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10 Day Orkney, Outer Hebrides & Isle of Skye Tour including Hogwarts Express

Highland Explorer Tours Ltd

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Experience Scotland beyond the classic tourist trail on this incredible adventure through the Highlands, Orkney Islands, Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye. We embark on a journey across wild landscapes, over the sea, and along the coast. Discover natural wonders, Neolithic monuments, and castles which have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Learn about Vikings, national heroes, famous royals and mythical creatures and enjoy a trip on the famous Jacobite Steam Train.

What You'll Get

Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh to Inverness

Stop At: The Battle of Bannockburn Experience, The Battle of Bannockburn Centre Glasgow Road Whins of Milton, Stirling FK7 0LJ Scotland
Visit the site where ‘Outlaw King’ Robert the Bruce famously won the Battle of Bannockburn. It is free to walk around the battlefield, but you can pay an extra fee to enter the exhibition.
The fully immersive 3D experience brings Scottish history to life. Watch as Robert the Bruce raised his standard and amassed the Scottish Army in preparation for one of Scotland’s most famous and bloody battles.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Stirling Castle, Castle Esplanade Upper Castle Hill, Old Town, Stirling FK8 1EJ Scotland
Learn the true story of William Wallace and the Wars of Independence as we pass Stirling Castle.

Stop At: Glencoe, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Soak up the atmosphere of Glencoe, the 'Weeping Glen' and site of the massacre of 1692.
Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Ben Nevis, Fort William Scotland
If you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of the peak of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

Stop At: Loch Ness, Scotland
Visit Loch Ness and learn about the legend of the ‘Nessie’, the Loch Ness monster.
Duration: 30 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at a 3* Guesthouse in Inverness

Day 2: Inverness to Orkney

Stop At: Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Golspie KW10 6SF Scotland
Dunrobin Castle is the most northerly of Scotland's great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms. Enjoy some time here to explore this elegant site.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: St. Margaret's Hope, St. Margaret's Hope, South Ronaldsay, Orkney Islands, Scotland
We follow the stunning coastline, before boarding the ferry over the Pentland Firth to Orkney.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a 3* Guesthouse in Kirkwall

Day 3: Orkney

Stop At: Kirkwall, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland
You have free time this morning after breakfast to explore Kirkwall and prepare for a day of history and culture.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Tomb of the Eagles, Liddle, KW17 2RW Scotland
Visit the mysterious Tomb of the Eagles - an ancient burial tomb – and marvel at the artefacts unearthed by a team of archaeologists.
Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Churchill Barriers, Scotland
We drive over the Churchill Barriers and alongside Scapa Flow.

Stop At: The Italian Chapel, Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT Scotland
Take time to appreciate this peaceful and ornate place of worship, built in the 1940s by Italian Prisoners of War using military huts.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Highland Park Distillery, Highland Park Holm Rd Kirkwall, Orkney Islands KW15 1SU, Kirkwall KW15 1SU Scotland
End your day with visit to one of Scotland’s most famous whisky distilleries, and enjoy a tour and tasting.
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a 3* Guesthouse in Kirkwall

Day 4: Orkney

Stop At: Ring of Brodgar, You do not need to book to get into this attraction. There is free access at all times., Stromness Scotland
Our second full day on Orkney takes us back to the Neolithic age on our visit to the Ring of Brodgar Standing Stones
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Skara Brae B9056, Stromness KW16 3LR Scotland
Marvel at Skara Brae; an unbelievably well-preserved village, hidden underneath sand dunes for thousands of years.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Yesnaby Cliffs, Yesnaby Rd, Stromness Scotland
We explore the north end of Orkney mainland, and marvel at impressive sea cliffs, famed for their puffin colonies. Learn about wartime mariners and old Norse myths before returning to our accommodation for the evening.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a 3* Guesthouse in Kirkwall

Day 5: Orkney to Ullapool

Stop At: Tongue, Tongue, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
This morning we board the ferry, crossing back over the Pentland Firth. Keep your eyes peeled for marine life such as seals & dolphins! It’s not unheard of to spot Orcas in this part of the world. Gaze at the abandoned Isle, Stroma after your guide has regaled you with the islands amazing story. After safely arriving in Caithness, we continue the North Coast 500 road-trip route.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Smoo Cave, Durness Scotland
This coastal area is one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland, and your guide will make the most of your day amidst the natural beauty – where you can explore stunning beaches, sea caves and ancient ruins.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a 3* Guesthouse in Ullapool

Day 6: Ullapool to Isle of Lewis

Pass By: Stornoway, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides, The Hebrides, Scotland
We depart Ullapool on the stunning ferry crossing to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. Grasp the chance to head out on deck once again and see dolphins jumping in your wake.

