Orkney & der Hohe Norden
5 Tage Tour

Höhepunkte der Tour sind die verwunschenen Schönheit und prähistorischen Reste der Orkney Inselgruppe, die schroffen Extreme der nördlichen Küste Schottland's, Loch Ness und die Kaledonischen Wälder des Cairngorm Nationalpark.

Reisekarte

Highlights

Unesco Heritage Sites
Ferry
Walks
Prehistoric Sites
Cathedrals
Lochs
Mountains

Orte, die Sie erkunden werden


- Orkney Isles

- Glencoe and Rannoch Moor

- Loch Ness

- Skara Brae and Ring of Brodgar

- Cairngorm National Park


Ihre Reise


Ein Besuch in den absoluten Norden Schottland's. Höhepunkte der Tour sind die verwunschenen Schönheit und prähistorischen Reste der Orkney Inselgruppe, die schroffen Extreme der nördlichen Küste Schottland's, Loch Ness und die Kaledonischen Wälder des Cairngorm Nationalpark.

Sie übernachten für zwei Nächte in Kirkwall auf Orkney, eine Nacht in Inverness und eine Nacht in Ullapool.


Tour Details

Abfahrt
08.30 - Stance J and K, Edinburgh Bus Station at St. Andrew Sq
Rückkehr
19.00
Discounts
Studenten, Personen über 60 Jahre und Kinder von 5 bis 15 Jahren.
Important information
  • Poichè diamo molta importanza al tempo che passate fuori dal minibus e vi diamo l’opportunità di passeggiare tra la natura, vi raccomandiamo di indossare vestiti e calzature adatti alla vostra gita. La Scozia può essere molto umida!!
  • Diese Angaben in deutscher Sprache dienen rein informativen Zwecken. Die Touren werden in englischer Sprache abgehalten und unsere Dienste werden ebenso ausschlieβlich in Englisch erbracht.
Tour inclusions
  • Professioneller Fahrer/Reiseleiter von Rabbie's
  • Standardmäβige automatische Klimatisierung im Bus.
  • Transport in modernsten Mercedes-Minibussen mit 16 Sitzplätzen für einen persönlicheren Service.
Tour exclusions
  • Mittagessen und Erfrischungen
  • Eintrittsgelder für Sehenswürdigkeiten und Attraktione

Route

Tag 1

führt Sie in nordwestlicher Richtung, an Stirling vorbei, durch die dramatische Landschaft im Rannoch Moor und Glen Coe tief in das Hochland hinein. Am Nachmittag fahren wir am Ben Nevis vorbei, dem höchsten Berg in der UK und nach Fort Augustus die Länge des Loch Ness entlang. Nach einem Photostop am Urquhart Castle erreichen wir Inverness wo wir übernachten.

Tag 2

fahren wir weiter hoch in den Norden, durch die 'Schwarze Insel', am impossanten Dunrobin Castle vorbei, bevor Sie den Pentland Firth in der nähe von John o´Groats zu den Orkney Inseln überqueren. Sie bleiben 2 Nächte in Kirkwall, Stadt der Wikinger, und Hauptstadt von Orkney.

Tag 3

hier haben Sie Gelegenheit diese phantastische und uralte Insel zu erforschen. Ein Land der Kontraste, wo grüne fruchtbare Weiden mit goldenen Ufern umsäumt sind, die von der Nordsee und dem Atlantischen Ozean gewaschen werden. Höhepunkte sind ein Besuch bei Sakra Brae, die prähistorischen Steinkreise in Brodgar, die Steinreihen in Stennes und Maeshowe, wo im 12. Jahrhundert die Wikinger eins der größten Sammlungen urnordischen Runeninschriften hinterlassen haben.

Tag 4

bringt Sie zurück über das Wasser zu den Felsen und Sandstränden Schottland's dramatischer nordwestlicher Küste. Sie fahren an Ben Loyal, Ben Hope und Assynt vorbei und können die aus dem 15. Jahrhundert stammende Burg Ardvreck besuchen. Sie übernachten im weißen Fischerdorf Ullapool.

Day 5

Morgen besuchen Sie Corrieshalloch Gorge, die uralten Clava Cairns und das Schlachtfeld von Culodden, das so wichtig ist in der schottischen Geschichte. Danach fahren Sie südlich durch die mächtige Pracht des Cairngorm Nationalpark, dem uralten Kaledonischen Kiefernwald und Perthshire nach Edinburg zurück.

Itinerary (English)

Day 1

Departing from Edinburgh you head west towards Stirling, passing Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument. You also pass Doune Castle (set of Monty Python's "Holy Grail") before stopping in the small town of Callander for a refreshment stop. You now cross over the fault line into the magnificent Highlands taking in the splendour of Loch Luibnaig, Loch Earn, Glen Ogle and Glen Dochart, as you travel north over the wild and remote Rannoch Moor into Glencoe. The stunning views and spectacular landscapes of our own super (extinct) volcano and scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692, where many of the Clan Macdonald were slaughtered. You stop in this imposing mountain Glen so you can enjoy the spectacular views. You continue north up the Great Glen to the mysterious beauty of Loch Ness, travelling the whole 23 miles of the famous Loch - plenty of time to try and spot "Nessie!" You arrive at your destination of Inverness at approx 18.30 where you will be dropped off at your booked accommodation. The evening is free for you to explore the 'Capital of the Highlands'.

