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DeNure Tours / Orkneys, Shetlands & Edinburgh – 14 Days

Orkneys, Shetlands & Edinburgh – 14 Days

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July 1, 2018 Double: $6,895, Single: $9,395 If booking your own airfare reduce price by $600.     TOUR DIRECTOR: STEWART BENNETT Like skipping stones off Scotland’s Northeastern coast, the Orkneys and Shetlands were once the domain of Vikings. Connected by shipwrecks, the mist whispers Norse legend,…


July 1, 2018

Double: $6,895, Single: $9,395

If booking your own airfare reduce price by $600.




Like skipping stones off Scotland’s Northeastern coast, the Orkneys and Shetlands were once the domain of Vikings. Connected by shipwrecks, the mist whispers Norse legend, and the blue of the ocean is outdone only by the sky. Treeless and windswept, rugged red cliffs dress in green coats and wildflowers.

For 150 kilometres, the West Highland Way train carves through lush moors and romantic glens, past famous lochs and highlands. Inverness and Loch Ness grow old in the north of Scotland’s Great Glen. A Jacobite cruise down this famous loch takes us to Urquhart Castle for 1,000 years of history and gorgeous views of scenery (and mythical creatures)!

Take a ferry to the historic Orkney Islands, an archipelago of human history (Skara Brae), standing stones (Ring of Brogdar), seals, seabirds, and single malts. Have a wee dram of world famous Scotch whisky at Highland Park Distillery­ – made with Viking soul since 1798 (by burly warehousemen). This special tour of Orkney is only offered by DeNureTours!

Cross crystal-blue waters to the secluded Shetland Islands. Only 15 out of 100 of the islands in this beautifully bleak UNESCO geopark are inhabited. Closer to Norway than Scotland, the Shetlands sound Scandinavian but feel Scottish, with sea lochs, heather-clad moorlands, deep glens, and sheep on the roads!

Endearing Edinburgh’s architecture, green hills, pretty view, thriving arts scene, and medieval Old Town make Scotland’s capital one of Europe’s most beautiful. Edinburgh Castle, home to the Stone of Destiny, is a true highlight.



When the sun hits the Ring of Brodgar, you can feel the magic of the Orkneys in the ground. This is where the Atlantic meets the North Sea in the Pentland Firth spinning tales of Vikings. The world’s strongest and fastest tides play here, including the “Swelkie,” once thought to be the work of a witch grinding salt into the sea. The wild currents toss about nutrients that pull in fish, half a million seabirds, dolphins, and killer whales – nature’s playground!

In 1850, a storm tore away part of the beach and Skara Brae was uncovered.  Predating Stonehenge and the Giza Pyramids, Skara Brae is a marvel, as are the other neolithic sites that exist around the islands.

Kirkwall is the largest town of the Orkneys with wonderful shops, restaurants, and kind people. This is where folk music flicks at the air when a pub door opens, and hearty highland welcomes greet you when you step inside.

Ancient pebbles in the ocean, the Orkneys are a spectacular mix of legend and ruins, meadows and moors, and rugged cliffs set aglow under ocean sunsets.



Price Includes

Return airfare from Toronto, airport transfers in Scotland, motorcoach transportation, 12 nights accommodation, 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 12 dinners, all highlights listed, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.



• Kelpies
• Falkirk Wheel
• Isle of Bute
• Mount Stuart
• Train to Fort William “Great Highland Way”
• Highland Titles
• St. Conans Church
• Commandos Monument
• Caringorm Funicular Railway
• Inverness
• Loch Ness Cruise
• Urquhart Castle
• Cawdor Castle
• Ferry to Orkney
• Sightseeing tour of Orkney
• Skara Brae
• Highland Park Distillery tour and tasting
• Italian Chapel
• Ferry Inn, Kirkwall, dinner and entertainment
• Overnight Ferry to Shetland
• Guided tour of Shetland
• Overnight Ferry to Aberdeen
• Dunottar Castle
• St Andrews
• Guided tour of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle
• Rosslyn Chapel



