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ORKNEY and SHETLAND
ORKNEY and SHETLAND ORKNEY and SHETLAND

ORKNEY and SHETLAND

'an exciting blend of history, birdlife, agriculture and Royalty'

August 2018

After two centuries of Norse raiding and settlement they were annexed to Norway in 875, but after growing Scottish influence, in 1484 they were given in lieu of dowry to James 111 of Scotland, who married the daughter of Christian 1 of Norway. Since these Islands were part of the Kingdom of Norway only 500 years ago the Norse heritage lives on in culture, dialect and place names. The islands are a vast nature reserve with an abundance of bird-life and shaggy Shetland ponies roaming freely over the hills! We time our visit to coincide with the Kirkwall Agric Show with opportunity to mix with Island farmers and probably visit a livestock auction. We’ll have a professional guide on Shetland to visit Skara Brae 5,000 year old settlement, see close up the puffins and the many migratory birds and do a bit of seal watching. Orkney and Shetland tour includes guided tour in Aberdeen and Queen Mother’s Castle Mey in Caithness.

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