Discover the far-flung islands of Orkney and Shetland, as Hebridean Princess sails where the Norse once ruled. These contrasting archipelagos boast some of the finest Neolithic sites in Britain and both played vital roles during the Second World War.
Wednesday 26th July
Guests embarked at the Port of Inverness this afternoon and we remained alongside overnight.
Thursday 27th July
This morning guests visited Culloden, the powerfully emotive and atmospheric battlefield where the 1745 jacobite Rising came to a tragic end.
After lunch on board, guests discovered the highlights of Inverness on a walking tour of the city with local guide.
We remained alongside in Inverness overnight.
Friday 28th July
Our morning tour from Inverness was a boat tour of Loch Ness and visit to Urquhart Castle.
In the afternoon a coach was available to take guests to Cawdor Castle and Gardens, forever immortalised in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. When all guests were safely back on board we departed from Inverness with the pilot and sailed overnight towards Whitehall, Stronsay.
Saturday 29th July
Our morning visit was a walk to the Vat of Kirbister, the rock arch which is one of the natural highlights of the Isle of Stronsay.
In the afternoon we cruised arond North Ronaldsay, the most northerly point of Orkney, and anchored overnight at north end of Sanday.
Sunday 30th July
Early morning off Sanday.
After a relaxing morning on board cruising, after lunch we landed on Fair Isle for afternoon walks to the Bird Observatory, the Museum and take in views of South Lighthouse.
We anchored overnight at Burravoe, Yell.
Monday 31st July
Our morning was spent discovering the war time history of Burravoe at the Old Haa Museum.
During lunch we sailed to Baltasound, Unst, for an island tour by coach which included the boat haven and views of Muckleflugga Lighthouse.
We berthed alongside in Lerwick, Shetland overnight.
Tuesday 1st August
This morning guests took the local ferry across to Whalsay, Symbister to visit the Hanseatic Museum and the Heritage Centre.
The afternoon was spent exploring Lerwick including the Shetland Museum and Archives.
Please be advised we shall remain alongside Lerwick overnight tonight and guests were entertained by the Shetland Fiddlers Society.
Wednesday 2nd August
We departed from Lerwick with the aid of the pilot and spent the morning cruising south on passage towards the Orkney islands.
In the afternoon we travelled to Sanday, where guests explored the ancient Quoyness Chambered Cairn.
We arrived and berthed alongside in Kirkwall in the early evening and remained alongside overnight.
Thursday 3rd August
A morning tour of Orkney included Kirk Sound, the HMS Royal Oak memorial in Scapa Bay, the Italian Chapel, Churchill Barriers and St. Magnus Cathedral.
We spent the afternoon and late evening cruising on passage towards Inverness where we arrived in the early hours.
Friday 4th August
We hope that all our disembarking guests have enjoyed their exploration of the Northern Isles and we look forward to welcoming you back on board soon.