Glasgow: Grand Central Hotel (2 night)
Fort William: Moorings Hotel (2 nights)
Inverness: Jury’s Inn (2 nights)
Tain: Mansfield Castle Hotel (1 night)
Orkneys: The Ferry Inn (1 night)
North Link Ferry (2 nights)
Edinburgh: Glasshouse Hotel (2 nights)



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Orkneys, Shetlands & Edinburgh – 14 Days

Day 1-2: Overnight flight to Glasgow, Photo stop Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies, Glasgow

Start your Scottish adventure with an overnight flight to Glasgow. Our first stop, The Falkirk Wheel! Walk about the world’s first and only rotating boat lift. The inspiration for the unique shape of this perfectly balanced structure is subject to competing opinions: a Celtic double headed spear? Maybe a Clydebank ship propeller, the ribcage of a whale, or the spine of a fish?

A short drive takes us to another wonder of the modern age, The Kelpies. Modelled after mythological beasts with the strength and endurance of 100 horses, The Kelpies pay homage to the heavy horse industry, wagons and ploughs, barges and coal ships that shaped the area. The stainless steel-skin of these 30m tall 300-ton structures reflects the light of day and stars of night.

Return to Glasgow, a port city on the River Clyde.

Stay: Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
Nights: 2
Meals: D

Day 3: Free day in Glasgow

Your hop on/hop off bus pass lets you explore vibrant Glasgow, Scotland’s cultural hub. Hop on to explore Glasgow’s main attractions: the Scottish Opera, Ballet, National Theatre, acclaimed museums, and thriving music scene. Hop off and take a walk down streets lined with Victorian and art nouveau architecture, a rich legacy of the city’s 18th through 20th century shipbuilding prosperity.

Meals: B, D

Day 4: Great Highland Way train to Fort William

Spend the morning relaxing or strolling the pedestrian mall at Buchanan and Sauchiehall. Then board the train at Glasgow Central Station and take the West Highland Way (Scotland’s first long distance walking route that remains the most popular, stretching for 151km) to Fort William. Pass by pastoral landscapes beneath the Campsies and serene Loch Lomond, then climb the rugged Highlands. The train crosses the vast, awe-inspiring expanse of Rannoch Moor, with a glimpse down Glencoe, before crossing the hills to lovely Loch Leven, reaching Fort William via Glen Nevis.

A coach takes you from Fort William to the lovely Moorings Hotel right across from Neptune’s Staircase (eight locks on the Caledonian Canal).

Stay: Moorings Hotel, Fort William
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 5: Glencoe Woods, Moor of Rannoch, St. Conan’s Kirk

Today you will travel by coach, starting in Glencoe, Scotland’s most famous and most scenic glen—and recently voted most romantic!

On to The Great Moor of Rannoch, one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe. Blanket bog, lochans, rivers, and rocky outcrops makes it a very challenging environment. A wealth of plants, insect, bird, and animal life can be seen here ranging from curlews and grouse to roe and red deer.

Enchanting St. Conan’s Kirk church sits high on a crag above stunning Loch Awe. Amid roses, honeysuckle, and ivy, and surrounded by large trees, it is steeped in family history. See the unconventional approaches to design, and hear the magical and almost unbelievable stories that surprise and delight those of every age. It is renowned for the fragment of bone that came from Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland.

Meals: B, D

Day 6: Commando Memorial, CairnGorm Funicular Railway, Inverness

Travelling from Fort William, follow the impressive 60-mile-long Caledonian Canal built in 1773.

You will have a photo stop at one of the UK’s best-known monuments, The Commando Memorial. Dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II, it overlooks Achnacarry Castle and offers views of Ben Nevis and Aonach Mòr.

The CairnGorm Funicular Railway (an inclined cable railway) takes you to the top of CairnGorm Mountain which boasts a panoramic view from over 3,500ft. Enjoy lunch here on your own and see the highest post box in the British isles.

End your day in the lovely City of Inverness.

Stay: Jury’s Inn, Inverness
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 7: Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Cawdor Castle

Begin the day on the Culloden battlefield! Culloden was a short but bloody battle that took the lives of 1200 Clansmen in one hour. The last battle to be fought on British soil, the site has been restored to that seen by the souls of the soldiers on that brutal April morning.

