A Grand Tour of the Western and Northern Isles

11 days

From £2,595

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Summary

We are often asked about the possibility of combining our popular Scottish island tours so what better way to start than by linking together two of our best-sellers, the Western Isles of Lewis and Harris, Benbecula, the Uists and Barra, and the Northern Isles of Orkney and Shetland. In doing so we bring together two very different cultural and historical landscapes, contrasting the Gaelic-speaking Hebrides with the Norse-influenced archipelagos to the north. Join us on this unique opportunity to sample a whole range of island experiences, from Vatersay in the south to Eshaness in the far north.

The first part of this island odyssey is essentially our Grand Tour of the Outer Hebrides, with all the elements that has made this our top-selling island tour, from Kisimul Castle and Cockleshell Beach to the Standing Stones of Callanish and the Blackhouses of Lewis. Returning to the mainland we have an interlude in Aberdeen and a visit to Castle Fraser before taking the overnight ferry to Lerwick and exploring the rugged and breathtaking seascapes of Shetland. Then it’s on to Orkney, home to some of the most impressive Neolithic monuments in Europe and a green, fertile landscape that sets it apart from other Scottish islands. After 11 days and countless unique island memories we return home.

Tour highlights:

  • A view of the mist-covered Cuillins as you sail past Skye
  • Blindingly white sandy beaches on South Uist and Vatersay
  • The unique airport at Cockleshell Beach
  • 5000 year old standing stones
  • Spectacular sea cliffs at Eshaness
  • Multitudes of seabirds at Sumburgh Head (May-June)
  • The multi-period settlement of Jarlshof
  • Neolithic Orkney – a UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  • The Churchill Barriers and Italian Chapel, poignant reminders of more recent history

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
Aberdeen 09.00 19.00
Inverurie 09.30 18.30
Elgin 10.30 17.30
Forres 10.45 17.15
Nairn 11.00 17.00
Inverness 13.00 16.30

Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately 10 days prior to departure.

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Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Self-drive options
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
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Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
  • All visits as outlined in the itinerary
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
13 May 2022 BGTW220513 13 May 2022 (Friday) 23 May 2022 (Monday) £2,595
(ex. flights)
£100 £595 Book your trip
30 July 2022 BGTW220730 30 July 2022 (Saturday) 9 August 2022 (Tuesday) £2,595
(ex. flights)
£100 £595 Book your trip
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