Orkney & The Far North


Skara Brae
Broch of Gurness
Brough of Birsay
Walk Culloden Battlefield

Pre-History, Stunning Scenery & Island Life

Tour Only Price from £315

Tour with Accommodation Price from £515

Tour Description

Day 1

North to Loch Ness…

This spectacular Highlands and Islands tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The route then takes you through the haunting landscape of Glen Coe (scene of the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan) and on through Fort William and the Great Glen to arrive at the fabled shores of Loch Ness, where you can enjoy an evening boat cruise*.

Overnight: Loch Ness

Day 2

Over the sea to the Orkney Isles…

On day two you 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.

Overnight: Kirkwall

Day 3

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 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 4

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 5

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, before reaching your departure city.


Please note, optional extras*:
- Loch Ness boat cruise: Adult:£13.50 / Concession:£12.50 / Child:£10.50
- Italian Chapel: £3.00 per person
- Maeshowe: Adult:£6.50 / Concession:£5.00
- Skara Brae: Adult £7.10 / Concession:£5.70 / Child:£4.30
- Culloden Visitor Centre: £7.00
£ 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

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

Orkney & The Far North Route Map

Tour Highlights

Scotland Highlight 1Glen Coe & Loch Ness

Fascinating history and wonderful scenery

Scotland Highlight 2Kirkwall

The Italian Chapel & Churchill Barriers

Scotland Highlight 3Skara Brae*, Maeshowe*

and the Ring O’Brodgar

Scotland Highlight 4Culloden*

Visit the historic battlefield

Scotland Highlight 5The Cairngorm Mountains

Stunning Highland scenery

Tour Details

Departure Days:
Alternate Thursdays
2nd, 16th, 30th May; 13th, 27th Jun; 11th, 25th Jul; 8th, 22nd Aug; 5th, 19th Sep

8:30am / 7:00pm
Reference: Tour No 11

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


Tour Reviews


My husband and I went on the tour along with our  29 year old son who is going for his  PhD in Scottish History at St. Andrews. Fergie was our guide and was very knowledgeable about Scottish history and all three of us learned a lot while seeing beautiful Scotland. We stopped at historic sites as well as at spots where we could use the facilities and grab some food and drink, all at a very good pace.

(Nancy W – Trip Advisor - September 2018)

Our highland tour was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Our tour guide Neil was so funny and knowledgeable. He was a great storyteller also. We saw so much in 5 days that I was amazed by it. I highly recommend Highland Experience and Neil.

(Sharyn D – Trip Advisor – August 2018)

Mark was our guide and as a  solo  traveller, I felt comfortable the entire trip. We also had an extra guide along who was learning the route, Owen. We stopped often for breaks and never missed a great tip for delicious baked goods and coffee. Taking the ferry across to the Orkney Islands was smooth and comfortable inside the giant ferry. We saw things and walked through things that very few in the world get to experience. I won't ruin the surprise but if you adore history, archaeology or you are just nosy about how cultures evolved, take this tour. The hotels and B&B's were truly the most spotless places I have ever stayed. Perfect choices! Thanks for a great trip!

( meidavis – Trip Advisor – July 2018)

We decided, for once, not to self-drive but take a tour. Good decision. The tour provided everything you want in a tour: safe driving, informed commentary,  efficiency  and   organisation. Everything ran like clockwork. Special mention must be made of our guide, Fergie. He is a warm and friendly person with  anencyclopaedic knowledge of this unique area. He drives like the complete professional he is, arranged the tours, accommodation etc seamlessly and was funny  and  likeable. This tour (with Fergie) is well worth booking.

(Anna B – Trip Advisor – May 2018)

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