Orkney and Scotland's Northern Coast

Orkney hides many treasures; Unearth some of the most well-preserved prehistoric sites in Europe, examine a beautiful red sandstone coast, and discover the vibrant culture of remote island communities.

Orkney and Scotland's Northern Coast

Orkney hides many treasures; Unearth some of the most well-preserved prehistoric sites in Europe, examine a beautiful red sandstone coast, and discover the vibrant culture of remote island communities.

Tour Highlights

  • Sightseeing including Orkney Isles, Glencoe, Loch Ness, Assynt, Ullapool, Rannoch Moor, Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, Culloden or Clava Cairns, and Cairngorm National Park.
  • Small groups up to 16 passengers.

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.

Additional Notes

Please Note Baggage Restriction: Due to size of coach there is a luggage restriction of 14kg (31 Ibs) of luggage per person on this tour. This includes one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small personal bag.

A maximum of 8 passengers per departure date can be booked on this tour due to limitations of the coach size. If you have a larger party and/or wish to have a group booked on this tour, please contact us directly, as it will have to be quoted as a private group and rates here do not apply.


Day 01: Edinburgh

Arrive Edinburgh and transfer 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 pm). Overnight in Edinburgh.

Day 02: Inverness

Make your way to the Edinburgh departure point by 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, Depart Edinburgh, 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. You now cross over the fault line into the magnificent Highlands, taking in the splendour 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, where many members of the Clan MacDonald were slaughtered. We stop in this imposing mountain Glen so you can enjoy the spectacular views. You continue north up the Great Glen to the mysterious beauty of Loch Ness, travelling the whole 23 miles of the famous Loch - plenty of time to try and spot “Nessie!” You arrive at your destination of Inverness at approximately 6:30 pm, where you will be dropped off at your booked accommodation. The evening is free for you to explore the ‘Capital of the Highlands’.

Day 03: Kirkwall

Today is an early start, leaving behind Inverness, crossing over the Black Isle, and past Andrew Carnegie’s Skibo Castle. From here, you drive through the northeast Highland coastline, travelling into some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery. Enjoy amazing views of some of Europe’s oldest landscapes and the chance to see wildlife such as Golden Eagles and Red Deer. Onwards through Scotland’s most northerly mainland village, John o’ Groats, and then to Gills Bay, where you board the ferry, crossing the Pentland Firth into the Orkney Archipelago. From here, it is a short drive to the famous Italian Chapel, where we stop for a visit, before continuing to the Viking stronghold of Kirkwall, Capital of Orkney. This is where you shall stay for 2 nights. Here, you can visit Kirkwall’s magnificent Viking Cathedral and its historic winding streets.

Day 04: Kirkwall

Today is your chance to 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. You will visit the 5000-year-old village of Skara Brae (older than the Pyramids of Egypt!), the mystical prehistoric stone circle at Brodgar, and the Druidic standing stones of Stenness. You stop in Stromness, one of Scotland’s most picturesque seaboard villages, and then travel onto Maeshowe, where in the 12th Century, the Vikings left one of the largest collections of Norse runic inscriptions. Then, it's back to Kirkwall for your 2nd night, after what is sure to be a memorable day.

Day 05: Ullapool

This morning, enjoy a relaxed start to the day, as you leave Orkney and sail the Viking waters back to the mainland. From here, you travel the old road 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. From here you travel to Ullapool, situated at the mouth of Loch Broom, a beautiful whitewashed fishing village, where you spend your last night’s stay while touring.

Day 06: Edinburgh

You will be collected from your accommodation in the morning and travel east, where you will take in the stunning views over Loch Duich and the 5 Sisters of Kintail. Continue on to Loch Ness for lunch and the possibility of spotting “Nessie.” Heading south now through the Grampian Mountains along Loch Laggan, made famous now as “Monarch of the Glen Country” before passing Dalwhinnie, home to Scotland’s highest whisky distillery, and onwards into Highland Perthshire, before heading back to Edinburgh over the Forth Road Bridge. Arrive in Edinburgh at approximately 6:30 pm. Make your own way back to your pre-booked hotel.

Day 07: Edinburgh - Home

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the airport for your return flight to the US.

Rates & Hotels

To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 1-800-833-4373.
To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 1-800-833-4373.

Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

Orkney and Scotland’s Northern Coast 5-day tour - Based on B&B, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel
Orkney and Scotland’s Northern Coast 5-day tour - Based on Hotels, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel

Tour Details

Your land package begins: / Your land package ends:

(As most International flights are overnight flights - please book air accordingly)

Flight Details

Accommodation Details


UK Hotel


Pre and post nights booked at a mid-level hotel [more]

Accommodations booked by Rabbies UK


Depending on package booked, accommodations can be BB/Guesthomes, 3* Hotels/Inns (and some packages may include 4* Hotels) [more]


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.

Discount rate applies to children aged 5-15 years. Tours are not suitable for children under the age of 5.

This tour does not include:

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


Unfortunately, due to the 2020 pandemic, Celtic Tours will only be offering airfare for groups sizes of 15 or more. Individuals should book directly with airlines. Please make sure you book your flight to arrive and depart on accurate dates. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date the tour starts in Edinburgh. Please book your air one day before to accommodate overnight flights.

Tour Guarantee

Although our UK tours are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 passengers, it does not mean a date is guaranteed until we check with the Edinburgh office. Although we get regular updates, a tour can sell out and we may not yet have it noted above. We must first advise of a guarantee before airfare is booked and ticketed. Thank you.