1: Arrival in Edinburgh or Inverness
Airport pick-up from Edinburgh
or Inverness, followed by a delightful journey to the north coast through remote
2: Faraid Head or Ben Hope
The chance to take an idyllic coastal
walk along the deserted white sandy beaches and impressive cliffs of Faraid Head
and to see rare wildlife (31/2-4 hours, 4 miles) or to climb Scotland's most northerly
Munro, Ben Hope, 927 meters. (steep ascents and descents 5-6 hours, 6 miles).
Orkney and Yesnaby
Ferry to the Orkneys, and an impressive walk along Yesnaby's
rocky coast, a magnet for a variety of seabirds, dolphins and whales. ( 2-3 hours,
4: Walking the island of Hoy
A short ferry trip to the Orkney island
of Hoy, a walker's paradise. The day's walking is richly rewarding through enchanted
glens to the Old Man of Hoy and along 300m cliffs. (5-6 hours, 10 miles, total
ascent 400-450 meters).
5: Sightseeing in Orkney and Ferry to Shetland
sightseeing trip to Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, Churchill Barriers, Scapa
Flow, Italian Chapel, St Magnus Cathedral, and, on request, the Highland Park
distillery. There are also delightful short walks and some free time in the island's
capital, Kirkwall. Night ferry in the evening to Shetland.
6: Exploring the Shetlands
Along the narrow roads of the North
and West Mainland you'll encounter Shetland ponies and flocks of sheep. You roam
the breathtaking sandstone cliffs of the Eshaness Peninsula with their caves,
unique stone arches and towering rock stacks. (3-4 hours, 4 miles).
7: South Mainland, St Ninian's Isle, and Ferry to Aberdeen
South Mainland is a paradise for natural history photographers. Experience an
unforgettable walk over the most beautiful sand-tombolo in Great Britain to St
Ninian's Isle where we will see a variety of seabirds, including puffins, and
may also see seals. (3-4 hours, 41/2-5 miles) Enjoy free time in the pleasant
'capital', Lerwick, and in the evening the overnight ferry to Aberdeen.
8: Tour of Aberdeen and Departure
A short tour of the Granite City
of Aberdeen with the world's only granite cathedral, St Machar's. Airport transfer
and departure or follow-on holiday program.
(always Friday to Friday).
"Spring walks" May 9-16; June 13-20
walks" July 4-11; Aug 1-8
All sightseeing, guiding, entry fees,
ferries (two night ferries), rail journeys and transfers as detailed in the program.
Experienced walking and tour guide. 5 nights in highly commended small hotels
with en-suite rooms and full breakfast, 2 nights aboard ship in twin cabins with
shower/WC, breakfast not included (single berth cabins share facilities), 4 full
evening meals, airport and luggage transfers, maps, welcome drink.