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Scottish Highlands Mini Coach Tour

» Orkneys & Scottish Highlands Tour 2015 - 4 Day Trip from Inverness

'Kirkwall, The Mainland & Scapa Flow - On this tour of discovery we will see some of the most dramatic landscapes in Europe and explore a sliver of mankind's ancient existence that's found nowhere else. Steeped in Viking history, the Orkneys are sprinkled with prehistoric sites that have survived Scotland's climate for over 5,000 years. The tomb of Maes Howe, the excavations at Skara Brae and the mystical standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar offer an insight into the way people have lived since ancient times.'

Day 1: Inverness – Scottish Highlands – Orkney

Departing Inverness, we travel through the unspoilt North Highlands passing through Beauly and the attractive Victorian spa town of Strathpeffer before arriving at Dunrobin Castle. Resembling a French chateau, Dunrobin has been home to the Dukes of Sutherland since the 1400s. From here we continue our journey through the Caithness before arriving at Scotland's northern-most tip to catch the early evening ferry to the Orkney Islands. Overnight: West End Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Neolithic settlements & archaeological sites

The Orkneys are perhaps most renowned for their amazing archaeological sites, and today we explore these including Neolithic standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar, the Stone Age tomb of Maes Howe and Skara Brae. The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, near the dramatic white beach of the Bay of Skaill, is one of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe. Uncovered by a storm in 1850, the attraction presents a remarkable picture of life around 5,000 years ago, before Stonehenge was built. Travelling through the beautiful island landscapes, where birds and wild flowers are abundant, we make our way to the Broch of Gurness, where we see evidence of a Viking settlement. Tides permitting we will also walk to the Brough of Birsay where Magnus Erlendsson, Earl of Orkney, was slain by his cousin in 1117. (B, D) Overnight: West End Hotel (or similar)

Day 3: Kirkwall, Whisky & Scapa Flow

This morning we have some free time to explore the former Viking settlement of Kirkwall, with its interesting historical sites including St Magnus Cathedral, Earl's Palace and Bishop's Palace. This is also home to one of Scotland’s best distilleries, Highland Park Distillery. Learn about the traditional methods used to produce their famous single malt whisky from malting through to the distillation process. We then travel south to Scapa Flow, which during two World Wars became famous and put Orkney at the centre of world history. Scapa Flow became the base for the British naval fleet, the primary purpose of which was to prevent German war ships gaining access to the Atlantic Ocean. Here we visit the famous Italian Chapel, all that remains of the former Italian Prisoner of War Camp. (B, D) Overnight: West End Hotel (or similar)


Ring of Brodgar
Scottish Highlands
Day 4: Orkney – Castle of Mey – Inverness

After taking the ferry back to the mainland, we visit the Castle andGardens of Mey, the beloved home of the late Queen Mother. Following a beautiful coastal road, we cross the Dornoch and Cromarty Firths as we make our way back to the Capital of the Highlands, Inverness. (B)

Scottish Highlands Tour

Tour Inclusions

  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Driver/tour leader
  • Mini-coach transportation
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily
  • 2 x evening meals
  • Whisky tasting
  • Included Entrances: Dunrobin Castle, Maes Howe, Skara Brae, Broch of Gurness, Brough of Birsay, Earl's Palace Kirkwall, Bishop's Palace Kirkwall, Highland Park Distillery & Castle of Mey.

Pick-Up & Drop-Off

The tour commences from The Waterside Hotel, 19 Ness Bank Inverness, Inverness-Shire IV2 4SF at 8:30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

Drop-off 5:30pm at The Waterside Hotel, 19 Ness Bank Inverness, Inverness-Shire IV2 4SF. Please bear in mind that drop

Additional Information We have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Visit the Orkneys and Scottish Highlands on this Enchanting 4 Day Tour. See Dunrobin Castle, Skara Brae, Castle of Mey and Enjoy the Highland Park Distillery

Adult Price from: £885 (double share)
Adult Price from: £975 (single)


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Stay three nights on the Orkney Islands themselve

Explore the Orkneys at a leisurely pace, for a more in depth look at this unique corner of the UK


This full day tour departs every Sunday from 4th May inclusive

Adult Price from: £885 (double share)
Adult Price from: £975 (single)

Why choose these tours

On this tour you will be travelling with no more than 16 other people - guaranteed! Our purpose-built minibuses have large windows, good air circulation and clear PA systems so that your professional guide can escort you comfortably through our wonderful country. Our itineraries are carefully planned (with many years of experience) so that you discover as much as possible, without spending too much time on the road.

As we travel in smaller vehicles, we normally use the most scenic routes, where large coach are prohibited from travelling. Additionally, as our group sizes are smaller we are able to more time out of the vehicle. We also employ a the very best driver/guides

2015 Departures:

Departs Every Tuesday from 15th May 2015 - 30th September 2015



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I had simply an amazing time. Thank you Martin and Paul for providing us with such an enjoyable trip. I haven't had such a relaxing yet fun-filled trip like this for a long time. I will definitely recommend the trip to my friends. Thanks again for a great weekend
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