Day 2

Day 2 is an early start, leaving behind the 'Capital of the Highlands', crossing over the Black Isle, and past Andrew Carnegie's Skibo Castle. From here you drive through the northeast Highland coastline, travelling into some of Scotland's most dramatic scenery, and enjoy amazing views of some of Europe's oldest landscapes and the chance to see wildlife such as Golden Eagles and red deer. Onwards through Scotland's most northerly mainland village, John o' Groats, and then to Gills Bay, where you board the ferry, crossing the Pentland Firth into the Orkney Archipelago. From here it is a short drive to the famous Italian Chapel where we stop for a visit before continuing to the Viking stronghold of Kirkwall, Capital of Orkney where you shall stay for 2 nights. Here you can visit Kirkwall's magnificent Viking Cathedral and its historic winding streets.

Day 3

Day 3 is your chance to explore this fantastic, ancient island; a land of contrasts where fertile green pastures are fringed by shores of golden sands washed by waters of the North Sea and Atlantic ocean. You will visit the 5000 year old village of Skara Brae (older than the Pyramids of Egypt!), the mystical prehistoric stone circle at Brodgar and the Druidic standing stones of Stenness. You stop in Stromness - one of Scotland's most picturesque seaboard villages and then travel onto Maeshowe, where in the 12th century the Vikings left one of the largest collections of Norse runic inscriptions. Then its back to Kirkwall for your 2nd night after what is sure to be a memorable day.

Day 4

Day 4 is a relaxed start to the day, as you leave Orkney and sail the Viking waters back to the mainland. From here you travel the old road right across the very top of Scotland, driving past the stunning Ben Loyal and Ben Hope mountains following the rocky cliffs and stunning golden sand beaches of our northern coastline. You then visit the far northwest highlands and the grandeur, expanse and wilderness of the mountains of Assynt before stopping to view the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle. From here you travel to Ullapool, situated at the mouth of Loch Broom, a beautiful whitewashed fishing village where you spend your last night's stay on tour.

Day 5

Leaving Ullapool behind you, you take in the drama of the River Droma as it plunges 60m down into Corrieshalloch Gorge, before taking in the beautiful Loch Glascarnoch, on the way past the 'Capital of the Highlands' Inverness. You can then visit Culloden Moor, the site of The Battle of Culloden in 1746, one of the bloodiest events in our history and the last battle to have been fought on the British mainland, before taking a short drive to the ancient standing stones at Clava Cairns, made famous by Diana Gabaldon in the "Outlander" books. This prehistoric and stunning Bronze Age burial ground is one of the oldest in Scotland. From here you travel through the ancient Caledonian Pine Forest, hugging the Cairngorm mountain range. Lunch will be spent in these beautiful surroundings before travelling through big tree country of Perthshire, the Kingdom of Fife, and back to Edinburgh.

Customer Reviews

My FAV

Ernylee Chamlee Posted on 28/12/2016

I took this tour in 2014. It was one of my favourites. Cannot say enough about the quality of the tour. Unbelievable.

Acknowledgement

Mary Eddleston Posted on 24/09/2016

My friend and I recently went on the 5 day Orkney tour, Sept. 14-18 and we had a wonderful time. I would especially like to acknowledge our driver, tour guide, and storyteller extraordinaire, Emily (sorry I did not get her last name). Her knowledge of Scotlands history, its people and especially its unique geology was astounding. It was clear she is proud of her country and loves her job. She made our trip truly the trip of a lifetime. Thank you Emily for being such a wonderful, fun and knowledgeable guide!!!

Review

Susan/Bill Hannon Posted on 18/10/2015

Thanks Rabbies for a great tour . The country was beautiful, Stevie was knowledgeable and soooo entertaining!! Thanks for a wonderful time.

Outstanding

Jane and Sanjay Posted on 07/10/2015

Recently returned from our 5-day tour taking us to Orkney and want to say a huge THANKS to Gail for making this such a memorable visit for us. Gail is by far the best guide we have had on any tour. She was passionate about Scotland, knows the history of places we visited and through her stories and knowledge gave them a depth that we would have otherwise missed. She was engaging and quite simply, fun to spend 5 days with. She made impromptu stops at fun things as well as the itinerary destinations. We enjoyed saying hello to hairy coos and shetland ponies which added to the pleasure of the tour. She provided the perfect blend of schedule and flexibility. We will return for other tours and will look for ones that shes on. A good guide makes the difference between a drive and an excursion. Gail was terrific.

