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.
ORKNEY AND THE HIGHLANDS
Inverness | Kirkwall | Wick
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS / UP TO 15 GUESTS
Discover dramatic landscapes, towns steeped in Viking history and ancient sites – whose roots stretch back over 5,000 years – on this fascinating journey through the Orkney Islands and the Highlands of Scotland.
THE LYNOTT DIFFERENCE
- Enjoy a two-night stay in Orkney, the home of some of Europe’s most ancient sites
- Explore the impressive Dunrobin Castle and its gardens
- Travel beautiful coastal and countryside roads through the Highlands
DAY 1 INVERNESS – STRATHPEFFER – ORKNEY
Our journey through the misty crags and heather-clad moors of Scotland will begin in Inverness today. After meeting the group, we’ll admire the staggering vistas of soaring peaks and wide valleys as our road takes us north. Our first stop of the day will be Strathpeffer – a stylish Victorian spa town, where we’ll have some free time to explore. Afterwards, we’ll leave land behind and sail to Orkney on a short ferry journey, complete with an abundance of scenic views. Kirkwall, first settled by the Vikings, will be our home for the next two nights.
Accommodation: The Ferry Inn (or similar)
DAY 2 ORKNEY
Majestic landscapes, scenic roads and an imagination-firing history: Orkney delivers on every level. Today we’ll walk in the footsteps of ancient islanders at the mysterious Maeshowe tomb, the Neolithic village of Skara Brae and the mystical Ring of Brodgar – taking in the history and significance of each site as we go. Our next stop will be the Iron Age Broch of Gurness – and, if the tides are on our side, we’ll round off the day with an atmospheric walk to Brough of Birsay island. (B,D)
Accommodation: The Ferry Inn (or similar)
DAY 3 ORKNEY – WICK
From the St Magnus Cathedral to the Bishop’s Palace, we’ll find plenty of Norse sites on our doorstep in Kirkwall. This afternoon will see us venture to Scapa Flow, where we’ll see the famous Italian Chapel and stop for a photo opportunity at the WWII shipwrecks. Later on, we’ll board the ferry to the mainland – where we’ll reminisce on our tour and enjoy a farewell dinner in Wick. (B,D)
Accommodation: Mackays Hotel (or similar)
DAY 4 WICK – DUNROBIN CASTLE – INVERNESS
After one final breakfast together we’ll hit the road back to Inverness. It’s been a tour that’s delved deep into Scotland’s heritage, so it’s only fitting that we finish with a stop at the historic Dunrobin Castle. We’ll take some time to explore the impressive white towers and formal gardens of this stately home before travelling the meandering coastal road over the Dornoch and Cromarty Firths. Don’t forget to focus your camera lens on the soul-stirring Scottish scenery as we go! When we reach Inverness, we’ll say our goodbyes. (B)
- 3 nights in boutique accommodation
- Experienced Lynott Tour Leader and Driver
- Premium mini-coach transportation
- Daily full Scottish breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D)
- Ferry crossings
- Whisky tasting
- Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Maeshowe Tomb, Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, the Broch of Gurness, the Brough of Birsay, the Italian Chapel, Dunrobin Castle
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