Discover Orkney & Shetland with McKinlay Kidd

Orkney & Shetland Self-Drive - McKinlay Kidd

From £825 per adult

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March — October

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Explore prehistoric sites and experience a very different way of life. Any element of this tour can be tailor-made to suit your individual requirements - just call 0141 260 9260.

Our self-drive touring holiday of Orkney & Shetland gives you the opportunity to experience the landscapes, wildlife and archaeological heritage of these magical, and very different, parts of the UK. Both have featured recently on the BBC, yet in very contrasting ways: Orkney is hailed for its rich folklore, prehistoric sites and abundance of wildlife, while Shetland owes its ever increasing popularity to the hit TV series Shetland based on Ann Cleeves’ gritty – and fictional – crime stories.

This holiday is based on ferry crossings, starting from the north coast of Scotland near Thurso and returning to Aberdeen. Let us know if we can tailor-make it for you to link with a self-drive tour of the Scottish Highlands.


£840 per person for March, April & October, £955 per person from May to September

Prices are based on two people sharing a room for this six night holiday and includes breakfast in both hotels. This holiday also includes:

  • Ferry crossings from Scrabster to Orkney, from Orkney to Shetland and from Lerwick to Aberdeen (Outer two berth cabins included on the Orkney to Shetland and Shetland to Aberdeen crossings).
  • A boat trip around Noss (May to mid-September holidays only)
  • A Historic Scotland Explorer Pass

Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.

We also offer a fly-drive holiday as an alternative way to visit Orkney & Shetland.

Contact details

McKinlay Kidd
The Hatrack
144 St. Vincent Street
G2 5LQ
Mainland, Shetland Orkney Shetland
Boat Self drive
History Island Hopping Landscapes Wildlife

Tour prices


  • £825 Per Adult
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Prices are subject to change depending on season


Tour company information

McKinlay Kidd

Awarded AITO's Tour Operator of the Year in 2019 (Bronze), 2018 (Bronze) and 2016 (Gold), as well as Telegraph Travel's 'Best Specialist Tour Operator 2017' based on customer reviews, McKinlay Kidd has spent years exploring the country. They have stayed in, eaten at, driven through, sailed across, and visited everything they recommend so that your experience of Scotland is as good as it gets. McKinlay Kidd designs tailor-made short breaks, celebratory trips, long excursions, self-drive holidays and small group guided rail tours.

Opening times

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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