Landscapes and Legends Experience Tour - Skye and Orkney  

  • Tour ID: 1549
    Tour Theme: Small and Medium Group Sightseeing Tours (Multi-days/ 5 to 30 people)
    This tour starts from: Edinburgh
    Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Tour Description:

    From Edinburgh we travel west to Loch Lomond, Glen Coe making our way to Isle of Skye. Discover the amazing landscape of the Isle of Skye. A morning of Nessie spotting and arrival to the capital of the Highlands, Inverness. Over the sea to the Orkney Isles. Next day we explore the ancient history of Orkney. A visit to the capital of the Highlands, Inverness. Home via Culloden and the Cairngorms.

    Day 1. Our route to Skye takes you through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. We'll stop in a picturesque village, where you can relax over a cup of coffee or explore at your leisure. You'll get stunning views of the UK's largest expanse of fresh water, Loch Lomond. Learn the brutal story of the MacDonald Clan massacre and take in the weeping waterfalls that inhabit the incredible Glen Coe. You can also take in views of Ben Nevis, the UK's tallest peak. As our road nears the coast, it passes Eilean Donan Castle*. Here you have the chance to take photographs and explore the castle that featured in the film Highlander. Then it's time to cross the bridge to Skye.
    Overnight: Skye

    The Inner Hebridean Experience Tour

    Day 2. Enjoy a full day exploring the Isle of Skye. Your experienced and knowledgeable guide will ensure you get the most out of your day and enjoy sights such as the craggy Cuillin Mountains, the outstanding beautiful Trotternish Peninsula, The Kilt Rock and Mealt Waterfall, The Old Man of Storr and the Iron Age Dun Beag Broch. Portree is your lunchtime stop, where you can enjoy delicious fish and chips next to the harbour – just watch out for the seagulls! Before heading back to your accommodation for a second restful evening you will be able to try an array of different whiskies-yum!
    Overnight: Skye

    Day 3. You'll visit the most famous Loch in the entire world… Loch Ness. You can tour Urquhart Castle then hop on a Jacobite Cruise to Nessie spot on the Loch itself. You'll then say goodbye to your driver-guide and group and have an afternoon to explore Inverness, the capital of the Highlands! Overnight: Inverness. Please note on this day you will leave your Skye driver-guide and meet your new driver-guide on Day 4.

    Day 4. You'll head north via Inverness and the spectacular coastal scenery of the Moray and Cromarty Firths. Then you board the ferry for a memorable trip to the mysterious and magical Orkney Isles. Once you arrive you can take in the stunning scenery and start exploring. You'll 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.
    Overnight: Kirkwall

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    Day 5. From your base in Kirkwall, which boasts many craft and gift shops to enjoy, you'll spend the whole of day three 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 beautiful St Magnus Cathedral. Overnight: Kirkwall

    Day 6. You will have a leisurely morning in Kirkwall, which boasts many craft and gift shops to enjoy. In the late morning, we join the ferry ride back to the mainland. Your expert guide will ensure you get the best out of your journey to Inverness, exploring dramatic coastline. We will be able to visit Dunrobin Castle before reaching your overnight stop, the capital of the Highlands, Inverness.
    Overnight: Inverness

    Day 7. 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

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    *Optional Extra Subject to Availability.

    Day by Day Itinerary:

    Tour Highlights

    Eilean Donan Castle an iconic 13th century castle
    Isle of Skye- Kilt Rock, Mealt Falls, Old Man of Storr & Portree
    Loch Ness & Inverness- Cruise on Loch Ness & visit Urquhart Castle then have an afternoon in Inverness
    Kirkwall - The Italian Chapel & Churchill Barriers
    Skara Brae*, Maes Howe* & Ring o'Brodgar*
    The Inner Hebridean Experience Tour

     


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