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From Edinburgh: Orkney, Skye and the Far North 8 Day Tour

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Activity provider: Highland Experience Tours

From Edinburgh: Orkney, Skye and the Far North 8 Day Tour

Activity provider: Highland Experience Tours

From US$ 1,861.52 per person

The tour 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.

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Duration 8 days
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  • Enjoy a whole day to explore Skye’s beautiful landscape
  • Visit the world-famous Neolithic village of Skara Brae, and explore Maes Howe and the Ring Of Brodgar
  • Head to Loch Ness and enjoy a nights accommodation near the fabled shores
  • Visit the battlefield of Culloden, the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces
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On day 1, travel 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. 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. Then stay overnight in Oban. On day 2, enjoy a day of high hills and history. Discover the haunting landscape of Glen Coe, past Ben Nevis - Britain’s tallest peak, and make a stop at Fort William. If traveling between May and September you will board the Jacobite Train from Fort William to Mallaig. Crossing over the sea to the Isle of Skye by ferry for your second night, staying overnight in Skye. On day 3, enjoy a whole 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. Stay overnight in Skye. On day 4, discover castles and mountains and then head to Loch Ness. Once you leave Skye the first stop is a visit to the idyllic Eilean Donan Castle. You will then continue onwards to the fabled shores of Loch Ness, where you have the option (extra cost) to visit Urquhart Castle and take a cruise on the loch. Enjoy an overnight stay in Inverness. On day 5, head over the sea to the Orkney Isles. Travel north via Inverness and the spectacular coastal scenery of the Moray and Cromarty Firths. Then 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. 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. Stay overnight in Kirkwall. On day 6, explore 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 the beautiful St Magnus Cathedral. Stay overnight in Kirkwall. On day 7, head back to the mainland again and start your journey south. You will be treated to some fantastic scenery, and may have the chance to visit Dunrobin Castle as you make your way back to Inverness. Stay overnight in Inverness. On day 8, as you 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.

  • Transportation
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • 7 nights accommodation and breakfast
  • Meals
  • Admissions
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years

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  • Please note the Eilean Donan Castle, the Maeshowe, the world-famous Neolithic village of Skara Brae, and the battlefield of Culloden are optional extras.
  • Children under 3 years old are not allowed on this tour.
  • The maximum luggage weight is 15 kg, the maximum size is 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. You may bring one small carry on per person.
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Since there were not enough registrations for the entire tour, I had to change groups every 5 days and continue traveling with another group for the last 3 days. But everything worked out great and wasn't a problem at all. Both guides were great, friendly and always tried to show as much as possible. It's hard to please everyone, sometimes the stay was too long for my liking, other times too short. But you get such a great sense of everything and reasons to come back Accommodations were spotless apart from my hotel in Orkney.

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July 4, 2022


節目豐富, and thanks for Tommy and Catherine, they did a great job. Taking care everyone in the tour. And Tommy made the tour more fun as he showed as a friend of us rather than just a tour guide. Which I appreciate very much! Hope to join again with my friend in the future! And meet Tommy and Catherine again. One more, when I was in Kirkwall, it was too cold which I don’t have enough cloth, Catherine helped a lot for me to buy some cheaper and suitable tight so that I could feel warmer in the rest of the tour. It saved me so much else I might get sick. Thanks Catherine!

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July 5, 2019

Excellent tour guide, gorgeous scenery, plenty of time to get off bus and explore.

May 3, 2022

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