Science Center Nature Tours
Shetland and Orkney Islands of Scotland
June 13 - 26, 2014 - ***Only 3 spots remaining as of 11/18/13***
Join Iain MacLeod for a trip to Scotland's most northerly islands. We'll fly to Aberdeen and then take an overnight ferry to Shetland. We are so far north, that this is truly the land of the midnight sun, known locally at the "simmer dim." Some of the most spectacular seabird colonies in the world can be found on these islands, whose rugged moors and seacoast has an Arctic tundra feel to it. Otters, seals, puffins, and ancient Viking settlements will be highlights. A nighttime visit to the Island of Mousa and its ancient "broch" (built 100 BC) is an experience you'll never forget. We'll travel by ferry from Lerwick to Kirkwall in Orkney for four more days of island exploration. We'll visit the village of Skara Brae, Europe's best-preserved Neolithic settlement - believed to have been inhabited from around 3100 BC, and our hotel is next to the Standing Stones of Stenness. View the full itinerary for the Shetland and Orkney trip.
Hebrides and Highlands
**Several people have contacted Iain about repeating his Hebrides and Highlands trip. If there is enough demand, Iain will lead it.**
This 13-day trip that shows off the very best of Scottish scenery and hospitality. We'll fly from Boston to Glasgow and then go by van to Oban and ferry to the spectacular island of Mull. We'll stay five nights at Tiroran House Hotel (voted best small House Hotel, 2013). The spectacular loch-side setting and beautifully kept gardens make this a memorable location. Day trips will take us on a boat excursion to the Treshnish Isles for lunch among the Puffins, and a chance to explore Fingal's Cave on Staffa. We'll visit the beautiful village of Tobermory and take a day trip to Iona and tour of the ancient Abbey. Wildlife highlights include White-tailed and Golden Eagles, Otters, Seals, and Red Deer. The second part of the trip takes us to the beautiful Spey Valley nestled next to the Cairngorm Mountains. We'll stay at another of Iain's favorite hotels - Corrour House near Aviemore. We'll explore lochs and ancient forests and the shores of the Moray Firth, including a day trip to the Black Isle and Cromarty. The final couple of days take us east over to Aberdeenshire. We'll visit Royal Deeside including a tour of Balmoral Castle and then to Edinburgh for a free day to explore this wonderful and historic city. View the full itinerary for the Hebrides and Highlands trip.
Cost: : $5,500 (assumes double or twin occupancy room*)
All-inclusive cost includes hotel accommodations and all meals, round-trip airfare from Boston to Aberdeen, van transportation in Scotland, ferry and boat trips and admission fees to nature reserves and other destinations listed on the itinerary.
Contact Iain at 603-968-7194 x 23 or email@example.com for a full trip itinerary or to book your place on the trip.
*There is an additional $300 single room supplement.