Orkney & The Far North


Through Glen Coe - the Weeping Valley Through Glen Coe - the Weeping Valley
The Italian Chapel - Orkney The Italian Chapel - Orkney
On the ferry to Orkney On the ferry to Orkney
Ring of Brodgar - standing stones circle Ring of Brodgar - standing stones circle
Skara Brae - Neolithic village Skara Brae - Neolithic village
Maes Howe - Burial chamber Maes Howe - Burial chamber
Culloden Moor and Visitor Centre Culloden Moor and Visitor Centre
Happy at the Cairngorms Happy at the Cairngorms
Ring of Brodgar - Orkney Ring of Brodgar - Orkney

Pre-History, Stunning Scenery & Island Life

Tour Only Price from £255

Tour with Accomodation Price from £395

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

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.

* Optional extra subject to availability

Exclusive discount with Highland Experience

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*, Maes Howe*

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 Thursday 11th and 25th May, 8th/22nd June, 6th/20th July, 3rd/17th/31st August, 14th September
Reference: Tour No 11

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


Tour Reviews

From Edinburgh up north, ferry to Orkney Islands. Good accommodations in the usual guest houses found everywhere. As usual, what makes the difference with this sort of tour is the tour guide. We were with Mark, an excellent teacher--knew what he was talking about, was enthusiastic, and listened to our questions and responded with care.

(SeattleRoger – Trip Advisor - July 2017)


Spent four days with Iain Murray. He was fantastic. We don't know how one brain can hold so much fascinating information. He was informative, entertaining, patient, and made sure that we were all taken care of very well, even on a very rough ferry trip from the Orkneys. He taught us new expressions like"Have a wee nosy" and kept us entranced with the beauty of the countryside and the amazing mysteries and histories of the Highlands and the Orkney Islands. We would love to take an even longer trip with him sometime in the future. His knowledge of the history of Scotland was woven with stories of giants and little people. Worth every second

(CollegeProf2013 – Trip Advisor - July 2017) 

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