Overview

Anthony Hercus Posted on 30/09/2015

This was my first guided bus tour and I couldnt have been happier . The route through the various different parts of Scotland has been well planned to show the changing landscapes . Our guide Emily was entertaining , witty and had an amazing depth of knowledge of history and geography . She was able to give a comprehensive explanation of how the social landscape changed over recorded history . Her personal anecdotes were very funny and showed the passion she brought to the narrative , which was tied in with local folk music and folk lore appropriate to the area we were travelling through . Will highly recommend this tour to my friends . Just a wee trip from Australia .

May Magic!

Ninsig Posted on 06/06/2015

Enjoyed a magic tour to Orkney and the north of Scotland in the end of May. Spent 5 days in company with wonderful people and a gem of a tourguide Duncan. He is a true marvel as a storyteller, truly amazing! He made the tour so special with his humour, his wit, his kindness and attention to everyone, his amazing way of putting life to characters in the stories he told etc. I would love to go back on the bus for another week with him and all the friends I made. It will be difficult to beat this tour, so I am so glad I decided to go! I loved the scenery of the highlands and the north of Scotland and I loved Orkney. The islands with so much history and interesting places had me in their grasp the minute I set foot on land and I want to go back one day. I have always wanted to see Skara Brae, and now I have. The Ring of Brodgar and the standing stones of Stenness were great too. We couldn’t visit Maeshowe so Duncan suggested we visit the Tomb of Eagles instead. That proved to be a great idea and it was quite interesting. And the visit to the tomb itself gave me a funny memory poor Duncan having to crawl into the tunnel to help me when I got the board totally stuck into the wall. Had me in fits of laughter for a long time after. The weather was mostly cold, wet and windy but we escaped the most of the heavy showers. Well, there was the surprise Duncan promised us if we walked to Smoo Cave… little did he know that we would be soaked through by the time we got back up to the bus. Apart from that, we didn’t get too wet from the rainshowers and on the Scottish mainland it wasn’t quite as windy as it was on Orkney. We experienced some amazing scenery on the north coast and on the way back to Edinburgh too and I was sad to leave the wonderful people I got to know on this tour. Think I suffer from some kind of post-tour blues, really.

Great Tour!

John Sandy LaPrelle Posted on 03/06/2015

We really had a terrific time - Gus was fabulous, I learned a lot from listening to him talk about the places we visited. I guess if I had to pick, Orkney was my favorite.

14 day Hebrides and Orkney tour

Hope D Mann Posted on 26/10/2014

This was our first experience with a small bus tour and we loved it. Our guide, Karen, was fantastic. Her knowledge and love of Scotland made the trip most enjoyable. The scenery and places of interest were most memorable. Some of our favorites were the Italian chapel on Orkney, the black houses, the weavers on Harris, the standing stones, Fingal's cave and the beautiful beaches.

Fantastic

Jan R Posted on 24/09/2014

I had a great time on the Orkney tour even though the weather did not cooperate. Roland was the best story teller, learned so much from him and was totally entertained the whole time. A great big thank you for arranging the side trip to the Orkney Brewery. I enjoyed having my Orkney Dark Island out of a Orkney glass when I returned home. I hope your mum liked the gift you bought her.

Great trip!

Ann Wood Posted on 31/07/2014

Thanks to Roland and the group.

Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay two nights in Kirkwall, Orkney with a night in Inverness and Ullapool before and after.


How does the accommodation work?

Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.


I want Rabbie’s to book my accommodation, what happens now?

Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation hosts directly. Most accommodation hosts don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.

Due to availability, we may not be able to reserve your first choice of accommodation. When this happens we’ll book your second choice, and If there are any further issues we’ll contact you.


What if I want to change my accommodation booking with Rabbie’s?

Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum amendment charge of £5.00 will apply, increasing to a maximum of £25.00 depending on the length of your tour.


I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?

You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. And if you’re unsure, please check with us first.


Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.


What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation. And occasionally you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.


What are the accommodation types and what do they cost?

We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. But during busy periods there can be a walk of up to 30 minutes.


We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.


B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other rooms in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is between £30.00 - £35.00 per person per night. A single standard is between £35.00 - £60.00 per night.



B&B En/suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between £40.00 – £50.00 per person per night.

The expected cost for a single room will be between *£55.00 - £65.00 per night. If you travel during a busy period, you can expect to pay up to *£75 - £80 per night. Rooms with a view are limited and may be more expensive.

In Ireland B&B's will be around €45 - €55 per person per night.


Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost of Hotel 3* is between £65.00 - £85.00 per person per night. Hotel 4* is approximately £75.00 - £120.00 per person per night. Please be advised that 4* hotels aren’t available in some smaller rural areas of the Scottish Highlands and islands.

In Ireland, Hotels are around €55 - €65 per person per night.


Hostels

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. Towels aren’t provided, but you can hire towels there. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost is between £15.00- £25.00 per person per night.

Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together). If you have a preference, please let us know at the time of booking.


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, feel free to call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


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