ORKNEY AND SCOTLAND’S NORTHERN COAST

8-day/6-nts with 5-day of touring with 2 independent nts in Edinburgh (pre/post)


Highlights

Orkney and Scotland's Northern Coast

Enjoy two (2) independent days in Edinburgh (pre/post) with five (5) days touring, Orkney Explorer – escape to Scotland’s northern extremes. A tour to treasure for a lifetime. Highlights of the tour are the magical beauty and prehistoric history of the Orkney archipelago, the rugged extremes of Scotland’s northern coastline, Loch Ness and the Caledonian forests of the Cairngorm National Park.

Tour Highlights

  • Scotland's far north coast
  • Visits to:Orkney Isles, Glencoe, Loch Ness, Assynt and Ullapool.
  • Including Rannoch Moor, Skara Brea, Ring of Brodgar, Culloden or Clava Cairns, Cairngorm National Park.

Orkney and Scotland's Northern Coast Tour Includes

  • Transportation by top-of-the-range 16-seat Mercedes mini coaches.
  • Six (6) nights accommodations; two (2) nights in Edinburgh (pre/post) and two (2) nights in Kirkwall, with a night in Ullapool and Inverness before and after.
  • Choice of B&B or Hotel in Kirkwall, Ullapool and Inverness. Edinburgh based on Holiday Inn Express or Ten Hill Place or similar. Other properties may incur supplements.
  • Breakfast daily (except for morning of arrival).
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Edinburgh.
  • Five (5) days of custom touring per itinerary.
  • All service charges and hotel taxes.

Itinerary

Day 01, U.S. to Edinburgh

Overnight flight from the U.S. to Edinburgh, to begin your adventure. Arrive in Edinburgh the next day.

Day 02, Edinburgh

Arrive Edinburgh and transfer [included] to your pre-booked accommodations. Spend your day independently exploring Edinburgh on your own. (Please note, check-in time at most hotel's is from 2:00 pm). Overnight in Edinburgh.

Day 03, Edinburgh - Touring begins - Inverness

Make your way to the Edinburgh departure point (see departure point information below) for 8:15 am (If you booked a departure point transfer at time of booking, your driver will collect you as noted on your voucher). Depart Edinburgh at 8:30 am, Heading west towards Stirling, passing Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument. You also pass Doune Castle (set of Monty Python's “Holy Grail”) before stopping in the small town of Callander for a refreshment stop.

We now drive along the splendor of Loch Luibnaig, Loch Earn, Glen Ogle and Glen Dochart, as you travel north over the wild and remote Rannoch Moor into Glencoe. The stunning views and spectacular landscapes of our own super (extinct) volcano and scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. We continue north up the Great Glen to the mysterious beauty of Loch Ness, traveling the whole 23 miles of the famous Loch plenty of time to try and spot “Nessie!” The evening in Inverness will be free for you to explore the‘Capital of the Highlands'.

Day 04, Touring - Kirkwall

Today sees an early start, crossing over the Black Isle, and past Andrew Carnegie's Skibo Castle. From here you drive through the northeast Highland coastline, traveling into some of Scotland's most dramatic scenery, with views of some of Europe's oldest landscapes and the chance to see wildlife such as golden eagles and red deer. Close to Scotland's most northerly mainland village, John o' Groats, we board the ferry crossing the Pentland Firth into the Orkney Archipelago. It is a short drive to the famous Italian Chapel where we stop for a visit before continuing to the Viking stronghold of Kirkwall, where we stay for two (2) nights. Visit Kirkwall's magnificent Viking Cathedral and its historic winding streets.

Day 05, Touring - Kirkwall

Explore this fantastic ancient island; a land of contrasts where fertile green pastures are fringed by shores of golden sands washed by waters of the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Highlights include a visit to Skara Brae, the mystical prehistoric stone circle at Brodgar, the standing stones of Stenness, and Maeshowe, where in the 12th century the Vikings left one of the largest collections of Norse runic inscriptions.

Day 06, Touring - Ullapool

Time to leave Orkney and sail the Viking waters back to the mainland. From here we travel right across the very top of Scotland, driving past the stunning Ben Loyal and Ben Hope mountains following the rocky cliffs and stunning golden sand beaches of our northern coastline. You then visit the far northwest highlands and the grandeur, expanse and wilderness of the mountains of Assynt before stopping to view the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle. We continue to Ullapool, situated at the mouth of Loch Broom, a beautiful whitewashed fishing village where you spend your last night's stay on tour.

Day 07, Touring -Edinburgh

Your morning includes visits to Corrieshalloch Gorge, the ancient Clava Cairns and the more recent bloody history of the Culloden battlefield, before returning south through the grandeur of the Cairngorm National Park, the ancient Caledonian pine forest and Highland Perthshire to Edinburgh, arriving at approx. 6:30 pm. Your tour ends at Waverly Bridge in Edinburgh, where you will make your own way back to your pre-booked hotel.

Day 08, Edinburgh - Home

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the Airport for your return flight to the U.S.

Optionals

Rates & Hotels

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2017Land Only
Apr 5; 12; 19; 21; 26; 28; May 1; 3; 5 (Sold Out)   1369
May 8   1369
May 10; 12; 15; 17; 19 (Sold Out)   1369
May 22   1369
May 24 (Sold Out)   1369
May 26; 29 (Sold Out)   1389
May 31; Jun 2; 5; 7 (Sold Out)   1489
Jun 9   1489
Jun 12; 14; 16; 19; 21 (Sold Out)   1489
Jun 23   1489
Jun 26 (Sold Out)   1489
Jun 28; 30; Jul 3; 5; 7; 10; 12; 14; 17   1489
Jul 19 (Sold Out)   1489
Jul 21; 24   1489
Jul 26; 28   1709
Jul 31; Aug 2   1919
Aug 4; 7 (Sold Out)   1919
Aug 9; 11; 14   1919
Aug 16 (Sold Out)   1919
Aug 18; 21; 23; 25   1919
Aug 28; 30   1709
Sep 1   1489
Sep 4; 6; 8; 11; 13 (Sold Out)   1489
Sep 15; 18   1489
Sep 20 (Sold Out)   1489
Sep 22; 25; 27   1489
Oct 4; 11   1419

Pricing

Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. There are no triple rooms for this tour.

Children allowed on this tour from ages 5-15 (children under 5 not allowed and children 16 or older are considered adults).

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Tips to driver/guide
  • Visitor attractions

Airfare

Airfare is additional. Once you select your date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The dates shown will be the start / end date of your tour. However, you can alter these dates to arrive earlier or extend your stay as needed.

Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) month from date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date one would depart from the US. Tour begins in UK one day later.

 
Hotels featured on this tour
5-day tour - Based on B&B, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel - [details] 
5-day tour - Based on Hotels, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel - [details] 

 

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