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Overview

Explore Scotland’s rugged peaks and islands on this 8-day Orkney, Skye and Highlands tour from Edinburgh. Travel along Scotland’s west coast with a guide to Skye and enjoy breathtaking views over the soaring Highlands. Visit the Orkney Islands, where puffins, seals and whales thrive. Take in famous Scottish attractions such as Loch Lomond, Glen Coe, the Ring of Brodgar, the Trossachs and the Cairngorm Mountains National Park, and marvel at the country’s awe-inspiring landscapes. Along the way, delve into Scotland’s folklore heritage and see what makes the country tick.
  • 7-day tour through Orkney, Skye and the Highlands from Edinburgh
  • Take in panoramic Highland views on route to Skye with a guide
  • Watch native puffins and seals on the rocks in the Orkney Islands
  • Discover top sites of interest including Glen Coe, Loch Lomond and the Cairngorm Mountains National Park
  • Gain insight into Scotland’s rich history and heritage
  • Tour includes round-trip travel from Edinburgh

Reviews

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, Aug 2017

This is a fantastic tour. Our guide for the first 5 days, Jim Donovan, was possibly the best tour guide we have ever had. He took us to both good tourist sites and off-the-beaten track places that were very interesting, and had creative ways for us to enjoy these sites, such as walking the spiral maze backward at the magical Faerie Glen on Skye, or taking us to supermarket where we could pick up picnic foods and then taking us to a short hike to a waterfall where we had our picnic, or having us pick up stones with intention and then bring them to a roadside stop where we could add to an incredible number of cairns that were started to mark a spot where someone had died.

Those of us who signed up for the whole 7 days went off for the last two days to the Orkneys, with a different guide who was also quite good. The pre-historic sites on the main Orkney island are breathtaking, absolutely not to be missed. I had expected the Italian chapel built by WWII prisoners to be hokey, but it was amazing. In Kirkwall my wife and I wandered into a very nice little history/archeology museum with very nice gardens.

The only disappointment on the whole tour was the Jacobite steam train, which was not that special, other than a brief view of a great trestle bridge as we went over it, and a chance to see the steam locomotive. It turned out to be a hot day unusual for Scotland! and there was little air circulation on the train so we were glad when we could get off. Everything else on the tour was so good that this was only a blip.

We chose to stay at guest houses. All of these were pleasant and comfortable, and had good breakfasts. At one, the Rainbow View in the town of Kyleakin on Skye, our breakfasts were truly memorable-- delicious and artistic.


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