Orkney e l'Estremo Nord
5 giorni

  • Orkney coast
  • Dunrobin Castle
  • Glencoe
  • Skara Brae

Fuggite nell'angolo più settentrionale della Scozia.

Mappa del tour

Highlights

Unesco Heritage Sites
Ferry
Walks
Prehistoric Sites
Cathedrals
Lochs
Mountains

Posti che esplorerai


- Isole Orkney

- Glencoe e Rannoch Moor

- Loch Ness

- Skara Brae e Ring of Brodgar

- Assynt e Ullapool

- La costa più a nord della Scozia

- Culloden o Clava Cairns

- Cairngorms National Park


Il tuo viaggio


Fuggite nell'angolo più settentrionale della Scozia. I punti salienti del tour sono la bellezza magica e i resti preistorici dell'arcipelago delle Orkney, le aspre estremità della costa settentrionale della Scozia, Loch Ness e le foreste Caledonian del Cairngorms National Park.


Tour Details

Andata
08.30 - Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
Ritorno
19.00
Discounts

Studenti, persone che abbiano compiuto i 60 anni, bambini e ragazzi tra i 5 e i 15 anni

Important information
  • Metti in valigia scarpe comode e indumenti impermeabili
  • Una valigia o borsa di 15 kg a persona
Tour inclusions
  • Trasporto su un minibus Mercedes a 16 posti
  • Aria condizionata
  • I racconti e i servizi di un autista-guida di Rabbie's
Tour exclusions
  • Biglietti di ingresso alle attrazioni turistiche
  • Alloggio

Itinerario

Giorno 1

Vi dirigete verso nordovest, oltre Stirling nelle Highlands, viaggiando attraverso il drammatico panorama di Rannoch Moor e Glencoe. I punti salienti del vostro pomeriggio includono passare il Ben Nevis, viaggiare per tutta la lunghezza di Loch Ness incluso Fort Augustus e Urquhart Castle, prima di arrivare a Inverness per la notte.

Giorno 2

Proseguite a nord attraverso Black Isle, passando l'imponente Dunrobin Castle, prima di attraversare il Pentland Firth da vicino a John o’ Groats fino alle isole Orkney. Alloggiate nella città vichinga e capitale delle Orkney, Kirkwall, per due notti.

Giorno 3

L'occasione per esplorare questa fantastica e antica isola; una terra di contrasti nella quale i verdi pascoli sono incorniciati da litorali dalle sabbie gialle, bagnati dalle acque del Mare del Nord e dell'Oceano Atlantico. Tra i punti salienti vi sono una visita a Skara Brae, il mistico e preistorico cerchio di pietre a Brodgar, le pietre erette di Stenness, e Maeshowe, dove nel XII secolo i vichinghi lasciarono una delle maggiori raccolte di iscrizioni runiche norvegesi.

Giorno 4

Ritornate via mare alle scogliere e alle spiagge sabbiose della drammatica costa settentrionale scozzese, passando per Ben Loyal, Ben Hope, Durness e Assynt al castello Ardvreck del XV secolo, e vi fermate per una notte a Ullapool, un pittoresco villaggio di pescatori, imbiancato a calce.

Giorno 5

La mattina include visite a Corrieshalloch Gorge, l'antica Clava Cairns e la storia più recente e sanguinaria del terreno di battaglia di Culloden, prima di tornare a sud attraversando la grandiosità del Cairngorm National Park, l'antica foresta di pini Caledonian e Highland Perthshire fino a Edimburgo.

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

What a wonderful time with Rabbies

Dianne Davis Posted on 25/09/2017

I just returned from the 5 day Orkney and Scotlands Northern Coast tour and the 8 day England tour prior to that. Both David L. and Ambrose were wonderful guides, fun, funny, interesting and generally made our almost 3 weeks of touring a truly great experience. The landscapes are so beautiful in these two countries - unforgettable. Ive done quite a lot of traveling and never done a tour before. I learned so much . . . and visited far more places than I likely would have on my own. All in all - it was a really great time! Thanks David and Ambrose - you are both the best!

Great tour, thank you Steve!

Nicki D Posted on 20/05/2017

I loved this tour to reach the parts of Scotland that other tours dont reach. Steve taught us Scottish history in an entertaining way that teachers would be proud of I saw some amazing sights (being alone in Maes Howe was like stepping 6,500 years back into history), and met the most wonderful people. Thank you to Steve and to Rabbies!

