Scotland's Far North - 10 days

Scotland's Far North - 10 days

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Scotland's Far North - 10 days

10 Days Starting in The Highlands, Loch Ness and Inverness and ending in Edinburgh

Visiting: Scotland, United Kingdom

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Group size:

2 - 16

Age range:

Min:5yrs with an adultChild discount available for 5-15 yrs sharing with 2 adults

Trip Styles:

Small Group

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Tour Overview

Embark on a captivating 10-day journey to the edge of Scotland. Departing from Edinburgh, search for 'Nessie' at Loch Ness and immerse yourself in the rugged beauty and ancient history of Orkney and the Outer Hebrides. Explore Neolithic wonders, stroll along pristine beaches, and uncover the secrets of remote islands. With an expert guide leading the way, this adventure promises an unforgettable exploration of Scotland's wild and enchanting far north.

Highlights

  • Glencoe - Soak up the stunning mountain views and learn about the tragic and famous massacre that took place here in 1692

  • Isle of Skye - Take in the highlights of this beautiful island, with plenty of hiking and sightseeing to enjoy

  • Loch Ness - Hunt for 'Nessie', the mythical beast believed to dwell in the dark waters of Scotland's most famous loch

  • Orkney - Spend two nights in the Viking town of Kirkwall and uncover the ancient history of the archipelago at Skara Brae, Brodgar, Stenness and Maeshowe

  • Scottish Highlands - Uncover some of the UK's best scenery as you traverse coastal roads, pass mountains and native pine forests

  • Ullapool - Stay in this pretty whitewashed fishing village, on the shore of Loch Broom

  • Lewis and Harris - Discover traditional farming life, the fort of Dun Carloway, and the prehistoric site of the Calanais Stone Circle

Itinerary

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Day 1: The Highlands, Loch Ness And Inverness

Edinburgh - Glencoe - Loch Ness - Inverness. Departing from Edinburgh, we journey westward past Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument, with a stop at Doune Castle before reaching Callander for a short break. Crossing into the Highlands, we marvel at the beauty of Loch Lubnaig, Loch Earn, Glen Ogle, and Glen Dochart.



Moving on to Glencoe we admire stunning views and hear captivating tales before continuing north along the Great Glen to the enigmatic Loch Ness. With its 23-mile length, there's ample opportunity to try your luck at spotting the legendary monster.



We then complete our journey to Inverness, travelling up the entire 23-mile length of the Great Glen.



Please note: Check-in closes at 08:15 (tour departs at 08:30) - Edinburgh Bus Station Pick Up, Gate J and Gate K, inside Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ



Accommodation: Dalmore, Pine Guest House, Aye Stay or similar

Day 2: John O'groats

Meals Included: Breakfast

Inverness - John o'Groats - Kirkwall. Departing Inverness early, we head past Dunrobin Castle and along the coastline of the northeast Highlands, taking in some of Scotland's most dramatic scenery. If the ferry timetables allow, we will enjoy a stop at John o'Groats, on the north-eastern tip of Great Britain. Arriving in Gills Bay, we board the ferry to Orkney, crossing Pentland Firth. Landing on the archipelago, we stop for a visit to the colourful Italian Chapel before arriving in the former Viking stronghold of Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands. The evening is free, we recommend paying a visit to the magnificent Viking Cathedral of St Magnus, dating back to the 12th Century.



Accommodation: Bellavista Guest House, Heatherlea B&B, Hildeval B&B or similar

Day 3: Orkney

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we explore Orkney, taking in the stunning nature of green pastures and windswept sandy beaches alongside Orkney's past. We take in the 5,000-year old village of Skara Brae, A Neolithic settlement older even than the Pyramids of Giza or Stonehenge! We also take in the prehistoric stone circle at Brodgar and the Druidic standing stones at Stenness. Each of these sites is UNESCO-listed as part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney.



We also visit Maeshowe, home to a number of well-preserved Viking runic inscriptions, dating back to the 12th century. We then return to Kirkwall for the night.



Accommodation: Bellavista Guest House, Heatherlea B&B, Hildeval B&B or similar

Day 4: Ullapool

Meals Included: Breakfast

Kirkwall - Ullapool. This morning after breakfast, it is time to depart Orkney, as we take the return ferry back to the mainland. We then take a spectacular drive along the northern coast of Scotland, taking in the stunning Ben Loyal and Ben hope mountains and a picturesque coastline. We stop to admire Ardvreck Castle in the far north-west mountains of Assynt before reaching Ullapool, a pretty whitewashed fishing village located at the mouth of Loch Broom where we spend two nights.



