Orkney & le Grand Nord
circuit de 5 jours

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Vous découvrirez la beauté magique et les restes préhistoriques de l’archipel des Orcades.

Carte du circuit

Highlights

UNESCO Heritage Sites
Ferry
Walks
Prehistoric Sites
Cathedrals
Lochs
Mountains

Endroits à découvrir


- 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

- Cairngorms National Park


Votre voyage


Echappez-vous au nord de l’Ecosse. Vous découvrirez la beauté magique et les restes préhistoriques de l’archipel des Orcades, la côte rude et sauvage du nord de l’Ecosse, le Loch Ness et les forêts calédoniennes du parc national de Cairngorm.


Les Détails

Départ
Check-in closes at 08.15 (tour departs at 08:30) - Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
Retour
19:00
Bagage
Vous ne pouvez transporter que 14kg maximum de bagages par personne lors de nos circuits, sous la forme d'un bagage similaire à un bagage cabine pour avion (environ 55 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm) . Vous pouvez également garder avec vous un petit sac léger pour vos effets personnels.
Discounts

Étudiants, personnes plus de l'âge de 60, et enfants (entre 5 et 15 ans)

Important information
  • Emportez des vêtements imperméables et des chaussures de marche
Tour inclusions
  • Transport par un minibus Mercedes de luxe à 16 places
  • Climatisation standard
  • Anecdotes et services d’un chauffeur-guide de Rabbie’s
Tour exclusions
  • Entrées dans tous les sites touristiques
  • Hébergement

Itinéraire

Jour 1

Vous emmènera au nord de Stirling et des Highlands à travers les paysages dramatiques de Rannoch Moor et de Glencoe. L’après-midi vous passerez par Ben Nevis et vous explorerez le Loch Ness, y compris Fort Augustus et le château d’Urquhart avant d’arriver à Inverness pour y passer la nuit.

Jour 2

Vous emmènera dans le nord à travers l’Įle Noire, en passant par le château Dunrobin avant de traverser le Firth des Pentlands près de John o’Groats pour parvenir aux Iles des Orcades. Vous passerez deux nuits à Kirkwall, ville Viking et capitale des Orcades.

Jour 3

Vous offre la possibilité d’explorer cette fantastique île ancienne. Un paysage de contrastes où les pâtures vertes et fertiles sont bordées de côtes de sable doré, délavées par la Mer du Nord et l’Océan Atlantique. Vous visiterez Skara Brae, le cercle de pierres mystiques à Brodgar, les pierres levées de Stenness et Maeshowe où, au 7ème siècle, les Vikings laissèrent l’une des plus grandes collections d’inscriptions runiques.

Jour 4

Vous ramène aux falaises et plages de sable de la côte du nord de l’Ecosse. Vous passerez par Ben Loyal, Ben Hope, Durness, et Assynt et ferez une visite du château Ardvreck qui date du 15ème siècle. Vous passerez la nuit dans le village pêcheur d’Ullapool.

Jour 5

La matinée comprend des visites à la gorge de Corrieshalloch, aux anciens Cairns de Clava et au champ de bataille de Culloden où plus récemment coula beaucoup de sang. Vous rentrerez ensuite sur Edimbourg à travers le parc national de Cairngorm, l’ancienne forêt de pins calédonienne et les Highlands de Perthshire.

Itinéraire (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.

Les Opinions

10 day Orkney, North Coast, Hebrides, Skye Tour

Chip Heslip Posted on 01/10/2019

We finished our 10 day Orkney, North Coast 500, Outer Hebrides, and Skye tour on Sunday 29 October, having left on 20 September. Jodie was our first driver / guide - - she was brilliant not only very historically knowledgeable, her ebullient personality and us of stories and music made our trip feel like we were in an Oscar winning movie! Orkney was stunning. Maeshowe, Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, and Standing Stones of Stennis are mind blowing. Also great was visiting The Glupe, and the Yesnabay Rocks. The rest day in Ulapool was welcome! Not only did it give us time to do laundry, but we could absorb the atmosphere of this beautiful highland town! Our 2nd guide / driver Chris was extremely entertaining he made a great foil to Jodie. The Outer Hebrides were very interesting, if a little moonscapesque. The Butt of Lewis was incredible, but even better was Luskentyre Beach. Skye was beautiful despite the number of tourists. Thanx to Jodie and Chris as well as Rabbies for giving us a trip of a lifetime! Highest recommendation!