Stop At: Luskentyre Beach Harris Scotland
You’ll be blown away at the beauty of the flawless white sand beaches with turquoise sea, and a backdrop of mountains. Dip your toes in the ocean or simply bask in tranquillity.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Isle of Harris, Isle of Harris, Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides, The Hebrides, Scotland
We have time to explore the island and view beautiful seal colonies before indulging in some of the best local produce when we dine in Isle of Harris.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a 3* Guesthouse in Stornoway

Day 7: Isle of Lewis

Stop At: Callanish Standing Stones, Scotland
Prepare for an exciting day touring the cultural attractions on the Isle of Lewis, starting with the 5000 year old Callanish Standing Stones. We then 'fast-forward' to the Iron Age at the broch of Dun Carloway.
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

Stop At: Garenin, Isle of Lewis HS2 9AL, UK
Experience 17th century island life at the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, and then explore the remote and rugged Atlantic coastline.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, Scotland
Visit the Butt of Lewis, the most northerly point on the island, to see the isolated lighthouse and powerful force of the sea against the cliffs.
Duration: 45 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a 3* Guesthouse in Stornoway

Day 8: Isle of Lewis to Isle of Skye

Stop At: Isle of Harris Distillery, Harbour Street Nr Ferry Entrance, Tarbert HS3 3DG Scotland
Depart Stornoway and drive back south towards the picturesque Isle of Harris. Unwind with a wee dram of whisky at island distillery then enjoy free time to shop for Harris Tweed before we board the ferry and go over the sea to the Isle of Skye.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Trotternish Ridge, Scotland
Spend the afternoon exploring the Trotternish Peninsula, learning about the island’s myths and legends, while gazing at the enchanting scenery.
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a 3* Guesthouse in Portree

Day 9: Isle of Skye

Stop At: Sligachan, Sligachan, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, Scotland
Visit the spellbinding waters of the Sligachan River and take in the views of the old bridge and the striking Cuillin mountains.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX Scotland
Experience the drive across the Skye bridge to the famous Eilean Donan Castle; used in the filming of Highlander and James Bond, The World is Not Enough.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Isle of Skye, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, Scotland
Enjoy a magical day of island adventure on the Isle of Skye. Home to two spectacular mountain ranges and geological features galore, as well as fascinating history and mythology. This is also the land of the legendary MacLeod and MacDonald Clans and your Guide will recount Celtic myths and Viking legends from the past millennia.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a 3* Guesthouse in Portree

Day 10: Isle of Skye to Edinburgh

Stop At: Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles, Armadale Castle Armadale, Sleat, Isle, Armadale IV45 8RS Scotland
Wander through Armadale Castle, Gardens and Museum; the spiritual home of Clan Donald and our final stop on the Isle of Skye.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Jacobite Steam Train Photopoint, Great Glen Way, Fort William PH33 7NT, UK
Experience one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world and travel on the Jacobite Steam Train over the Glenfinnan Viaduct; made famous by Harry Potter.
Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes

Stop At: Pitlochry, Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Enjoy a comfort stop in this picturesque Highland town on the way back to Edinburgh.
Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Forth Bridge, North Queensferry KY11 1HP Scotland
Pass the imposing Forth Bridge on our return to Edinburgh. Built in 1890, it is one of Scotland’s greatest man-made landmarks, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children under 5 are not allowed on this tour
  • Not recommended for travelers with limited availability due to rural tour locations.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Inclusions
  • 9x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 9 nights
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • WiFi on board
  • Local Scottish guide
  • All transportation
  • 3* Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
  • Tomb of the Eagles entry
  • Skara Brae entry
  • Whisky Distillery tour
  • Gearrannan Blackhouse Village entry
  • Jacobite Steam Train trip
  • Entry/Admission - Tomb of the Eagles
  • Entry/Admission - Highland Park Distillery
  • Entry/Admission - Skara Brae
  • Entry/Admission - Jacobite Steam Train Photopoint


Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drink
  • Entry/Admission - The Battle of Bannockburn Experience
  • Entry/Admission - Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - The Italian Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Isle of Harris Distillery
  • Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles


Departure Point
Highland Explorer Tours, 60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK


Departure Time
8:30 AM

Duration
10 days

Return Details
Returns to original departure point


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