The Magic & Mystery of the Orkney Isles
This three-day tour takes you on a wonderful island adventure, from Inverness to Orkney.
Tour Only from £205
Tour with accommodation from £365
Sundays 3rd May to 27th Sep
The tour combines the unspoilt beauty of two of Scotland's most incredible islands with a visit to the most famous loch in the entire world!
Wildlife spot & Iona Abbey
Dramatic & wild landscape with history to match
Tour the castle ruin & monster spot from a Jacobite cruise
Enjoy a tour & tasting
Walk to McCaig's Tower & try delicious fresh seafood
Departing from Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh, we’ll head west to Glasgow to meet the rest of our group. You’ll then be able to experience the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond – Scotland’s largest loch, home to nearly 50 islands and islets. Take the opportunity to photograph this majestic loch, or why not try a bit of wildlife spotting. Red squirrels and golden eagles are both present in the area, as well as barn owls and kingfishers.
Next, we'll be able to enjoy stunning views at the Rest and Be Thankful Pass, before we make a quick stop at Inveraray to see the impressive Clan Campbell castle, which you may recognise from Downton Abbey.
Enjoy the grand entrance to the Highlands and watch the landscape begin to change as we drive comfortably north to Oban. This is the place to enjoy some of the freshest seafood in Scotland. There is a plethora of excellent seafood restaurants in Oban so don’t miss out on what they have to offer. Oban Distillery* is perched right in the centre of town if you’d like to join a tour and tasting. Or, you can take a walk up to the 19th Century McCaig’s Tower for views over the town and islands further afield. Following a few hours in Oban, we’ll jump aboard our ferry and take the short journey to Craignure, Mull. Keep an eye out for whales, dolphins and even basking sharks. Once on Mull, we’ll head north to the colourful fishing port of Tobermory. Be sure to look out for otters and sea eagles that are commonly seen in the bay. We would recommend bringing suitable shoes and clothes for walking, as there will be opportunities for short walks throughout the tour. Some accommodation in the village of Tobermory is located up a steep hill - please let us know if you have any mobility issues when you book.
Departing from Tobermory we’ll take a stunning drive, covering the length of the island to Fionnphort, enjoying some beautiful viewpoints along the way. We’ll catch the ferry from here as foot passengers to the tiny island of Iona. Just 3 miles from north to south, this sacred island is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon in peace and tranquillity. You can visit Iona Abbey and Nunnery*, founded by St Columba in 563, and its museum of Celtic heritage and history. This Abbey made Iona strongly influential in the spread of Christianity across Scotland, and today remains a site of pilgrimage. If you prefer to remain outdoors, there are plenty of opportunities for exploring the island on foot. Iona is an island with stunning beaches and scenery: why not take a long walk along the beaches. There are also two art galleries on the island that boast traditional and contemporary art, jewellery and souvenirs to take back with you. We’ll return to Mull on the ferry and make our way back to Tobermory for you to enjoy your last evening on the island. There are many nice pubs and restaurants to enjoy – we like the Mishnish, a colourful traditional hotel with a bar and restaurant right on the bay. They also run a great fish restaurant next door.
Overnight: Loch Ness