Day 1 To Scotland and the King Robert Hotel in Stirling.
Day 2 Glorious Highland scenery and Lochs as we travel via Pitlochry and Inverness to Thurso on the North coast. This will be our base for 3 nights and our accommodation here will either be the St Clair or Station hotel, both 3 star.
Day 3 A free day to explore Thurso, Scotland’s most northerly town with views dominated by Dunnet Head.
Day 4 Fine scenery as we travel via Wick to visit John O’Groats. Then views north to the Orkney Islands as we view Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on mainland Britain.
Day 5 We catch the morning ferry from Scrabster for the 90 minute crossing to Stromness on Orkney. Here we have a full day tour of Orkney with a local guide. We visit Skara Brae, an amazing neolithic village that lay buried by sand for 4000 years; the stone ring of Brodgar, the delightful chapel built by Italian POWs and the remains of battleships scuppered at Scapa Flow. In the evening we visit the fascinating Fossil Centre before moving on for an included 3 course dinner in Kirkwall. Later we board our ship for the overnight crossing to Lerwick, the Shetlands’ capital.
Day 6 Following breakfast onboard we depart on a tour of Shetlands’ scenic mainland with a local guide. We visit Jarlshof Viking Village and Scalloway Castle. There is free time in Lerwick before re- boarding the ship for the overnight crossing to Aberdeen (dinner on board).
Day 7 Following breakfast on board we dock at Aberdeen. From here we travel along beautiful Royal Deeside, passing the Balmoral Estate before stopping in Braemar. We continue through the breathtaking scenery of Glenshee to our overnight stop at the Erskine Bridge Hotel once more.
Day 8 We travel south and home.