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Orkney and the North Coast Route

Orkney and the North Coast Route

Door to Door Service. This fantastic tour explores the beauty of the Orkney Isles. From the dramatic rugged coastlines and fascinating wildlife to the ancient history and unique blend of Scottish and Scandinavian culture, this is a truly unforgettable Scottish island experience.

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Door to Door Service. This fantastic tour explores the beauty of the Orkney Isles. From the dramatic rugged coastlines and fascinating wildlife to the ancient history and unique blend of Scottish and Scandinavian culture, this is a truly unforgettable Scottish island experience.

Orkney and the North Coast Route

 

This fantastic tour explores the beauty of the Orkney Isles. From the dramatic rugged coastlines and fascinating wildlife to the ancient history and unique blend of Scottish and Scandinavian culture, this is a truly unforgettable Scottish island experience. We begin our drive through the stunning and scenic Cairngorm National Park, Britains largest mountain range. After the ferry crossing to St Margarets Hope, we have a full day guided tour of the Orkney Isles, experiencing Skara Brae, Stenness Stones, Ring of Brodgar, Skaill House, Churchill Barriers, Italian Chapel and Scapa Flow. We drive west across the famous North Coast Route, described as Scotland’s Route 66, pausing at the beautiful fishing village of Ullapool before making our way south via theLoch Ness Exhibition to the Trossachs.

 

Fisher’s Hotel, Pitlochry***

The 3-star Fisher's hotel is centrally located within the beautiful Victorian town of Pitlochry.

 

Pentland Hotel, Thurso***

The hotel is based on the north coast of Scotland, in the beautiful burgh of Caithness, regarded as the gateway to Orkney.

 

Royal Hotel, Ullapool***

One of the premier luxury hotels in the Scottish Highlands

 

The Winnock, Drymen***

A very warm welcome awaits you at The Winnock, an award-winning hotel located on the village green in pretty Drymen.

 

All hotels have a homely feel, and bedrooms have tea/coffee facilities and TV.

 

Price includes

Door to door pick up service

Elite coach travel

2 nights’ half board at overnight hotel

2 nights’ half board at The Winnock  and Pentland Hotel respectively

Return ferry crossing Gills Bay to St Margarets Hope

Full day step-on guided tour of Orkney

Entrance to Skara Brae, Stenness Stones, Ring of Brodgar, Skaill House, Churchill Barriers and the Italian Chapel

Entrance to Loch Ness Experience

A free day in Ullapool

Day 1

We arrive at our hotel in Pitlochry in time for dinner.

Day 2

After a hearty Scottish breakfast, we begin our drive through the stunning and scenic Cairngorm National Park, Britain's largest mountain range, en route to Inverness, where we spend lunchtime at leisure. From here, we make our way to our home for the next couple of nights, on the north coast.

Day 3

This morning 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 step-on tour of the island. 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, reminiscent of those at Stonehenge and Avebury, constructed around 2500 - 2000 BC. We visit the mystical ancient settlement of Skara Brae, 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, before making our way back for our afternoon ferry crossing to the mainland.

Day 4

Today we travel west across the North Coast Route, Scotland's answer to Route 66. Following the main roads along the northerly coastal edges of Scotland, we marvel at the breathtaking views around every corner, stopping in Durness at lunchtime for a refreshment break. In the afternoon we make our way south via single track roads to our next destination of Ullapool.

Day 5

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

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, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and our final stop at the Winnock Hotel.

Day 7

After breakfast, we make our way home.

Booking Information

Acklams Coaches reserve the right to amend the itinerary if circumstances dictate.

Fisher’s Hotel, Pitlochry***

The 3-star Fisher's hotel is centrally located within the beautiful Victorian town of Pitlochry.

 

Pentland Hotel, Thurso***

The hotel is based on the north coast of Scotland, in the beautiful burgh of Caithness, regarded as the gateway to Orkney.

 

Royal Hotel, Ullapool***

One of the premier luxury hotels in the Scottish Highlands

 

The Winnock, Drymen***

A very warm welcome awaits you at The Winnock, an award-winning hotel located on the village green in pretty Drymen.

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