Orkney & Shetland self drive vacation, Scotland
Our partnerís expert insider-knowledge of Orkney and the Shetland isles makes their tailor-made itineraries truly unique. Uncover the wildest parts with hand-picked local accommodations and options to visit the smaller, wildlife-rich isles of Hoy, Westray and Stronsay.
Scrabster Orkney Kirkwall Orphir Skara Brae Birsay Evie Ring of Brodgar Standing stones of Stenness South Ronaldsay Italian Chapel and Tomb of the Eagles Shetland Lerwick Seabirds & Seals Boat Trip Noss Nature Reserve Mousa Jarlshof
£840To£955 excluding flights
Price (per person) based on 2 people sharing a room for 6 nights on a bed & breakfast basis, plus ferry crossings from Scrabster to Orkney, Orkney to Shetland and Shetland to Aberdeen, a boat trip on Shetland, and a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass.
Description of Orkney & Shetland self drive vacation, Scotland
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.
17 Reviews of Orkney & Shetland self drive vacation, Scotland
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 06 Sep 2021 by Tristan Dugdale-PointonSuperb an amazing place...Amazing food at Lynfield Hotel and the breath taking scenery Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Jul 2021 by Tim CarneyIt has been a memorable wonderful vacation. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Oct 2021 by Jenny MartinVery good. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Oct 2021 by Jenny MartinVery good. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Aug 2021 by Robert FourtA very enjoyable and active break... Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Oct 2019 by Mary Ann KesslerI enjoyed the in-depth nature of the interaction with the locals on this trip. I learned so much about the culture and history of The Shetland and Orkney Islands Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Sep 2019 by Sebastien DelpontThe most exciting part of the vacation was the Shetlands landscapes Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Aug 2019 by Elizabeth and Mervyn KohlerThe boat trip to see birds and seals, but all of it was great. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Jul 2019 by Derek GouldOrkney: Ring of Brodcar, Broch of Gurness, Skara Brae, Kirkwal Cathedral and Shetland: Noss bird reserve were the most memorable parts of the vacation. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Jul 2019 by Pauline WestonWe thoroughly enjoyed meeting the people who were proud to show us their skills. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Jul 2019 by Tricia StradlingThe most memorable and exciting part of the vacation was the archeology and history in both Orkneys and Shetlands. The Noss boat outing and Sumburgh Head photo opportunities with puffins. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Sep 2019 by Malcolm PetytThe most exciting part of the vacation was the boat trip around Bressay and Noss Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Aug 2019 by Alan WhitneyConsidering everything we did quite a bit, our daughter had a horse ride / kayaking booked which went well, we were lucky with the weather, a few days with rain/wind but generally better than expected. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 May 2019 by Philip RosserThe most memorable and exciting part of the vacation was the Orkney historical sites Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Jul 2018 by Richard GentleWe enjoyed the whole trip but most of all we liked the archaeology - it was easily accessible and everywhere. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Sep 2017 by Christine DerrickDay trip to Papa Westray was the best highlight. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Oct 2016 by Moira ParkerIt was fantastic to see the contrast in both Isles and to see the nature, unspoilt beauty. The wealth of wildlife and to see them in a nature environment. The wealth of history and to see how the areas have evolved throughout the years. Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe are committed to helping our clients 'see Scotland differently', and thatís why we take great pride in showcasing the natural beauty and rich heritage of each of these magical islands as well as the inhabiting wildlife on both Orkney and Shetland.
On the 'seals and seabirds' trip whilst on Shetland, guests will not only view wildlife in a responsible way but will benefit from first-hand knowledge from expert - Dr. Jonathan Wills who will be on hand to share his in depth knowledge of some of the islandsí most spectacular wildlife; from gannets to seals.
Moreover, as much of the long distance travel is by boat (rather than plane or car for example), it's a more sustainable way to travel and gives employment to local ferry companies.
It is the history and incredible Neolithic sites which make the Orkney Islands very special. The main island (Mainland) of Orkney hosts a UNESCO World Heritage site which includes the breath-taking Standing Stones of Stenness, some up to 6 metres high. The nearby Neolithic Ring of Brodgar is particularly magical in the evening light. We include a Historic Scotland Explorer pass in the price of this vacation, which covers entrance to managed sites on Orkney, including Skara Brae and Maes Howe. This means that our clients can experience first-hand these wonderful, historical sites and contribute to their continued preservation by supporting the local communities involved in promoting them.
PeopleFor us, true sustainability means promoting and helping to maintain a way of life, where the economic benefit from tourism can make a genuine difference. Thatís why we work almost exclusively with local, family-run businesses, not with large corporate organisations. We build close and lasting relationships with our business partners, based on mutual trust and an unerring commitment to customer satisfaction. We carefully select these partners to ensure that they share our values of sustainable and responsible travel.
Your hotel on Shetland for example dates from the 1500ís, thus is a real historical cornerstone in the area in which it is situated. Moreover, this hotel prides itself in using only the best, locally sourced produce in its restaurant.
This vacation also offers clients the opportunity to visit some of Shetland's most remote, rural villages on the islands of Unst and Yell as well as other locations. This gives clients the opportunity to positively impact these local communities in terms of bringing tourism to these lesser known areas.
All of our vacation packs include "Robert's Recommendations", our specific tips on places to visit, places to eat and places to shop locally, all of which have been researched by us, and many of which are off-the-beaten track. For example, the quirky bus shelter on Unst is well worth a visit!
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