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Orkney, Skye, & The Far North

7 DAY TOUR

The bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond The bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond
Eilean Donan Castle - Scotland's most beautiful castle Eilean Donan Castle - Scotland's most beautiful castle
Kilt Rock - Isle of Skye Kilt Rock - Isle of Skye
St Magnus Cathedral St Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae - Neolithic village Skara Brae - Neolithic village
Ring of Brodgar - Orkney Ring of Brodgar - Orkney
Maes Howe - Burial chamber Maes Howe - Burial chamber
Culloden Moor and Visitor Centre Culloden Moor and Visitor Centre
Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle

The Complete Scottish Experience

Tour Only Price from £450

Tour with Accomodation Price from £675

Tour Description

Day 1

Through the Trossachs to Oban...

Our wide-ranging tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to Kilmartin Glen. Here you'll be able to explore Scotland's ancient past. With over 5,000 years of history laid out before you, you'll be able to walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and the Temple Wood Stone Circle.  Then it's on the picturesque seaside town of Oban, home to Scotland's best seafood!

Overnight: Oban

Day 2

Gruesome Glens and the Hogwarts Express...

Day two takes you over the Connel Bridge through Appin to the haunting landscape of Glen Coe  (scene of the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan).  We'll stop in Fort William, a town dominated by Ben Nevis - the Uk's tallest peak, then jump aboard the Jacobite Steam Train.  It's one of the world's greatest train journeys and will take you over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films.  We'll continue to the end of the line, Malliag, a pretty fishing port, bustling but remote.  You will have the opportunity to have an early dinner and enjoy some excellent seafood before taking a short ferry ride over the sea to Skye, where you 'l spend your second night.

Overnight: Skye

Day 3

A whole day to explore Skye...

You'll have the whole of the third day to explore Skye's mysteries and landscape. Here the mountains and beaches beckon, so lose yourself amongst the Cuillin Mountains,  visit the black houses, take in the spectacular scenery of the Kilt rock waterfall, The Old Man of Storr and the Trotternish Peninsula, including a visit to the capital of the island, Portree.

Overnight:  Skye

Day 4

Castles, lochs and beautiful beaches...

We'll leave Skye and head straight to Scotland's most photographed castle, Eilean Donan* which you'll have ample time to explore.  We'll continue north through Glen Carron and past Loch Carron towards Achnasheen.  You'll also experience the dramatic Glen Docherty which looks down towards Loch Maree, once visited by Queen Victoria and home to its very own "Nessie": Muc- sheilche.  Our lunch stop will be at Inverewe Garden*, well-known fort its sub-tropical plants.  You'll also get to take in the incredible Gruinard Bay and the breath-taking Corrieshalloch Gorge and Rogie Falls, then on to your overnight stop by Loch Ness, where you can do an evening boat cruise*.

Overnight: Fort Augustus

Day 5

Over the sea to the Orkney Isles...

Today you head north via Inverness and the spectacular coastal scenery of the Moray and Cromarty Firths. Then you board the ferry for the memorable trip to the mysterious and magical Orkney Isles. Once you arrive you can take in the stunning scenery and start exploring. You'll visit the beautiful Italian Chapel, which was built by Italian prisoners of war. You'll also see the famous Churchill Barriers - causeways that were constructed to protect the British naval fleet from submarines.

Overnight:  Kirkwall

Day 6

Exploring the ancient history of the Isles...

From your base in Kirkwall, which boasts many craft and gift shops to enjoy, you'll spend the whole of day six exploring the islands. This is a land full of ancient history and you'll be able to take in prehistoric marvels such as the Maeshowe* chambered cairn, the world-famous Neolithic village of Skara Brae* and the brooding stone circles of Stenness and the Ring o'Brodgar. The day will finish with a visit to beautiful St Magnus Cathedral.

Overnight:  Kirkwall

Day 7

Home via Inverness, Culloden and the Cairngorms.

The last day starts with an early ferry ride back to the mainland. Then you'll pass through Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. As you head home, you'll be able to visit the battlefield of Culloden*, the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. You'll also pass the stunning Cairngorm mountains and explore the picturesque town of Pitlochry.


Departures 4th June - 28th August include the Jacobite Steam Train

Departures 8th - 21st May & 11th September include Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle instead.

Luggage limit 15KGMAX 15kg 55 x 40 x 20cm

Orkney, Skye, & The Far North Route Map

Tour Highlights

Scotland Highlight 1Loch Lomond, Kilmartin Glen & Oban

The Trossachs & Western Highlands - A walk through history

Scotland Highlight 2Skye & Eilean Donan*

Scotland’s most beautiful castle

Scotland Highlight 3Kirkwall

The Italian Chapel & Churchill Barriers

Scotland Highlight 4Skara Brae*, Maes Howe*

and the Ring O’Brodgar

Scotland Highlight 5Culloden battlefield*

and the Cairngorm Mountains


Tour Details

Availability:
Summer
Departure Days:
Alternate Mon 7th, 21st May; 4th, 18th Jun; 2nd, 16th, 30th Jul; 13th, 27th Aug; 10th Sep 2018
Departs/Returns:
Edinburgh: 08:30 / 19:00
Reference: Tour No 14

   Check-in Closes 15 mins prior to departure at pick-up point



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Tour Reviews

 

I recently returned from the  7 day tour and it was simply amazing! Scotland is a beautiful place, but the dramatic views and history of the Highlands are unmatched.

(llbrown915 – June 2016)


This  7 day tour of The Highlands of Scotland was a wonderful experience. The scenery was amazing, as were our visits to the many small towns and the ride on the Jacobite Steam train. What made it an exceptional tour though was our guides. They were helpful and organised, and as well as keeping us entertained and informed they drove the bus! Andrew kept us laughing with his entertaining jokes and amazed at his knowledge of the ancient and recent history of Scotland and his love of Skye shone through at all times. Marks passion for Orkney and Scots history inspired us. We were all ready to follow him into battle at Culloden! Thank you both for showing me your wonderful country.

(Lesley S – July 2016)


We took the  7 day tour from Edinburgh into the highlands and up to the Orkneys. Our tour guides Andrew and Mark were excellent. Each had their own style and area of expertise which gave a nice variety to the tour. This tour packed in a lot of important sites in Scottish/Viking/Pictish history. Both Andrew and Mark were great guides that shared their knowledge about history in a compelling, thoughtful way that left us not wanting to go home! I have taken 4 tours with Highland Experience and they were all awesome. I highly recommend them and will absolutely take tours with them again.

(doglover20162016 - June 2016)


 

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