Skara Brae | Orkney | Scotland | United Kingdom
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Western Isles & Orkney - 9 days map

Discover the enchanting beauty of Scotland and its islands on this 9-day tour. Journey from Edinburgh to explore the captivating landscapes and rich history of Iona, Mull, Skye, and Orkney. Wander through ancient ruins, marvel at rugged coastlines, and soak in the unique culture of each island. With expert guides leading the way, this unforgettable adventure promises to showcase the best of Scotland.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Guesthouse Prices/Dates
Hotel Prices/Dates

Trip Highlights

Isle of Mull - Spot eagles and other wildlife on this pristine island, one of Scotland's wildest, and explore nearby Iona
Isle of Skye - Take in the highlights of this beautiful island, with plenty of hiking and sightseeing to enjoy
Scottish Highlands - Uncover some of the UK's best scenery as you traverse coastal roads, pass mountains and native pine forests
Ullapool - Stay in this pretty whitewashed fishing village, on the shore of Loch Broom
Glencoe - Soak up the stunning mountain views and learn about the tragic and famous massacre that took place here in 1692
Loch Ness - Hunt for 'Nessie', the mythical beast believed to dwell in the dark waters of Scotland's most famous loch
Orkney - Spend two nights in the Viking town of Kirkwall and uncover the ancient history of the archipelago at Skara Brae, Brodgar, Stenness and Maeshowe

Included

8 breakfasts
Escorted by a local driver-guide
Admission to Maeshowe
Transportation in 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach with air-conditioning
All road tolls
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go.
8 nights simple guesthouse (hotel upgrade available)
Admission to Skara Brae
Admission to Culloden Museum and Battlefield
All necessary ferry journeys between Scottish Islands and the mainland
20kg luggage - see Trip Notes for details

Not Included

International flights & visas
Meals not specified in itinerary
Entry fees unless specified
Airport transfers (pick up and drop off information can be found in the Trip Notes)
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture!

Itinerary

Day 1

Trossnachs National Park and Oban

Edinburgh - Trossnachs National Park - Oban. Departing Edinburgh this morning, we head west, first visiting Trossnachs National Park. Admire some of the country's famous scenery before heading to the 18th-century town of Inveraray. We then make our way through the mountainous Western Highlands to Oban, a port town once the strategic heartland of great feuding clans.

Please note: Check-in closes at 08:45 (tour departs at 09:00) - Edinburgh Bus Station Pick Up, Gate J and Gate K, inside Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ.

Accommodation: Kathmore, Altavona or similar
Overnight: Oban

Day 2

Mull & Iona

Oban - Mull - Iona - Oban. It's an early start this morning as we take the ferry to the Isle of Mull. Take in dramatic coastlines and wild natural beauty, and keep our eyes on the skies for majestic white-tailed eagles, the UK's largest bird of prey.

We then take another ferry to Iona, the birthplace of Celtic Christianity and home to the ancient burial grounds of famed Scottish kings. We can see the historic abbey and take in more of the windswept coastline of the Scottish Isles.

There's an optional small boat trip to the uninhabited island of Staffa to see the basalt columns of Fingal's Cave. We then return to Oban on the ferry.

Accommodation: Kathmore, Altavona or similar
Overnight: Oban  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Glencoe, Ben Nevis & Plockton

Oban - Glencoe - Fort William - Plockton. Driving north along the coast, we pass Castle Stalker and visit Glencoe, a truly beautiful location haunted by the 1692 Glencoe Massacre. Around 30 members of Clan MacDonald of Glencoe were slaughtered here for failing to pledge allegiance to King William III and Mary II.

We then pass through Fort William and past Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Great Britain. Continuing through the Great Glen, we arrive in Plockton, a small fishing village known for its palm trees! We overnight here.

