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5 Day Scotland’s Northern Coast and Orkney Tour

On this 5 day tour discover the history and beauty of the wonderful Orkney Isles.

Your guide will lead you to pre historic sites, stunning coastlines and you’ll savour the gentle way of island life.

Discover the stunning Northern coastline of Scotland, as well as the mesmerising valley of Glencoe and to top it all off, try your luck at hunting for the Loch Ness Monster!

So, come and join us and see for yourself what the Orkney Isles and Northern Scotland can offer you!




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Tour Highlights

  • Cairngorms National Park is a stunning location, twice the size of the Lake District.
  • Orkney Isles is a full of beautiful beaches, wildlife and plenty of history.
  • Try some ‘Nessie’ spotting at this famous, enchanting Loch Ness.
  • Discover the history of the Skara Brae Neolithic village and the stone circle at the Ring of Broadgar.
  • A Glen of organic origins, the unforgettable Glencoe is known for its sorrowful past as much as its impressive scenery.
  • Rannoch Moor is a haunting expanse of moorland.
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wind: 11mph SSW
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Callander, Glencoe, Loch Ness and Inverness

Day 2

Orkney and Kirkwall

Day 3

Skara Brae, Stenness, Stromness and Maeshowe

Day 4

Ardvreck Castle and Ullapool

Day 5

River Droma, Culloden, Clava Cairns and Caledonian Pine Forest

Day 1

You’ll depart from Edinburgh and journey west via Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument.  You’ll continue past Doune Castle and stop for a short while for refreshments at Callander, a small bustling town.

Leaving Callander behind, you’ll continue through the beautiful scenery past Loch Luibnaig, Loch Earn, Glen Ogle, and Glen Dochart until you reach Glencoe. Glencoe is probably Scotland’s most famous, scenic and historic Glen.  Formed from the remains of an ancient volcano, you’ll be mesmerised by its impressive landscape.

Your next destination is the mysterious Loch Ness and home to ‘Nessie’.  You’ll enjoy ample time to wander the banks and take in the enchanting scenery as well as hunt for the elusive monster!

Your final tour stop today is the town of Inverness.  Here you’ll be dropped at your accommodation for the night.

Day 2

After breakfast, the tour begins by crossing over the Black Isle, and via Andrew Carnegie’s Skibo Castle.

You’ll continue through the dramatic and beautiful scenery towards John o’ Groats, the most northerly mainland village.  You’ll board the ferry at Gills Bay, and cross the Pentland Firth to Orkney.

There’ll be a short drive to the famous Italian Chapel, where the tour stops for a short while before travelling to the capital of Orkney, Kirkwall.  Kirkwall is home to the wonderful St. Magnus Cathedral and has twisting lanes with hotels and bars.

You’ll spend two nights in Kirkwall accommodation.

Day 3

On day 3, the tour begins with a chance to explore the rich landscapes of green pastures and golden shores.

The stone built Neolithic village of Skara Brae is the first destination, followed by the stone circle at Brodgar and the standing stones of Stenness.

You’ll leave the ancient artefacts behind and continue to Stromness, Orkney’s second largest town where you’ll stop for a while.  Continue your journey onto Maeshowe, thought to be built around 2800 BC.  This chambered cairn is one of Europe’s finest examples.

Take the coach back to your accommodation for a second night in Kirkwall.

Day 4

After a restful night, you’ll set sail from Orkney back to mainland Scotland.

Your coach will journey across the top of Scotland, past the beautiful Ben Loyal and Ben Hope mountains and gorgeous sandy beaches.

Heading northwest to the mountains of Assynt, you’ll continue before stopping to admire the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle.

You’ll travel to Ullapool next, where you’ll stay in your hotel accommodation for the night and have the opportunity to wander the scenic roads lined with white-washed houses.

Day 5

Setting off from Ullapool, you can view the River Droma as it plunges 60m down into Corrieshalloch Gorge.  Travel via the scenic Loch Glascarnoch and Inverness, the ‘Capital of the Highlands’.

As you stop at your next destination in Culloden Moor, you can learn about the historic location of this famous battle site.  The Battle of Culloden was fought in 1746, and became one of the most barbaric events in our history.

Clava Cairns is your next tour stop, the site is an ancient burial chamber.

Continuing on from Clava Cairns, you’ll journey through the impressive Caledonian Pine Forest and stop for lunch, before you make the return journey back to the city of Edinburgh.

Important information

Departs 8.30am- Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
Returns 7.pm

  • Discounts for Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don’t carry children under 5 years old)
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person

Tour inclusions

  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of an experienced driver-guide


FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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