Accommodation: Foinaven, Ullaviews, The Sheiling Guest House or similar

Day 5: Ullapool

Meals Included: Breakfast

We have a free day in Ullapool before joining our new driver-guide and companions. This picturesque town, surrounded by stunning mountains, is a wildlife lover's paradise. We can spot seals, dolphins, porpoises, and sea birds on a cruise around the Summer Isles, or take a two-hour walk up Claypool hill for Loch Broom views. Ullapool offers relaxation and Highland charm with craft boutiques, whisky tasting, and top-quality seafood. Enjoy live music and mingling with locals before the next leg of our journey.



Accommodation: Foinaven, Ullaviews, The Sheiling Guest House or similar

Day 6: Ullapool

Meals Included: Breakfast

Ullapool - Stornoway. Today we wake up to breakfast overlooking Loch Broom's sparkling waters. We start with a ferry journey across the sea, a 2.5-hour trip through the Summer Isles to Stornoway, the main town of the Western Isles.



Keep your eyes peeled during the crossing; dolphins and whales may grace our journey. Upon arrival on Lewis and Harris, we head to the North West coast. Our driver-guide will showcase traditional crofting towns and seaside ports, including the iconic Butt of Lewis with its sweeping views towards America.



We cap off the day in bustling Stornoway, known for Scotland's tastiest black puddings.



Accommodation: Dunroamin, Hebridean Guest House, Twenty Seven or similar

Day 7: Stornoway

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we discover the history and beauty of Lewis and Harris Island. Starting in Arnol Blackhouse we experience traditional farming life on this island without having to get our hands too dirty. Following this we head to the fort of Dun Carloway. Built in 100AD it has a rich history for us to discover. We then travel to the Calanais Stone Circle, one of the most famous sites on the island. Late in the afternoon we head back to Stornoway to spend the night.



*Please note the Calanais Standing stone site will be closed between 1st September 2024 and 31st March 2025 and we will be unable to visit the site during these dates. We apologise for any inconvenience.



Accommodation: Dunroamin, Hebridean Guest House, Twenty Seven or similar

Day 8: Stornoway

Meals Included: Breakfast

Stornoway - Luskentyre - Portree. Prepare for the dramatic as we venture into the realm of Harris. With its towering peaks and stunning white-sand beaches such as Luskentyre, Harris showcases nature's grandeur at its finest. The region is steeped in history, from the renowned Harris Tweed to its captivating myths and legends.



After a morning of exploring these dramatic landscapes, we pause for lunch. If weather permits, a beach picnic awaits, so sunglasses are a must-pack item. Our journey continues with a ferry ride over the sea to Portree, the largest town in Skye, where we'll be based for the next two nights.



Accommodation: Caledonian, Duirinish, Dunborrodale or similar

Day 9: Skye

Meals Included: Breakfast

Having arrived on the Isle of Skye our driver-guide maximizes our time amidst this marvel-filled landscape.



We can trek to the Quiraing mountain pass for a breathtaking walk, witness the majestic Kilt Rock and its towering waterfall, or embark on a boat excursion to the hidden gem of Loch Coruisk.



Having soaked in the sights of Skye, we conclude our day with a final evening in Portree. We can indulge in the fabulous seafood restaurants, celebrating a day well spent exploring.



Accommodation: Caledonian, Duirinish, Dunborrodale or similar

Day 10: Edinburgh

Meals Included: Breakfast

Portree - Ben Nevis - Glencoe - Edinburgh. As our journey comes to an end, take heart in the remarkable sights awaiting us on the return trip to Edinburgh. After crossing the Skye Bridge, we're greeted by the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, a quintessentially Scottish sight perched atop a loch. Don't forget to capture this classic view with your camera.



Following this we pass beneath the cloud-shrouded peak of Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest mountain. On to the valley of Glencoe which carries profound historical weight, marked by a tragic massacre and framed by awe-inspiring mountains—a landscape etched with both beauty and sorrow.



As we journey onward through the Lowlands, the rolling hills give way to flatter terrain, leading us back to Edinburgh by early evening.



Please note: This tour ends at 19:00 - Edinburgh Bus Station Drop Off, Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    Simple guesthouses

  • 9 breakfasts

  • 9 nights simple guesthouse

  • Escorted by a local driver-guide

  • Admission to Skara Brae

  • Admission to Maeshowe

  • Admission to Arnol Blackhouse

  • Transportation in 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach with air-conditioning

  • All necessary ferry journeys between Scottish Islands and the mainland

  • All road tolls

  • 20kg luggage - see Trip Notes for details

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What's Not Included

  • Airport transfers (pick up and drop off information can be found in the Trip Notes)

  • International flights & visas

  • Meals not specified in itinerary

  • Tipping - an entirely personal gesture!

  • Entry fees unless specified

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    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

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