Hi Marilyn: Thanks for your note. We'll probably be doing the same in the major cities. I've been checking for info on Orkney and Shetland and found these two web-sites www.visitorkney.com
. I e-mailed the Orkney Tourist office and they gave me names of two men who give private tours, however, in looking further, I see that the tourist office is nearby and probably has information right there when we leave the ship. Shetland looks so small that it will probably be walkable.
How far is the castle from where we'll be getting on the ship? Did you do Oceania on your cruise in September? We did a Princess cruise in September from Barcelona to Southampton and loved it.