Scottish Highlands, Orkney, Shetland & Aberdeen Tour
Orkney – Shetland – Aberdeen – Bannockburn – Stirling Castle – Rosslyn Chapel – Northern Highlands
A Nine Day Journey of Land, Sea & 5000 Years
Day 1. Bannockburn, Stirling Castle and the Cairngorms
To begin our Scottish ancient sites tour we will visit Bannockburn and the site of the infamous battle of 1314 where the forces of Robert the Bruce met those of the English King Edward II changing history but was this Scottish victory aided by the recently banished Knights Templar? We will then head into Stirling to visit its magnificent castle. Continuing north to the Cairngorms National Park, known as the heart of the Scottish Highlands, we will book into our hotel for the night on a bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2. Ancient Sites Tour of the Northern Highlands & the Ferry to Orkney
Heading further north across some of the most beautiful and spectacular countryside, we will tour the ancient sites of the area including the Grey Cairns of Camster, the Hill O’ Many Stanes and the Achavanich Stones. From the town of Thurso, standing about as far north as you can get on the British mainland we will catch the ferry to Orkney. Arriving in Stromness we will book into the hotel of the same name for the next two nights, on a bed and breakfast basis.
Day 3. Tour of Orkney Ancient & Mystical Sites
Today we will explore the famous ancient sites of Orkney including the magnificent Maes Howe, the Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae, the Great Sacred Monuments of Stennes’, chambered tombs, Souterrains, standing Stones and ancient settlements. These are some of the most important Neolithic and Bronze Age sites in Europe.
Day 4. Tour of the Ancient & Historical Sites of Orkney & the Ferry to Shetland
On this second day touring the ancient and historical sites of Orkney we will visit the fascinating Italian Church, Mine Howe and the Tomb of the Eagles chambered tomb, ending the day with an evening walk along the cliff tops. Our second ferry, heading further north to the Shetland Isles, will leave this evening and on this sea crossing we will have cabins so we can wake up in Lerwick refreshed and ready to explore. This evening’s crossing will be on a shared ‘cabin only’ basis but there will be an opportunity for us to visit the ship’s café in the morning after docking.
Day 5. Tours of the Ancient & Historical Sites of Shetland
After arriving in Lerwick, the largest town on the Shetland Isles and checking into the B&B we will spend the day touring the islands ancient and historical sites and taking in this tranquil and peaceful island, which lies far north of the British main land.
Day 6. A Free day in Lerwick, the largest town on the Shetland Isles
By today we will be ready for a much earned rest day in Lerwick an active fishing town and the main one on the Shetland Isles. The Broch of Mousa, one of the finest examples of a site of this type, is reachable for the more active of you and the Clickimin Broch, in the town, is a must.
Day 7. Tour of the Ancient & Historical Sites of Shetland & the Ferry to Aberdeen
Another day taking in the ancient sites of Shetland before catching the ferry from the port of Lerwick heading for Aberdeen. Crossing we will again have cabins so we can wake up in Aberdeen refreshed and ready to explore. This evening’s crossing will again be on a shared cabin only basis but there will be an opportunity for us to visit the ship’s café in the morning after docking.
Day 8. Tour of Recumbent Stone Circles of Aberdeen & the Ancient Sites of Loch Tay
The famous Recumbent Stone Circles of Aberdeen are a phenomenon of the ancient world, left to us by our ancestors and we couldn’t leave the area without visiting two or three. Our journey from here will take us along the breathtaking banks of Loch Tay where we will find the concentric stone circle of Croft Moraig and our hotel will be in the small town of Callander situated on the River Teith. (Bed and breakfast basis).
Day 9. Rosslyn Chapel, Cairnpapple Hill & Home
Our first visit today will be Cairnpapple Hill, a major ancient ritual centre with panoramic views taking in both coastlines. We will then head for the mystical Rosslyn Chapel associated with the Knights Templar and of cours the centre of the Da Vinci Code story. We will then be only left with the journey south and home.
9 days – £1200 (Single Supplement for rooms on land – £120)
The price includes – all transport from the beginning of the tour to drop off, three ferry crossings, site visits and all hotels on a bed and breakfast basis. The overnight sea crossings are on a room only basis with cabins shared with one other.