Highlands & Islands, Orkney, the Castle of Mey & Route 500!

Highlands & Islands Experience inc Orkney, the Castle of Mey & Route 500! – Friday 27th September to Friday 4th October 2019

Discover the hidden gems of this magical and mystical region, with awe-inspiring visits to Orkney and the Castle of Mey, along with stunning scenery on the North Coast 500.
Day 1 – Head North into Scotland to the Saluation Hotel in Perth, your overnight hotel
Day 2 – Marvel at stunning Highland scenery on your way to the spectacular setting of Dunrobin Castle for an afternoon visit, before continuing to Thurso, Britain’s most northerly mainland town for a 3 night stay.
Day 3 – Morning visit to the Castle and Gardens of Mey, once 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. No visit to this region would be complete without a visit to the famous landmark, John O’Groats. If the time allows, explore Thurso, home to Caithness Horizons, a fascinating museum that tells the story of this regions past and present.
Day 4 – Enjoy one of the many highlights of this tour, a voyage of discovery though time itself on a coach guided tour of the magical Orkney Islands. Here you will have the chance to see the World Heritage sites of Skara Brae, the Standing Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar, plus Scapa Flow, the Churchill Barriers, the Italian Chapel and the Islands capital, Kirkwall, with its magnificent Cathedral.
Day 5 – Relax and enjoy the awe-inspiring and breath taking Highland scenery on parts of the North Coast 500, Scotland’s answer to Route 66, which is one of the worlds most beautiful journeys en route to the Royal Hotel in Ullapool for a 2 night stay.
Day 6 – Free day to explore all the Ullapool has to offer
Day 7 – We continue our spectacular Highland experience by travelling alongside Loch Ness and heading to Fort Augustus or Fort William for a lunch stop, before continuing via Glencoe to Loch Lomond, with another break at either Luss or Balloch to enjoy the picturesque settings of these Loch’s. One more overnight stay at the Winnock Hotel in Drymen.
Day 8 – Sadly, it’s time for home

Hotel Name(s) – Pentland Hotel 3*, Royal Hotel 3*

Tour Includes:
7 Nights DBB
Dunrobin Castle
Return ferry to Orkney
Guided tour of Orkney
Castle and Gardens of Mey