Fantastic tour!

robert sinclair Posted on 28/08/2019

I dont often get around to doing trip reviews, but the time we had with Rabbies really deserves recognition! We did the Orkney and the North tour in July, 2019. Our guide was Seana -who was truly an encyclopedia of knowledge! She managed a group of 15 perfectly and everything was clockwork. My family was a group of six, including two children. We easily loaded in Edinburgh and away we went. Met the rest of the group further along and everyone clicked. We were never bored or at a loss for things to do or see. Stops were balanced out really well, with lots of interesting things to explore. Seana had so much insight into the area. It was like having a history professor in the bus with us!! The B+B option was nice, as places were comfortable with easy walks into the downtowns. My mother put it perfectly -never has she been anywhere with such spectacular vistas at every turn. We will surely return! Thanks Seana and Rabbies!

Magical tour

Kathleen Hewson Posted on 29/07/2019

Just back from this tour with Keith Fraser as the driver. Had a great time and saw some amazing things.The mix of nationalities on the tour was good. We learned lots of history, sang some songs and shared meals not to mention the odd joke. Yes Keith the old ones are the best. The best thing was the sunrise on Wednesday morning I have never seen colours so vivid at 4.15 am. I spent a good hour just sitting on Kirwall harbour being entranced. A really good trip with a good mix of venues. Thanks Keith.

Awe-Inspiring 10 Day Scottish Adventure!

Donna Steve Struck Posted on 01/07/2019

We recently returned from our 10 day Orkney, Hebrides ( Skye) tour (6/12/19-6/21/19) and thoroughly enjoyed our awe-inspiring Scottish adventure with Rabbies! Both of our tour guides (Nick for first half, Michael for second half) were personable, interesting, informative and fun and enhanced our experience. This 10 day tour (two separate 5 day tours) allowed us to see the most scenic and remote sections of Scotland in pure comfort while learning so much about Scottish history and folklore. The stories told by Nick and Michael and the Scottish and other themed music they played were wonderful, and both Nick and Michael seem to genuinely love their Rabbies career and their enthusiasm was appreciated . A special thank you to Michael for making our wedding anniversary day so special by playing us a handpicked romantic song, and for his gift. There were so many highlights on this 10 day tour .... Skara Brae on Orkney, the beautiful and adventurous NC 500 drive from John OGroats to picturesque Ullapool, the scenic Butt of Lewis and Luskentyre Beach on Harris, the Quaraing on Skye .... just to name a few. And the joyful bonus surprises like the visit to the sheep farm on Skye. We highly recommend Rabbies Tours and will be singing your praises to everyone we know. The trip of a lifetime ... BRAVO!

Amazing tour with Sharon clanPaddy

Nicole Eberl Posted on 23/05/2019

We had originally booked the Islay Tour with friends. Unfortunately one of our friends had an accident and couldnt start the tour. We were very sad and didnt want to go to Islay alone and so I wrote a desperate e-mail to the Rabbis booking team. As always (it was our 5th Rabbies Tour) there was a quick response that our friends would get 90 of the cost refunded and we could be rebooked to another tour. So we landed on Orkney. It was great, everything was very well organized and despite the bad weather Sharon did everything to make sure we enjoyed the tour. With her humorous, powerful nature and her impressive, broad knowledge she made the tour a wonderful experience. Once Rabbies - always Rabbies!

Amazing tour with Sharon clanPaddy

Nicole Eberl Posted on 23/05/2019

We had originally booked the Islay Tour with friends. Unfortunately onw of our friends had an accident and couldnt start the tour. We were very sad and didnt want to go to Islay alone and so I wrote a desperate e-mail to the Rabbis booking team. As always (it was our 5th Rabbies Tour) there was a quick response that our friends would get 90 of the cost refunded and we could be rebooked to another tour. So we landed on Orkney. It was great, everything was very well organized and despite the bad weather Sharon did everything to make sure we enjoyed the tour. With her humorous, powerful nature and her impressive, broad knowledge she made the tour a wonderful experience. Once Rabbies - always Rabbies!

Scotland highlands

Suzanne Battis Posted on 27/09/2018

Last month we did a 5 day Scotland Highland and Orkney Island tour, we had a great time. The scenery was amazing the B Bs were great. Michael was our guide and bus driver, he was easy going and made the tour enjoyable for everyone. This was our first Rabbies tour, we then went to Ireland and did a day tour, and if I return back to the UK we certainly would do another tour.

Awesome Driver/Escorts/Information Specialists!

Marjorie Purdy Posted on 21/09/2018

We were actually on the 9 day Mull, Iona, Skye and Orkney Tour (2 combined). Both Ross and Aaron were awesome drivers/information specialists! So much history to absorb and stories to remember. This was indeed the vacation of a lifetime and hopefully I will be able to revisit the iconic spots that left an impression or at least come back and trace more of family history. Thank you for such an amazing journey through the past, present and future. Food for thought .... 2 hours at Culloden was too short ) Slainte!

Tour Experience

Catherine and Barry Mitchell Posted on 23/06/2018

We toured Northern Scotland and the Orkneys with Michael as our tour guide/driver. Being Scottish he gave us great insight into Scottish history and current affairs. Based on the interests of the group he was able to modify the itinerary to take in different locations or give us a bit more time at a favourite spot. He was very good at making sure that everyone was looked after, even when it was for dinner.

