27th July - Footloose in Orkney and Shetland

Take a stunning summer cruise around the beautiful Shetland and Orkney Isles with days filled with wonderful guided walks and an abundance of alternative visits for those who prefer a more relaxed pace, all of which is combined with the elegance and charm of Hebridean Princess.

Saturday, 27th July.

Guests embarked this afternoon in Invergordon and we remained alongside overnight. 

Sunday, 28th July.

From Invergordon guests had the option of a morning walk with guides Pat and Ralph from Brora to Dunrobin Castle and Golspie.

The strollers enjoyed a visit to Dunrobin Castle with Bryan, which included a falconry display.

We spent the afternoon cruising on passage to Orkney and anchored overnight in Deer Sound. 

Monday, 29th July.

Today we berthed in Kirkwall where our Footloose walkers disembarked for an all-day walk with Pat and Bryan to The Gloup in Deerness, and along the coastline.

The strollers visited The Italian Chapel and Churchill Barriers in the morning, and the Sheila Fleet jewellery workshop and café in Tankerness, in the afternoon with Ralph.

We remained alongside overnight in Kirkwall. 

Tuesday, 30th July.

This morning was spent cruising to Fair Isle where guests were landed ashore using the beach boats to enjoy walks to observe the wildlife, visit the museum and enjoy refreshments in the hall.

We anchored overnight in Burravoe. 

Wednesday, 31st July.

From our berth in Baltasound,  Unst the walkers enjoyed a full day walk to Hermaness nature reserve and Muckle Flugga. 

The strollers visited the heritage centre at Muness and Muness Castle in the morning. Their afternoon tour included Muckle Flugga, the Boat Haven and Norwick Beach.

We anchored overnight in Duryvoe. 

Thursday, 1st August.

After breakfast we berthed in Lerwick where the walkers took a bus to Scalloway for a full day walk ending with a visit to the Scalloway Museum.

The strollers spent the morning at the Shetland Museum and archives. After lunch they took the ferry to Bressay to visit the heritage museum and go for walks on the island before catching the ferry back to Lerwick. 

We anchored overnight off Sumburgh Head. 

Friday, 2nd August.

After a morning cruise to Orkney, after lunch guests were tendered ashore in Westray.  The walkers took the Noup loop to the Noup Head lighthouse whilst the strollers visited Grobust beach, Notland Castle and the heritage centre. Refreshments were available at Pierowall Hotel. 

We anchored overnight off South Ronaldsay. 

Saturday, 3rd August.

From Lyness guests could partake in a full-day walk on Hoy to see the Old Man. Alternatively, there was a morning bus tour of the island and an afternoon guided walk around the navy cemetery and war related areas, the temporary exhibition and refreshments at the Hoy Hotel.

We berthed alongside overnight in Scrabster. 

Sunday, 4th August.

Our final foray ashore was Scrabster for a walk to Holborn head or tour to Dunnet head and Mary Ann’s Cottage.

After an afternoon at sea, the Farewell Gala Reception was held on the Skye Deck  as we approached Invergordon where we berthed and remained alongside overnight. 

Monday, 5th August.

This morning guests disembarked in Invergordon and we wish them a safe onward journey home .