This Highlands and Islands tour heads through the scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Glen Coe, Fort William, Loch Ness then on to Orkney.
Discover the Magnificent Highlands and Islands: Oban to Orkney Tour
Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure through the stunning landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and Islands? Join us on our once-in-a-lifetime tour from Oban to Orkney, where you’ll experience the breathtaking beauty of Loch Lomond, the historic Glen Coe, the mysterious Loch Ness, and the enchanting Orkney Isles. Immerse yourself in the rich history, stunning scenery, and island life of this extraordinary region.
Day 1: Exploring Oban and Loch Lomond
Our journey begins in the picturesque town of Oban, known for its stunning coastal views and delectable seafood. As we head west, we’ll be captivated by the beauty of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. This area, often referred to as “The Highlands in Miniature,” is abundant with majestic lochs and mountains that will leave you in awe.
Day 2: Glen Coe and Fort William
On day two, we’ll venture through the haunting landscape of Glen Coe, where the tragic massacre of the MacDonald Clan took place. This area has also served as a backdrop for famous films like “Skyfall” and “Outlander.” As we continue our journey, we’ll pass through Fort William, home to the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. The Great Glen, Scotland’s greatest fault line, will guide us to our destination of Fort Augustus.
Day 3: Exploring Loch Ness and Inverness
Prepare to be mesmerised as we travel along the length of Loch Ness, famous for its mythical creature, Nessie. In Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, we’ll have the opportunity to delve into the city’s rich history and explore its charming streets. Don’t miss the chance to visit the iconic Culloden Battlefield, where the Jacobite forces were defeated.
Day 4: Journey to the Enchanting Orkney Isles
Today, we’ll embark on a ferry journey from the Scottish mainland to the mysterious and magical Orkney Isles. As we sail through the Moray and Cromarty Firths, keep an eye out for dolphins, seals, and even orcas. Once we arrive, we’ll be greeted by the stunning Italian Chapel, a testament to the resilience and creativity of Italian prisoners of war during World War II. We’ll also explore the famous Churchill Barriers, which were built to protect the British naval fleet.
Day 5: Exploring the Ancient History of Orkney
With a base in the charming town of Kirkwall, we’ll spend the day immersing ourselves in the ancient history of the Orkney Isles. Marvel at the Neolithic wonders of Skara Brae, a remarkably preserved village that offers a glimpse into prehistoric life. Explore the enigmatic stone circles of Stenness and the Ring o’Brodgar, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Our day will conclude with a visit to the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, a testament to Orkney’s rich architectural heritage.
Day 6: Farewell to Orkney, Hello to Inverness
After a leisurely morning in Kirkwall, filled with browsing craft and gift shops, we’ll bid farewell to the Orkney Isles and make our way back to the Scottish mainland. Our journey to Inverness will take us along the dramatic and visually stunning coastline, offering breathtaking views of the Cairngorm Mountains. Along the way, we’ll have the opportunity to visit Dunrobin Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited stately home in Britain.
Day 7: Culloden and the Cairngorms
As we head homeward, we’ll stop at the historic battlefield of Culloden, where the Jacobite forces faced their defeat. Take a walk through this significant site and immerse yourself in the turbulent history of Scotland. Our journey will then lead us through the majestic Cairngorm Mountains, the largest national park in Scotland. Prepare to be enchanted by the rugged beauty of this wilderness.
Day 8: Pitlochry and Farewell
Our final stop on this remarkable tour is the picturesque town of Pitlochry. Take some time to explore its charming streets, filled with independent shops, cafes, and restaurants. Enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains and lochs that surround this idyllic town. As we bid farewell to Pitlochry, we’ll make our way back to Edinburgh, cherishing the memories of the exceptional scenery and experiences we’ve encountered.
Join us on this extraordinary journey from Oban to Orkney, where you’ll discover the stunning landscapes, rich history, and island life that make the Scottish Highlands and Islands truly unforgettable. Book your Highland Experience today and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.