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Orkney, Ullapool & The Northern Highlands - 5 Day Tour (Edinburgh)


    Tour Operator: Timberbush Tours     5 days     Travel method: Bus     Region: Edinburgh

Day 1 - The journey from Edinburgh to Inverness 

Starting from Edinburgh, our 5 Day Orkney and the Northern
Highlands tour heads west to pick up our Glasgow passengers before moving on to
Luss on the shores of Loch Lomond. After some time here admiring the beauty of
the loch we travel on to Tyndrum at the south edge of Rannoch Moor for some
lunch before heading to Glencoe, site of one of the most notorious mass murders
in Scottish history. Enjoy a short walk and take in the atmosphere of the
dramatic valley. Afterwards we move on to Fort Augustus where you will have the
option to take a cruise* on the loch. After your cruise we will pause for
photos of the loch-side ruins of Urquhart Castle before travelling to Inverness
where we check in to our accommodation. 

Day 2 - From Inverness to Orkney 

We depart early from Inverness and head to the charming
village of Golspie for a short break before a visit to the nearby Carn Liath,
an Iron Age broch (stone tower). After spending some time exploring the broch
our tour continues on for a photo stop at the Emigrants Statue that overlooks
the village of Helmsdale. 

Next stop will be at Gills Bay for the ferry ride across to
Orkney, arriving at St Margaret’s Hope, we will then travel across the small
island of Burray and on to visit the Italian Chapel*. It is named this as it
was built by Italian prisoners of war during World War 2 and has since been
restored. You can go inside the chapel and see the remarkable décor and
artwork. An artist was amongst the prisoners of war called Domenico Chiocchetti
who is responsible for the beautiful design. After spending some time here, we
will journey on to Kirkwall, the largest town in Orkney where you will check in
to your accommodation for the evening. 

Day 3 - A full day exploring Orkney 

Day 3 of our 5 Day Orkney and the Northern Highlands tour is
action packed, spent exploring Neolithic World Heritage Sites. First you will
visit the Standing Stones of Stenness and the Rings of Brodgar, Stone Age
ceremonial stone circles. 

We will then move on to Maeshowe*, an underground chambered
cairn where you will have time to explore the passages and chambers before we
travel to Skara Brae*. 

Skara Brae is Europe’s best-preserved Neolithic village,
built even before the pyramids of Egypt. You can explore the village and get a
glimpse into what life was like for the inhabitants 5000 years ago. 

We then return to Kirkwall and check into our accommodation
for the evening. 

Day 4 - The trip from Orkney to Ullapool 

After breakfast we depart Kirkwall for the final time and
make our way to St Margaret’s Hope to take the ferry back to mainland Scotland.
After arriving at Gills Bay we travel west, enjoying the beautiful views on our
way to Thurso, in Caithness, the most northerly town on Scottish mainland.
Here, you will have time to get some lunch and refreshments before we begin our
journey along the north edge of Scotland to Smoo Cave. The route is
particularly beautiful so there will be plenty of opportunities for photo stops
along the way. 

Smoo Cave has a 50ft high entrance and it was created
through erosion from the sea as well as an underground stream that formed the
inner chambers. We pause here for photos before we journey on to our
accommodation in Ullapool. 

Day 5 - Return to Edinburgh 

The final day of our 5 day Orkney and the Northern Highlands
tour begins by departing Ullapool and travelling to Culloden Battlefield*,
where Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites were defeated. You will have some
time here to take a walk and soak up the haunting atmosphere. Afterwards, we
will take short trip to the Clava Cairns, a 4000 year old burial mound
surrounded by standing stones. 

The tour then continues on to the 15th century Cawdor
Castle*, north east of Inverness. Explore the castle and its beautiful gardens
where you can even get audio-guides which are available in several languages. 

We then move on to Pitlochry for refreshments before
returning to Edinburgh where our Orkney and the Northern Highlands tour concludes.
 





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Minimum age: 5 years
Difficulty: Easy



What is included

Knowledgeable Driver-Guide 


Live commentary on board 


Modern, air-conditioned coach 


Digital Translations available to Download     


Ferry Crossing to Orkney


Important information

We recommend bringing: 


· comfortable walking shoes 


· waterproof jacket 


· cash (ATM machines are limited in the remote Highlands) 


...and don't forget your camera!      




  Attention

· Minimum age is 5 years 


· This tour will have a maximum of 16 passengers


· This experience requires a minimum number of 4 travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund


· Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately 


· Collapsible wheelchairs can be stored on board the coach 


· Service animals allowed 


· Near public transportation 


· If booster seat is required, please request at the time of booking 


· Confirmation will be received at time of booking 


· You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity 




  Meeting Point Information

Your tour departs from outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE.

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