Orkney and Shetland Mini Cruise

Orkney and Shetland Mini Cruise

Available from Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway and Cumbria.


Available from Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway and Cumbria.

A mini cruise to Orkney and Shetland, offering our passengers a rare chance to visit two of the most northerly British Isles.  With stunning scenery throughout and historic sights, this is a great short break.


The highlights of the tour are undoubtedly the guided excursions on both islands.


What's Included?


  • return coach travel

  • one night dinner, bed and breakfast in a hotel

  • one night bed and breakfast on board ferry

  • one night dinner, bed and breakfast on board ferry

  • en-suite accommodation

  • an evening meal in a hotel

  • a lunch on board ferry

  • two guided excursions


The deposit required at the time of booking for all holidays is £30 per person, full payment is required 28 days prior to departure.



Join the 90 minute crossing to Stromness, during which a soup and sandwiches lunch will be served. Meet your local guide for a tour of Orkney, boasting some of the best preserved archaeological sites in Europe, including Neolithic villages, burial tombs and impressive stone circles. Visit Skara Brae, an incredibly well-preserved stone village dating back 5,000 years, Scapa Flow, a 50 square mile expanse of deep water, forming one of the largest, sheltered anchorages in the world. Relics of two world wars lie both within and around the Flow: seven German ships, the Churchill Barriers with their beached blockships and the inspiring Italian Chapel. Also visit the magnificent Ring of Brodgar, originally 60 stones in a vast circle between the Stenness and Harray Lochs, 27 of which remain standing. Dinner is taken in a local restaurant before joining the overnight sailing from Kirkwall to Shetland.


Join the coach in Lerwick and meet your local guide for the day's touring on Shetland. The island has 900 miles of coastline with dramatic cliffs and beautiful scenery. Visit the outstanding site of Jarlshof in the south (admission paid locally) and also view Shetland's famous ponies. A stop will be made at Scalloway Castle, built by Earl Patrick Stewart in 1600, and its new museum. Re-board the ferry for the overnight sailing to Aberdeen.

Royal Muthu Hotel, Thurso


The Royal Hotel in Thurso is based in the north coast of Scotland, on the beautiful burgh of Caithness, regarded as the gateway to Orkney.  Note: Porterage is NOT included.


Hotel and Bedroom Facilities:


  • tea/coffee making facilities

  • TV

  • hair dryer

  • telephone

  • WiFi

  • lift (stairs to reach lift)


Northlink Ferries


Purpose built for the routes, NorthLink Ferries ships, MV Hamnavoe, MV Hjaltland and MV Hrossey, offer the highest standards of safety and comfort.  Whether you are in a public area or a cabin, as you set to sea in one of the ships, you’ll feel like you’re on a cruise.  Note: porterage is NOT available.


Ship and Bedroom Facilities:


  • side by side beds

  • lift





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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
Annan WM Annan, War Memorial opposite Queensberry Arms
Ardrossan Ardrossan, Princes Street Bus Stop
Ayr Bus Station Ayr Bus Station
Stance 14
Ayr Dodds Depot Ayr, Dodds Depot, 4 East Road
Ballantrae Garage, Main Street, Ballantrae
Cairnryan Stena Stena Line Passenger Terminal
Loch Ryan Port.
Carlisle Asda Carlisle Asda
Bus Layby, Chandler Way
Carlisle Sands Carlisle, Sands Centre, Main Door
Castle Douglas Castle Douglas, Crown Hotel
Opposite Market Hill, King Street
Dalbeattie Dalbeattie, Opp The Birchtree Hotel
Maxwell Street
Dumfries Dumfries, Whitesands, Coach Bay near Suspension
Bridge. (If Whitesands Closed, Brooms Rd Car Park)
Eastriggs Eastriggs, Central Bus stop
Opposite the Baxter Hall (Church)
Girvan Girvan, Hamilton Arms Hotel
Gretna Gretna Main Bus Stop
Annan Road
Gretna Green Gretna Hall Hotel, Front steps
Please park adjacent to the coach park
Irvine Irvine, Opposite Townhouse, Irvine Cross
Kilmarnock Kilmarnock, St Marnock St (Police Station)
Kilwinning Kilwinning, Caley Station
Kirkcudbright Kirkcudbright, Harbour Square
Opposite the Old Post Office
Lochmaben Lochmaben, Outside Kings Arms Hotel
Lockerbie Lockerbie, The Townhead Hotel
Maybole Maybole, Cassillis Hotel
Moffat Moffat, The Balmoral Hotel
Newton Stewart Newton Stewart, The Crown Hotel
Prestwick Prestwick, Station Road.
Saltcoats Saltcoats, Railway Station
Stevenston Stevenston, The Cross
Stranraer Stranraer
Bus Stop Opposite Police Station
Troon Troon, Ivy Cottage, South Beach.
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