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Shetland: Island of the Vikings

Shetland: Island of the Vikings

Over one hundred miles north of the Scottish mainland lies the Shetland Isles, an archipelago of islands with over five thousand years of history and culture influenced by its Viking inhabitants.

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Over one hundred miles north of the Scottish mainland lies the Shetland Isles, an archipelago of islands with over five thousand years of history and culture influenced by its Viking inhabitants. With a mild climate and over nineteen hours of daylight, be enchanted by these islands' rugged beauty and serene seclusion.



Return coach travel

2 overnight ferry sailings with ensuite cabins and evening meals & breakfasts onboard

2 nights half board on Shetland

2 nights half board enroute

Light lunch on one day

Escorted by an experienced Shetland guide on 3 days

Excursions & admissions to the Old Haa, Skidbladner Viking ship, Croft House Museum, Jarlshof Viking archaeological site & Shetland Jewellery Nordic Workshop

Scenic drives of the Shetland Isles

Free time in Braemar, Scalloway, Lerwick and St Andrews



We travel north for an overnight hotel in central Scotland.


A leisurely start this morning with a scenic drive to Royal Deeside and a short stop in Braemar, a village in the heart of the Cairngorms. We continue north, catching a glimpse of Balmoral Castle before arriving in Aberdeen to board our overnight ferry with evening dinner and comfortable cabin accommodation awaiting us.


After breakfast included on board, we arrive in the Shetland Islands, 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 focuses on the lives of local Shetlanders before crossing to Unst. Home to beautiful beaches, we enjoy an included light lunch before continuing to Muckle Flugga, the most northern tip of the UK, and The Skidbladner, a full-size replica of a Viking ship, before we return to Lerwick for a two-night hotel stay.


Today, we explore the Shetland mainland, taking in magnificent cliffside scenery, beaches and seabird colonies. Highlights include the Sumburgh Head nature reserve, five thousand years of history at the Jarlshof Viking archaeological site, the Croft House museum and the former ancient capital of Scalloway, with its fifteenth-century castle, fishing harbour and folklore museum. Don't forget to look out for the native Shetland ponies found throughout the island too!


This morning, we head northwest to the 'Drongs', an impressive series of sea stacks. This afternoon, we have a guided tour of the Shetland Jewellery Nordic Workshop before returning to Lerwick, where you'll have time to explore the island's capital. This evening, we will board a return overnight ferry to return back to the Scottish mainland.


After an included breakfast onboard, we arrive back in Aberdeen. From here, we take the coastal road continuing over the Tay Bridge to St Andrews. Enjoy exploring this historic university town, the oldest in Scotland, where Prince William first met Kate Middleton. We cross the newest Forth Bridge before arriving at our next hotel.


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

Shetland Hotel  3*, 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


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Name Address
Alfreton Bus Station, Hall Street,
Alfreton, DE55 7BT
Arnold High Street Bus Stop,
Outside Leisure Centre Car Park, Arnold, NG5 7EE
Beeston Beeston Lace Road, behind the Cricketers Pub
Beeston, NG9 2LA
Bulwell Aldi (Bus Stop SW12), Sellers Wood Drive,
Bulwell, NG6 8GE
Chesterfield Coach Station, Beckingham Way
Chesterfield, S40 1TH
Derby Bus Station, Bay 27 & 28,
Derby, DE1 2AY
Heanor Market Place, Wilmott Street
(Market Square side) Heanor, DE75 7EG
Ilkeston Wharncliffe Rd, Market Place,
Ilkeston, DE7 5GF
Leicester St Margarets Bus Station, Stand SA,
Gravel Street, Leicester, LE1 3AG
Long Eaton The Green, Outside Poundland
Long Eaton, Notts, NG10 1HQ
Loughborough Amber Rooms, The Rushes
Loughborough, LE11 5BE
Mansfield Bus Stop, Walkden Street
Mansfield, NG18 1QN
Nottingham Mount Street, Alongside the Grosvenor Casino,
Nottingham, NG1 6HE
Ripley Market Place, Express Stand
Ripley, DE5 3FJ
Rotherham Interchange Bay C1/ C2, Frederick Street,
Rotherham , S60 1QB
Sheffield Pond Hill, Opposite Penny Black Public House
Sheffield, S1 2BG
Toton Tram Stop Park and Ride, Toton Lane
Notts, NG9 7JA

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