Isobel macrae Posted on 07/06/2018

A trip I will never forget amazing scenery lovely accommodation booked by Rabbie’s and our driver /tour guide Chris was brilliant. Very helpful, polite,funny,great story teller and his knowledge of the land and it’s history is outstanding.

Le Logement

Où est-ce que vous passez la nuit?

Vous passerez deux nuits à Kirkwall, dans les Orcades, plus une nuit à Inverness et une nuit à Ullapool avant et après.


Comment cela marche-t-il?

Votre hébergement n’est pas inclus dans le prix de votre excursion. Cela signifie que vous avez le choix entre nous demander de réserver un hébergement local de qualité ou réserver vous-même votre propre logement.


Je souhaite que Rabbie’s réserve mon hébergement. Que se passe-t-il maintenant?

Nous réservons votre hébergement et nous vous déposons à votre porte. Vous devrez régler vos hôtes directement, veuillez donc vous assurer que vous avez suffisamment d’espèces car les B & B n’acceptent pas tous les cartes de crédit. Comme cela dépend de la disponibilité, nous ne pourrons pas toujours réserver votre premier choix d’hébergement. Ne vous inquiétez pas, s’il y a quelque problème important, nous vous enverrons un email.


Et si je souhaite changer l’hébergement réservé par Rabbie’s?

Il n’est pas possible de garantir les changements d’hébergement car cela dépend de leur disponibilité. Des frais minimum de modification d’un montant de 5 livres seront appliqués, ils augmenteront jusqu’à un maximum de 20 livres, selon la longueur de l’excursion.


J’ai réservé mon hébergement moi-même. Que dois-je faire?

Vous aurez besoin d’une confirmation de réservation des B & B et hôtels. Quand nous arrivons à nos étapes pour la nuit, nous vous emmènerons jusqu’à votre hébergement, si toutefois il n’est pas trop loin du centre.


Quels sont les différents types et tarifs des hébergements?

En général nos hébergements ne sont pas à plus de 15 minutes à pied du centre ville. Nous les vérifions régulièrement pour nous assurer que les lits sont confortables et les chambres propres. Les prix mentionnés ci-dessous sont à titre indicatif.


B & B (Chambre et petit déjeuner) Standard

Les toilettes et les douches sont en commun avec une ou deux autres chambres. Le prix est entre 30£ et 35£ par personne par nuit. Une chambre simple standard coûte entre 35£ et 60£.


B & B (chambre et petit déjeuner) avec salle de bains particulière

Les toilettes et les douches/bains sont privés. Le prix d’une chambre double occupée par deux personnes est de 40£ à 50£ par personne par nuit, le prix d’une chambre simple est de 55£ à 65£ par nuit. Durant les périodes de pointe, les prix peuvent monter jusqu’à 75£ ou 80£ la nuit. A Oban, Portree et Inverness les chambres avec une belle vue sont parfois plus chères. En Irlande, les B & B coûtent environ 45€ ou 55€ par personne par nuit.


Hôtel

Les hôtels ont un bar ou un restaurant et servent les repas du soir. Le petit déjeuner est servi le matin et est inclus dans le prix. Le tarif d’un hôtel 3 étoiles est entre 65£ et 85£ par personne par nuit. Un hôtel 4 étoiles coûte entre 75£ et 120£ par personne par nuit. En Irlande, les hôtels coûtent entre 55€ et 65€ par personne par nuit.


Auberges de jeunesse

Une auberge de jeunesse consiste de chambres partagées/dortoirs avec 4 à 16 lits superposés. Les linges de toilette ne sont pas fournis mais on peut en louer. Les blocs sanitaires sont à proximité des dortoirs. Une cuisine équipée est à votre disposition pour que vous puissiez y préparer vous-même vos repas. Le tarif d’une auberge de jeunesse varie de 15£ et 25£ par nuitée. Il y a le choix entre un dortoir mixte (hommes et femmes dans un dortoir) ou un dortoir non mixte (dortoir réservé aux femmes ou dortoir réservé aux hommes) ; si vous avez une préférence, veuillez nous le faire savoir au moment de votre réservation.


J’ai encore des questions, qui peut y répondre?

Si vous avez encore des questions, n’hésitez pas à nous appeler au + 44 (0) 131 226 3133 ou à nous contacter par email sur rooms@rabbies.com.

Questions Fréquentes

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

What are your cancellation policies?

We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.

What is a guaranteed departure?

It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

How do you cater for people with accessibility needs?

We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.

Do you take children on your tours?

We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance.

What is ABTOT?

You're protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you've paid us if we become bankrupt. Read our terms and conditions for more information.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com , or check out our full FAQs .

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