Orkney and Shetlands Tour 2024

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August 20 - Only one departure
From$6,590 pp
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11 Days / 10 Nights
Availability : August 20 - Only one departure
Start: Glasgow, Scotland
End: Glasgow, Scotland

Orkney and Shetlands Tour: 2 nights Glencoe, 2 nights Isle of Skye, 2 nights Inverness, 1 night Thurso,
2 nights Northlink Ferry, 1 night Glasgow Airport

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book. 

This unique tour to Scotland heads north from Glasgow to the beautiful Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, and the Isle of Skye and Isle of Iona. We will stay on the Northlink Ferry for 2 nights travelling between the islands. On the mainland, we will take a ride on the Jacobite Train, have some free time for shopping in Inverness and discover a few more venues that make Scotland Scotland.

There aren’t too many tours that travel here, so if Orkney and the Shetlands are on your travel list – join us this August!

The tour has been planned, and is led by, Stewart Bennett the owner of “The Wee Tartan Shop” in Port Perry, Ontario.

Tour Details

Highlights:
– Full days exploring Isle of Skye, Inverness, Orkney, and the Shetlands
– Take pictures of Fingal’s Cave, Island of Staffa
– Ride the Jacobite Train
– See The Old Man of Storr
– Tour Urquhart Castle
– Look for Nessie on a Loch Ness cruise
– Visit Culloden Moor
– Visit Dunrobin Castle, home of the Duke of Sunderland
– Stops at Skara Bare, Ring of Brodgar and more
– See the Ponies at Carole’s Shetland Ponies
– Discover the V&A Museum, Dundee

Pick Up Location & TIme

Glasgow Airport (GLA)  (Google Map)

Drop off Location & Time

Glasgow Airport (GLA)

Price Includes

  • 8 nights at 3 & 4-star hotels
  • 2 nights on Northlink Ferry
  • 9 breakfast
  • 1 lunch
  • 9 dinners including 3 special dinner evening
  • Luxury coach
  • Tour guide
  • All entrances as per itinerary
  • All hotel taxes and service fees

Meals

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 1 lunches
  • 9 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

This large coach group tour will operate with a minimum of 20 passengers, max of 30 passengers on a 53 seater coach.

You can expect time on your feet as much of this tour is spent visiting rather than driving. 

This tour will be led by Stewart Bennett, the owner of “The Wee Tartan Shop” in Port Perry, Ontario.

Stewart was born in Scotland and emigrated to Canada at an early age but never lost his love of Scotland.  He is passionate about his homeland but has ventured out and loves every part of the UK.  He tours the UK on his own to discover “Off the main road hidden gems”  His travellers love taking the back roads only to discover the most beautiful sites and scenery.   He checks out every hotel so there are no surprises.

 Stewart has owned The Wee Tartan Shop in Port Perry for over 25 years and that is what got him into taking people to see Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland.  His main goal is to give you the best experience you can get and he wants you to travel with him again.  Some of the comments from his guests are:

 “This was the best tour we have ever taken”

 “This was my first coach tour and it will not be the last”

 ‘I was very nervous about joining a group tour but Stewart looked after our every need and we will travel with him again.’

 With his British shop, Stewart feels like he is in the UK everyday talking with suppliers and tour operators.  He often will take the group to one of his suppliers such as Hanna Hats in Donegal or Walkers Shortbread in Aberlour, Scotland.  

Itinerary

Day 1: Tuesday, August 20thGlasgow, Luss, Iveraray, St. Conan's Kirk

This morning , you will be welcomed by our tour guide and driver at the Glasgow airport,  where we will begin our journey.  We will stop for coffee in the beautiful village of Luss on Loch Lomond.  We will then travel to the town of Inveraray for a lunch stop, we strongly suggest the George Hotel. We will head north to Loch Awe and have a guided tour of St. Conan’s Kirk.  Time permitting we will check out the ruins of Kilchurn Castle.  We then head to the Ballachulish Hotel for a hearty dinner. (D)

Accommodation: Ballachulish Hotel or similar

Day 2: Wednesday, August 21stIsland of Staffa, Fingal's Cave, Iona Abbey

After a great Scottish breakfast we will travel to the we will head down to Oban and catch our ferry to Mull. Travelling down to Fionnphort, we will catch a small boat which takes us to the Island of Staffa and the famous Fingal’s Cave. Then returning to Iona, we will tour Iona Abbey and have time for lunch in the village before heading back to the ferry for a sail back to Oban and dinner at our hotel. (B, D)

