Tour code: BEHOHII-0
- Meals 3 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
- Tour Leader
Orkney & the Highlands
Discover dramatic landscapes, towns steeped in Viking history and ancient sites - whose roots stretch back over 5,000 years - on this fascinating journey through the Orkney Islands and the Highlands of Scotland.
- Tour Starts/Ends
- 1 Overnight Stop
- Day Stop
The Blue-Roads Difference
- Enjoy a two
- night stay in Orkney, the home of some of Europe's most ancient sites
- Explore the impressive Dunrobin Castle and its gardens
- Travel beautiful coastal and countryside roads through the Highlands
Our journey through the misty crags and heather-clad moors of Scotland will begin in Inverness today. After meeting the group, we’ll admire the staggering vistas of soaring peaks and wide valleys as our road takes us north. Our first stop of the day will be Strathpeffer – a stylish Victorian spa town, where we’ll have some free time to explore. Afterwards, we’ll leave land behind and sail to Orkney on a short ferry journey, complete with an abundance of scenic views. Kirkwall, first settled by the Vikings, will be our home for the next two nights. Accommodation: The Ferry Inn (or similar)
Majestic landscapes, scenic roads and an imagination-firing history: Orkney delivers on every level. Today we’ll walk in the footsteps of ancient islanders at the mysterious Maeshowe tomb, the Neolithic village of Skara Brae and the mystical Ring of Brodgar – taking in the history and significance of each site as we go. Our next stop will be the Iron Age Broch of Gurness – and, if the tides are on our side, we’ll round off the day with an atmospheric walk to Brough of Birsay island. Accommodation: The Ferry Inn (or similar)
From the St Magnus Cathedral to the Bishop’s Palace, we’ll find plenty of Norse sites on our doorstep in Kirkwall. This afternoon will see us venture to Scapa Flow, where we’ll see the famous Italian Chapel and stop for a photo opportunity at the WWII shipwrecks. Later on, we’ll board the ferry to the mainland – where we’ll reminisce on our tour and enjoy a farewell dinner in Wick. Accommodation: Mackays Hotel (or similar)
After one final breakfast together we’ll hit the road back to Inverness. It’s been a tour that’s delved deep into Scotland’s heritage, so it’s only fitting that we finish with a stop at the historic Dunrobin Castle. We’ll take some time to explore the impressive white towers and formal gardens of this stately home before travelling the meandering coastal road over the Dornoch and Cromarty Firths. Don’t forget to focus your camera lens on the soul-stirring Scottish scenery as we go! When we reach Inverness, we’ll say our goodbyes.
3 nights in boutique accommodation
Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
Premium mini-coach transportation
4th June 2019Review ratingThis was my 5th tour and I love Blue-Roads!!!!! Love the small groups.....this trip had only 6 passengers. Love how the tour directors, apart from the wonderful knowledge they impart, are so passionate about their tour. They know little hidden secret places, My favorite was Dunbeath harbour...
4th June 2019Review ratingExcellent value, great location, fantastic enthusiasm for the region, wildlife, history, culture and opportunities. Meals were local and quality, accomodation was comfortable and great snap shot of the area and it's connection with the north west.