breakfast, you check out from the hotel and driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home.

We hope you had a journey of a lifetime and we will be looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

Breakfast is included.

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Hilton Edinburgh Carlton, Edinburgh
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The beautiful Hilton Edinburgh Carlton boasts a great location near Edinburgh’s old town. All guest rooms are cozy and spacious and provide free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, a sitting area, and a private bathroom.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels and heritage hotels in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Lerwick, Kirkwall and Inverness;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Sightseeing tours with private guide-drivers in Aberdeen, Lerwick, Kirkwall, and Inverness;
  • Economy class flight Aberdeen - Lerwick;
  • Superior outside cabin Lerwick - Kirkwall,
  • 1st class train tickets Edinburgh - Aberdeen, Inverness - Edinburgh;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.​

Note: We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses, gratuities.

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Tour Highlights

  • Your own professional local guides;
  • Exploration of Scotland's Castle Country;
  • Tours of Shetland and Orkney Islands;
  • Day tour of Loch Ness.

What To Know

  • The currency used by default in the UK is British Pound, also known as Pound Sterling. To be on the safe side, make sure to withdraw some cash from the ATM beforehand
  • The tours will require a lot of walking, make sure to pack comfortable shoes
  • It rains a lot in the UK throughout the year, so it is worth bringing a water-resistant jacket and an umbrella
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