7 nights independent tour
Price from: £989pp
Solo traveller price from £1399
Day 1 Travel by air to Lerwick
On arrival make your way to your hotel.
Days 2-4 Lerwick, Shetland
Must-see sights in the capital and elsewhere on Mainland include the Shetland Museum and Archives, which brings to life the archipelago's story; the Shetland Crofthouse Museum; the ancient settlement of Jarlshof on Sumburgh Head; the white sands of St Ninian’s Isle; the impressive Iron Age Mousa Broch; the Scalloway Museum; the ruins of Scalloway Castle; and Hillswick, with its small wildlife sanctuary for seals and otters.
Day 5 Lerwick, Shetland/Kirkwall, Orkney
Return to the airport for the 30 minute flight to Orkney. On arrival make your way to your hotel before maybe visiting St Magnus Cathedral, while nearby are the remains of the Bishop’s and Earl’s Palaces.
Days 6-7 Kirkwall, Orkney
Highlights include the pretty town of Stromness and its museum; Skara Brae, one of the most remarkable prehistoric sites in the world; the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the nearby Isle of Hoy which is known for its spectacular coastal scenery and dramatic sea stack, the Old Man of Hoy; and Scapa Flow Visitor Centre & Museum.
Day 8 Kirkwall/mainland UK
Return to the airport for your onward flight to mainland UK.
Departures: Daily between 01 May-30 Sep 22.
3* Shetland Hotel, Lerwick; 3*Ayre, Kirkwall
Tour price: The prices shown include return travel between Inverness and the islands, onward flight between Sumburgh (Shetland) and Kirkwall (Orkney) and 7 nights accommodation with daily breakfast (twin price based on two people sharing a twin or double room; solo price based on one person in a single or sole occupancy room which is advised at time of booking). Alternative airports available at a supplement.
Note: Local taxi transfers are available at both Shetland and Orkney and are both payable locally.