The Complete Scottish Experience - Oban, Skye and Orkney Tour  

  • Tour ID: 1542
    Tour Theme: Small and Medium Group Sightseeing Tours (Multi-days/ 5 to 30 people)
    This tour starts from: Edinburgh
    Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

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    Tour Description:

    On this tour we travel through the Trossachs to Oban. Then on to Gruesome Glens and the Hogwarts Express. Next is a whole day to explore Skye. After it is Castles, lochs and Nessie spotting. As we go over the sea to the Orkney Isles. Explore the ancient history of the Isles. Visit to the capital of the Highlands, Inverness. Return via Culloden and the Cairngorms.

    Ultimate Scottish Island Tour - Mull, Skye and Hebrides

    Day 1. Our wide-ranging 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. Then it's on the picturesque seaside town of Oban, home to Scotland's best seafood! Overnight: Oban

    Day 2. 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.
    Overnight: Isle of Skye

    Day 3. You'll have the whole of the third day to explore Skye's mysteries and landscape. Here the mountains and beaches beckon, so lose yourself amongst the Cuillin Mountains, see the black houses, take in the spectacular scenery of the Kilt Rock Waterfall, The Old Man of Storr and the Trotternish Peninsula, including a visit to the capital of the island, Portree. Overnight: Isle of Skye

    Ultimate Scottish Island Tour - Mull, Skye and Hebrides Ultimate Scottish Island Tour - Mull, Skye and Hebrides

    Day 4. We'll leave Skye and head straight to Scotland's most photographed castle, Eilean Donan* which you'll have ample time to explore. You’ll stop at the pretty Lochside village of Drumnadrochit for lunch, before having the option to cruise on Loch Ness, look out for Nessie and visit Urquhart Castle ruin. We’ll then head to the south end of the Loch for our overnight stop in Fort Augustus. Overnight: Fort Augustus

    Day 5. Today 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: Kirkwall

    Ultimate Scottish Island Tour - Mull, Skye and Hebrides Ultimate Scottish Island Tour - Mull, Skye and Hebrides

    Day 6. From your base in Kirkwall, you'll spend the whole of day six exploring the Orkney. 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 7. 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 8. 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 seasonal availability.
    £ Exclusive discount with Highland Experience
    ** Please note itinerary may be reversed.
    *** Departures 4th June - 28th August include the Jacobite Steam Train
    **** Departures 29th April - 21st May & 16th September include Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle instead.

    Day by Day Itinerary:

    Tour Highlights
    Loch Lomond, Kilmartin Glen & Oban
    The Trossachs & Western Highlands - A walk through history
    Skye & Eilean Donan*
    Scotland’s most beautiful castle
    Kirkwall
    The Italian Chapel & Churchill Barriers
    Skara Brae*, Maes Howe* and the Ring O’Brodgar
    Culloden battlefield* and the Cairngorm Mountains
    Complete Scottish Experience


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