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The highlight of this breath taking new tour is a visit to Orkney, one of Scotland’s most accessible and popular islands. Join us on a full day guided tour to marvel at the wealth of the Neolithic remains and local culture. Take in the stunning views as we drive west across the famous North Coast Route, described as Scotland’s Route 66. Here we pause along the way at the beautiful fishing village of Ullapool, before making our way south via Loch Ness to the Trossachs.
Detailed Overview

Price includes

  • 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast at the Salutation Hotel, Perth

  • Full cooked breakfast

  • 3-course dinner menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Porterage

  • 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast at the Pentland Hotel, Thurso

  • Full cooked breakfast

  • 3-course dinner menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Porterage

  • 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast at the Royal Hotel, Ullapool

  • Full cooked breakfast

  • 3-course dinner menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Porterage

  • 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast at the Winnock Hotel, Drymen

  • Full cooked breakfast

  • 3-dinner menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Porterage

  • Return ferry from Gills Bay to St Margarets Hope

  • Full day guided tour of Orkney

  • Entrance to the Italian Chapel

  • Entrance to Skara Brae and Skaill House

  • Entrance to the Loch Ness Exhibition

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We travel north, with rest breaks en route, to arrive at our hotel in Perth in time for dinner.

Day 2

Inverness
After a hearty Scottish breakfast, we begin our drive through the stunning and scenic Cairngorm National Park, Britain’s largest mountain range. We pause at Inverness, to spend lunchtime at leisure, before making our way to our home for the next couple of nights, on the north coast.

Day 3

Orkney Isles
After breakfast, we make our way to Gills Bay for our morning ferry to St Margaret’s Hope on Orkney. On arrival, we meet our local guide who will be with us throughout our tour of the island. Here we visit the Italian Chapel, ‘the miracle of camp 60’, which was built by Italian prisoners during WWII. We then travel past the Churchill Barriers, the construction of which was ordered by Winston Churchill after the tragic torpedoing of the battleship Royal Oak in Scapa Flow during 1939. From there, we visit Kirkwall to spend some free time for lunch.

In the afternoon, we continue to the mystical Ring of Brodgar to view the standing stones. Constructed around 2500 - 2000 BC, they are reminiscent of those at Stonehenge and Avebury. We then visit the mystical ancient settlement of Skara Brae, which was uncovered by a storm in 1850. This ancient settlement is older than Stonehenge and the amazingly preserved rooms provide us with a unique insight into prehistoric human living. Finally, we visit Skaill House, one of Orkney’s top tourist attractions and the finest mansion on the island. Having taken in the glories of Orkney, we then make our way back for our afternoon ferry crossing to the mainland.

Day 4

North Coast Route
Today we travel west across the North Coast Route, Scotland’s answer to Route 66. Following the scenic route along the northerly coastal edges of Scotland, we marvel at the breathtaking views around every corner. Following a lunchtime refreshment break in Durness, we then wend our way south via single track roads to our next destination of Ullapool.

Day 5

Ullapool
We enjoy a day at leisure in the picturesque fishing town of Ullapool, gateway to the Northern Highlands, nestled on the shores of Loch Broom. The natural beauty of this area has to be seen to be believed and the attractions in this quaint village include the Ullapool museum or one of the many boat trips offering tours around the nearby Summer Isles.

Day 6

Loch Ness, Fort William & Loch Lomond
This morning we set off south for a stop at the Loch Ness Exhibition near Urquhart Castle for a comfort break and photos before continuing our journey via Fort William, in the shadow of the magnificent Ben Nevis. We spend time in this famous town before heading to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and our final stop at the Winnock Hotel.

Day 7

After breakfast, we make our way home.

Other Information

Hotels

3* Salutation Hotel, Perth

The Salutation Hotel is situated in the heart of the historic City of Perth. Reported to be the oldest established hotel in Scotland, The Salutation has been welcoming guests through its doors since 1699. One of the most famous patrons was Bonnie Prince Charlie who stayed in 1745, at the height of his struggle to regain the throne for the Stuart Kings. Today, the welcome is as warm as it ever. 

Bedrooms: TV, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, complimentary toiletries, iron and ironing board (on request).

Facilities: Restaurant, bar and Wi-Fi.

Mobility Information: Lift.

3* Pentland Hotel, Thurso, Caithness

Centrally located in the heart of Thurso, this popular hotel is ideal as a base for day trips to Orkney.

Bedrooms: Wi-Fi, TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.

Facilities: Dining room and bar. The reception area features an attractive fireplace with a carved wooden mantel and Caithness stone hearth, traditional décor and comfortable seating, perfect for relaxing.

Mobility Information: Please be aware that there is no lift at the hotel and there are some steps.

3* Royal Hotel Ullapool, Ullapool

The Royal Hotel is located at the entrance to the fishing village of Ullapool with breath taking views across Loch Broom and 0the surrounding Highlands. Believed to be the oldest hotel in Ullapool in continuous use. The Royal Hotel is thought to have originally been a coaching inn, in a more basic form than that of today, now it is one of the most luxurious hotels in the Scottish Highlands.

Bedrooms: Tea/Coffee making facilities, Wi-Fi, TV, telephone, complimentary toiletries and hairdryer.

Facilities: Bar, lounge and restaurant.

Mobility Information: There is no lift at this hotel, but all rooms are either ground or first floor.

3* Winnock Hotel, Drymen

A very warm welcome awaits you at The Winnock, an award-winning hotel located on the village green in pretty Drymen. All 73 comfortable bedrooms are traditional in style, furnished in tartan fabrics. There is a large, bright restaurant and a relaxing, informal bar.

Bedrooms: TV, telephone, WIFI, iron, wake up service/alarm clock and hairdryer.

Facilities: Restaurant, bar and lounge.

Mobility Information: There is no lift at this hotel, but ground floor rooms are available

Please Note: The Winnock Hotel is a 200-year-old building and the sizes of bedrooms do vary.

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