Orkney & Shetland
From standing stones to chambered cairns
The islands beyond the northernmost tip of Scotland glory in some of the most beautiful and rugged landscapes in the world. For more than five thousand years they have been home to farmers and fishermen, who left monuments so impressive that this has been called an archaeologists’ paradise. During the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age, the people of Orkney and Shetland were among the first in Britain to begin building Megalithic chamber tombs and later henge monuments. The islands are also blessed with an extraordinary natural beauty. Wildflowers bloom throughout the summer, covering the green cliffs with color and the exquisite scent of heather.
Your Departure date
Deposit: $750 Single supplement: $265
Day 1 - Lerwick
We meet this evening at our hotel in Shetland and enjoy a lecture before dinner together as a group.
|Hotel||Shetland Hotel, Lerwick|
Day 2 - Old Scatness - Mousa Broch
We travel to Old Scatness, an Iron Age broch and extensive settlement site. Next, we visit Jarlshof to view the Bronze Age houses, Iron Age fortifications, Pictish symbols, and the remains of a Viking longhouse. In the afternoon, we take a ferry to Mousa Broch to see the unique Iron Age tower structure.
Day 3 - Underhoull - Muness Castle
Today we see Viking houses at Underhoull, and the replica Viking house and ship at Brookpoint. At Skaw, we admire the view and visit Muness Castle.
Day 4 - Scord of Brouster
Drive out to Stanydale Temple, a megalithic structure of uncertain purpose. Next, visit the Scord of Brouster and in Lerwick, we visit the Shetland Museum. We end our day at the Broch of Clickhimin.
Day 5 - Scalloway
We explore St Ninian’s Isle where we see the Church - a striking white shell sand spit links the islands. Excavation revealed a fabulous hoard of Pictish silver. Continue to South Voe Croft Museum, an engaging evocation of rural life in Shetland. The afternoon will be spent visiting Scalloway Museum.
Tonight's accommodation is an overnight ferry.
|Meals included||All meals included|
Day 6 - Maeshowe - Ring of Brodgar
We drive to Maeshowe, a zenith in European prehistoric architecture. This chambered tomb has been a distinctive presence in the landscape for millennia. We continue to the Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar.
Day 7 - Midhowe - Taversoe Tuick
We travel to the Island of Rousay to explore Midhowe chambered tomb, sealed 4,500 years ago containing the remains of 25 people. On to the much later Iron Age defensive structure of Midhowe Broch which stands on the rocky foreshore of Rousay between two inlets and consists of a circular tower with a very thick exterior wall. We end our day at the double chambered tomb of Taversoe Tuick.
Day 8 - Kirkwall
Today we explore Orkney’s capital, Kirkwall. Highlights include St Magnus Cathedral, Earl’s Palace and Bishop’s Palace. In the afternoon, we pay a visit to Tankerness Museum.
Day 9 - Skara Brae
We begin the day at the Neolithic village of Skara Brae. We also visit Skaill House, an impressive mansion from the 17th century. Later, we visit the Brough of Birsay to explore the Norse settlement remains.
Day 10 - Italian Chapel
Visit the Tomb of the Eagles, a stalled cairn built before 3,000 BC. We continue to the Burnt Mound at Liddle and our day ends at the striking Italian Chapel.
Day 11 - Kirkwall
Our tour ends today in Orkney and, from here, we make our way back home.
Please note that the order of the itinerary is subject to ferry availability and therefore likely to change.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Professional Tour Manager
- Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
- Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
- Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
- All taxes & gratuities
- Field notes
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single Supp.||Offer||Availability|
|July 13 2020||AOAS200713||July 13 2020 (Monday)||July 23 2020 (Thursday)||Peter Yeoman Tina Cresswell||$4,045
|$750||$265||Call for availability|
|May 13 2021||AOAS210513||May 13 2021 (Thursday)||May 23 2021 (Sunday)||Dr Val Turner||$4,420
|July 29 2021||AOAS210729||July 29 2021 (Thursday)||August 8 2021 (Sunday)||Peter Yeoman||$4,515