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.

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, 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 02, 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, 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 Mac- Donald 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 approx 18.30 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, Touring - Kirkwall

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, and 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 where you shall stay for 2 nights. Here you can visit Kirkwall’s magnificent Viking Cathedral and its historic winding streets.

Day 04, Touring - Kirkwall

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 its back to Kirkwall for your 2nd night after what is sure to be a memorable day.

Day 05, Touring - Ullapool

Is 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 on tour.

Day 06, Touring -Edinburgh

You will be collected from your accommodation 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 Edinburgh, arriving at approx. 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 U.S.

Rates & Hotels

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Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

Based on B&B, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel
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

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

Accommodations booked by Rabbies UK

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

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 the date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date one would start touring in Edinburgh including any pre/post nights. Does not include air travel.