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Shetland Mini-Cruise, Aberdeen and Royal Deeside

8 days - from only £949pp

ABOUT THE TOUR

Shetland Mini-Cruise, Aberdeen and Royal Deeside

Enjoy a two night mini-cruise to the far north of these islands, mystical and neolithic Shetland. Back on the mainland we visit Dundee and Edinburgh, also touring Speyside's whisky distilling traditions, plus a day in Royal Deeside at Highland Braemar and Balmoral. A Scottish grand tour with a difference.

TOUR INCLUDES

  • 5 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast and 5 evening meals
  • Two night mini-cruise on MV Hrossey or MV Hjaltland with breakfast and dinner
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Local joining points

8 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1:

    From your local joining points we travel to our convenient overnight hotel in the north of England.

    Included meals: Dinner

  • Day 2:

    Our journey north continues through the Scottish borders. We break our journey in the handsome city of Dundee, famous for its comic book publishing but now home to the superb V&A. In Aberdeen we check in for two nights at the Park Inn.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 3: Day at leisure

    Day at leisure in Aberdeen. The 'Granite City' is a delight, with attractive civic buildings and beaches at the nearby coast.

    Aberdeen

    Aberdeen

    Included Highlights

    • Aberdeen
  • Day 4: Speyside's Whisky Heritage

    We leave the Park Inn, exploring charming Speyside, famed over the world for its whisky production. We visit Speyside Cooperage to learn about the craft and manufacture of hand-made whisky barrels, followed by a tour of one of Speyside's distilleries. Our tour concludes, of course, with a 'wee dram' of one of the region's crisp malts. Back in Aberdeen we board MV Hrossey or MV Hjaltland. Sit back, relax, taste locally-sourced food at dinner, then enjoy the ship's facilities, which include a cinema, shops, bars and lounges.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Speyside

    Speyside

    Included Highlights

    • Speyside
  • Day 5: Touring Shetland

    After breakfast we disembark on Shetland, picking up a local guide for a day's touring the mystical isle. More Scandinavian than Scottish in many ways, the Viking heritage is still strong in this world of wild beauty and renowned archaeological sites. We visit remarkable Jarlshof, along with the historic town of Scalloway, plus the capital Lerwick. Keep an eye out for seabird colonies and Shetland ponies as we tour this remote and unspoilt outpost of these islands. We rejoin the ship in Lerwick. Settle into your cabins as we set sail back overnight towards Aberdeen.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Shetland

    Shetland Lighthouse

    Included Highlights

    • Shetland Tour
  • Day 6: Royal Deeside

    Disembarking in Aberdeen after breakfast we venture towards the Highlands, exploring pretty Royal Deeside. We visit Braemar, home of the famous Highland Games, and Balmoral*, Scottish home of the Royal Family. We spend a night in Aberdeen at the Park Inn. *If the Royal Family is in residence and Balmoral doesn't open to the public we will make an alternative visit.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Balmoral Castle

    Balmoral

    Included Highlights

    • Balmoral
    • Braemar
  • Day 7: Edinburgh

    We drive from Aberdeen southwards along the stunning coastline, calling at Edinburgh for some free time. Our final night is spent at a hotel in the north of England.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Edinburgh

    Edinburgh

    Included Highlights

    • Edinburgh
  • Day 8:

    Return home.

    Included meals: Breakfast

Hotels

In Aberdeen we will stay at the Park Inn Hotel, convenient for the centre. We will spend two nights on either MV Hrossey or MV Hjaltland in either inside or outside cabins (Northlink Ferries allocates specific cabins closer to departure). Dinner and breakfast are served on board, with locally-sourced food. For your entertainment there is an on-board cinema, lounges and bars. The ships are equipped with lifts. Cabins are ensuite with television and tea/coffee making facilities.

Joining points

Travel from most joining points is included within your coach holiday price.

See our full list of our joining points.

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