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5-Day Orkney Isles Tour and the Far North, from Edinburgh

  • When does it run?

    06 May - 23 Sep: Alternative Thursdays

  • Start time
    8:30am
    Please reach the meeting point 15 minutes earlier for pre-departure briefing.
  • Duration
    5 days and 4 nights
Inclusions
  • Driver-guide
  • Mercedes air-conditioned vehicle
  • Full breakfast (with accommodation package only, not hostel)
  • All ferry crossings

Key Highlights

  • Drive past the breathtaking scenery of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
  • Learn about the turbulent history of the mesmerizing Glen Coe with your expert driver-guide
  • Take the lovely ferry ride included in your ticket to Orkney Isles
  • Wander among the incredible collection of prehistoric marvels and the Neolithic village in Orkney
  • Enjoy full breakfast and spend one night at Loch Ness and two nights in Kirkwall at 3-star accommodations
  • Experience the best of the Scottish Highlands on this 5-day tour from Edinburgh

Overview

Take to the spectacular Scottish Highlands on this 5-day tour of Orkney and the far north! Inhale the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park which open up to the breathtaking landscape of Glen Coe. Learn about the turbulent history of this beautiful glen with your expert driver-guide.

Spend a night at Loch Ness and two nights in Kirkwall with full breakfast to jumpstart the day! Visit Inverness and the magnificent coastal panorama of the Moray and Cromarty Firths, and enjoy a ferry ride included in your ticket to Orkney Isles.

Take a stroll among the incredible collection of prehistoric marvels and the Neolithic village in the Isles. Take plenty of pictures of the stunning scenery in Pitlochry and the majestic Cairngorm Mountains as you drive along in a comfortable Mercedes coach!

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    06 May - 23 Sep: Alternative Thursdays

  • Duration

    5 days and 4 nights

  • Start time

    8:30am
    Please reach the meeting point 15 minutes earlier for pre-departure briefing.

  • Meeting Point

    1 Parliament Square - Royal Mile, (Caffe Nero next to St Giles Cathedral), EH1 1RE, Edinburgh.

  • Ending Point

    Same as starting point

Itinerary

  • Begin your tour from 1 Parliament Square - Royal Mile (Caffe Nero next to St Giles Cathedral) and reach the meeting point 15 minutes earlier for pre-departure briefing. Board your air- conditioned Mercedes coach and get set for an exciting voyage! Day 1 The bus heads westward and covers the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The spectacular Highlands come into sight as the bus makes its way through the breathtaking landscape of Glen Coe, equal parts beautiful and haunting. Your driver-guide will give you insight into the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan at Glen Coe. The route then takes you through Fort William and the Great Glen to arrive at the fabled shores of Loch Ness, where you may enjoy an evening boat cruise, and admire the stunning hills around this massive Loch. Stay overnight at Loch Ness. B&B, Superior Guest House and Hotel accommodation packages include a full Scottish breakfast! Day 2 On day 2, prepare to head over the sea to the Orkney Isles! The journey takes you northward via Inverness and the magnificent coastal panorama of the Moray and Cromarty Firths come into sight. Board the ferry, which is included in your ticket and embark on a memorable trip to the mystifying and exquisite Orkney Isles. Upon arrival, begin exploring the area and take in the stunning scenery. Visit the beautiful Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war, and see the famous Churchill Barriers – causeways that were erected to protect the English naval fleet from submarines. The day will finish with a visit to beautiful St Magnus Cathedral and Bishop's and Earl's Palaces.Day 3 The third day has in store some exciting opportunities to explore the ancient history of the Isles. An incredible collection of prehistoric marvels await as you stroll around the Maeshowe chambered cairn, visit the world-renowned Skara Brae, a Neolithic village in the Isles, and the brooding stone circles of Stenness and the Ring o’Brodgar. Day 4 Kirkwall, which boasts many craft and gift shops to enjoy, You'll have a late morning ferry ride back to the mainland. Your expert guide will ensure you get the best out of your journey to Inverness, exploring the dramatic coastline. We will be able to visit Dunrobin Castle before reaching your overnight stop, the capital of the Highlands, Inverness.Day 5The journey back to Edinburgh takes you through some of the most visually majestic sights that are hard to find anywhere in the world. You find yourself reaching for the camera over and over again as each scenic view tends to outdo the last! The drive takes you through Inverness, the heart and capital of the Highlands. Take time to visit the battlefield of Culloden which stands as the site where the Jacobite forces were defeated. You’ll also pass the imposing and majestic Cairngorm Mountains to explore the picturesque town of Pitlochry. The town is a favourite among locals and tourists alike and a must-visit in Scotland. After taking in the incomparably fantastic sights of the Scottish Highlands, head forward to Edinburgh where this wonderful tour comes to a close at the starting point.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Driver-guide
  • Mercedes air-conditioned vehicle
  • Full breakfast (with accommodation package only, not hostel)
  • All ferry crossings
  • Lunch

Please note

Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

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