Start Date: 23rd September 2019
Duration: 6 nights
Day 1 we head for the Isle of Skye, passing over the Skye Bridge, viewing the famous Cuillin Mountains and on to the island capital, Portree. Heading north we take in the fabulous scenery and seascapes with Kilt Rock Falls, the Old Man of Storr and Dunvegan Castle possible options. Overnight north Skye.
Day 2 we travel by ferry from Skye to the Outer Hebrides exploring the dramatic beauty of the Isle of Harris with highlights including the Golden Road, St. Clements Church, stunning Luskentyre beach, a weaving demonstration and Harris Tweed Exhibition. Overnight North Harris.
Day 3 we explore the rich history of Lewis which has been inhabited by man for around 5000 years or more. We visit Abhainn Dearg Distillery, the ancient Calanais Standing Stones, Dun Carloway Broch, and a traditional blackhouse village where we will discover the ancient way of life. Overnight Lewis.
Day 4 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 and after visiting Ullapool, we explore the ruins of Ardvreck Castle. Overnight Kylesku.
Day 5 we explore the most remote north-west coast; a large area of unspoilt, dramatic scenery on the extreme edge of Europe. We stop at Smoo Cave to view the largest sea cave entrance in Britain and later, we cross the Pentland Firth and spend the afternoon exploring Orkney. Overnight Orkney.
Day 6 we explore Orkney's ancient capital which can be traced back to Norse times in the 11th century. This archipelago of 70 islands and skerries has beautiful beaches, heritage, culture and wonderful wildlife. Today we explore Maes Howe Cairn, Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar. Overnight Orkney
Day 7 we head back to the mainland of Scotland and Caithness where we stop for lunch at the town of Wick where you can learn of the herring-boom era of Wick's history. Heading south, we explore the ancient harbour of Whaligoe Haven and then finish the day with a walk at the quaint village of Dornoch.