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A family firm with an ethos of honesty and integrity. Our passion for delivering quality escorted holidays by rail at great value fares along with consistently excellent customer service has stood us in good stead for over 40 years.

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Orkney & Shetland Explorer

Experience the peace, tranquillity, and natural beauty of the picturesque islands of Orkney and Shetland. Discover spectacular scenery, amazing wildlife, and fascinating settlements in Orkney, explore the rich history and archaeology of the Shetland Isle, and touch the top of the country at John O'Groats plus enjoy time to explore the beautiful cities of Aberdeen and Inverness.

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8 days from £2250



Friday 23 May 2025

Friday 19 September 2025



  • Discover the ‘Granite City’ of Aberdeen on a guided tour

  • Tour the idyllic Shetland Isle and discover its Viking past at Jarlshof

  • See the beautiful Shetland Ponies

  • Visit the fascinating Italian Chapel, Skaill House, and Skara Brae in Orkney

  • Discover rich archaeology and history

  • Marvel at the fantastic seascape coastline of the Far North

  • Touch the top of the country at John O’Groats

  • Enjoy free time to explore Inverness


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 7 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


Journey from your home station to Aberdeen and, on arrival, we will make our way to the Malmaison Hotel, our base for the next two nights. We enjoy free time to explore our new surroundings before meeting for our first evening meal together.



After a leisurely breakfast, we depart for our orientation of Aberdeen taking in the spectacular scenery at Dunnottar Castle followed by a panoramic tour visiting the highlights of the city including the fishing village of Footdee, Union Terrace Gardens, and Duthie Park. We will discover the historic Old Town, the castellated Citadel at The Castlegate, and the striking University Quarter before returning to the hotel in time for our evening meal.

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Today, we enjoy free time in Aberdeen before travelling by road to meet and board our NorthLink ship for our overnight journey to Lerwick. We enjoy our evening meal on board before retiring to our en-suite cabins.

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After breakfast this morning, we disembark and step into an entrancing mixture of history with amazing flora and fauna on our guided tour of Shetland. More Scandinavian than Scottish in many ways, the Viking heritage is still strong in this world of magnificent wild beauty, steeped with internationally renowned archaeological sites. We visit the remarkable Jarlshof, the historic town of Scalloway, the capital Lerwick, fantastic seabird colonies, and the famous Shetland ponies. This evening, we enjoy our meal back on-board our ship as we sail to Orkney arriving late evening where check-in to our hotel for the next two nights, The Kirkwall Hotel.

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Today, we enjoy a guided tour of Orkney including a visit to the mystical ancient settlement of Skara Brae, uncovered by a storm in 1850 and older than Stonehenge. We will visit Skaill House, the finest mansion on the island, the awe-inspiring Ring of Brodgar stone circle, and the Churchill Barriers before heading to the Italian Chapel which was built by Italian prisoners during WWII. After a day of exploring this region of natural beauty, we return to the hotel in time for our evening meal.

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After breakfast, we start the day with a cruise to Scrabster sailing past the impressive red stone sea-stack of the Old Man of Hoy, at 450ft, one of the UK's tallest sea stacks. We continue our journey by coach to the most northerly point of the mainland, John O'Groats, before travelling along the lovely coastal route through Caithness and Sutherland, skirting the Firths of Beauly and Cromarty, to Inverness. On arrival, we check-in to the Palace & Spa Hotel*, our base for the next two nights, and enjoy our evening meal together.

*In September, our hotel will be the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness.

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Today, we spend the day at leisure to relax at the hotel or discover Inverness at your own pace. You may wish to make use of the hotel's spa facilities, explore the iconic castles of Inverness, visit the magnificent cathedral church, or take an excursion to spot the Loch Ness Monster. This evening, we reconvene at the hotel for our final evening meal together.

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After breakfast, we bid farewell to Inverness and make our way to the station for our homeward journeys.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


Malmaison Hotel, Aberdeen

Ideally located in the heart of the Granite City and nestled in an impressive 19th-century granite mansion, the Malmaison Hotel offers contemporary dining in the Malmaison Bar & Grill, a stylish bar, and a luxurious spa. The unique bedrooms provide en-suite bathrooms with power showers and complimentary toiletries, a hairdryer, digital TV, ironing facilities, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffee making facilities.


NorthLink Ferries

NorthLink’s modern vessels boast relaxing bars, lounges, and restaurants plus well-stocked shops with a range of crafts and produce. The comfortable cabins provide en-suite facilities including a shower, sink, and toilet plus a hairdryer, flat-screen TV, and tea/coffee making facilities.


Kirkwall Hotel, Kirkwall

Located on Kirkwall’s picturesque harbour front, the Victorian Kirkwall Hotel offers a recently refurbished and stylish Harbour View Restaurant serving excellent local produce plus the new, relaxing Highland Park Bar. The contemporary bedrooms provide en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TV, ironing facilities, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffee making facilities.


Palace Hotel & Spa, Inverness (May)

Nestled on the banks of the River Ness, opposite Inverness Castle, the Palace Hotel & Spa offers an elegant bar and restaurant, relaxing lounge, and a superb leisure club with an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, and gymnasium. The individually styled bedrooms provide private bathrooms with a hairdryer, a flat-screen TV, ironing facilities, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffee making facilities.


Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness (September)

Perfectly located in Inverness and the beautiful Scottish Highlands, the Kingsmills Hotel is a luxury spa hotel offering a welcoming lounge, two elegant restaurants, and a cosy whisky bar plus spa and leisure facilities including a swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, and gym. The stylish bedrooms provide an en-suite bathroom with a rainfall shower, a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffee making facilities.



Fare Region



London: Kings Cross



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*Please Note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class seating only and First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of their journey.


Join & Leave at Hotels £2,250

September Departure Supplement £140

Single Room Supplement £800


7 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


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Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 5JW
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