Accommodation: Ballachulish Hotel or similar

Day 3: Thursday, August 22ndJacobite Train, Mallaig, Skye

This morning we head to Fort William and board the Jacobite Train for our journey over the Glenfinnan Viaduct and on to Mallaig where we will find some great fish and chips for lunch.  Then onto our ferry for our sail over to Skye. We should have time for a stop and Armadale Castle, the seat of Clan Donald.  Then a short drive to the Eilean Larmain Hotel for a nice dinner. (B, D)

Accommodation: Eilean Larmain Hotel or similar

Day 4: Friday, August 23rdThe Old Man of Storr, The Quaraing, Kilt Rock, Uig, Portree

Today, we tour the beautiful Island of Skye. We will see The Old Man of Storr, The Quaraing,  Kilt Rock,  Uig. We will stop in Portree for some shopping and lunch. Time permitting we may try to visit the Fairy Glen or the Fairy Pools before heading back to our hotel for dinner. (B, D)

Accommodation: Eilean Larmain Hotel or similar

Day 5: Saturday, August 24thUrquhart castle, Loch Ness Cruise, Culloden Moor

After another great breakfast we leave Skye and head for Urquhart Castle for a tour and we board our boat for a cruise up to Inverness travelling almost the full length of Loch Ness.  We will have time to visit Culloden Moor where the English army defeated Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites.  Tonight we will stay in downtown Inverness at the Palace Hotel where we will have dinner. (B, D)

Accommodation: Palace Hotel Inverness or similar

Day 6: Sunday, August 25thInverness

Today is our drivers day off so you are free to check out all there is to see in the Capital of the Highlands.  Sites such as the Botanic Gardens,  Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Inverness Cathedral and of course, Leakeys Bookstore.  You will be free to enjoy dinner in the town on you own or with friends tonight. (B)

Accommodation: Palace Hotel Inverness or similar

Day 7: Monday, August 26thTain, Dunrobin Castle

After breakfast we will head north with a coffee stop in Tain. We will then tour Dunrobin Castle, the home of the Duke of Sunderland.  This will also be our lunch stop.  Heading north I am hoping to stop at Sinclair Castle if the coach can get us near.  Weather permitting, we will go on the Highland Sea Safari along the cliffs on the North East of Scotland. Tonight, dinner is in the Pentland Hotel in Thurso. (B, D)

Accommodation: Pentland Hotel or similar 

Day 8: Tuesday, August 27thOrkney: Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, Sheila Fleet Jewellery, Churchill Barriers

We will be off on an early start to catch our ferry in Scrabster. Breakfast will be on the ferry as we cross the Pentland Strait over to Stromness. We then tour Orkney with stops at Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, Sheila Fleet Jewellery, Churchill Barriers. Then into Kirkwall for food tasting, lunch and make sure to visit Kirkwall Cathedral.  Tonight we will dine in a local hotel before boarding our ferry for an overnight sail to the Shetlands. (B, D)

Accommodation: Overnight Northlink Ferry

Day 9: Wednesday, August 28thShetland: Jarhoff, Carole's Shetland Ponies

We will land in Lerwick and after breakfast a step on guide will show us around Shetland with stops at Jarhoff and Carole’s Shetland Ponies.  Lunch will be in the hotel at the Jarhoff site. We will then board the ferry for dinner and our overnight sail over the North Sea to Aberdeen. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Overnight Northlink Ferry

Day 10: Thursday, August 29thV&A Museum Dundee, Paisley Cathedral

Landing in Aberdeen, we will have breakfast on the ferry before heading south to Dundee for a tour in the amazing V&A Museum.  We will then head to our hotel at Glasgow Airport but first we will have a wee stop at Paisley Cathedral.

Tonight our coach will drop us at the Mharsanta Restaurant in the Market area of Glasgow and a local coach will return us to the hotel. (B, D)

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport or similar

Day 11: Friday, August 30thGlasgow

Tour ends, unless extending your stay.

Ask us about extending your stay Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Ask us about hotel packages prior to the tour to stay in Edinburgh with tickets to The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. 

Dates and Prices
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2024: August 20 $6,590 $7,890

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/double occupancy.
Rates are is $ CAD

Payment Schedule:

Initial deposit of $1,000 per person is due at time of booking.

Installment of $1,000 per person is due February 1st. 

Installment of $1,000 per person is due March 1st.

Final balance due June 1st. 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

Ask us about staying in Edinburgh prior to the tour with tickets to The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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