Loch Ness | Scotland | United Kingdom
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North Scotland, Loch Ness & Orkney - 5 days map

Take in the best of northern Scotland and Orkney on this 5-day group tour from Edinburgh. Search for the fabled monster at Loch Ness, learn about the tragic history of Glencoe and spend a night in the 'Capital of the Highlands', Inverness. Stop at Britain's most northern village, John o'Groats and take the ferry to Orkney. Here, visit the 5,000-year old village at Skara Brae and other sites that make up the UNESCO-listed Heart of Neolithic Orkney. Back on the mainland, take in some of the Scottish Highlands most dramatic scenery as you return to the Scottish capital.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Guesthouse Prices/Dates
Hotel Prices/Dates

Trip Highlights

Loch Ness - Hunt for 'Nessie', the mythical beast believed to dwell in the dark waters of Scotland's most famous loch
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
Inverness - Enjoy a free evening in the 'Capital of the Highlands'
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
Culloden Moor - Visit the museum at this historic battlefield, where the last battle to take place on British soil occurred in 1746

Included

4 breakfasts
Escorted by a local driver-guide
All necessary ferry journeys between Scottish Islands and the mainland
Admission to Maeshowe
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.
4 nights simple guesthouse (hotel upgrade available)
Transportation in 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach with air-conditioning
Admission to Skara Brae
Admission to Culloden Museum and Battlefield
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

Glencoe & Loch Ness

Edinburgh - Callander - Glencoe - Loch Ness - Inverness. Heading out of Edinburgh this morning, we pass Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument and Doune Castle on our way to the town of Callander where we enjoy a short stop. Crossing the Fault Line into the Scottish Highlands, we then take in the incredible vistas of Loch Lubnaig, Loch Earn, Glen Ogle and Glen Dochart.

Continuing to Glencoe, we have time to admire the mountain vistas and learn about 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. Then we continue to Loch Ness, allegedly home to the Loch Ness Monster. Keep your eyes peeled as we have plenty of free time to look for Nessie!

Arriving in Inverness, the evening is free for you to explore the 'Capital of the Highlands'.

Please note: Check-in closes at 08:15 on day 1 (tour departs at 08:30) - Edinburgh Bus Station Pick Up, Gate J and Gate K, inside Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ.

Accommodation: Dalmore, Pine Guest House or similar
Overnight: Inverness

Day 2

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 colorful 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 or similar
Overnight: Orkney  |  Breakfast

Day 3

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 or similar
Overnight: Orkney  |  Breakfast

Day 4

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. The evening is at leisure.

Accommodation: Foinaven, Ullaviews or similar
Overnight: Ullapool  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Return to Edinburgh

Ullapool - Edinburgh. Today we make our way back to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, but we have a number of fascinating stops along the way. We see where the River Droma plunges 6o meters over a cliff into the Corrieshalloch Gorge and we enjoy views of Loch Glascarnoch as we pass Inverness.

We also make a short stop at Culloden Moor. This was the site of the Battle of Culloden in 1746, the last stand of the Jacobites who suffered a crushing defeat by the troops of the Duke of Cumberland. Interestingly, this was the last battle to have been fought on the British mainland.

Next we see the ancient standing stones at Clava Cairns, made famous by Diana Gabaldon in the ‘Outlander’ books. We then journey around the edge of the Cairngorm mountains, past lush pine forests and make our way back to Edinburgh, where our tour ends.

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
25 Jun - 29 Jun 25% off
USD $1,725
USD $1,294
USD $2,135
USD $1,601
26 Jun - 30 Jun 25% off
USD $1,725
USD $1,294
USD $2,135
USD $1,601
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USD $1,294
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01 Oct - 05 Oct 25% off
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USD $1,264
USD $2,105
USD $1,579
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30 Oct - 03 Nov 25% off
USD $1,685
USD $1,264
USD $2,105
USD $1,579
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
05 Mar - 09 Mar 25% off
USD $1,685
USD $1,264
USD $2,105
USD $1,579
07 Mar - 11 Mar 25% off
USD $1,685
USD $1,264
USD $2,105
USD $1,579
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USD $1,264
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USD $1,264
USD $2,105
USD $1,579
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USD $1,264
USD $2,105
USD $1,579
26 Mar - 30 Mar 25% off
USD $1,685
USD $1,264
USD $2,105
USD $1,579
28 Mar - 01 Apr 25% off
USD $1,685
USD $1,264
USD $2,105
USD $1,579

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
25 Jun - 29 Jun 25% off
USD $2,085
USD $1,564
USD $2,915
USD $2,186
26 Jun - 30 Jun 25% off
USD $2,085
USD $1,564
USD $2,915
USD $2,186
30 Jun - 04 Jul 25% off
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USD $1,564
USD $2,915
USD $2,186
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USD $1,564
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USD $2,186
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USD $1,564
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USD $2,186
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USD $1,564
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USD $2,186
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USD $2,186
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USD $2,186
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USD $2,186
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USD $2,186
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07 Aug - 11 Aug 25% off
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USD $1,564
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14 Aug - 18 Aug 25% off
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USD $1,564
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USD $2,186
25 Aug - 29 Aug 25% off
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USD $1,564
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USD $2,186
27 Aug - 31 Aug 25% off
USD $2,085
USD $1,564
USD $2,915
USD $2,186
28 Aug - 01 Sep 25% off
USD $2,085
USD $1,564
USD $2,915
USD $2,186
01 Sep - 05 Sep 25% off
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USD $1,564
USD $2,915
USD $2,186
03 Sep - 07 Sep 25% off
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USD $1,564
USD $2,915
USD $2,186
01 Oct - 05 Oct 25% off
USD $2,055
USD $1,541
USD $2,885
USD $2,164
02 Oct - 06 Oct 25% off
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USD $2,164
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USD $2,164
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USD $2,164
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USD $2,164
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USD $1,541
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USD $2,164
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USD $1,541
USD $2,885
USD $2,164
20 Oct - 24 Oct 25% off
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USD $2,164
22 Oct - 26 Oct 25% off
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USD $1,541
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USD $2,164
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USD $2,164
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USD $2,164
27 Oct - 31 Oct 25% off
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USD $2,885
USD $2,164
30 Oct - 03 Nov 25% off
USD $2,055
USD $1,541
USD $2,885
USD $2,164
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
05 Mar - 09 Mar 25% off
USD $2,055
USD $1,541
USD $2,885
USD $2,164
07 Mar - 11 Mar 25% off
USD $2,055
USD $1,541
USD $2,885
USD $2,164
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USD $2,055
USD $1,541
USD $2,885
USD $2,164
14 Mar - 18 Mar 25% off
USD $2,055
USD $1,541
USD $2,885
USD $2,164
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USD $2,055
USD $1,541
USD $2,885
USD $2,164
21 Mar - 25 Mar 25% off
USD $2,055
USD $1,541
USD $2,885
USD $2,164
26 Mar - 30 Mar 25% off
USD $2,055
USD $1,541
USD $2,885
USD $2,164
28 Mar - 01 Apr 25% off
USD $2,055
USD $1,541
USD $2,885
USD $2,164

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Edinburgh
Ends
Edinburgh
Departs
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
Simple guesthouse (hotel upgrade available)
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 4
Countries
Minimum Age
5 years, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
No
Dep. Transfer
No
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