Shetland & Orkney: Escape to the Edge

Overview

Selected Highlights

  • Discover some of the most important Neolithic sites in Europe and uncover the mysteries of a 5,000 year old civilisation
  • Experience a unique blend of Scandinavian and Scottish culture. The Norse history and heritage still shapes these islands today
  • Explore archaeological wonders such as Skara Brae, Jarlshof, the Ring of Brodgar, and the Standing Stones of Stenness
  • Spot dolphins and porpoises in the coastal waters, or breeding seabirds such as puffins and guillemots at Hermaness Nature Reserve
  • Be inspired by local artisans - from jewellery-making to storytelling, the creative spirit on these islands has thrived for thousand of years

Experience the unique islands of Shetland and Orkney, where prehistoric sites, natural wonders and breathtaking scenery await around every corner.

These islands have a truly magical quality, and civilisation has thrived here for millennia. It’s difficult not to be inspired by sweeping panoramic views as you stroll along deserted white sandy beaches or gaze up at dramatic sea cliffs created by fierce volcanic eruptions and the ravages of the North Sea.

Dine on fresh seafood in cosmopolitan Kirkwall and Lerwick, and experience the weight of history at the UNESCO world heritage site ‘The Heart of Neolithic Orkney’. The diversity of these islands is astounding, and a self-drive holiday of Shetland and Orkney guarantees memories to last a lifetime.

Keen to find out more about visiting Shetland & Orkney? You might be interested in reading our blogs Escape to the Edge of Scotland and A Treasure Hunt on Ancient Orkney