Travel to the northernmost reaches of the UK through spectacular landscapes. Discover history that encompasses Neolithic times, the Bronze and Iron Ages, the Picts and the Vikings, and continues into the modern day. This tour takes you to the farthest Scottish Isles, dramatically beautiful and rich in history and culture, to experience both Shetland and Orkney in just over a week.
Arrive in Orkney during the International Orkney Science Festival (5 – 11 October) which includes a range of talks, art, film screenings, live music and walks. There is the opportunity to extend, subject to availability.
Led by Jo Durrant, the tour gives a superb overview of these far-flung island neighbours, which share connections and history but retain distinctive characters. Proceed at a relaxed pace with local guides to discover history, archaeology, geography, geology and culture and enjoy the unique wildlife of the area, from puffins to Shetland ponies. This tour is a wonderful opportunity to unite the magnificent islands of Shetland and Orkney.
Jo Durrant is the award winning presenter of “Jo Durrant’s Beautiful Universe”. This is an independent arts & science podcast which won the Sir Arthur Clarke award for Space Achievement in the Media category in June 2021.
She’s a highly respected and accomplished interviewer and chair, and a familiar face on stage at events like the Stroud Book Festival & Gloucester History Festival.
Until recently, Jo worked as a presenter/producer/reporter for BBC radio for over 20 years, but has now left to go freelance. During her career, she’s interviewed the likes of Brian May, Melanie C, Helen Sharman, Alan Bennett, Chris Hadfield and even Tim Peake (in space!)
Jo is passionate about the cross section of arts and science and wants everyone to feel welcome to the conversation. She loves talking to people and hearing their stories, and is well known for putting guests at ease with her relaxed, conversational style.
In her spare time she enjoys yoga, walking, travelling, reading, the theatre, visiting museums and has also been a volunteer at the John Moore Museum in Tewkesbury for 12 years. Jo has also received the Sir Arthur Clarke Award (Space Achievement - Media, broadcast and written).
The cost of the tour sharing a twin or double room is USD $3,304. The cost of the tour with a room to yourself is USD $3,760 (excluding flights and transfers)