Orkney, the Outer Hebrides, and Skye

See emerald blue shores and cream-white beaches in Lewis and Harris, be entranced by the vivid tales of prehistoric history in Orkney, and be blown away by the sheer geological wonders of the Isle of Skye.

Orkney, the Outer Hebrides, and Skye

See emerald blue shores and cream-white beaches in Lewis and Harris, be entranced by the vivid tales of prehistoric history in Orkney, and be blown away by the sheer geological wonders of the Isle of Skye.

Tour Highlights

  • Sightseeing including Cairngorms, Loch Ness, Ullapool, Lewis, Harris, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Scotland's far north coast, Callanish standing stones, white sands of Luskentyre, Eilean Donan Castle, Skara Brea and Ring of Brodgar, Culloden or Clava Cairns, and Cairngorm National Park.
  • Small groups up to 16 passengers.

Orkney, The Outer Hebrides, and Skye Tour Includes

  • Transportation by top-of-the-range 16-seat Mercedes mini coaches.
  • Eleven (11) nights of accommodations; Two (2) nights in Edinburgh (pre/post) and one (1) night Inverness, two (2) nights in Kirkwall, two (2) nights in Ullapool, two (2) nights Stornoway and two (2) nights in Portree.
  • Choice of B&B or Hotel in Inverness, Kirkwall, Ullapool, Stornoway and Portree. Edinburgh based on Jurys Inn or Ten Hill Place or similar. Other properties may incur supplements.
  • Breakfast daily (except for morning of arrival).
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Edinburgh.
  • Ten (10) 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.

Itinerary

Day 01: Edinburgh

Arrive Edinburgh. Transfer to your pre-booked accommodations. Spend your day independently exploring Edinburgh on your own. (Please note: check-in time at most hotels 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, passing Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument. We will pass Doune Castle (set of Monty Python's “Holy Grail”) before stopping in the small town of Callander for a refreshment stop. We cross over the fault line into the magnificent Highlands, taking in the splendour of Loch Luibnaig, Loch Earn, Glen Ogle, and Glen Dochart, as we 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 of the Clan MacDonald were slaughtered. We stop in this imposing mountain Glen so you can enjoy the spectacular views. 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!” We arrive at your destination of Inverness at approximately 6:30 pm, where we will be dropped off at our accommodations. The evening is free for you to explore the ‘Capital of the Highlands.'

Day 03: Kirkwall

It's an early start, leaving Inverness behind, crossing over the Black Isle, and past Andrew Carnegie's Skibo Castle. From here, we 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, with 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 we 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, where we shall stay for two (2) nights. Here you can visit Kirkwall's magnificent Viking Cathedral and its historic winding streets.

Day 04: Kirkwall

Today is our 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. We 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. We 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, its back to Kirkwall for our 2nd night after what is sure to be a memorable day.

Day 05: Ullapool

Today is a relaxed start to the day, as we leave Orkney and sail the Viking waters back to the mainland. From here, we 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. We 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, we travel to Ullapool, situated at the mouth of Loch Broom, a beautiful whitewashed fishing village, where you will spend the next two nights. Here, we say goodbye to this group and will be collected by a new guide and group on the morning of day 7.

Day 06: Ullapool

It's a free day in Ullapool to do as you please, before joining up with your new crew the next day. There are many possibilities available in this lovely town. Options for your day include enjoying a day just to relax and absorb the highland tranquil pace of life, whilst browsing the small craft boutiques nestling through the streets of the town. Or why not take the local boat, the ‘Summer Queen' from the pier for an idyllic ‘summer Isles' cruise. Alternatively, you could head up Claypool Hill for an easy two-hour walk, offering wonderful views over Loch Broom, reaching a maximum height of 900 ft. Or, for the even more adventurous, add to this walk by completing a three-hour circuit, returning to the town via Rhiddoroch estate. (Full details of all local walks can be found at the local tourist information center). There is also a local swimming pool and a small museum giving an informative narrative about the natural and social history of the area. Overnight in Ullapool.

Day 07: Stornoway

Meeting our new group and driver/guide, we catch the morning ferry from Ullapool for the 2-hour sail along Loch Broom. Pass the Summer Isles, then sail out across the Minch to Stornoway, the main town on Lewis and capital of the Outer Hebrides. Look out for dolphins, whales, and seabirds during the crossing. In the afternoon, explore the North West coast from Arnol with its historic old “blackhouse,” through traditional crofting townships to Port of Ness and the very north tip of the island, the Butt of Lewis. From the lighthouse here, there is nothing between us and the Americas! Overnight in Stornoway.

Day 08: Stornoway

Today will be spent exploring some of the prehistoric remains on the island, as well as its finest beaches. The fascinating circular stone fort, or Broch, at Carloway will be our first stop, followed by more traditional crofting communities such as Gearrannan and Shawbost. Then, it's on to Callanish with its mysterious ancient stone circle. In the afternoon we head for the remote district of Uig, with its fine, sandy beaches at Bhaltos, dramatic sea cliffs, and rugged hills. This is the wilderness of the Western Isles at its finest. Overnight again in Stornoway.

Day 09: Portree

Traveling south today from the wild moorlands of Lewis to the more mountainous Harris, almost but not quite an island on its own. Famous for the locally produced cloth, Harris Tweed, it is also home to the highest mountains in the Outer Hebrides, and the stunning white sands of Luskentyre. After a morning of exploring South Harris, we stop for lunch (not included) in the small port of Tarbet. Here, we catch the late afternoon ferry to Skye and continue on to the harbor town of Portree, our base for the next two (2) nights.

Day 10: Portree

Today is a very flexible day on Skye. There are many possibilities depending on the weather and our driver/guide's knowledge will help develop the best day out for us. For example, we might travel north to the stunning Quiraing mountain pass, and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery, or visit the Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns (reminiscent of the pleats in a kilt) with its waterfall cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below. Or, after lunch, we may travel to Neist Point for a walk out to the lighthouse at the most westerly point on Skye. Alternatively, a visit to Dunvegan Castle, ancient ancestral seat of the Clan MacLeod, may be possible.

Day 11: Back to Edinburgh

Departing from Portree, the return journey to Edinburgh has many highlights, with a visit to Eilean Donan Castle, Fort William, and the dramatic scenery and dark history of Glencoe. Traveling back south through the Central Highland, the last stop of the day will be in Killin, beside the Falls of Dochart, before returning to Edinburgh at approximately 7 pm. Make your way independently to your pre-booked hotel. Your evening is free to enjoy Edinburgh.

Day 12: Edinburgh - Home

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

Rates & Hotels

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Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and Skye 10-day tour - Based on B&B, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel
Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and Skye 10-day tour - Based on Hotels, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel

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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.

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

Airfare

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