Your journey begins in Inverness, where you’ll meet fellow travellers and get an introduction to the capital of the Highlands. Then we’ll head to
We’ll then make our way further north to Gills Bay and jump aboard our ferry
You then journey on towards Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands, for
Day two is all about Orkney. The island is full of ancient history and you'll be able to take in prehistoric wonders such as the Maes Howe* chambered cairn, a tomb more than 5000 years old.
We will have an extended visit to the world-famous Neolithic village of Skara Brae*, where you can’t fail to be impressed. Your day will culminate with a visit to beautiful St Magnus Cathedral, widely considered the finest medieval building in the north of Scotland. You’ll spend your second night in Kirkwall.
Your third day begins bright and early as we board the ferry to return to the mainland. We’ll stop in the harbour town of Wick, before continuing south to Helmsdale. We’ll visit the Emigrants Statue here which reminds us of a vital part of Scottish history; the Highland Clearances.
We’ll also stop by the battlefield of Culloden, the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. You have the opportunity to visit the interactive visitor centre* here and learn how this brutal battle changed life in the Highlands and Islands forever.
We’ll then return to Inverness in the early afternoon.