From misty crags and heather-clad moors to wild and windswept islands, Orkney and the Highlands are the stuff of legend. Explore dramatic landscapes and towns steeped in Viking history. And discover ancient sites whose roots stretch back over 5,000 years.
Day 1 Inverness - Strathpeffer - Orkney
From Inverness our road heads north, between soaring peaks and wide valleys, to Strathpeffer – a stylish Victorian spa town. Then we leave land behind and sail to Orkney. Kirkwall, firstsettled by the Vikings, is our home for the next two nights. Accommodation: (West End Hotel)
Day 2 Orkney
Today takes us to Orkney’s distant past. We walk in the footsteps of ancient islanders at the mysterious Maes Howe tomb, Skara Brae Neolithic village and the mystical Ring of Brodgar. Next comes Iron Age Broch of Gurness and, if the tides are on our side, an atmospheric walk to Brough of Birsay island. Accommodation: (West End Hotel)(B, D)
Day 3 Orkney - Wick
From the St Magnus Cathedral to the Bishop’s Palace, there are plenty of Norse sites to see on our doorstep in Kirkwall. Then it’s time to taste Scotland’s finestwhiskies at the Highland Park Distillery. Afternoon takes us to Scapa Flow, with its famous Italian chapel. Then it’s aboard the ferry to the mainland, where we enjoy a farewell together in Wick. Accommodation: (Mackays Hotel Wick)(B, D)
Day 4 Wick - Dunrobin Castle - Inverness
Dunrobin Castle’s white towers and formal gardens usher in our final day. Then it’s time to travel back to Inverness, along a meandering coastal road and over the Dornoch and Cromarty Firths, with unforgettable views at every turn. (B)
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This itinerary reflects the inclusions for 2019. There may be slight variations in the 2020 itinerary.
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