Orkney & Shetland self drive vacation, Scotland

“A week long vacation to the unique and ancient Scottish islands of Orkney and Shetland, following a tailor made, self-drive itinerary.”

Highlights

Scrabster | Orkney | Kirkwall | Orphir | Skara Brae | Birsay | Evie | Ring of Brodgar | Standing stones of Stenness | South Ronaldsay | Italian Chapel and Tomb of the Eagles | Shetland | Lerwick | Seabirds & Seals Boat Trip | Noss Nature Reserve | Mousa | Jarlshof

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Orkney & Shetland self drive vacation, Scotland

Environment

We are committed to helping our clients 'see Scotland differently', and thats why we take great pride in showcasing the natural beauty and rich heritage of each of these magical islands as well as the inhabiting wildlife on both Orkney and Shetland.

On the 'seals and seabirds' trip whilst on Shetland, guests will not only view wildlife in a responsible way but will benefit from first-hand knowledge from expert - Dr. Jonathan Wills who will be on hand to share his in depth knowledge of some of the islands most spectacular wildlife; from gannets to seals.

Moreover, as much of the long distance travel is by boat (rather than plane or car for example), it's a more sustainable way to travel and gives employment to local ferry companies.

It is the history and incredible Neolithic sites which make the Orkney Islands very special. The main island (Mainland) of Orkney hosts a UNESCO World Heritage site which includes the breath-taking Standing Stones of Stenness, some up to 6 metres high. The nearby Neolithic Ring of Brodgar is particularly magical in the evening light. We include a Historic Scotland Explorer pass in the price of this vacation, which covers entrance to managed sites on Orkney, including Skara Brae and Maes Howe. This means that our clients can experience first-hand these wonderful, historical sites and contribute to their continued preservation by supporting the local communities involved in promoting them.

Community

For us, true sustainability means promoting and helping to maintain a way of life, where the economic benefit from tourism can make a genuine difference. Thats why we work almost exclusively with local, family-run businesses, not with large corporate organisations. We build close and lasting relationships with our business partners, based on mutual trust and an unerring commitment to customer satisfaction. We carefully select these partners to ensure that they share our values of sustainable and responsible travel.

Your hotel on Shetland for example dates from the 1500s, thus is a real historical cornerstone in the area in which it is situated. Moreover, this hotel prides itself in using only the best, locally sourced produce in its restaurant.

This vacation also offers clients the opportunity to visit some of Shetland's most remote, rural villages on the islands of Unst and Yell as well as other locations. This gives clients the opportunity to positively impact these local communities in terms of bringing tourism to these lesser known areas.

All of our vacation packs include "Robert's Recommendations", our specific tips on places to visit, places to eat and places to shop locally, all of which have been researched by us, and many of which are off-the-beaten track. For example, the quirky bus shelter on Unst is well worth a visit!

3 Reviews of Orkney & Shetland self drive vacation, Scotland

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Reviewed on 25 Jul 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We enjoyed the whole trip but most of all we liked the archeology - it was easily accessible and everywhere.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make a special trip to the Skerries Bistro and enjoy not just a wonderful meal but also a multi-chambered cairn in the car park. We had the personal services of an archeologist on a tour of the Tomb of the Otters for a small fee.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We tried to support local crafters and museums.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


An excellent vacation which was quite an adventure.

Reviewed on 04 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Day trip to Papa Westray

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you want a good restaurant you need to book before you leave home.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. We went late in the season and people such as the Spiggie Hotel, the boat out to see whales etc would have been empty otherwise.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Getting to travel around both Isles and seeing how beauiful they are and getting to fuss wild Shetland Ponies

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


For the time of year we went, which was mid October, make sure you have got warm, thermal clothing. If you are wanting to see the Puffins, Dolphins etc to go before September.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely, because some of the local areas rely on tourism, the local people are some welcoming and enjoy speaking with tourists. Also any donatins are ploughed stright into the local areas to help keep local tourist sights in a good condition and to preserve them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was fantastic to see the contrast in both Isles and to see the nature, unspoilt beauty. The wealth of wildlife and to see them in a nature environment.
The wealth of history and to see how the areas have evolved throughout the years. Also the possibilty of seeing the northern lights.

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