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Skye & The Northern Isles - Small Group

6 DAY TOUR

Dramatic Landscapes & Legends

Tour Only Price from £765

Tour with Accomodation Price from £665

Tour Description

Small Group Tour *16 Passengers Maximum*
Day 1

Our route to Skye takes you through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. We'll stop in a picturesque village, where you can relax over a cup of coffee or explore at your leisure. You’ll get stunning views of the UK’s largest expanse of fresh water, Loch Lomond. Learn the brutal story of the MacDonald Clan massacre and take in the weeping waterfalls that inhabit the incredible Glen Coe. You can also take in views of Ben Nevis, the UK's tallest peak. As our road nears the coast, it passes Eilean Donan Castle*. Here you have the chance to take photographs and explore the castle that featured in the film Highlander. Then it's time to cross the bridge to Skye.

Day 2

Enjoy a full day exploring the Isle of Skye. Your experienced and knowledgeable guide will ensure you get the most out of your day and enjoy sights such as the craggy Cuillin Mountains, the outstanding beautiful Trotternish Peninsula, The Kilt Rock and Mealt Waterfall, The Old Man of Storr and the Iron Age Dun Beag Broch. Portree is your lunch time stop, where you can enjoy delicious fish and chips next to the harbour – just watch out for the seagulls! Before heading back to your accommodation for a second restful evening you will be able to try an array of different whiskies-yum!

Day 3

You’ll say goodbye to your group and visit the most famous Loch in the entire world, Loch Ness. You’ll have a full day to explore the pretty hamlet of Fort Augustus. You’llbe able to enjoy a relaxing cruise with Cruise Loch Ness and have lunch at the Loch Ness Guest House.

Please note on this day you will leave your Skye driver-guide and meet your new driver-guide on Day 4.

Day 4

You’ll head north via Inverness and the spectacular coastal scenery of the Moray and Cromarty Firths. Then you board the ferry for a 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.

Day 5

From your base in Kirkwall, which boasts many craft and gift shops to enjoy, you’ll spend the whole of day three 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 6

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.

*Optional Extra Subject to Availability.

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

Skye & The Northern Isles - Small Group Route Map

Tour Highlights

Glen Coe & Loch NessEilean Donan Castle

an iconic 13th century castle

Glen Coe & Loch Ness Isle of Skye

Kilt Rock, Mealt Falls, Old Man of Storr & Portree

Loch NessLoch Ness

A full day in the village of Fort Augustus including lunch & a cruise

Glen Coe & Loch NessKirkwall 

The Italian Chapel & Churchill Barriers

Glen Coe & Loch NessSkara Brae*, Maes Howe* & Ring o’Brodgar* 

Tour Details

Availability:
Summer
Departure Days:
Alternate Tue 8th, 22nd May; 5th 19th Jun; 3rd, 17th, 31th Jul; 14th, 28th Aug; 11th Sep
Departs/Returns:
Edinburgh: 8.30am/7.00pm
Reference: Tour No 1051

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



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