Key Features
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Tour feature: Maximum group size 18 passengers
Starting: Edinburgh
Ending: Edinburgh
Tour Highlights
Towns and Cities: Inverness
  1. Day 1 Glencoe, Loch Ness and Inverness

    Departing Edinburgh, we have views of Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument and pass Doune Castle before stopping in the small town of Callander on the edge of the Trossachs National Park. Then cross over the fault line into the magnificent Highlands taking in the splendour of Loch Luibnaig, Loch Earn, Glen Ogle and Glen Dochart, as you travel over the wild and remote Rannoch Moor into Glencoe. Enjoy the spectacular landscapes and hear tales of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Continuing north we follow the Great Glen to the mysterious beauty of Loch Ness and travel the whole 23-mile length of the famous Loch - plenty of time to try and spot "Nessie!". You arrive at your destination of Inverness and the evening is yours to explore the 'Capital of the Highlands'.

    Overnight: Inverness

  2. Day 2 The Northern Highlands, John O' Groats and Kirkwall

    This morning we continue north crossing over the Black Isle, and past Andrew Carnegie's Skibo Castle. From here you drive through the northeast Highland coastline along a stretch of the NC500 route, travelling into some of Scotland's most dramatic scenery and coastlines, and enjoy amazing views of some of Europe's oldest landscapes. Onwards through Scotland's most northerly mainland village, John o' Groats, and then to Gills Bay, where we board the ferry, crossing the Pentland Firth into the Orkney Archipelago. From here it is a short drive to the famous Italian Chapel where we stop for a visit before continuing to the Viking stronghold of Kirkwall, capital of Orkney and your base for two nights. Here you can visit Kirkwall's magnificent Viking Cathedral and its historic winding streets.

    Overnight: Kirkwall, Orkney

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 The Isle of Orkney, Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar

    Today we explore this enchanting, ancient island; a land of contrasts where fertile green pastures are fringed by shores of golden sands washed by the turbulent waters of the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean. First, we visit the UNESCO World Heritage site at Skara Brae, a 5000 year-old village which pre-dates even the Pyramids of Egypt, before journeying onward to the mystical prehistoric stone circle at Brodgar and the Druidic standing stones of Stenness. After a stop in Stromness - one of Scotland's most picturesque seaboard villages, we continue to Maeshowe, where in the 12th century the Vikings left one of the largest collections of Norse runic inscriptions waiting to be discovered. After an enchanting day we return to Kirkwall for your overnight stay.

    Overnight: Kirkwall, Orkney

    Meals: Breakfast included

  4. Day 4 The Northern Coast, Assynt Mountains and Ardvreck Castle

    This morning we depart Orkney and sail the Viking waters back to the mainland where we rejoin the scenic NC500 road right across the very top of Scotland, driving past the stunning Ben Loyal and Ben Hope mountains and following the rocky cliffs and stunning golden sand beaches of our northern coastline. We explore the far northwest highlands and the grandeur, expanse and wilderness of the mountains of Assynt before stopping to view the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle. From here we head to Ullapool, situated at the mouth of Loch Broom, a beautiful whitewashed fishing village where we spend the final night of our tour.

    Overnight: Ullapool

    Meals: Breakfast included

  5. Day 5 Corrieshalloch Gorge, Culloden Moor and Clava Cairns

    Continuing south, we take in the drama of the River Droma as it plunges 60m down into Corrieshalloch Gorge, before taking in the beautiful Loch Glascarnoch, on the way back past Inverness. We then 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, before taking a short drive to the ancient standing stones at Clava Cairns. From here we return south through the ancient Caledonian Pine Forest, hugging the Cairngorm mountain range on route to Edinburgh where your tour ends at approximately 7pm.

    Meals: Breakfast included

*Journey times and distances are estimates and are based on the direct route between the start location and end location for each day of the itinerary, where applicable. They do not include detours or stops for sightseeing.

Unique features

  • 4 nights accommodation in characterful local hotel (min 3* standard).
  • Full Scottish breakfast each morning.
  • All transportation by quality mini-coach.
  • Return ferry crossing to Orkney.
  • Maximum group-size of 16 passengers for that intimate touring experience.
  • Services of a professional driver/guide (one person).
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack.


  • Attraction entry/attraction admission (this tour focuses on providing free time in various locations and allows you to choose which sites/attractions you may want to see during your visit).

Optional extras

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in Edinburgh.
  • Airport transfers or transport to/from Edinburgh before/after your tour.
  • Onward rail travel to destination throughout Britain.

Please Note: All accommodation is minimum 3* rated and guarantees private / en-suite bathroom facilities.  Specific accommodation is selected and allocated after confirmation of your booking. As tour accommodation is allocated after confirmation of the tour booking not all tour participants stay in the same establishment. Please advise if you are travelling with other guests under a different reference and we can confirm accommodation together in the same property. 4* hotel upgrade is available on request and subject to availability.

Departure Dates 2019/20

We are very sorry, there are no available dates for this tour at this time.

Please contact us to discuss similar tours which may still be available or for dates into the 2020 travel season.

Pricing 2019/20

Single supplements apply for single occupancy rooms, please ask for a quotation for details.

This tour starts at 8.30am on the first day of travel and returns around 7pm on the final day of travel. If you require pre or post tour accommodation in central Edinburgh, please let us know.

Pricing Notes

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
  • Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
  • Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
  • Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP£) currency for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however due to the nature of small group tours the itinerary is flexible and is subject to change based on a variety of factors.
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