Return coach travel; Breakfast bag on our coach; 5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast; Entrances into Dunrobin Castle, Castle Mey & Gardens; Guided tour of Orkney Isles; Visits to Skara Brae, Standing Stones of Stenness, Ring of Brodgar, the Churchill Barriers, Thurso & Inverness
You will need photographic ID if over 16 years old for ferry over to Orkney - passport, drivers license or bus pass is acceptable
DURING YOUR STAY
Day 1 – We head north through the stunning British landscape and rolling countryside to our overnight hotel.
Day 2 – After a leisurely morning, we take you to Dunrobin Castle – situated on the east coast of the Northern Highlands, overlooking the Moray Firth, it is the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and has seen the architectural influences of Sir Charles Barry, who designed the Houses of Parliament. Later today we continue our journey to our hotel in Thurso, Britain’s most northerly mainland town for a 3-night stay.
Day 3 – Today, enjoy a voyage of discovery on a coach guided tour of the magical Orkney Islands. Camera’s at the ready, because here, you will have the opportunity to see the World Heritage sites of Skara Brae, Standing Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar, plus the Scapa Flow, the Churchill Barriers, the Italian Chapel and the island Capital, Kirkwall.
Day 4 – This morning, enjoy free time exploring the delightful town of Thurso, home to a hive of lovely traditional shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. After a little free time, we then visit Castle Mey & Gardens, one the much-adored home of the Queen Mother, who saved it from ruin in 1952. With glorious views across the Pentland Firth towards Orkney, the castle is kept as it was when the Queen Mother was in residence. On our way back to the hotel, we enjoy a brief stop at John O’Groats, this Highland village combines dramatic, unspoilt scenery and fascinating wildlife.
Day 5 – After breakfast we make our way to Inverness – the largest and cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands – here, we enjoy free time before travelling to our overnight hotel for a 1-night dinner, bed and breakfast stay.
Day 6 – We return home to the East Midlands.