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11 Day Grand Tour of Scotland. Including the Hebrides, and the Orkney Islands.

Take a tour of Scotland’s Hebridean and Orkney Island’s. And you will discover a land of such natural beauty it will simply take your breath away. From the stunning coastline’s and miles of unspoiled golden sandy beaches on the Western Isles, to the rugged mountains on the Isle of Skye. On this grand tour of Scotland, you will experience the remote wilderness of Sutherland, in the far north. To discovering 5,000 yrs of history on the spectacular Orkney Islands.

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Day 1- Firstly we visit the picturesque village of Luss, nestling on the ” Bonnie Banks” of loch Lomond. From here we then take the scenic road to the ” Rest and be Thankful” viewpoint, before following the shores of Loch Fyne to Inveraray. Time here for lunch and to visit Inveraray Castle home of the Duke of Argyll. Moving we stop to view the impressive 14th century Kilchurn Castle, ancient stronghold of the Clan Campbell. Continue on to Oban,” Gateway to the Isles” for the next two evenings.

Day 2- Board the 9;45 am ferry to Craignure. ( Isle of Mull) We then travel south ( 1 hr) to Fionnphort, and the short ferry crossing to Iona, renowned for it’s beauty and tranquility. Here you shall have free-time to explore the magnificent Abbey, a place of pilgrimage for over 1400 yrs, and the ” Street of the Dead” final resting place of ancient Scottish Kings. Iona, also has some of the finest golden sandy beaches to explore. ( a great idea for a picnic) In late afternoon we make our way back to Craignure for the evening ferry back to Oban.

Day 3- Visit Castle Stalker, and the natural beauty of Glencoe. Continuing past Fort William, and along the Great Glen to the spectacular Glen Garry viewpoint. We then journey to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, before heading to the Isle of Skye, ( The Misty Isle) Once on the island we travel north to Talisker Distilley, or perhaps to visit the fairy pools in Glen Brittle. If you are lovers of excellent seafood we can also visit the Oyster Shed. It’s then onto the pretty town of Portree for the next two evenings.

Day 4- A full day to explore Skye. Firstly we follow the Trotternish Ridge to the Old Man of Stoer, Kilt Rock and the spectacular Quirang a dramatic landslip and high pinnacles. We then travel to the Museum of Highland Life and the Flora MacDonald Monument, before visiting the mysterious fairy glen. It’s then onto Dunvegan Castle, ancestral home of the Clan MacLeod for over 800 yrs. Leaving Dunvegan we follow the coastal road back to Portree for the evening.

Day 5- We drive to Uig, for the 9;40 am ferry crossing ( 1 hr 40 min) to the islands of Harris/Lewis. on the Outer Hebrides. Arriving on Harris, we explore the islands dramatic lunar landscape, combined with some of the finest golden sandy beaches to be found anywhere in the world. Of course Harris is best known for weaving Harris Tweed, which you shall discover on our journey. After a visit to the magnificent 16th century St Clements Church, we then travel to the larger island of Lewis for the next two evenings.

Day 6- A full day to explore Lewis’s historic sites including the 2,000 yr old Carloway Broch, and the 4,000 yr old Callanish Standing Stones, a real highlight of the day. We also visit the evocative blackhouse village of Gearrannan, giving you a real insight into traditional ways of life once common on the island. We then travel to the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, the most westerly point on the island before making our way back to Stornoway, for the evening.

Day 7- This morning we board a ferry ( 2 hr 40 min) back to the mainland. Arriving at the pretty fishing town of Ullapool, we then travel to the far north through the remote wilderness of Wester Ross, a truly breathtaking landscape of high mountains and stunning coastline’s. Out journey takes us through remote crofting communities to Durness, to view the impressive Smoo Caves and hidden golden beaches, before eventually arriving at the Kyle of Tongue for the evening.

Day 8- After a hearty breakfast we follow the coastal road to St Gills Bay, where we board a ferry ( 1 hr) to sail across Viking waters to the Orkney Islands, boasting the greatest concentration of pre-historic archaeological sites in Europe. Arriving at St Margaret’s Hope, we visit the ” Tomb of the Eagles” a Neolithic chambered tomb said to hold thousands of human and animal remains when first discovered. From here we travel over the Churchill barriers to the busy fishing port of Kirkwall, for the next two evenings.

Day 9- A full day exploring the islands many neolithic sites and Viking tombs. Firstly we drive to Meashowe, one of the largest Neolithic tombs in Europe, thought to be constructed around 2,800 BC. Moving on we then visit the Standing Stones of Stenness, thought to date from around 3,000 BC. And the iconic Ring O’ Brodgar, erected approx 2,500 BC. From here we then travel to Skara Brae, Europe’s most complete Neolithic Villages. continuing on we will visit many more historic sites, before making our way back to Kirkwall, for the evening.

Day 10- This morning we visit the magnificent 12th century St Magnus Cathedral, before making our way back to St Margaret’s Hope to catch the ( 1 hr) ferry crossing to the mainland. Arriving at St Gills Bay, we make the short drive to the iconic John O’ Groats, the most northeasterly tip of Scotland. From here we follow the coastline south passing through the small fishing towns around Caithness to Dunrobin Castle, a spectacular stately home built by the Duke and Duchess of Sutherland. Journeying on we then make our way to Inverness, the capital of the highlands for the evening.

Day 11- Your day begins with a visit to the evocative Culloden Battlefield, site of the last battle ever fought in 1746 between Jacobite’s and Government forces. From here we visit the Clava Cairns, a 3,500 yr old burial site, before travelling south through the Cairngorm Mountains to the pretty Victorian Town of Pitlochry. Time here for the lunch at the excellent 17th century Moulin Inn, or perhaps a wander around the towns many gift shops. After lunch we then visit the Hermitage Waterfall and Dunkeld Cathedral, before making our way to Glasgow, or wherever you are based.

Optional- This tour can be extended to include some of Scotland’s world famous Whisky Distillery’s on Speyside.

Accommodation- Over the years I have accumulated a list of excellent b&b/guest houses, small family run hotels, and luxury/hotel/castles for you to enjoy. Which I would be happy to book for you based on your budget and sleeping arrangements.

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