Start Date: 15th October 2020
Duration: 6 nights
The perfect tour for those who wish to take in the North of Scotland over 7 Days, crossing the Pentland Firth to Orkney. This tour has it all, from rugged tranquil landscapes to bustling fishing ports and everything inbetween. Time on Orkney is spent exporing the Ancient neolithic wonders and exploring a land that has connections to a Viking, Norse, Pictish & Medieval past - it is truly unforgettable. Travelling back to Inverness we take an East Coast route thorugh fishing villages and stunning seascapes.
Day 1 begins with a visit to Rogie Falls where you can see the waterfall that is famous for salmon viewing before taking a scenic trip over the “Bealach Na Ba” to the remote Applecross Peninsula; a beautiful and tranquil place on the rugged coast of Wester Ross with stunning scenery. The area is well known for its spectacular mountain scenery, especially the Torridon Hills. Overnight nr Kinlochewe
Day 2 we head north for Gairloch to spend the morning at Inverewe Gardens in Poolewe where a surprising number of plant species thrive as the effects of the Gulf Stream meets the Highlands. Next, we tour along Loch Ewe to the picturesque fishing town of Ullapool before we visit the ruins of Ardvreck Castle. Overnight Kylesku.
Day 3 we head for Durness taking in Smoo Caves, Britain's largest sea cave and walk the sandy beaches at Sango Bay or Rispond. Later we learn of the tragic story of the Highland Clearances, the Clan Mackay and the story of crofting life at the Strathnaver Museum. When we are ready, we head for Dunnet Head which is the most northern point in mainland Scotland. Overnight nr Gills Bay.
Day 4 we board the morning ferry and 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 in Kirkwall and Kirkwall town itself - a settlement shaped by the Vikings who settled here over 1,000 years ago. Overnight Orkney.
Day 5 we head out to visit the Broch of Gurness - one of the most outstanding examples of a prehistoric settlement and then on to the stone-built Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae also called the "Scottish Pompeii". Later, we visit Maes Howe chambered cairn, the Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness, and later the Brough of Birsay to walk out and explore the Pictish, Norse and medieval remains. Overnight Orkney.
Day 6 we enjoy a free morning to relax and explore the last of Kirkwalls streets before we head for the ferry and back to the mainland of Scotland. We land in Caithness where we tour Castle of Mey, built between 1566 and 1572 by the 4th Earl of Caithness and walk the magnificent gardens before making our way to Scotland’s most northerly village at John ‘O Groats. Overnight Wick.
Day 7 is a journey southbound to explore the ancient harbour of Whaligoe Haven, once used by local fishermen to land their catch of Herring. Later, we visit beautiful Dunrobin Castle dating back to the early 1300s before making our way south through Easter Ross and spend the afternoon taking in the small historic town of Dornoch set in a tranquil location on the Dornoch Firth. End in Inverness