Plan to spend a few days in 'Granite City' Aberdeen, Scotland, before setting sail for Norway via the Orkney Islands and Shetland. Scotland's third largest city is a cultural hub packed with museums, galleries, festivals, theaters and live music venues. In the Orkney Islands, an archipelago of about 70 islands in Northern Scotland, you'll experience the most remote uninhabited island in the UK. Fair Isle, best known for its incredible bird observatory, is an important bird migration vantage point and home to many rare species, such as Pechora Pipit and Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler. Shetland, or the Shetland Islands, offers awe-inspiring seascapes and landscapes, seals and otters at play and over 6,000 years of settlement history for visitors to explore.

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