Discover The Orkneys

The Highlands and historic Orkneys. Private guided tour, 6 days, 6 nights.

Tour Highlights

Visiting: Loch Lomond and Stirling, the Highlands, Orkney, Perthshire.

Towns & Cities: Stirling, Inverness, Kirkwall, Pitlochry.

Tour Features

Private guided tour, guide and luxury vehicle

  • Duration: 6 days / 6 nights

  • Starting: Edinburgh or Glasgow

  • Finishing: Edinburgh or Glasgow (or wherever you wish)

Key Attractions

Stirling Castle, Glencoe, Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Orkney Islands, Churchill Barriers, Scapa Flow, Standing Stones of Steness, Skara Brae, Dunrobin Castle, Glenmorangie distillery, Culloden battlefield, Cairngorms National Park, Queen's View

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Outline Itinerary

The Highlands and historic Orkneys
6 days / 6 nights

Day 1

Your tour starts in Edinburgh, travelling north to the highlands. Visit Stirling Castle, once home to Mary, Queen of Scots. Continue north to the most scenically beautiful of the highland glens, Glencoe, scene of the 1692 massacre of the Clan MacDonald. Travel towards Fort William, built as a military post during the Jacobite rebellions, and past Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain.  Continue up the Great Glen to Fort Augustus and Loch Ness. Stop at Urquhart Castle and a chance to spot the Loch Ness Monster. Overnight in Inverness.

Day 2 & 3

Journey to Scrabster, via the Flow Country, to take the ferry to Kirkwall

On day three, once on the Orkneys, drive along the Churchill Barriers, linking five Orkney islands , towards Lambholm, and the Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war. The island of South Ronaldsay lies at the end of the barriers, with stunning panoramic views over the Pentland Firth and smaller Orkney islands. Discover the delights of the South Isles and the ancient past of the Orkneys west mainland.

Day 4

Today we journey along Scapa Flow, one of the world's largest natural harbours, and a major Royal Navy base during both world wars. Go back further in time, 5,000 years, to the neolithic heartland of the Orkneys, when you visit the Standing Stones of Stenness, and the ceremonial Ring of Brodgar. Skara Brae is the best preserved village from this period in Europe.

Day 6

The journey now takes you to the Culloden Battlefield, where the last hand-to-hand battle on British soil took place. Travelling south journey through the Cairngorms National Park and along the Drumtochter Pass. The next stop is Queen's View, with its famous, stunning view across Loch Tummel. On the way back to Edinburgh, the final stop is in the beautiful Victorian town of Pitlochry.

Day 5

Returning to the mainland, visit Dunrobin Castle, dating back to the 14th century. Stop off for a visit to the Glenmorangie Distillery, where you can follow the making of this famous single-malt whisky, and enjoy a measure or two.

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