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The Shetland Isles - Voyage of the Vikings

The Shetland Isles - Voyage of the Vikings

Enjoy this 6 day tour where Scotland meets Scandinavia


Enjoy this 6 day tour where Scotland meets Scandinavia

Shetland Isles - the wild Islands with a Warm Welcome. Visit Shetland at anytime of year and you'll be enchanted by the rugged beauty of the landscape. Its dramatically changing colours and textures will take your breath away. Whether arriving for the first time or returning you can be sure of a great welcome. Every year more visitors discover these surprising hundred islands at the top of Britain. And every year more and more of them discover one visit's nothing like enough. Shetland - where Scotland meets Scandinavia and the North Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Where the Shetland ponies come from; and the sweaters; and the Vikings.


Scalloway  is a village of approximately 1200 residents on the west central mainland of Shetland. Once the ancient capital of Shetland, the village is today a modern progressive community centred around the sheltered busy commercial harbour that plays host to traditional fishing vessels, modern aquaculture services and some of the most modern shipping in the oil industry working west of Shetland.


Unst is the most northerly populated island in the British Isles and is unique in terms of its scenic beauty and mystical charm. It is one of the most spectacular, varied and interesting islands in Europe with ultramarine sea, beautiful sunbleached beaches of pure sand, majestic cliffs and hills, outstanding flora and fauna and national nature reserves of international significance. Sited on a 12 by 5 mile area and with a population of approximately 500, the land remains unspoilt and visitors are always welcome.


Brae is a settlement on the mainland of the Shetland Islands It is located at the northeast end of Busta Voe. Traditionally a fishing village, with the construction of the nearby Sullom Voe Oil Terminal in the 1970s Brae grew rapidly, merging with the nearby village of Northbrae.


Yell is Shetland's second largest island, a rough rectangle measuring about 17 miles north to south by 6 miles east to west. Much of the inland areas of Yell are under a blanket of peat up to 10ft deep. Yell is the least cultivated of Shetland's inhabited islands. Its settlements tend to lie around the coastal fringe. It  is one of the best places in Europe to see skuas, red-throated divers and otters.

Day 1

An early morning departure from Penrith for the journey north via Stirling and Dundee to Aberdeen, here we join the 17.00 Northlink overnight sailing to Lerwick on Shetland. A two-berth lower bed en-suite cabin is included along with a 3 course evening meal on board. Following dinner enjoy the entertainment as we sail to Shetland.


Day 2

After breakfast on board we disembark and travel to Scalloway with its castle, museum and woollen company. Mid afternoon we return to Lerwick and check into our hotel, the Shetland, for the next 3 nights. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 3

Today we have a full day tour of central and north Mainland including Voe, Brae and Hillswick. We return to Lerwick for dinner.

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Day 4

An Island hopping adventure today, we catch the ferry to the otter capital, Yell. Keep an eye out for other wildlife as we cross, we then continue onto the most northerly inhabited island in the UK, Unst, closer to Norway than London. A day of spectacular views. Dinner in the Hotel

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Day 5

After a leisurely breakfast we have a morning tour of the south mainland including Jarlshof, a Prehistoric and Norse Settlement embracing 4,000 years of human history. Afternoon in Lerwick to explore the town before joining the 17.00 overnight sailing with Northlink Ferries to Aberdeen. 2 berth lower bedded cabin ensuite cabin and dinner included.

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Day 6

A final breakfast on board the ferry before we disembark at Aberdeen and head home to Cumbria, with wonderful memories of the stunning Shetland Isles.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Shetland Hotel

Lovely location overlooking the bay, but only a few minutes walk into the centre of the town. This modern 3* hotel has 65 spacious en suite bedrooms all equipped with telephone, satellite TV, hospitality tray & trouser press and a lift serves most floors. There are two excellent restaurants, the Oasis restaurant and the Beltramis cafe.



Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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