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Shetland: Island of the Vikings

Shetland: Island of the Vikings

130 miles north of the Scottish mainland lies the Shetland Isles, between Great Britain, the Faroe Islands and Norway, an archipelago of 100 islands with 5000 years of history and Viking influenced culture.

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130 miles north of the Scottish mainland lies the Shetland Isles. An archipelago of 100 islands with 5000 years of history and Viking influenced culture. With a mild climate and up to 19 hours day light, be enchanted by the rugged beauty and serene seclusion. A wonderful island experience, where along with your experienced guide, you will see landscapes like no other, visiting international acclaimed sites along the way.

 

Includes

Return coach travel

2 overnight ferry sailings with en suite cabins and evening dinners + breakfasts on board as per the itinerary

4 nights half board hotel accommodation

1 Shetland light lunch

3 days experienced Shetland guide

Entrance into the Old Haa, The Skidbladner Viking ship and the Croft House Museum

Visits to Viking Jarlsof archaeological site, Shetland Jewellery Nordic Workshop and entry to the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Scenic drive of the Northern Isles and South & West Mainland Shetland

 

 

Please note this price includes our door-to-door, if you do not require this service but wish to book then please call 0115 9770 080 for a discount on your booking.

 

DAY 1

Travel north for an overnight hotel in central Scotland area.

DAY 2

A leisurely start for the scenic drive via Royal Deeside via a short stop in Braemar, continuing with a glimpse of Balmoral Castle, the Queens Highland retreat, en route to Aberdeen to board our overnight ferry with evening dinner and comfortable cabin accommodation included on board.

DAY 3

Breakfast on board before an early arrival in the remote isles of the Shetlands, where we are met by a local guide for a tour of the Northern Isles - Yell and Unst. We visit the Old Haa Museum which houses artifacts from the lives of the islanders, then cross to Unst, with its many beautiful beaches. After a light lunch we continue via Muckle Flugga, the most northern tip of the UK before visiting The Skidbladner, a full size replica of a Viking ship. We return to Lerwick and The Shetland hotel for a 2 night stay.

DAY 4

Today we explore the south and west mainland, taking in magnificent cliff scenery, golden beaches and seabird colonies - highlights include Sumburgh Head RSPB reserve; 5000 years of history at Viking Jarlshof archaeological site; entry to Croft House museum; photo opportunities of native Shetland ponies in the Tingwall Valley and the former ancient capital of Scalloway, with its 15th century castle, fishing harbour and folklore museum.

DAY 5

This morning we head north west via Voe & Brae to the "Drongs", an impressive series of sea stacks. This afternoon we have a guided tour of Shetland Jewellery Nordic Workshop. We return via Wormadale Viewpoint to Lerwick for a little free time before boarding the ship for the return overnight sailing with evening dinner and en suite cabin accommodation on board.

DAY 6

Breakfast on board before early arrival back in Aberdeen. From here we take the coast road via Arbroath, famous for it's "Smokies" (a type of smoked haddock), continuing over the Tay Bridge, with a stop in St Andrews where Prince William first met Kate Middleton at the town's university, the oldest in Scotland. We cross the newest of the 3 Forth Bridges before arriving at our overnight hotel.

DAY 7

We continue our journey over the border back into England and our original departure points.

Shetland Hotel  ***, Lerwick

 

 

A modern, purpose-built hotel conveniently situated across from the ferry terminal with commanding views overlooking the bay and only a few minutes walk from the town centre. The hotel has 65 modern large spacious bedrooms, a 24hr reception desk, a restaurant and also a sports bar. Free wifi is also available throughout the hotel.

 

Hotel Facilities

  • Bar

  • Restaurant

  • Wi-Fi

  • Lift to most floors

 

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