Orkney, Skye, & The Far North


Old Man of Storr on Skye
Take in stunning views
Ring of Brodgar Standing Stones in Orkney
Glenfinnan Monument

The Complete Scottish Experience

Tour Only Price from £555

Tour with Accommodation Price from £730

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: Isle of 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:  Isle of 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 visit Urquhart 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

A visit to the capital of the Highlands, Inverness ...

You will have a leisurely morning in Kirkwall, which boasts many craft and gift shops to enjoy. In the late morning, we join the ferry ride back to the mainland. Your expert guide will ensure you get the best out of your journey to Inverness, exploring dramatic coastline. We will be able to visit Dunrobin Castle* before reaching your overnight stop, the capital of the Highlands, Inverness.

Overnight: Inverness


Day 8

Home via Culloden and the Cairngorms...

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.


Please note, optional extras*:
- Jacobite Loch Ness Cruise & Urquhart Castle: £20 per person
- Culloden Visitors Centre: £7.00 per person
- Eilean Donan Castle: £6.50 per person
- Dunrobin Castle: Adult:£11.50 / Concession:£9.50 / Child:£7.00
- Italian Chapel: £3.00 per person
- Skara Brae: Adult:£7.10 / Concession:£5.70 / Child:£4.30
- Maeshowe: Adult:£6.50 / Concession:£5.00
£ Exclusive discount with Highland Experience

*Please note, optional extras are subject to seasonal availability
** Please see our terms and conditions for details on the Tour Only option
***  Please note itinerary may be reversed.
**** Departures 13th May - 2nd September include the Jacobite Steam Train. Departures 29th April & 16th 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 Mondays
29th April; 13th, 27th May; 10th, 24th June; 8th, 22nd July; 5th, 19th Aug; 2nd, 16th Sept

8:30am / 7:00pm
Reference: Tour No 14

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


Tour Reviews

Very well done tour. We had Stephen for the first leg of the trip, he had lots of interesting folk tales about places we passed along our drive. Mark was our guide for the last part of the tour, he was very good at historical facts. Both of the guides were very entertaining, helpful and also excellent drivers. Highly recommended. 
(Kim A – Trip Advisor – September 2018) 

Excellent tour, covering a lot of ground in a relatively short space of time. Great driving by the guides. All the must-sees included - absolutely stunning country. Brought to life with history and the guide's stories of myths and magic. Neil was a particularly excellent guide - extremely knowledgeable, great fun and very courteous; he looked after the group very well. Fergie (on the Orkney leg) was also very knowledgeable.  

(orlaalicia – Trip Advisor – September 2018)

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)


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