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The Complete Scottish Islands Experience - Skye and Orkney Tour
Tour Theme: Small and Medium Group Sightseeing Tours (Multi-days/ 5 to 30 people)
This tour starts from: Edinburgh
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
This wide-ranging Highland and Islands tour visits two of Scotland's most magical Islands - Skye and Orkney
Day 1 - Through the Trossachs to Oban...
This wide-ranging Highland and Islands tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to Kilmartin Glen. Here you'll be able to explore Scotland's ancient past. With over 5,000 years of history laid out before you, you'll be able to walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and the Temple Wood Stone Circle.
overnight stay at Oban
Day 2 - Gruesome Glens and the Hogwarts Express...
Day two takes you over the Connel Bridge through Appin to the haunting landscape of Glen Coe (scene of the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan). We’ll stop in Fort William; a town dominated by Ben Nevis—the UK’s tallest peak, then jump aboard the Jacobite Steam Train. It’s one of the world’s greatest train journeys and will take you over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films. We’ll continue to the end of the line, Mallaig, a pretty fishing port, bustling but remote. You will have the opportunity to have an early dinner and enjoy some excellent seafood before taking a short ferry ride over the sea to Skye, where you’ll spend your second night.
two-night stay at Kyleakin
Day 3 - A whole day to explore Skye...
You'll have the whole of the third day to explore Skye's beautiful landscape. Here the mountains and beaches beckon, so lose yourself amongst the spectacular scenery of the Cuillin mountains, visit the black houses, take in the spectacular scenery of the Kilt rock waterfall, The Old Man of Storr and the Trotternish Peninsula, including and visit the capital of the island, Portree.
Day 4 - Castles, mountains and on to Loch Ness...
We’ll leave Skye and head straight to Scotland’s most photographed castle, Eilean Donan* which you’ll have ample time to explore. We'll continue further north through Glen Carron and past Loch Carron towards Achnasheen. You’ll also experience the dramatic Glen Docherty which looks down towards Loch Maree, once visited by Queen Victoria and home to its very own “Nessie”: Muc-sheilche. Our lunch stop will be at Inverewe Garden*, well-known for its sub-tropical plants. You’ll also get to take in the incredible Gruinard Bay and the breath-taking Corrieshalloch Gorge and Rogie Falls, then on to your overnight stop by Loch Ness.
overnight stay at Loch Ness
Day 5 - Over the sea to the Orkney Isles...
On day five you head north via Inverness and the spectacular coastal scenery of the Moray and Cromarty Firths. Then you board the ferry for the 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 Stay in Kirkwall
Day 6 - Exploring the ancient history of the Isles...
From your base in Kirkwall, which boasts many craft and gift shops to enjoy, you'll spend the whole of day six 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.
Day 7 - Home via Inverness, Culloden and the Cairngorms.
The last day starts with an early ferry ride back to the mainland. Then you'll get the chance to take in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. As we 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.
*Optional extra - subject to seasonal availability
7 DAY TOUR The Complete Scottish Experience!!!
Day by Day Itinerary:
Loch Lomond, Kilmartin Glen & Oban
The Trossachs & Western Highlands - A walk through history
Skye & Eilean Donan*
Scotland’s most beautiful castle
The Italian Chapel & Churchill Barriers
Skara Brae*, Maes Howe*
and the Ring O’Brodgar
and the Cairngorm Mountains
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