SCOTLAND’S HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS

N.B. The following itinerary is from DM Tours 2015 brochure ex Ireland. However it can be used in conjunction with an independent itinerary as part of a tailor-made tour around Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the rest of England.

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A unique tour taking in the Outer Hebrides, the Orkneys and the Shetland Islands as well as Scotland’s major cities – Glasgow, Aberdeen and the beautiful capital city, Edinburgh. Breath-taking scenery awaits at every turn as we travel through the majestic Highlands and peaceful islands where people have lived for centuries farming remote areas. From Neolithic and Iron Age sites to the scenes of more recent historical events, there is so much to discover.

 SAMPLE ITINERARY

DAY 1 – Arrival; Glasgow; and Isle of Skye

DAY 2 – Isle of Skye, Isle of Harris

DAY 3 – Isle of Lewis

DAY 4 – The Western Isles

DAY 5 – The Orkney Islands

DAY 6 – The Shetland Islands

DAY 7 – Aberdeen and Edinburgh

DAY 8 – Edinburgh

DAY 9 – Depart

 

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Airport/ferry port transfers at start and end of the tour
  • Professional Chauffeur Driver/Guide
  • Luxury Mercedes Viano or luxury coach
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast daily and
  • Dinners arranged to suit your requirements
  • Overnight ferry Kirkwall-Lerwick
  • Overnight ferry Lerwick-Aberdeen
  • Ferry from Mallaig to Isle of Skye
  • Ferry from Isle of Skye to Isle of Harris
  • Ferry from Isle of Harris to Ullapool
  • Ferry from Scrabster to Stromness
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges and porterage

 

VISITS AND ADMISSIONS

  • Entrance to the Black House Museum
  • Entrance to Skara Brae
  • Entrance to Skaill House
  • Entrance to Jarlshof
  • Entrance to Scalloway Castle & Museum
  • Entrance to Edinburgh Castle
  • Local guides in the Orkneys, Shetlands, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh
  • Not included – Flights, Travel Insurance

Itinerary is subject to ferry connections and times.

All overnight ferries are with cabins, dinner and breakfast. 

 

       N.B. You can combine this itinerary with a tour around Ireland,

              England and Wales or on its own

 

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1 – Arrival; Glasgow and Isle of Skye

Welcome to Scotland! You will be met in the Arrivals Hall in Glasgow Airport. Enjoy and overview of Glasgow City. Drive along a delightful route alongside Loch Lomond and through the Trossachs area with stops en route. Pass through Glen Coe, site of the famous massacre in 1692, and see the spot where, in 1746, Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his army to signal the start of the Jacobite Rising. Continue along the Sound of Arisaig to the mainland port of Mallaig and board the ferry to the Isle of Skye. Arrive in Armadale and drive past the original homestead of the MacDonald clan, set by the serene waterside of Broadford Bay.

 

DAY 2 – Isle of Skye, Isle of Harris 

Day 2 Isle of Skye Isle of HarrisSpend the morning exploring the Isle of Skye, known as the “Isle of Mist”. This almost ‘moon’-like territory stands as testament to the people who remain there carving out their livelihoods from farming and tourism. The Cuillin Hills form the largest area on the island. There will be time to explore Skye’s capital town, Portree and its harbour – a step back in time with narrow cobbled streets and unique little shops. Board the ferry across to the very Western Isles, from Uig to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris and continue north east to the Isle of Lewis for a two night stay in Stornoway.

  

DAY 3 – Isle of Lewis 

Day 3 Isle of LewisMeet a local guide and depart for a detailed tour of the Western Isles starting with Stornoway then heading south from the Isle of Lewis to South Harris and further to North Uist. All still inhabited today, the Western Isles are an incredible inspiration to us all. The famous Benbecula, Barra and Ben Mhor views make this a spectacular day.

 

DAY 4 – The Western Isles

Day 4Visit the famous Black House Museum where both family and animals lived side by side until 1964. Afterwards, there will be free time in Stornoway before boarding the ferry for the 2½ hour crossing to one of Scotland’s premier fishing ports, Ullapool. After disembarkation take the high road through the North West Highlands and along the Dornoch Firth to the farming area of Thurso and an overnight stop.

 

 DAY 5 – The Orkney Islands

Day 5 Orkney IslandsDrive to John O’Groats for a photo opportunity then return to the fishing port of Scrabster to board the Northlink Ferry for the journey to the Orkneys and Shetland Islands. Pass the landmark “Old Man of Hoy” before arriving at Stromness then spend the rest of the day touring the Orkney Islands with a local guide. Visits include the very famous village of Skara Brae and Skaill House, the finest mansion in Orkney steeped in 5,000 years of history. Board the overnight ferry, with cabins included, to Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Islands, half way between Scotland and the Arctic!

 

DAY 6 – The Shetland Islands

Day 6 The Shetland IslandsUpon arrival in Lerwick, pick up a local guide for a full day touring the Shetland Islands. Enjoy a coastal tour of South Mainland then visit the ancient prehistoric and Norse settlement of Jarlshof. Later, head to Wormadale Viewpoint to see a spectacular panorama taking in the drowned valley of Whiteness Voe and the islands to the south. Shetland ponies can be seen as you travel along the highways and byways. The day is concluded with free time in Lerwick before boarding the overnight ferry to Aberdeen with dinner, breakfast and en-suite cabins included. The crossing time is approximately 12 hours.

 

DAY 7 – Aberdeen and Edinburgh

Day 7 AberdeenAfter disembarkation at Aberdeen a local guide will meet the ferry and take you for a short tour. Aberdeen, on Scotland’s north-east coast, is the country’s third largest city and is known as the Granite City. This afternoon drive south through the fertile lands of Aberdeenshire, Angus and Perthshire to Scotland’s showcase capital city of Edinburgh. In August, the famous Edinburgh Tattoo takes place, a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this spectacle.

 

DAY 8 – Edinburgh 

Day 8 EdinburghThis morning a qualified local guide will join you for an Edinburgh city tour. The tour will take in the Old Town and New Town, which dates back to the 18th century. There will be a visit to the famous Edinburgh Castle, then free time to browse and familiarise yourself with this majestic city and perhaps shop for those last minute items along Princes Street or the Royal Mile.

 

DAY 9 – Depart

Check out and depart for the airport or ferry port for the next part of your extended tour.