Explore the stunning scenery and wildlife of the magical Orkney Islands on this 4-day tour. Heading north from Edinburgh, you will pass through the breathtaking Scottish Islands on your way to the world-famous historical sites of the Orkney Islands.
What to Expect
This 4-day tour from Edinburgh takes you on a discovery of the Scottish Highlands and the Orkney Islands. Heading north from Scotland’s capital city, you can admire the breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands and explore the history of the Orkney Islands.
Day 1: North to Loch Ness
This spectacular tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The route then takes you through the haunting landscape of Glen Coe, the scene of the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan, and on through Fort William and the Great Glen to arrive at the fabled shores of Loch Ness. Stay overnight at Drumnadrochit.
Day 2: Over the sea to the Orkney Islands
On the second day you will head north via Inverness and the spectacular coastal scenery of the Moray and Cromarty Firths. Then you will board the ferry for a memorable trip to the mysterious and magical Orkney Islands. Once you arrive you can take in the stunning scenery and start exploring. You will visit the beautiful Italian Chapel, which was built by Italian prisoners of war, as well as the famous Churchill Barriers – causeways that were constructed to protect the British naval fleet from submarines. Stay overnight at Kirkwall.
Day 3: Exploring the ancient history of the islands
From your base in Kirkwall, which boasts many craft and gift shops to explore, you will spend the whole day exploring the islands. This is a land full of ancient history and you will be able to take in prehistoric marvels such as the Maeshowe chambered cairn (optional extra), the world-famous Neolithic village of Skara Brae (optional extra), and the brooding stone circles of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar. The day will finish with a visit to beautiful St Magnus Cathedral. Stay overnight at Kirkwall.
Day 4: Return via Inverness, Culloden, and the Cairngorms
The last day starts with an early ferry ride back to the mainland. Then you will get the chance to take in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. As you head back to Edinburgh, you will be able to visit the battlefield of Culloden (optional extra), the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. You will also pass the stunning Cairngorm Mountains and explore the picturesque town of Pitlochry.
- English-speaking guide
- Ferry crossing
- Accommodation in B&B