Accommodation: Sabhal na Mara, Hillview, Haven Guest House or similar
Overnight: Plockton  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Exploring the Isle of Skye

Plockton - Skye - Plockton. Today we will be exploring the remote Isle of Skye, but there is no fixed itinerary for the day. The weather can be unpredictable, so our guide will choose the best highlights to show us in accordance with the conditions and any events that may be happening on the island during our visit. We are likely to be hiking, in order to enjoy the dramatic scenery of the island. Options include The Quiraing hill walk and the Old Man of Storr Walk, probably the most famous trail on the island. We can also see the Neist Point Lighthouse. Spend the day taking photos, sampling the view and enjoying everything this pristine environment has to offer. In the late afternoon, we return to our accommodation in Plockton.

Accommodation: Sabhal na Mara, Hillview, Haven Guest House or similar
Overnight: Plockton  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Loch Ness to Inverness

Plockton - Loch Ness - Inverness. Today we visit Eilean Donan Castle, a 13th century fortress, located on an island. We then drive to Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail, taking in more of Scotland's dramatic scenery. There's a stop for lunch at Loch Ness, so keep your eyes peeled for 'Nessie', the Loch Ness monster!

We then stop in the village of Spean Bridge. Here our group splits once more, as some travellers will be returning to Edinburgh, whilst we continue north to Orkney. Our guides will be on hand to help us move our luggage and introduce us to the new group for the remainder of our trip. We then complete our journey to Inverness, travelling up the entire 23-mile length of the Great Glen.

Accommodation: Dalmore, Pine Guest House, Aye Stay or similar
Overnight: Inverness  |  Breakfast

Day 6

John o'Groats & Kirkwall, capital of Orkney

Inverness - John o'Groats - Kirkwall. Departing Inverness early, we head past Dunrobin Castle and along the coastline of the northeast Highlands, taking in some of Scotland's most dramatic scenery. If the ferry timetables allow, we will enjoy a stop at John o'Groats, on the north-eastern tip of Great Britain. Arriving in Gills Bay, we board the ferry to Orkney, crossing Pentland Firth. Landing on the archipelago, we stop for a visit to the colourful Italian Chapel before arriving in the former Viking stronghold of Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands. The evening is free, we recommend paying a visit to the magnificent Viking Cathedral of St Magnus, dating back to the 12th Century.

Accommodation: Bellavista Guest House, Heatherlea B&B, Hildeval B&B or similar
Overnight: Orkney  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Exploring Orkney

Today we explore Orkney, taking in the stunning nature of green pastures and windswept sandy beaches alongside Orkney's past. We take in the 5,000-year old village of Skara Brae, a Neolithic settlement older even than the Pyramids of Giza or Stonehenge! We also take in the prehistoric stone circle at Brodgar and the Druidic standing stones at Stenness. Each of these sites is UNESCO-listed as part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney.

We also visit Maeshowe, home to a number of well-preserved Viking runic inscriptions, dating back to the 12th century. We then return to Kirkwall for the night.

Accommodation: Bellavista Guest House, Heatherlea B&B, Hildeval B&B or similar
Overnight: Orkney  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Back to the mainland

Kirkwall - Ullapool. This morning after breakfast, it is time to depart Orkney, as we take the return ferry back to the mainland. We then take a spectacular drive along the northern coast of Scotland, taking in the stunning Ben Loyal and Ben hope mountains and a picturesque coastline. We stop to admire Ardvreck Castle in the far north-west mountains of Assynt before reaching Ullapool, a pretty whitewashed fishing village located at the mouth of Loch Broom.

Accommodation: Foinaven, Ullaviews, The Sheiling Guest House or similar
Overnight: Ullapool  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Exploring Ullapool

Ullapool - Culloden Moor - Edinburgh. Leaving Ullapool, we witness the dramatic plunge of the River Droma into Corrieshalloch Gorge, followed by a scenic stop at Loch Glascarnoch en route to Inverness, the 'Capital of the Highlands'. We visit historic sites like Culloden Moor, site of the 1746 Battle of Culloden, and the ancient Clava Cairns, renowned from the 'Outlander' books.

Continuing through the ancient Caledonian Pine Forest near Cairngorm, we enjoy lunch amidst the natural beauty before journeying through Perthshire's Big Tree country and the Kingdom of Fife on the way back to Edinburgh.

