30th July - Footloose in the Far North
Cruise the remote Orkney and Shetland Isles with days filled with beautiful guided walks and visits. Provision is made for those who prefer a less active itinerary, with additional tours and local attractions.
We hope that our disembarking passengers have enjoyed this Footloose voyage to the most northerly outposts of the British Isles.
This morning guests explored Dornoch on foot with either a gentle stroll or a longer walking option.
After lunch an afternoon tour of Dunrobin Castle was available.
We remained alongside in Invergordon overnight where the Farewell Gala Dinner was held in a very vibrant atmosphere and the Address to the Haggis was performed by Sous Chef George Little and Captain Richard Heaton.
On a gloriously sunny, blue sky morning the as our Footloose walkers started out early for a walk from Rackwick to the Old Man of Hoy.
The strollers enjoyed a great visit to the will visit the Hackness Martello Tower & Battery and the Longhope Lifeboat Museum.
We spent the afternoon cruising through Scapa Flow, around Dunscanby Head and close to Dunscanby Stacs on passage towards Invergordon where we remained overnight and were entertained by the Strathpeffer band.
After a morning spent cruising on passage to the Orkney Islands, we arrived and berthed alongside in Lyness, Hoy, where we remained overnight.
The walkers enjoyed an afternoon walk up 'Wee Fea' hill and the strollers visited the Scapa Flow Museum.
Whilst our strollers visited Scalloway and Earl Patrick’s Castle during the morning and the Shetland Museum during the afternoon, our Footloose walkers strode out on a full day walk to Scalloway, the highlights of which included the Norse Hill at Burwick, Eider Ducks with ducklings, Arctic Terns, Snipe and a Blue Mountain Hare.
We remained alongside in Lerwick overnight.
Today was spent in Baltasound, Unst. Our Footloose walkers enjoyed a full day walk on the island.
The strollers visited Muness Castle and the Boat Haven.
We arrived in Lerwick, Shetland, in the evening and berthed alongside overnight.
This morning was spent cruising north on passage towards Fair Isle. We landed on the beach at Fair Isle on a stunning afternoon for the walkers to stretch their legs on the island and the strollers enjoyed a visit to the Bird Observatory and Museum.
We anchored overnight in Basta Voe off Yell.
Today was spent alongside in Kirkwall where our Footloose walkers disembarked for a walk on Mainland Orkney from Deerness along the Meall Head Coastline. Pleanty of bird life was spotted including Fulmar chicks, Curlew, Gannets, Black Guillemot and Greylag Geese.
The strollers went on a tour of the Italian Chapel and the Churchill Barriers during the morning. During the afternoon they visited St Magnus’ Cathedral and had a little free time to explore Kirkwall independently.
We remained alongside overnight in Kirkwall.
A relaxing morning as sea was enjoyed as we cruised on passage to Wick. After lunch guests were tendered ashore at Wick where the Footloose walkers went for an afternoon walk to Duncansby Head with views of the stacks.
The strollers ekplored Wick and visited the Heritage Wick Museum.
We anchored overnight in Deer Sound.
When all guests were safely embarked in Invergordon we sailed north on passage to our overnight anchorage off Dunrobin Castle.