Isles of Scotland in Five-Nights
Packed full with exploration and countless photo opportunities, this short Scottish escape makes for a perfect summer escape. Balmoral will be your home-from-home for five relaxing nights and your guide to discovering two dramatic islands, where scenic delights, ancient sites and more await discovery.
As you’ll set sail from the Scottish port of Rosyth it won’t be long until you’re presented with your first glimpse of Scotland’s dramatic island landscapes. [ReadMoreMob] The morning after departure you’ll cruise past two geological wonders guarding the rugged Orkney archipelago, The Needle and the Old Man of Hoy. These towering sea stacks, standing at 230-feet and 450-feet respectively, have been a magnet for thrill-seeking climbers for many years; have your binoculars to hand as you sail by en route to Kirkwall and you may spot a climber or two making the brave ascent. [ReadMoreDesk]Once you arrive in Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands, there are many attractions to uncover during your overnight stay, including the 5,000-year-old Neolithic village of Skara Brae, a site older than the Egyptian Pyramids; the ceremonial stone circles of Stenness and Brodgar; and the dominating spectacle of St Magnus, Britain’s most northerly cathedral.
Completing your short, yet memorable journey is a call at Lerwick, in the picturesque Shetlands. Perhaps you’ll choose to continue your discovery of some of Scotland’s most spectacular landscapes with a tour to Northmavine. The Shetlands’ northernmost point boasts incredible coastal scenery and wonderful sea vistas looking out across the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, you could explore the fascinating Bronze Age settlement of Clickimin Broch; visit RSPB Sumburgh Head, where soaring sea cliffs are alive with fulmars, puffins and many other species; or simply take in Lerwick’s quaint shops and charming harbour.