Situated at the edge of the Great Glen, Inverness is known as the Capital of the Highlands. Nearby you will find Culloden Battlefield, site of the last battle of the Jacobite Rising, and the Clava Cairns prehistoric site.
Step back in time at some of Europe’s finest ancient monuments including the chambered tomb of Maes Howe & the Ring of Brodgar, a large stone circle that originally consisted of 60 stones with 36 still standing today.
Explore Skara Brae, a neolithic village where Britain’s earliest inhabitants once lived. This site is one of the best preserved settlements in Western Europe and was first uncovered by a storm in 1850.
John O’Groats is a small coastal village with a rural farming community and also the most northerly place on mainland Britain.
The North West Highlands of Scotland has some of the most spectacular, unspoiled scenery in the world, with undiscovered beaches, ancient forests, mighty mountains and cascading waterfalls.
Edinburgh is Scotland’s ancient capital city and a hub for culture and creativity. Attractions include historic Edinburgh Castle, the picturesque Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the home of Scottish royal history.
Escape to Scotland’s northern extremes on this five-day tour of Orkney and the far north of Scotland. A trip which will leave you with memories for a lifetime – you will be amazed by the magical beauty and prehistoric history of the Orkney archipelago and the rugged landscapes of Scotland’s northern coastline.
Your tour begins in Edinburgh, where winding cobbled streets reveal endless sightseeing opportunities and culinary delights. From here, you will travel up through Scotland’s highlands, where the remote wilderness and impressive peaks of Glencoe will leave you inspired to see more of this magical area of Northern Britain.
The Orkney islands are home to astounding prehistoric Neolithic sites, and their unique culture and scenery reflect the civilisation that has thrived here for millenia. The striking jagged sea cliffs and sandy beaches are home to much of the stunning wildlife which has become part of the identity of this area, including puffins, whales and seals.
As you travel back down through Scotland, the towering mountains of Assynt combine with the ruins of Ardvreck Castle to create a coastal journey not to be forgotten. This, followed by the peaceful serenity of the Cairngorms National Park with its ancient pine forests and clear lochs, will leave you thoroughly enchanted with the North of Scotland.
This is our suggested itinerary for our Orkney & Scotland’s Northern Coast small group tour. This tour combines a five day group guided experience with independent sightseeing days in Edinburgh to make the most of your time in Scotland.
We love the opportunity to use our first-hand knowledge and experience to design and deliver the perfect, bespoke holiday experience for you.
You may wish to extend your holiday before or after your small group tour, or combine it with another of our tours.
Arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland’s majestic Capital City. Edinburgh is a great place to wander – narrow alleys, flights of stairs and hidden courtyards tempt you off the main streets at every turn and for a spectacular view of the city take a walk up Arthur’s Seat.
Overnight – Edinburgh
Your tour begins by departing Edinburgh and travelling past Stirling with its imposing castle, before taking a refreshment stop in Callander. Continuing into the Highlands, you head north into glorious scenery and through the wild desolation of Rannoch Moor and historic Glencoe.
Your afternoon’s highlights include passing Ben Nevis and travelling the full length of Loch Ness, before arriving in Inverness for the night.
Overnight – Inverness
Your journey today will take you north through the Black Isle, past Dunrobin Castle, before crossing the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Isles.
You will stop off at the famous Italian Chapel, before continuing on to stay in Kirkwall for 2 nights, the Viking town and capital of Orkney.
Overnight – Kirkwall
Highlights today include a visit to Skara Brae, the mystical prehistoric stone circle at Brodgar, the standing stones of Stenness, and Maeshowe, where you can find one of the largest collections of Norse runic inscriptions, left by the 12th century Vikings.
Overnight – Kirkwall
Today you will travel back across the water to the cliffs and sandy beaches of Scotland’s dramatic northern coastline. Pass the mountains of Ben Loyal and Ben Hope, through the village of Durness and the dramatic scenery of Assynt. Pay a visit to the 15th century Ardvreck Castle, before continuing to your overnight stop in the fishing village of Ullapool.
Overnight – Ullapool
Today you will visit the Corrieshalloch Gorge, the ancient Clava Cairns and the more recent bloody history of Culloden battlefield. From here you will return south through the grandeur of the Cairngorms National Park, the ancient Caledonian pine forest and Highland Perthshire to Edinburgh.
Overnight – Edinburgh
After breakfast your unforgettable holiday will come to an end.
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We work closely with an award-winning company whose expert guides truly take you beyond the guidebooks to explore the stunning scenery and extraordinary history of this country.
Some guides are history geeks and can tell you who owned every castle, others are geologists and know the age of every mountain. All of them are friendly, passionate people who are dedicated to making you fall in love with their home country.
Explore Scotland in a modern, air-conditioned mini-coach. You will never get lost, always take the scenic route and have great views, and you are free to sample the local tipple without worrying about driving.
Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers will allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life. Knowing all of the arrangements are taken care of means you can sit back and relax. It’s an experience you will treasure for a lifetime.
We know that after a busy day of sightseeing an exceptional place to stay makes all the difference. That’s why the accommodation we select is hand-picked using our first-hand knowledge of the best places to stay. We specifically choose accommodation suitable for your tour, close to local attractions, pubs and restaurants.
Our discerning team have a wealth of experience, and we extensively research and regularly review all of the accommodation we select for our clients.
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A collection of quality 4* Guest Houses and 3* Hotels often located in beautiful locations which provide an excellent standard of accommodation.
Tastefully decorated and furnished, these properties are generally owned and operated by locals who have a genuine passion for their region which they are keen to share with you. Their warm hospitality is sure to be a highlight of your Scottish experience.
A collection of 3* B&Bs and Guest Houses offering comfortable accommodation close to local attractions. Your accommodation is great for the little personal touches.
A chat with your warm and friendly hosts and fellow guests over breakfast will arm you with local knowledge and tips for the day ahead.