Ireland Rugby Weekend

Orkney & Shetland Mini-Cruise

 

Thursday 18th to Tuesday 23rd May, 2017

£599 per person

Take a Mini-Cruise to the picturesque islands of Orkney and Shetland, North Scotland where you will be charmed by the dramatic cliffs, deserted beaches, and the evocative cry of seabirds. Orkney and Shetland attract many visitors to their shores annually. Explore Orkney’s historical mysteries by visiting the extraordinary remains of villages, stone circles and tombs, which are sure to fire your imagination. Continue on the cruise ship to Shetland where the beautiful landscapes and seascapes will not disappoint.

Thursday
Leave Crymych in the morning and head North, with comfort stops en-route. We will have an overnight stay at the King Robert Hotel, Stirling.

Friday
We continue North via Pitlochry and Inverness before arriving at our second overnight stay, at the Strathpeffer Hotel, before boarding the cruise tomorrow.

Saturday
We will board the MV Homnavoe cruise in Scrabster, Thurso at midday and depart for the 90 minute sailing past Britain’s highest vertical cliffs and the Old Man of Hoy. We arrive in Stromness, where we meet our local guide. The afternoon will be spent touring the island. Visit the World Heitage sites of Skara Brae, Stones of Stenness, Ring of Brodgar, plus Skaill House, Churchill Barriers, Italian Chapel and Scapa Flow. The choice is yours for this evening’s meal at one of the local restaurants. We will then depart Kirkwall for Lerwick on an overnight sailing.

Sunday
Arrive in Lerwick, on the island of Shetland in the morning and enjoy breakfast on board. We will depart the ship for a day tour of the island with a local guide. Visit the outstanding site of Jarlshof in the south and Scalloway Castle. Enjoy an evening meal on board, then settle into your cabin for an overnight sailing to Aberdeen.

Monday
The cruise will arrive in Aberdeen at 7am. Breakfast will be enjoyed on board, before disembarking and beginning our journey home. We will stop at Gretna Green to get those all-important souvenirs, before heading to the Legacy Hotel, Preston, for our overnight stay.

Tuesday
Depart the hotel in the morning and head home with comfort stops en-route.

Hotel

We will spend the first night at The King Robert Hotel, which is situated on the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, on the outskirts of historic Stirling. This is a family run hotel where you will always receive a friendly welcome.

We will then travel up to The Strathpeffer Hotel, Ross-Shire, for our second overnight stay, before boarding the cruise in the morning. This hotel is located at the heart of the enchanting Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer, offering an abundance of history and charm. As a family-run business, they take pride in ensuring that guests receive the warmest of Highland hospitality.

On the way home, we will spend a night at The Legacy Hotel, Preston. This modern hotel is located close to Preston city centre and offers comfortable bedrooms with a contemporary style.

What’s included?
4 nights half board
1 night Bed and Breakfast
Luxury Coach Travel
Mini cruise around the Orkney and Shetland islands.
Tour of the islands
Full use of facilities
Full Excursion Programme