Orkney & Northern Coast 2021/2022

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5 Days / 4 Nights (B 'n B or hotel)
Availability : March - October
Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

Orkney & Northern Coast: 1 nt Inverness, 2 nts Kirkwall, 1 nt Ullapool

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book. 

The archipelago of Orkney hides many treasures: and on our five day tour, your experienced guide will ensure you find the best of them. You’ll unearth some of the most well-preserved prehistoric sites in Europe, examine a beautiful red sandstone coast, and discover the vibrant culture of remote island communities.

You’ll also have a chance to find the Loch Ness Monster, see Scotland’s beautiful north, and learn about the tragedy of Glencoe.

It’s an experience you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS / MAX 16 GUESTS

Tour Details
Places you explore

Orkney Isles – These beautiful islands are full of ancient history and wildlife.

Glencoe and Rannoch Moor – Be moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tales of one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes.

Loch Ness – Take a chance to spot the famous Loch Ness Monster.

Skara Brae and Ring of Brodgar – Learn how people used to live in ancient times at these prehistoric monuments.

North Coast 500 – A rollercoaster road of ruined castles, pristine beaches, dramatic cliffs, and charming villages

Culloden – A sad place to visit. It’s the location of a tragic Outlander scene, and a catastrophic battle between Jacobites and Government troops.

John o’Groats – Look out to the North Sea at the island of Britain’s most northerly point.

Pick Up Location & TIme

Edinburgh  (Google Map)
Check-in closes at 8:15am (tour departs at 8:30am) – Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ

Drop off Location & Time

Edinburgh
7:00pm

Price Includes

  • 4 night Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation or hotel accommodation
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • Daily full Scottish breakfasts
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide

Meals

  • 4 breakfast
  • 0 lunches
  • 0 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Entry fees to visitor attraction
  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Explore in 16 seat mini-coaches, always taking the scenic route, you have great views through large windows, and you’re free to sample the local tipple without worrying about driving. Our driver-guides are world famous for their knowledge, facts, quirky stories, history, and fairy-tales. They truly take you beyond the guidebooks and into your adventure. You make your trip your own. We provide the timetable; and you can choose where you want to eat and which attractions you pay to see. So, if you want to skip a castle and read your book by a mountain view, you can.

Itinerary

Day 1Edinburgh - Inverness

Leave Edinburgh and head west past Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument. You pass Doune Castle before stopping in the small town of Callander for a refreshment. After crossing the Fault Line into the magnificent Highlands, you take in the splendour of Loch Lubnaig, Loch Earn, Glen Ogle, and Glen Dochart.

You admire spectacular views and listen to a haunting story in Glencoe before you continue north up the Great Glen to the mysterious beauty of Loch Ness.

The loch is 23 miles long and you have plenty of time to try and spot the monster.

You arrive at Inverness, where you’re dropped off at your booked accommodation. The evening is free for you to explore the ‘Capital of the Highlands’.

Day 2Inverness - Kirkwall

It’s an early start, leaving behind the ‘Capital of the Highlands’, crossing over the Black Isle, and continuing past Dunrobin Castle.

From here, you drive along the northeast Highland coastline, travelling into some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery.

Onwards through Scotland’s most northerly mainland village, John o’ Groats, and then to Gills Bay, where you board the ferry, and cross the Pentland Firth into the Orkney Archipelago.

It’s a short drive to the famous Italian Chapel where you stop for a visit before continuing to the Viking stronghold of Kirkwall, Capital of Orkney. Here you can visit Kirkwall’s magnificent Viking Cathedral and enjoy its historic winding streets in the evening. (B)

Day 3Kirkwall

Today is your chance to explore this archipelago’s fertile green pastures, fringed by shores of golden sands and washed by waters of the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

You visit the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the mystical prehistoric stone circle at Brodgar and the Druidic standing stones of Stenness.

You stop in Stromness and then travel onto Maeshowe, where in the 12th century the Vikings left one of the largest collections of Norse runic inscriptions.

Then it’s back to Kirkwall for your second night after what is sure to be a memorable day. (B)

Day 4Kirkwall - Ullapool

After a relaxed start, you leave Orkney and sail the Viking waters back to the mainland. From here, you travel the old road right across the very top of Scotland, driving past the stunning Ben Loyal and Ben Hope mountains, following the rocky cliffs and stunning golden sand beaches.

You then visit the far northwest Highlands and the wilderness of the mountains of Assynt before stopping to view the 15th-century ruins of Ardvreck Castle.

From here, you travel to Ullapool, situated at the mouth of Loch Broom, a beautiful whitewashed fishing village where you spend your last night’s stay on tour. (B)

Day 5Ullapool - Edinburgh

Leaving Ullapool behind, you take in the drama of the River Droma as it plunges 60m down into Corrieshalloch Gorge. You then admire the beautiful Loch Glascarnoch, on the way past the ‘Capital of the Highlands’, Inverness.

You can visit Culloden Moor, the site of The Battle of Culloden in 1746, one of the bloodiest events in our history and the last battle to have been fought on the British mainland. Next, you take a short drive to the ancient standing stones at Clava Cairns, made famous by Diana Gabaldon in the ‘Outlander’ books.

From here, you travel through the ancient Caledonian Pine Forest, hugging the Cairngorm mountain range. You enjoy lunch in these beautiful surroundings before travelling through The Big Tree country of Perthshire, the Kingdom of Fife, and back to Edinburgh. (B)

Dates and Prices - Authentic Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2021: August 3 – September 29 – Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday (except August 1, 8, 10, 15, 17, 18, 31 & September 10, 15) $1,260 $1,450
2021: October 1 – October 31 – Sunday, Wednesday, Friday  $1,220 $1,410
2022: March 2 – March 30  – Wednesday, Friday  $1,180 $1,380
2022: April 6 – April 29  – Wednesday, Friday $1,220 $1,410
2022: May 1 – May 319  – Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday $1,220 $1,410
2022: June 1 – September  30 – Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday $1,260 $1,450
2022: October  – Sunday, Wednesday, Friday  $1,220 $1,410
Dates and Prices - Hotel accommodation
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2021: August 3 – September 29 – Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday (except August 1, 8, 10, 15, 17, 18, 31 & September 10, 15) $1,490 $1,790
2021: October 1 – October 31 – Sunday, Wednesday, Friday  $1,450 $1,760
2022: March 2 – March 30  – Wednesday, Friday  $1,410 $1,730
2022: April 6 – April 29  – Wednesday, Friday $1,450 $1,760
2022: May 1 – May 319  – Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday $1,450 $1,760
2022: June 1 – September  30 – Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday $1,490 $1,790
2022: October  – Sunday, Wednesday, Friday  $1,450 $1,760

All guaranteed departures.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected]  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
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.

Luggage: You’re restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.

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