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5 Day Orkney Islands, Inverness and Loch Ness Tour

Located off the far northern tip of mainland Scotland, where the Atlantic meets the North Sea, few people get the chance to make the journey to these remote and sparsely inhabited islands. With over 9,000 years of history there are Neolithic villages, tombs, stone circles and many reminders of its Viking past. A place unlike the rest of Scotland and proud of it.


Price: £199
Edinburgh Departure
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A place unlike the rest of Scotland and proud of it


Tour Highlights:

Your legendary local Guide
Free dram of Highland whisky
Culloden Battlefield
Orkney islands' 9,000 years of history
Skara Brae Stone Age village
Tomb of the Eagles
Awesome ferry trips from the northern tip of Britain
Taste the 'water of life' at a whisky distillery

Day 1: Edinburgh to Inverness
Heading north we pass the famous Forth Bridge and into Perthshire, surrounded by mountains, forests and salmon packed rivers
We stop in Dunkeld, heart of Macbeth country and its mighty cathedral. Hear tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the tragedy of his defeat on the eerie moor of lonely Culloden Battlefield, scene of the last major battle in Britain. The Highland Capital is our home for the night

Day 2: Inverness to Orkney
We continue our journey north passing over the Moray Firth home to bottlenose dolphins and minke whales and on to the tip of the British mainland, John O'Groats
We board the ferry to sail over the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Islands, home to more archaeological ruins in one area than anywhere else in Europe
We visit the Tomb of the Eagles, a Stone Age chamber that was filled with thousands of human bones and the remains of sea eagles many millennia ago.

Day 3: Orkney
Today we head off to explore Skara Brae, dating from the late Neolithic period and inhabited between 3,200BC and 2,200BC
This incredible stone village is made up of eight dwellings (some still containing original furniture) linked together by a series of low alleyways and is a marvel of ancient building techniques
There will also be time to visit the magnificent standing stones at the Ring of Brodgar before the chance to head to a whisky distillery to sample some of the local single malt and a very good drop it is too

Day 4: Orkney to Inverness
First we visit the Italian chapel. This place of worship was built by 550 Italian POW's in the Second World War. We then bid Orkney farewell and make the ferry crossing back to the mainland and a journey south through Scotland’s rugged terrain
We travel through the sparsely populated wilderness of Sutherland and Caithness, via glens left deserted as a result of the Highland Clearances

Day 5: Inverness to Edinburgh

Winding our way down the west of Scotland, we’ll visit the monstrous Loch Ness and the mysterious and haunting Glencoe, areas that formed the backdrop to the ‘Harry Potter’ movies, ‘Braveheart’ and ‘Rob Roy’
We cross the wilds of Rannoch Moor (watch out for stags) and south, past historic Stirling, arriving back in Edinburgh early evening

Departs, High Street Edinburgh
Check In 8.30am
Every Friday

Accommodation: Where you stay on tour
Quality places to sleep are key to a great tour experience. We are not tied exclusively to any hostel chain, so are free to select the very best places to stay and choose ones packed full of character, from rustic cottages and farms to castles and country houses
All have great facilities, provide free linen, (you don't need a sleeping bag) and have top quality self-catering kitchens, security, and laundry facilities
Dorm accommodation is guaranteed, simply pay as you go. Below is a selection of some of the great places we stay. All are guaranteed (but optional) and range from £18 to £23 per night

Accommodation Upgrades
If you want to treat yourselves or enjoy more privacy, private, twin and double rooms are available in most locations. Please let us know when making your reservation as we cannot guarantee availability. The cost per person is £25 to £45 depending on the season

Additional Information
Free time
Go monster spotting on a Loch Ness cruise
Tuck into some famous haggis, just don’t ask what it’s made from
Try whisky at an optional Highland distillery visit

Your legendary local Guide
Free dram of Highland whisky
Transport on one of the famous yellow buses
Free Lonely Planet guidebook

Are there any age restrictions
We are the leading youth travel tour operator in Scotland so the majority of our passengers are in the 18 to 35 age bracket and our style of travel reflects this
The minimum age on all tours is 17. There is no maximum age. As long as you are reasonably fit and have a good sense of fun, we are sure you will have a fantastic time

Will there be people travelling on their own
Whilst we regularly get couples and friends travelling together, every tour has loads of people travelling on their own and down to our style of travel, you'll get to know everyone soon enough

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