The Mystical Orkney Islands 6 Days - 16th September £469.00
The journey across Scotland, from top to toe, is all part of the Scottish experience gliding past wonderful Highland scenery – Speyside, Loch Ness, Glencoe and Loch Lomond. Then the Orkneys - a feeling of mystery unfolds as we cross the Pentland Firth, a graveyard to sunken ships. There’s no other place in Britain quite like the Orkneys – an archipelago of over 70 islands. We discover ancient civilisations dating back 5000 years, world famous archaeology, bountiful wildlife and unrivalled island scenery.
Morning departure from your local pickup point to Scotland. We have an overnight stop in the Sterling/Perth region.
We head north today through the mountainous Spey Valley to Inverness, with free time to explore the Highland Capital. Afterwards, we continue along the coast, past beautiful beaches and into a sparsely populated area with vast sweeps of open moorland and mountains. This evening we arrive at our hotel in Thurso.
Today we enjoy a visit to The Castle of Mey. The Queen Mother restored this abandoned castle in 1952 and created a homely castle with beautiful gardens. For almost half a century she spent many happy summers here. The afternoon is spent enjoying the isolated charm of the Queen Mothers former residence.
The highlight of the tour now beckons. We begin with the 40 minute ferry crossing as foot passengers from John O’Groats. We arrive on the Orkneys where you will meet your private coach and experienced tour guide. The full day tour includes most of the main island sites including Skara Brae, The Churchill Barriers, Scapa Flow, Ring of Brodgar, The Standing Stones of Stenness, The Italian Chapel and Kirkwall with its magnificent 12th century cathedral.
We depart Thurso and travel south taking in the ever changing scenery, with a stop at The Loch Ness Centre, Drumnadrochit. We continue onwards along the Great Glen to Fort William with time free before continuing south through mighty Glencoe, and along the shoreline of Loch Lomond and to our final overnight hotel in the Glasgow region.
After a leisurely start to the day we make our return journey home.
The Royal Hotel in Thurso is based in the north coast of Scotland, on the beautiful burgh of Caithness. Regarded as the gateway to Orkney, it offers miles of white sandy beaches, scraggy headlands and dramatic cliffs, making it an ideal place for a true getaway. Please note the hotel does not have a lift or ground floor rooms.
• Return coach travel
• 2 overnights half board
• 3 nights Royal Hotel half board
• Entrance to The Castle & Gardens of Mey
• Return ferry John O’Groats-Orkneys and full day guided tour
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