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What's Included

  • Your own tour co-ordinator
  • 3 star handpicked accommodation
  • All rooms en-suite
  • Full Scottish breakfast each morning
  • All evening meals
  • Entry into all named attractions
  • A luxury touring vehicle
  • Your own driver/tour guide
  • Maximum of 8 people per vehicle

£6350 per person (based on 2 sharing)

Spaces: 5
Start Date: 20th June 2024
Duration: 13 nights
Departing: Edinburgh

14 Day West Coast Islands, Orkney & Puffin Cruise

Explore Scotland's spectacular coastal and island scenery.  Visit our west coast islands to experience our ancient heritage, natural island landscapes and abundant wildlife over 14 relaxing days.  Begin your journey viewing Scotland's first National Park and head over to the rugged Isle of Mull to experience a wildlife cruise with time ashore to view Puffins on Staffa.  Enjoy a special visit to tranquil island of Iona, then on to the magical Isle of Skye and the wild Outer Hebrides, to the dramatic north coast, and come face to face with Neolithic history in Orkney.  Explore Inverness, historic Culloden Battlefield and highland Perthshire before venturing south back to Edinburgh. This tour includes carefully selected, quality accommodation.

Day 1

Loch Lomond, Inveraray Castle & Oban

Day 1 is a fabulous introduction to the Scottish landscape, exploring Scotland’s first National Park & beautiful Loch Lomond. Moving on, we journey west to the wonderful lochside village of Inveraray and its famous Castle and take in the bustling seaside town of Oban "Gateway to the Isles" for some free time in the town. Overnight Oban.

Day 2

Isle of Mull

Day 2 we take the morning ferry to the Isle of Mull and tour the north of the island with its rugged mountain scenery and stunning seascapes. We visit home of one of Scotland’s oldest Clans, Duart Castle and the town of Tobermory with its colourful frontage of painted houses and walk the white sand beach at Calgary Bay. Overnight Mull.

Day 3

Puffin Cruise & Iona

Day 3 Explore the south of the island with its stunning seascapes and abundant wildlife - look out for Deer, Otters and White-Tailed Eagles.  Board your cruise out to Staffa and Fingal’s Cave (2.5 hours total, 1 hour ashore on Staffa).  Keep an eye out for dolphins, porpoises and minke whales and the large colony of puffins that breed here.  On your return, you will disembark on Iona to explore the Abbey at your leisure and have lunch.  Overnight Mull.

Day 4

Ardnamurchan Peninsula

Day 4 we travel by ferry to explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula by way of single-track road where the relics of ancient volcanic activity are conspicuous features. This is an area ideal for wildlife watching opportunities as we travel up the coast to take the ferry “Over the Sea to Skye”. Overnight nr. Skye.

Day 5

Isle of Skye

Day 5 is a tour of the Isle of Skye, passing through Broadford and the Cuillin Mountains, to the island capital Portree. Heading north we take in the fabulous scenery and seascapes of Kilt Rock Falls, the Old Man of Storr and the unusual land formations of the Quiring with other possible options. Overnight north Skye.

Day 6

Isle of Harris

Day 6 we take the morning ferry across the Minch to the Outer Hebrides and enjoy the day exploring the dramatic beauty of the Isle of Harris. We’ll head south along the Golden Road to visit 15th century St. Clements Church and then stunning Luskentyre beach for a walk along the sands. We’ll also view a Harris Tweed weaving demonstration. Overnight Harris. 

Day 7

Isle of Lewis

Day 7 we explore the rich history of Lewis which has been inhabited by man for around 5000 years or more. We visit the ancient Calanais Standing Stones, the ruins of Dun Carloway Broch, and a traditional blackhouse village where we will discover the ancient way of life. Overnight Lewis.

Day 8

Wester Ross

Day 8 allows time to explore the town of Stornoway before we head back to the mainland past the Summer Isles and venture through Wester Ross. This is a very old landscape which is well known for its mountain scenery, after taking in Ullapool we visit the ruins of Ardvreck Castle. Overnight Kylesku.

Day 9

The North Coast

Day 9 we explore the most remote north west coast with views to Hoy Island. Enjoy a beach walk at Sango Sands and learn of the tragic story of the Highland Clearances, the Clan Mackay and the story of crofting life at the Strathnaver Museum. The ancient Pictish Farr Stone is situated nearby. Overnight nr Thurso.

Day 10


Day 10 we cross the Pentland Firth to Orkney. This archipelago of 70 islands and skerries has beautiful beaches, heritage, culture and wonderful wildlife. We cross the Churchill Barriers to visit the Italian Chapel, St. Magnus Cathedral and Highland Park Distillery. Overnight Orkney.

Day 11

Neolithic Orkney

Day 11 we head out to the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae and the Broch of Gurness, one of the most outstanding examples of a prehistoric settlement. On the way, we stop to visit the Ring of Brodgar, the Stones of Stenness, and the Brough of Birsay. We end the day with an incredible visit to Maeshowe chambered cairn built 2800bc. Overnight Orkney.

Day 12


Day 12 we head back to the mainland of Scotland and Caithness where we visit Wick Heritage Museum, which has a strong focus on the herring-boom era of Wick's history. Later, we explore the ancient harbour of Whaligoe Haven and then finish the day with an afternoon walk. Overnight Dornoch.

Day 13

Culloden & Cairngorms National Park

Day 13 takes us south to Inverness ‘Capital of the Highlands’ before we explore Culloden Moor, then the Cairngorms National Park with towering mountain ranges and large tracts of the original Caledonian Pine Forest. Further south, we take in Carrbridge, Aviemore with the opportunity of an afternoon walk at Rothiemurchus Estate. Overnight Pitlochry. 

Day 14

Highland Perthshire & Stirling Castle

Day 14 explores Highland Perthshire taking in Pitlochry town and Dunkeld village before moving on to Stirling. After lunch, historic Stirling Castle is the next stop for a 2.5hour tour to take in the castle's long and turbulent history. Later, we take in the famous Forth Rail Bridge before making our way back to Edinburgh.

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