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Orkney Island Explorer

A 7 Day Escorted Coach Holiday to Scotland with Johnsons Coaches

Sun 31 July - Sat 6 Aug 2022

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Sunday 31st July to Saturday 6th August 2022


Luxury Traveller Tour

Spectacularly located off the northern tip of Scotland, Orkney is a unique destination with a distinctive culture of Norse rule and a landscape sculptured by the sea. Focusing on the island's fascinating war and maritime history from the scuttling of the German Fleet in Scapa Flow to the sinking of the Royal Oak our expert local guides takes us to familiar and unfamiliar sites giving you a feel of what life was like for the personnel who guarded Orkney's shores and the civilians who lived here during the World Wars protecting the British Grand and Home fleets based at Scapa Flow. 


Look What's Included:

  • Door to Door Service

  • Our own courier service

  • Luxury Traveller Coach with ‘First Class’ seating & legroom

  • 6 nights half board

  • Return Northlink sailings to Orkney

  • Entrance to Castle of Mey

  • 2 guided Tours of Orkney

  • Entrance to Skara Brae


Not Included: All lunches.



We drive north through the Scottish borders to our overnight stay at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld.


We continue our drive north, pausing at Pitlochry. Then skirting Inverness, we head to Scotland's far north and our 2-night stay in Thurso.


Today we are met by a local coach for our visit to the Castle of Mey. Formerly owned by the Queen Mother it stands on rising ground overlooking the Pentland Firth. We then drive to John O'Groats, mainland Britains most Northerly village. The Hamlet owes its name to a Dutchman Jan De Groot, who once ran a ferry to Orkney.


We board our moning Northlink ferry sailing at 08:45am from Scrabster to Stromness, Orkney. On our 1 1/2 hour sailing we pass the dramatic 'Old Man Of Hoy' stacks which rises dramatically from the sea.Then we meet our guide for a tour of the north main island, seeing the popular neolithic village of Skara Brae before continuing via mystical Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness before arriving at the Kirkwall Hotel for our 2 night stay.


Today we meet our specialist guide for our Orkney Wartime Explorer tour which gives us a greater insight into the islands naval involvement in two world wars. Some of the areas covered will include: HMS Royal Oak and Kriegsmarine U boat U-47, HMS Royal Oak Memorial Garden, The Churchill Barriers, Italian Chapel and POW Camp 60, Blockships WWI and Western Approaches to Scapa Flow.


This morning we catch the 11:00am Northlink sailing from Stromness back to the mainland, arriving at Scrabster at 12:30pm. We continue our journey south to our final nights stay in the Scottish Highlands in the lea of the Cairngorms National Park.


Departing after breakfast we journey homeward, arriving back during the evening.

Your Hotel


Day 1: 4* Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld

Day 2 & 3: 2* Castletown Hotel, Thurso

Day 4 & 5: 3* Kirkwall Hotel, Kirkwall, Orkney

Day 6: 3* Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie


All hotels are varied in style and standards. Travellers should consider the fact that they will often be in beautiful, yet isolated locations where hotel availability is extremely limited. All have restaurant, bar & lounge. All except the Castletown Hotel in Thurso have a lift to all floors.

Mobility Grade: 3. This is a touring holiday and although most of the sightseeing is from the comfort of our coach, there are ferries to board and four different hotels, along with steps and stair to negotiate. Please note that due to the nature of this holiday, customers with mobility difficulties may be limited in their enjoyment.


Duration, Departure Dates & Price

Sun 31 Jul- Sat 6 Aug 2022

Luxury Traveller

6 Nights



Departs 7.30am

Returns 8:00pm



Single Room: £140

Holiday Insurance: £34


Deposit: £75 per person for all coach holidays in Britain, payable at time of booking. 







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