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ORKNEYS AND SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

Enjoy an enchanting journey through some of Europe's most dramatic natural landscapes on this tour of the awe-inspiring northern Highlands and remote Isle of Orkney. Steeped in Viking history, the region is scattered with prehistoric sites dating back more than 5000 years; experience the tomb of Maes Howe, the excavations at Skara Brae and the mystical standing stones at the Ring of Brodgar.

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KEY FEATURES

Duration:
4 days / 3 nights

Regions visited:
Scottish Highlands and Islands

Start point:
Inverness

End point:
Inverness

Customizable:
No

Additional information:
Maximum group size 18 passengers. Special event tour.

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UK international:
+44 (0)2921 660 747

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1-866-209-4554

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ITINERARY

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DAY ONE

Strathpeffer and the Northern Highlands to Orkney

Our journey begins in Inverness, capital of the Highlands and our springboard to visit Scotland's far North. Taking the country roads we head north; our first stop today is in the charming town of Strathpeffer nestling in the shadow of the bleak Ben Wyvis and surrounded by woodlands; we'll explore this traditional Spa town which was once a highland health resort to wealthy Victorians and still shows hallmarks of these bygone times. Then its onwards along part of the recently revived NC 500 route in to Scotland's northern highlands a remote region of desolate moorlands, deep valleys and coastal sea stacks. Leaving the mainland behind we sail to Orkney and to the islands principal town of Kirkwall, which was first settled by the Vikings. This is our island base for the next two nights.

accommodationAccommodation: West End Hotel (or similar), Orkney.

attractionsHighlights: The Scottish Highlands, Ferry to Orkney and Kirkwall.

DAY TWO

Prehistoric Orkney (Maeshowe, Skara Brae and Broch of Gurness)

Orkneys and Scottish Highlands - Skara Brae

Castle Stalker, Scotland

The Orkneys boast over 600 miles of untouched coastline, awash with white-sand beaches, rugged cliffs, caves, and unique flora and fauna. Today we explore some of the islands' most renowned archaeological sites including Neolithic stone circles and the Stone Age tomb of Maeshowe. At UNESCO World Heritage Site, Skara Brae we see the excavated Neolithic settlement one of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe located overlooking white beach of the Bay of Skaill. Uncovered by a storm in 1850, Skara Brae presents a remarkable picture of life around 5,000 years ago, before even Stonehenge was built. Passing through the beautiful island landscapes, where sea-birds and wild flowers are abundant, we make our way to the Broch of Gurness, where we see evidence of a Viking settlement. If the tides permit we can walk to the Brough of Birsay to visit the remains of a Viking village and hear tales including the saga of how Magnus Erlendsson, Earl of Orkney, was slain by his cousin.

accommodationAccommodation: West End Hotel (or similar), Orkney - dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Skara Brae, Maes Howe, Broch of Gurness, Brough of Birsay and the Ring of Brodgar.

DAY THREE

Kirkwall Town, Whisky Distillery and Naval Scapa Flow

This morning we have some free time to explore the islands main town and port, the former Viking settlement of Kirkwall. The town is host to an array of interesting historical sites including St Magnus Cathedral, Earl's Palace and Bishop's Palace and is also home to one of Scotland's best distilleries, Highland Park Distillery. Here we'll learn about the traditional methods used to produce their famous single malt whisky from malting through to the distillation process. We then travel south to Scapa Flow, which gained fame in World War Two as the base for the local British naval fleet whose primary purpose was to prevent German war ships gaining access to the Atlantic Ocean. Here we visit the famous Italian Chapel, all that remains of the former Italian Prisoner of War Camp. By evening we board the ferry back to the mainland and enjoy a farewell dinner together in Wick.

accommodationAccommodation: Mackays Hotel (or similar), Wick - dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Kirkwall, Highland Park Whisky Distillery and Scapa Flow.

DAY FOUR

Dunrobin Castle and the Cromarty Firth

Orkneys and Scottish Highlands - Dunrobin Castle

Dunrobin Castle, Scottish Highlands

Today we return South, on route we'll stop at the magnificent Dunrobin Castle where we explore the stately house which has been home to the Dukes of Sutherland since the 1400s; this magnificent castle of white-washed turrets, towers and glorious formal gardens make the Scottish highland home resemble a glorious French chateau. Later we continue south along the beautiful coastal road, as we cross the Dornoch and Cromarty Firths before making our way back to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, where our tour ends.

attractionsHighlights: Dunrobin Castle.

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Orkneys and Scottish Highlands - Scotland escorted small group tour

INCLUSIONS

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arrowUNIQUE FEATURES

  • Stay two nights on the isle of Orkney.
  • Explore Orkney at a leisurely pace, for a more in depth look at this unique corner Britain.
  • Journey on the coastal road of Scotland remote Northern Highlands.
  • Maximum group-size of 18 passengers for that intimate touring experience.

arrowWHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 3 nights in hotel accommodation
  • All transportation by luxury mini-coach
  • The services of your professional driver-guide tour leader
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily
  • 2 x evening meals
  • Whisky tasting
  • A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
    • Maeshowe
    • Skara Brae
    • Broch of Gurness
    • Brough of Birsay
    • Earl's Palace Kirkwall
    • Bishop's Palace Kirkwall
    • Highland Park Distillery
    • Dunrobin Castle
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack.

arrowOPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in Inverness.
  • Rail transport to/from Inverness before/after your tour.
  • Accommodation in Edinburgh or other areas of Scotland.
  • Airport transfers.

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PRICING

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DEPARTURE DATES 2017

START DAY
(in Inverness)
END DAY
(in Inverness)
ADDITIONAL FEATURES PRICE PER PERSON
(sharing twin/ double)
Tue 05 Sep, 2017 Fri 08 Sep, 2017 Limited availability £ 1,015
Tue 19 Sep, 2017 Fri 22 Sep, 2017 Limited availability £ 1,015

Single Supplement: £100.

All tours commence in central Inverness at 8.30am on the Start Day and finish in Inverness at around 5.30pm (approx) on the End Day.

arrowPRICING NOTES

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
  • Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
  • Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
  • Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP£) currency for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however due to the nature of small group tours the itinerary is flexible and is subject to change based on a variety of factors.

arrow2018 DEPARTURES AND PRICING

We have 2018 tour dates and pricing available and are in the process of updating our website. Please contact us with your preferred dates and we will send you a quotation.

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