On a gravel terrace above the River Nairn, the ancient Clava Cairns cemetery is one of Scotland’s highly regarded prehistoric monuments. A sombre and special spot for over 4000 years, it is dominated by three cairns enclosed by stone circles.

Visit Cawdor Castle, built around a 15th-century tower house and a holly tree that dates back to 1372. Famed for its literary connection to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the walls are adorned with portraits of generations of Campbells, the manicured grounds have three beautiful gardens, and trails weave through the Cawdor Big Wood.

Meals: B, D

Day 8: Jacobite Cruise down Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle, Glenmorangie Distillery

Sail the legendary waters of Loch Ness, overflowing with fascinating myths and tales of the legendary monster. Visit Scotland’s world-famous Urquhart Castle, a landmark with 1,000 years of turbulent history, artefacts, and historic replicas. What do I do when I spot Nessie? Share your Nessie pics on Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy a tour and tasting at Glenmorangie, a Highland distillery that boasts the tallest stills in Scotland.

Stay: Mansfield Castle Hotel
Meals: B, D

Day 9: Ferry to Orkney

A scenic morning travelling to the tip of Scotland where few people live and the wind sweeps the moors and hills. Board a ferry in Scrabster to the Island of Orkney, an archipelago off the northeastern coast with Neolithic sites, tall sandstone cliffs, and seal colonies.

Stay: Ferry Inn, Kirkwall
Nights: 1
Meals B, D

Day 10: Tour Orkney

Mainland is the largest island and is the Heart of Neolithic Orkney’ because of its 5,000-year-old-sites, including Skara Brae, a preserved village with a reconstructed house. Busy Kirkwall is Orkney’s capital and the islands’ largest town. Great shops, restaurants, and bars dot Kirkwall’s streets, and it is the place for those eager to experience Orkney’s unique culture, heritage, and traditions.

Visit the Italian Chapel and Highland Park Distillery, then board the Ferry to the Shetlands.

Stay: North Link Ferry
Nights: 2
Meals: B x 2 , D x 2

Day 11: Shetlands, Ferry to Aberdeen

Wake refreshed from your private room overnight ferry ride and enjoy a hearty onboard breakfast. A full day of guided site seeing by coach makes this a spectacular day in the Shetlands. Only 15/100 of the islands are inhabited by those with a distinctively Scandinavian background (think Vikings!) thanks to their proximity to Norway. Rugged and secluded, the Shetlands’ breathtaking landscape is unlike anywhere else in the world.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 12: Dunottar Castle, St. Andrews, Edinburgh

Wake in the busy port of Aberdeen. After breakfast disembark and head along the coast.

Dunnottar Castle is a dramatic ruined cliff top fortress. Walk in the footsteps of William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, the Marquis of Montrose, and the future King Charles II!

In the afternoon visit one of Europe’s finest towns and the world’s home of golf, St. Andrews. The university, founded in 1410 and compared to Oxford and Cambridge, dominates the centre of town. 

Finish the day in Edinburgh, Scotland’s hilly capital. Visit the medieval Old Town, the Georgian New Town and Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano in Holyrood Park with sweeping views from its peak. Your hotel in the city centre allows you the opportunity to traverse the town and explore on your own.

Stay: Glasshouse Hotel, Edinburgh
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 13: Guided tour of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, Rosslyn Chapel

A leisurely morning precedes a guided city tour of Edinburgh. Travel up the cobblestone Royal Mile to Edinburgh castle, looming over the city on a dormant volcanic peak. The castle houses the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny.

In the afternoon a short coach drive takes you to one of Scotland’s most remarkable buildings, Rosslyn Chapel. Founded in 1446, it is still used today as a place of worship. 

At the hotel, enjoy a farewell dinner.

Meals: B, D

Day 14: Fly home

Before flying home, take in a hearty Scottish breakfast followed by a visit to the Kelpies. These 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures are a monument to Scotland’s horse-powered heritage and a magnificent site to see.

Meals: B