In this Scotland holiday package, prepare yourself for an outstanding and unforgettable vacation. This package includes a visit to the stunning and unspoilt Neolithic site of Orkney. The vacation starts divulging the beautiful city of Edinburg. The amazing city is in itself offers an in-depth peek into the ancient history and politics of the country, with several important landmarks and castles dotting it. In this tour, you will also get a chance to explore the stunning Scottish Highlands famed for its rich past and imposing castles. For adrenaline junkies, this is the place to try out their skills. After getting a good dose of the majestic Scottish highlands, you will then travel to Orkney. It is one of the most ancient and magnificent destinations in the entire Scotland. It is an archipelago located on the northeastern of the country. The site comprises of various Neolithic sites, tall sandstone, and seal colonies and chambered burial tomb consisting of a 12th century Viking carvings on it.
In this vacation, tourists are for a treat. From strolling the beautiful cities of Edinburg to witnessing the imposing medieval-era castle and cathedral will leave every traveller to enthrall. Visit beautiful Scottish highlands and indulge in various adventurous activities. Finally, explore the Neolithic site of Orkney and its virgin landscape and rich Viking history.
Today you have a full day to take in the magic of Skye, a haven for nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike. Take some time to wander around the scenic village of Portree with its colourful buildings and boutiques. We also recommend a drive around the northern part of the island via the breathtaking Trotternish Peninsula. Here you can enjoy a walk up to “The Old Man of Storr” rock pinnacle for stunning views and view the beautiful Kilt Rock waterfall.
Other suggested highlights include the An Corran Beach at Staffin, where you may spot dinosaur footprints dating back 165 million years, the Quirang rock face, and the mystical Fairy Glen.
Spend another night on the Isle of Skye or nearby.
Driving-distance: 66 km /41 miles
Today head over to the mainland and drive along the shores of Loch Ness where you can visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. You might also wish to take a boat tour on Loch Ness in search of its notorious and elusive monster, or go explore the nearby Urquhart Castle ruins on the shores of the lake.
Spend the night in the Fort William / Loch Ness area.
Driving distance: 254km/ 157 miles
Head to Rob Roy country, the Trossachs and Loch Lomond area today. This journey takes you past Scotland’s most famous valley, the magical Glen Coe, combining world-famous scenery and history. Other worthwhile sights in the area include the grave of Rob Roy, the notorious outlaw and folk hero, at Balquidder and the beautiful Falls of Dochart in the village of Killin.
Alternatively, you can take a longer scenic route via the quaint seaside village of Oban through the historical valley of Kilmartin Glen. This area is considered to have one of the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland, with many cairns, standing stones, rock carvings, stone circles, forts and castles. On this route you can also enjoy views to Loch Linnhe and stop at the charming village of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne, where you can visit Inveraray Castle, the home of the Duke of Argyl.
Spend the night in the Loch Lomond / Trossachs National Park area.
Driving distance via Glen Coe: 129 km / 80 miles
Driving distance via Kilmartin Glen/Inveraray: 285 km / 177 miles
It’s time to head back towards Edinburgh today. But first you can take some time to enjoy the beautiful Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park area. Take a walk in nature to spot wildlife, enjoy an optional steam-ship tour on Loch Katrine, follow in the footsteps of Rob Roy or visit a local whisky distillery.
For a fun photo opportunity, don’t miss the Doune Castle, featured in the classic film Monty Python & the Holy Grail and the Outlander TV series as “Castle Leoch”. Another ideal place to visit is Stirling Castle and the monument dedicated to William Wallace, the rebellious Scottish knight and subject of the film Braveheart.
Back in Edinburgh, return your rental car and enjoy the evening at your leisure, perhaps with a fine dinner to top off your amazing journey.
Spend the night in Edinburgh.
Driving distance: 132 km/ 82 miles
To get to Edinburgh Airport, you can take the Airport Express bus from Waverley Bridge or a taxi directly from your hotel. If your flight is in the afternoon, use the morning to enjoy some last-minute shopping, visit one of Edinburgh’s museums or simply relax and take in the old world atmosphere of the city.
If you wish to spend more time in Edinburgh or Glasgow before or after the tour, ask your travel consultant about adding extra nights or services, such as private airport transfers. We can also extend your trip with other destinations in the Nordic region such as Iceland or Norway. Contact us for details about customizing your itinerary.