Ireland, Orkney and the Shetlands Tours & Travel | August 2021

23 Days
Category:
  • The port of Stromness in Orkney
  • Dunluce-Castle
  • The-Cliffs-of-Moher-Burren-Ireland
  • Skara-Brae-Orkney
  • Ring-of-Brodgar-Orkney
  • Italian-Chapel-Orkney
  • Shetland-Ponies
  • Mousa-Broch-Shetland

Off the coast of Northern Scotland lies Orkney, with a history going back as far as Neolithic times. The main island (Mainland) hosts a UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes the breathtaking Standing Stones of Stenness, some up to six metres high. Remaining remarkably intact, the 5,000-year old houses at Skara Brae offer a real insight into pre-historic village life. Further north again lie the Shetland Islands. Being in Shetland is unlike anywhere else, a fact that’s evident from the unique culture, dialect, heritage, even the place names. This beautiful and dramatic ice-carved landscape is steeped in treasures of history that go back over 6,000 years.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Jarlshof Prehistoric Norse Settlement – a multi period settlement embracing 4,000 years of human history

  2. Ferry trip to the Broch of Mousa, an Iron Age round tower

  3. Visit to Skara Brae, a stone-built Neolithic settlement

  4. The Ring of Brodgar Neolithic stone circle and UNESCO World Heritage Site

  5. Ireland’s rugged Wild Atlantic Coast and Glenveagh National Park

DEPARTURE DATE
22 August 2021
DURATION 23 days
TOUR COST $19,750
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
$3,490 Additional
INCLUDED
Economy international airfares ex Syd/Mel
Internal flights as per itinerary
All transportation as per itinerary
Twin-share accommodation
Transfers to and from hotels as per itinerary
Meals as listed on the itinerary
Entry fees to places of interest as per itinerary
All tipping including drivers and guides
Experienced English speaking local tour guide
Escorted by an Australian host (subject to minimum number of 10 clients)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Tours depart with a minimum of 4 clients
  • No more than 16 clients on any trip
  • Land only packages available
  • Tour extensions – before or after tour extensions can be arranged on your behalf
  • Business or premium economy flights can be arranged at an additional cost if available
  • To book and reserve your place on a tour, a deposit of $500 and a completed booking form is required

From the haunting beauty of the pure, unspoiled landscapes and the drama of the coastline, to the urban buzz of the country's dynamic cities mixed with the magic of thousands of years worth of culture and history, The Emerald Isle is a country that never fails to surprise. There are very few detailed, small group tours available in Ireland, which is why we’ve developed such a comprehensive tour. We’ll have you drinking Guinness in a traditional pub, strolling through quaint cobblestoned villages, dancing to Celtic music and driving through stunningly beautiful rugged back roads and spectacular coastlines. Of course, you’ll also take in history which might even be relevant to your own ancestry.

Off the coast of Northern Scotland lies Orkney, steeped in history going as far back as Neolithic times. The main island (Mainland) hosts a UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes the breathtaking Standing Stones of Stenness, some up to six metres high. The nearby Neolithic Ring of Brodgar is particularly magical in the evening light, and gained contemporary notoriety when Billy Connolly danced naked through the stones on his "World Tour of Scotland"! Remaining remarkably intact, the 5,000-year-old houses at Skara Brae offer a real insight into pre-historic village life.

Further north again lie the Shetland Islands. Being in Shetland is unlike anywhere else, a fact that's evident from the unique culture, dialect, heritage, even the place names. Experience a different world, one with over 100 islands, where wildlife is truly wild, otters and seals play in quiet coves, and the air is full of the sound of seabirds, crowding the jagged cliffs in huge and noisy colonies. This beautiful and dramatic ice-carved landscape is steeped in treasures of history that go back over 6,000 years. The coastline shows all the signs of dramatic battering by the sea – especially around the towering stacks at Eshaness.

Grab your camera and a windproof jacket and come join us for this wonderfully unique travel experience.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  1. Jarlshof Prehistoric Norse Settlement – a multi-period settlement embracing 4,000 years of human history

  2. Ferry trip to the Broch of Mousa, an Iron Age round tower

  3. Visit Skara Brae, a stone-built Neolithic settlement

  4. The Ring of Brodgar Neolithic stone circle and UNESCO World Heritage Site

  5. Ireland’s rugged Wild Atlantic Coast and Glenveagh National Park