Orkney, Skye, & The Far North


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, Mallaig, 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'll 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, see 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 Nessie spotting...

We'll leave Skye and head straight to Scotland's most photographed castle, Eilean Donan* which you'll have ample time to explore. You’ll stop at the pretty Lochside village of Drumnadrochit for lunch, before having the option to cruise on Loch Ness, look out for Nessie and visitUrquhart Castle ruin. We’ll then head to the south end of the Loch for our overnight stop in Fort Augustus.

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, you'll spend the whole of day six exploring the Orkney. 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

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

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


Tour Reviews

We did the 7-day tour from Edinburgh To Skye and then on to the Orkney Islands. Our drivers were Andrew and Fergie. What a great time we had with both these guides. Not only are they guides, taking you to the best places and picture opportunities, they are also historians. They give you the scientific explanation for all the features and then they give you the legends from the locals.

(Adventure_20161 – Trip Advisor – September 2017)


This is a very late review of the Complete Scottish Experience I took in July. The tour was amazing with spectacular scenery and enjoyable company on the bus. Our drivers Neil (5 days) and Fergie (2 days) were wonderful. Neil's story telling was amazing and his driving around the Isle of Skye was brilliant. Fertile took us up to the Orkney Islands, also displaying terrific driving skills (including reversing on to the car ferry). I was so glad that I chose Highland Experience for my tour. The accommodation was good on the whole and the tour was great value for money.

( annielizie – Trip Advisor – September 2017)


We did the Highland tour with Andrew for 5 days and Fergie for the last couple of days on Orkney and return to Edinburgh. The tour itself was brilliant, despite interesting weather. The pace and attractions visited were great and both drivers were knowledgeable and thoughtful. They endured everything went smoothly and were also very engaging with great sense of humour. The accommodation was well selected and comfortable, and the shuttle pickups went smoothly and were well organised by both Andrew and Fergie respectively.  All in all, we had a great time and would recommend both the tour, and drivers/guides without hesitation. Well done and an unforgettable experience for all the right reasons.

(Rowan B – Trip Advisor – August 2017)


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