This tours gives you a really comprehensive view of what the country has to offer. Travel West to Skye and up North to Orkney to get inspired by the beautiful islands of Scotland.
What to Expect
Through the Trossachs to Oban…
This wide-ranging Highland and Islands tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch
Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to Kilmartin Glen. Here you’ll be able to explore Scotland’s ancient past. With over 5,000 years of history laid out before you, you’ll be able to walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and the Temple Wood Stone Circle.
A day of high hills and history…
Day two takes you through the haunting landscape of Glen Coe (scene of the terrible massacre of the
MacDonald Clan), past Ben Nevis (Britain’s tallest peak) and on, over the sea, to the magical Isle of Skye.
A whole day to explore Skye…
You’ll have the whole of the third day to explore Skye’s beautiful landscape. Here the mountains and beaches beckon, so lose yourself amongst the spectacular scenery of the Cuillin Mountains, the slanting hills of Quiraing and the incredible Trotternish peninsula.
Castles, mountains and on to Loch Ness…
Once you leave Skye the first stop is a visit to idyllic Eilean Donan Castle*. You then drive past the spectacular Torridon Mountains and through the stunning scenery of Glen Affric. Here you can stroll up to a beautiful waterfall, surrounded by ancient Caledonian forest. Then it’s on to your bed, near the fabled shores of Loch Ness.
Over the sea to the Orkney Isles…
On day five you head north via Inverness and the spectacular coastal scenery of the Moray and Cromarty Firths. Then you board the ferry for the 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.
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 six 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.
Home via Inverness, Culloden and the Cairngorms.
The last day starts with an early ferry ride back to the mainland. Then you’ll get the chance to take in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. As we 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.
- English speaking guide
- Ferry crossing
- Accommodation in B&B