Orkney und der Hohe Norden 5 Tage Tour

Highlights:

~ Orkney Isles
~ Glencoe and Rannoch Moor
~ Loch Ness
~ Skara Brae and Ring of Brodgar
~ Assynt and Ullapool
~ Scotland’s far north coast
~ Culloden or Clava Cairns
~ Cairngorm National Park

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.

Rufen Sie uns doch an, wenn Sie das gewünschte Reisedatum online nicht finden können - wir zaubern dann etwas für Sie.

Preis/Erwachsene: £289.00 - £325.00
Preis/Ermäßigung: £269.00 - £305.00
Abfahrt: 08.30
Rückkehr: 19.00
Abfahrt: Freitag (April bis Oktober), Sonntag (April bis September) und Mittwoch (Mai bis September)
Rabbies Accommodation Information

Important Information about your Accommodation on Tour

Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to manage your budget. We stay in smaller places where you will feel closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose from either a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you. We will always do our very best to satisfy your personal requirements and have an amazing track record for providing our customers with the best quality accommodation available. We do advise that single supplements usually apply, particularly during peak season when double/twin room rates are charged for sole occupancy .Please note that whilst Rabbie’s will try and place single travellers into the same accommodation, this may not be possible due to availability and the time of each individual reservation.

The accommodation we use will be dispersed around various towns and villages, usually not more than a 10-15 minute walk from the centre. There are occasions however when this can be increased to 20-30 minutes. Taxis are available for a small fee if necessary. If you have access needs or specific requirements please let us know when booking. Late bookings and/or peak season may limit the choice and location of available accommodation.

Whilst on tour your driver/guide will drop you off at your pre booked accommodation* and pick you up each morning.

*Please note that if your accommodation has already been booked by Rabbie’s, as per your initial request, there will be a surcharge for any amendments, and are entirely at our discretion. Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum of £5.00 will apply increasing to a maximum of £20.00 dependent on the length of the tour.

Please be prepared to pay cash. Most bed and breakfast, hostels and guest houses do not accept credit cards. In most large towns automatic cash point machines are readily available.

Customers are able to book their own accommodation as long as we have been informed that you intend to do this, and that it is within our drivers’ drop off’ area. If you are at all unsure please contact the office for guidance.

We are unable to supply a list of providers that we use due to availability at the time of booking. We do visit our providers regularly and are proud of the long standing relationships we have with them and positive feedback from previous customers.

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Reiseroute

Bitte beachten Sie, dass auf der Tour am Mittwoch, den 28. September die letzte Nacht abfliegen in Inverness bleiben, anstatt Ullapool aufgrund eines Festivals.

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.

Tag 5 am 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.

Treffpunkt
Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Siehe Karte

Im Preis enthalten
~Transport in modernsten Mercedes-Minibussen mit 16 Sitzplätzen für einen persönlicheren Service.
~Bus mit Klimaanlage
~Professioneller Fahrer/Reiseleiter von Rabbie's

Nicht inbegriffen
~Mittagessen und Erfrischungen
~Eintrittsgelder für Sehenswürdigkeiten und Attraktionen

Ermäβigungen
Studenten, Personen über 60 Jahre und Kinder von 5 bis 15 Jahren.

Wichtiger Hinweis
Da Sie nicht den ganzen Tag im Bus verbringen sollen und wir Ihnen Gelegenheiten zu Wanderungen in freier Natur geben werden, empfehlen wir Ihnen, geeignete Kleidung und Schuhe auf Ihre Schottlandreise mitzunehmen. In Schottland kann es sehr nass werden!

Unterkunft
Im Reisepreis ist die Unterbringung nicht enthalten. Dafür haben Sie die Möglichkeit, eine Unterkunft nach Ihrem Reisebudget und Ihren Vorstellungen selbst auszuwählen. Die Buchung übernehmen wir dann für Sie. Hostel, Bed&Breakfast oder Hotel – alle Preise finden Sie auf dem Buchungsformular dieser Website. Sollten Sie Probleme beim Aufrufen unserer Webseiten oder spezielle Anforderungen haben, sollten Sie uns dies bei der Buchung mitteilen. *Bitte beachten Sie, dass wir nicht immer Unterkunft in den angegebenen Orten garantieren können. Dies kann vorkommen, wenn dort Events stattfinden, aufgrund derer Unterkunft nur schwer erhältlich und sehr teuer ist. In diesem Fall behalten wir uns vor, Ihre Unterkunft in anderen Ortschaften zu buchen. Wir werden Sie umgehend davon informieren, sollte dies notwendig sein.

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.

Kundenrezensionen

I took this tour in 2014. It was one of my favourites. Cannot say enough about the quality of the tour. Unbelievable.
Ernylee Chamlee - 28/12/2016

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!!!
Mary Eddleston - 24/09/2016

Thanks Rabbies for a great tour . The country was beautiful, Stevie was knowledgeable and soooo entertaining!! Thanks for a wonderful time.
Susan/Bill Hannon - 18/10/2015

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.
Jane and Sanjay - 07/10/2015

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 .
Anthony Hercus - 30/09/2015

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.
Ninsig - 06/06/2015

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.
John Sandy LaPrelle - 03/06/2015

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.
Hope D Mann - 26/10/2014

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.
Jan R - 24/09/2014

Thanks to Roland and the group.
Ann Wood - 31/07/2014

Kundenphotos

Here are the latest customer photographs from this tour - click an image for enlargement and slideshow.

 

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Scotland, June 2016 by Lachlan Sims

Scotland, June 2016 by Lachlan Sims

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Scotland Motorcycle Tour by Manoj Keshwar

Scotland Motorcycle Tour by Manoj Keshwar

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Orkney Sept 2016 by george

Orkney Sept 2016 by george

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Orkney Islands Tour by Eli Henk

Orkney Islands Tour by Eli Henk

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Orkney Islands by Cassin Dupont

Orkney Islands by Cassin Dupont

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Beautiful Orkney! by Ana Rita Nunes

Beautiful Orkney! by Ana Rita Nunes

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Full Itinerary (English)

Bitte beachten Sie, dass auf der Tour am Mittwoch, den 28. September die letzte Nacht abfliegen in Inverness bleiben, anstatt Ullapool aufgrund eines Festivals.

Day 1 Depart Edinburgh at 09.00 heading 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 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 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 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 around 19.00.

Photography Credits:
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Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts, Geoff Wong (Stromness), Dorcas Sinclair (Lochinver), Flaxton at en.wikipedia (Thurso).