Skye & The Northern Isles - Small Group


Sunset on Orkney
The Ring of Brodgar Stone Circle 
The iconic and impressive Quiraing on Skye
Black Houses on Skye

Dramatic Landscapes & Legends

Tour Only Price from £415

Tour with Accommodation Price from £565

Tour Description

Small Group Tour *16 Passengers Maximum*
Day 1

Travel west to Loch Lomond, Glen Cole making our way to Isle of Skye ...
Our route to Skye takes you through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. We'll stop in a picturesque village, where you can relax over a cup of coffee or explore at your leisure. You’ll get stunning views of the UK’s largest expanse of fresh water, Loch Lomond. Learn the brutal story of the MacDonald Clan massacre and take in the weeping waterfalls that inhabit the incredible Glen Coe. You can also take in views of Ben Nevis, the UK's tallest peak. As our road nears the coast, it passes Eilean Donan Castle*. Here you have the chance to take photographs and explore the castle that featured in the film Highlander. Then it's time to cross the bridge to Skye.

Overnight: Skye

Day 2

Discover the amazing landscape of the Isle of Skye ...
Enjoy a full day exploring the Isle of Skye. Your experienced and knowledgeable guide will ensure you get the most out of your day and enjoy sights such as the craggy Cuillin Mountains, the outstanding beautiful Trotternish Peninsula, The Kilt Rock and Mealt Waterfall, The Old Man of Storr and the Iron Age Dun Beag Broch. Portree is your lunchtime stop, where you can enjoy delicious fish and chips next to the harbour – just watch out for the seagulls! Before heading back to your accommodation for a second restful evening you will be able to try an array of different whiskies-yum!

Overnight: Skye

Day 3

A morning of Nessie spotting and arrival to the capital of the Highlands, Inverness... 

You'll visit the most famous Loch in the entire world… Loch Ness.  You can tour Urquhart Castle then hop on a Jacobite Cruise to Nessie spot on the Loch itself. You'll then say goodbye to your driver-guide and group and have an afternoon to explore Inverness, the capital of the Highlands!

Overnight: Inverness

*Please note on this day you will leave your Skye driver-guide and meet your new driver-guide on Day 4*

Day 4

Over the sea to the Orkney Isles…
You’ll head north via 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 5

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 6

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 7

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

* If you are continuing to Glasgow, your guide will take you to Edinburgh Waverley railway station for the 50-minute journey by ScotRail trains, courtesy of Highland Experience
** Please see our terms and conditions for details on the Tour Only option
*** Please note, optional extras are subject to seasonal availability


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

Skye & The Northern Isles - Small Group Route Map

Tour Highlights

Glen Coe & Loch NessEilean Donan Castle

an iconic 13th century castle

Glen Coe & Loch Ness Isle of Skye

Kilt Rock, Mealt Falls, Old Man of Storr & Portree

Loch NessLoch Ness & Inverness

Cruise on Loch Ness & visit Urquhart Castle then have an afternoon in Inverness

Glen Coe & Loch NessKirkwall 

The Italian Chapel & Churchill Barriers

Glen Coe & Loch NessSkara Brae*, Maes Howe* & Ring o’Brodgar* 

Tour Details

Departure Days:
Alternate Tuesdays
30th Apr; 14th, 28th May: 11th, 25th June: 9th, 23rd July; 6th, 20th August; 3rd, 17th September

Reference: Tour No 1051

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


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