Amazing tour with James and Steve

Reiner Posted on 15/05/2017

Early May I was on the wonderful 5 days Orkney tour. The tour was very good organised and we many great photo stops. The Orkney Islands are amazing. The North Coast to Ullapool is full of magic. A very big thanks to James and Steve! A tour full of helpful information and great humor. I enjoyed every minute of this tour!

Lyn Philip Brown Posted on 04/05/2017

We had a wonderful tour. Our guide George was fantastic, very knowledgeable, told great stories was very obliging. Great personality a good driver. He made us very welcome in Scotland.

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.

Accommodation

Da dove viene questo tour pernottamento?

Tu rimani due notti a Kirkwall, Orkney con una notte a Inverness e Ullapool prima e dopo.


Come funziona?

Nel tour non è incluso l’alloggio. Questo significa che puoi chiederci di prenotarti un alloggio di buona qualità nelle strutture locali, oppure puoi trovare un alloggio tu stesso.


Voglio che Rabbie’s prenoti il mio alloggio. Cosa succede ora?

Il tuo alloggio sarà riservato e ti accompagneremo fino alla porta. Il pagamento per l’alloggio dovrà essere versato direttamente alla struttura ospitante, quindi assicurati di avere con te contanti, perché non tutti i bed and breakfast accettano carte di credito.

In base alla disponibilità, non sempre possiamo garantire l’alloggio di tua prima scelta. Ma non devi preoccuparti, in caso di serie difficoltà ti invieremo un’e-mail.


Che cosa succede se voglio cambiare la mia prenotazione dell’alloggio effettuata da Rabbie’s?

I cambi di alloggio non possono essere garantiti e sono soggetti alla relativa disponibilità. Sarà applicata una tariffa minima di modifica pari a £5, fino a un massimo di £20 in base alla durata del tour.


Ho prenotato l’alloggio io stesso. C’è qualcosa che devo fare?

Dovrai avere la conferma della prenotazione per i bed and breakfast e gli alberghi.


Una volta arrivati nelle località di sosta per la notte, ti accompagneremo al tuo alloggio purché sia relativamente centrale.


Quali sono le tipologie di alloggio e quanto costano?

In genere, i nostri alloggi distano non più di 15 minuti a piedi dal centro della città. Ispezioniamo periodicamente le strutture di cui ci serviamo per garantire che i letti siano comodi e che le camere siano pulite. I prezzi riportati qui di seguito sono puramente indicativi.


Bed and Breakfast - standard

I servizi igienici e la doccia sono in comune con una o altre due camere della struttura. Il costo per una camera condivisa è di £30- £35 a persona per notte. Una camera singola standard va da £35 a £60.


Bed & Breakfast - servizi privati

La doccia e i servizi igienici sono privati.

Il costo per una camera condivisa è di £40-£ 50 a persona per notte, mentre il costo per una camera singola è di £55-£65 per notte. Nei periodi di alta stagione, i costi possono arrivare fino a £75-£80 per notte.

A Oban, Portree e Inverness le camere con una splendida vista possono essere più costose. In Irlanda il costo dei bed and breakfast si aggira intorno a €45-€55 a persona per notte.

Hotel

Gli hotel dispongono di un bar o di un ristorante e offrono pasti serali. La colazione viene servita al mattino ed è inclusa nel prezzo. Il costo degli hotel 3* è di £65-£85 a persona per notte. Negli hotel 4* il costo è di £75-£120 a persona per notte.

In Irlanda, il costo degli hotel sarà circa €55-€65 per persona per notte.

Ostelli

Gli ostelli offrono dormitori con 4 fino a 16 letti a castello. Gli asciugamani non sono forniti, ma è possibile noleggiarli. I servizi igienici sono a breve distanza dal dormitorio. La cucina, a disposizione di tutti gli ospiti, è pienamente attrezzata per la preparazione dei propri pasti. Il costo di un ostello è di £15-£25 a notte.

Si può scegliere tra un dormitorio misto (uomini e donne nella stessa stanza) o un dormitorio separato (solo uomini o sole donne). Se hai una preferenza, ti preghiamo di farcelo sapere al momento della prenotazione.


Ho altre domande, a chi posso rivolgermi?

Se hai altre domande, non esitare a contattarci al numero +44 (0) 131 226 3133, o via e-mail all’indirizzo: rooms@rabbies.com.


FAQs

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.

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. You can click here for excellent rates.

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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