Exploring the Isle of Skye & the Orkney Isles

Exploring the Isle of Skye & the Orkney Isles

A tour of remarkable beauty, history and ancient culture.

Day 1From the Lowlands through the Highlands and over the sea to Skye 

We will meet you in Edinburgh / Glasgow / Inverness or any point across Scotland. We will travel to the north west highlands of Scotland through The Trossachs National Park and beautiful Glen Dochart to dramatic Glencoe where you will have time to explore some of the best viewpoints in the glen. We will travel the shores of Loch Linnhe to Fort William and on to the road to the Isles. On this stunning drive we will make our way to some of the most beautiful coastal scenery of the western highlands and board our ferry for the short sail to the Isle of Skye.

Overnight Isle of Skye.

Day 2Landscapes and cultures of Skye Part 1

We travel around Loch Slapin to the spectacular area of Elgol where you will enjoy a ‘trip of a lifetime’ sightseeing excursion with Misty Isle Boat Trips. After your 1 ½ hour excursion we will travel to western Skye and the village of Carbost for lunch and a visit to The Talisker Whisky Distillery. The rest of the afternoon can be enjoyed around the iconic Cuillin Mountains and area.

Overnight Isle of Skye.

Day 3Landscapes and cultures of Skye Part 2

Northern Skye. We will travel through the amazing landscape of Skye to the Islands capital, Portree where you can wander the town centre and harbour. We will then journey on to the Trotternish Peninsula for amazing views of mountain and sea, the views back to the Scottish mainland are simply stunning. After a tasty local lunch, we will visit Dunvegan Castle and the remote western landscapes of Skye.

Overnight Isle of Skye.

Day 4North Highlands and the NC500 to the Orkney Isles

Today we leave the Isle of Skye behind and travel through the north Highlands on the NC500 to the northern port of Scrabster where we will board our ferry to the magical Orkney Isles.

Overnight Kirkwall.

Day 5Neolithic Orkney and Norse Culture

We will tour some of the most fascinating World heritage sites in Europe. Our day starts with a visit to Skara Brae – Northern Europe’s best-preserved Neolithic village. We then make the short trip to the Ring of Brodgar, a stunning Neolithic stone circle set in an expanse of wide-open space and big skies. After lunch you will visit Maes Howe Chambered Cairn, perhaps the most atmospheric of Orkney’s ancient monuments. The cairn is 5000 years old. We will arrive back in the island’s capital, Kirkwall in late afternoon where you can wander the quaint shops and also visit the 12th century St Magnus Cathedral.

Overnight in Kirkwall

Day 6Orkney's natural beauty and history

We will sail out to one of Orkney’s smaller islands for some true off the beaten track sightseeing. We will liaise with you about this day, there are options for wildlife sight-seeing, natural beauty as well as historic sites too. In the afternoon we'll visit the beautifully sited Broch of Gurness, which is peacefully located by the Eynhallow Sound. Early evening at leisure in Kirkwall.

Overnight Kirkwall.

Day 7North Highlands to Inverness

Sailing back to the Scottish mainland we travel south through classic highland scenery to your departure point of Inverness, Edinburgh, or Glasgow.

Price, to include – 7 full days of touring with your own driver / guide in one of our luxury VW or Mercedes people carriers, visiting the best sights of the Highlands, Isle of Skye and The Orkney Isles including some of the best off the beaten track places. 6 nights Double / Twin roomed accommodation in 4-star superior accommodation throughout the tour with full Scottish Breakfast. Ferries to and from the Islands.

£1995.00 per person based on two passengers.

£1650.00 per person based on four passengers.

£1350.00 per person based on six passengers.

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