Scotland & The Orkney Islands – 10 Days Tour

Scotland & The Orkney Islands – Tour – 10 days

 Itinerary

Day 1: Your Home Town, flight to Edinburgh

Arrival in Edinburgh at 10h25, meet the Tour leader who will remain with the group for the entire trip in Scotland and transfer by private coach to City centre. Meet your guide for a panoramic tour of the medieval quarter: The Castle – The Royal Mile – St. Giles Cathedral – Holyrood Palace. Lunch in local restaurant at leisure. Late afternoon check-in in Hotel, dinner and overnight.

 Day 2: Edinburgh – South Ferry – St  Andrews – Glamis Castle – Aberdeen

Breakfasts in Hotel and departure towards North crossing Firth of Forth where you will stop and having time for a picture those iconic bridges: the Forth Railway bridge built in 1880 and The Street Bridge open in 1964. Arrival in St. Andrews, lovely University City famous for its ‘Royal and Ancient Golf club’ (the oldest gold Club in the world and probably one of the best course in the world). Visit the ruins of St Andrews Abbey and Castle to end with St. Rules Tower (exterior only) – Lunch in Local restaurant and depart to Glamis Castle, amazing castle where Queen Mother was born. Arrival in Aberdeen for dinner and overnight.  

Day 3: Aberdeen – Fraser – Spey Valley – Cairngorm – Aviemore

After Breakfast panoramic tour of Aberdeen: passing by Provost Ross house – Marshall College , Kings College + St Machars Cathedral. Leaving the city stop for visit Fraser Castle. Lunch in local restaurant. Travelling north crossing the Highlands stop in Dufftown for a visit to Glenfiddich distillery and a whisky tasting. Before arrival to Inverness stop over at Cawdor Castle, dates from the late 14th century, having been built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor, with the ancient medieval tower built around the legendary holly tree – wherever you look, Cawdor Castle is steeped in intrigue and history. The early Thanes of Calder – an old spelling of the place name – were appointed Sheriffs and Hereditary Constables of the royal castle of Nairn. This fortification, founded by William the Lion in 1179 was sited to command the ford over the river Nairn near the sea, carefully controlling the coastal route between Inverness and Elgin. Dinner and overnight in Inverness or surroundings.

Day 4: Aviemore – Elgin – Cawdor – Thurso (or Wick) 

Breakfast in hotel and departure towards north. Stopover to visit Dunrobin Castle, the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms. Dunrobin Castle is also one of Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s, home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland. The Castle, which resembles a French chateâu with its towering conical spires, has seen the architectural influences of Sir Charles Barry, who designed London’s Houses of Parliament, and Scotland’s own Sir Robert Lorimer. The Castle was used as a naval hospital during the First World War and as a boys’ boarding school from 1965 to 1972. Lunch in local pub/restaurant. Late afternoon arrival to Wick/Thurso for dinner and overnight.

DAY 5:  THE  ORKNEY ISLANDS

Breakfast in hotel. Full day dedicated to the visit of Orkney Islands. Crossing by ferry from John O’Groates to Barwick, enjoy the panorama of Scapa Flow and its bay and the Italian Chapel. Stop over in Kirkwall, the biggest city and capital of Orkney Islands to end the daya t Skara Brae, most probably the most Complete Neolithic Village in Europe and UNESCO Heritage site. Back to Wick or Thurso, dinner and overnight. Lunch in local restaurant at leisure.

Day 6: Thurso (Wick) –  Inverness – Loch Ness –Fort William

After breakfat departure to Inverness and panoramic tour of the city. Departure south alongside Loch Ness and stop over to visit Urquhart Castle and its ruins. Stopover in Fort Augustus, pretty fishermen village and time for a mini cruise on to Loch Ness looking for Nessie, the mythological Monster which is believed living here. Dinner and overnight in Fort William or surroundings.

Day 7 : Full day  Isle of Skye ( Armadale Castle ) – Fort William

After breakfast take the ferry from Oban to Mallaig to visit Isle of Skye. Visit Armadale Castle and  Clan Mc Donald visitor’s centre. Stopover in Portree, the main city but in reality a tiny village with pretty houses overlooking the bay. Lunch at leisure and on the way back via road and stop to visit  Eilean Donan Castle, the most iconic picture in Scotland and famous for the movie The Highlander. Dinner and overnight in Fort William or surroundings.

Day 8: Fort William – Inveraray – National Park Torssachs – Loch Lomond Lake –Glasgow

After breakfast departure to Inveraray to visit the lovely medieval village and its beautiful Castle. Lunch at leisure. In the afternoon you will cross the Trossachs National Park and travelling alongside Loch Lomond, the biggest lake in Scotland where you will stop for a boat trip. Arrival in Glasgow for dinner and overnight.

Day 9:  Glasgow – Pollock House – Falkirks Wheel – Edinburgh

Breakfast in hotel and morning panoramic visit of Glasgow : Glasgow Cathedral (only external : 12.06.206 will be Sunday and no groups allowed) + George Square, City Chambers, Buchanan Street. Lunch in restaurant in Glasgow at leisure. Visit of Pollock House and departure towards Edinburgh with a visit / photo stop at Falkirks Wheel. After check-in at your reserved Hotel transfer for a Typical Scottish 4 course Dinner with traditional music and dances or in a traditional pub (see supplements). Overnight at Hotel

Day 10: Edinburgh and departure.

After Breakfast meet your Portuguese speaking guide and decide for the following options (to be chosen in advance, the same for all participants :

–       Visit Royal Museum of Scotland, Hector Russel’s kilt shop, Walter Scott Monument

–       Stirling Castle and medieval city

–       Rosslyn Chapel

Lunch at leisure and transfer to Edinburgh International Airport in time for your flight home

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