Please note: This tour ends at 19:00 - Edinburgh Bus Station Drop Off, Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with 2 travellers. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
19 Jun - 27 Jun 20% off
£2,575
£2,060
£3,065
£2,452
26 Jun - 04 Jul 20% off
£2,575
£2,060
£3,065
£2,452
28 Jun - 06 Jul 20% off
£2,575
£2,060
£3,065
£2,452
01 Jul - 09 Jul 20% off
£2,575
£2,060
£3,065
£2,452
03 Jul - 11 Jul 20% off
£2,575
£2,060
£3,065
£2,452
12 Jul - 20 Jul 20% off
£2,575
£2,060
£3,065
£2,452
17 Jul - 25 Jul 20% off
£2,575
£2,060
£3,065
£2,452
19 Jul - 27 Jul 20% off
£2,575
£2,060
£3,065
£2,452
26 Jul - 03 Aug 20% off
£2,575
£2,060
£3,065
£2,452
05 Aug - 13 Aug 20% off
£2,575
£2,060
£3,065
£2,452
07 Aug - 15 Aug 20% off
£2,575
£2,060
£3,065
£2,452
21 Aug - 29 Aug 20% off
£2,575
£2,060
£3,065
£2,452
30 Aug - 07 Sep 20% off
£2,575
£2,060
£3,065
£2,452
09 Oct - 17 Oct 20% off G
£2,495
£1,996
£2,995
£2,396
11 Oct - 19 Oct 20% off
£2,495
£1,996
£2,995
£2,396
14 Oct - 22 Oct 20% off
£2,495
£1,996
£2,995
£2,396
16 Oct - 24 Oct 20% off
£2,495
£1,996
£2,995
£2,396
18 Oct - 26 Oct 20% off
£2,495
£1,996
£2,995
£2,396
21 Oct - 29 Oct 20% off
£2,495
£1,996
£2,995
£2,396
23 Oct - 31 Oct 20% off
£2,495
£1,996
£2,995
£2,396
25 Oct - 02 Nov 20% off
£2,495
£1,996
£2,995
£2,396

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with 2 travellers. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
19 Jun - 27 Jun 20% off
£3,175
£2,540
£4,405
£3,524
26 Jun - 04 Jul 20% off
£3,175
£2,540
£4,405
£3,524
28 Jun - 06 Jul 20% off
£3,175
£2,540
£4,405
£3,524
03 Jul - 11 Jul 20% off
£3,175
£2,540
£4,405
£3,524
12 Jul - 20 Jul 20% off
£3,175
£2,540
£4,405
£3,524
17 Jul - 25 Jul 20% off
£3,175
£2,540
£4,405
£3,524
19 Jul - 27 Jul 20% off
£3,175
£2,540
£4,405
£3,524
26 Jul - 03 Aug 20% off
£3,175
£2,540
£4,405
£3,524
05 Aug - 13 Aug 20% off
£3,175
£2,540
£4,405
£3,524
07 Aug - 15 Aug 20% off
£3,175
£2,540
£4,405
£3,524
21 Aug - 29 Aug 20% off
£3,175
£2,540
£4,405
£3,524
30 Aug - 07 Sep 20% off
£3,175
£2,540
£4,405
£3,524
09 Oct - 17 Oct 20% off
£3,105
£2,484
£4,335
£3,468
11 Oct - 19 Oct 20% off
£3,105
£2,484
£4,335
£3,468
14 Oct - 22 Oct 20% off
£3,105
£2,484
£4,335
£3,468
16 Oct - 24 Oct 20% off
£3,105
£2,484
£4,335
£3,468
18 Oct - 26 Oct 20% off
£3,105
£2,484
£4,335
£3,468
21 Oct - 29 Oct 20% off
£3,105
£2,484
£4,335
£3,468
23 Oct - 31 Oct 20% off
£3,105
£2,484
£4,335
£3,468
25 Oct - 02 Nov 20% off
£3,105
£2,484
£4,335
£3,468

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Edinburgh
Ends
Edinburgh
Departs
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
Simple guesthouse (hotel upgrade available)
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 8
Countries
Minimum Age
5 years, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
No
Dep. Transfer
No
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