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(Tour code: OSS19)

Discover Scotland’s glory in a nutshell

Experience our captivating rail adventure to Britain's far north, enjoy a cruise on Loch Ness, witness the untouched beauty of Orkney and Shetland, and trundle alongside the River Dee on the scenic, steam-hauled Royal Deeside Railway.

  • Inverness
  • Loch Ness cruise & Exhibition Centre
  • Urquhart Castle
  • John O’Groats
  • Castle of Mey
  • Shetland
  • Royal Deeside Railway
  • Balmoral or Royal Lochnagar Distillery
  • Orkney, including a Cruise
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3-4* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

Orkney, Shetland & the Highlands 2019Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Edinburgh

Meet in Edinburgh and on to Inverness

Your Tour Manager greets you in Edinburgh at the 4-Star Radisson Blu Hotel, where we overnight. On Day 2 we travel by rail to Inverness, for two nights at the 3-Star Palace Inverness Hotel.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 3-4 Urquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle

Loch Ness Cruise and John O’Groats

Today we visit Loch Ness for a cruise across this fabled body of water. We then visit the 13th century Urquhart Castle, set on a headland looking over the loch. Later we visit the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre.

On Day 4 we travel on the dramatic Far North Line to Thurso, the UK's northernmost railway station. From here we enjoy a visit to Castle of Mey, which once served as the home of the Queen Mother, and is surrounded by beautiful scenery and gardens.

We continue by coach to John O'Groats, called 'the start of Great Britain' as it is the most north-easterly inhabited part of mainland Britain. We spend tonight in Thurso.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursions
Day 5 Skara Brae
Skara Brae


We transfer by coach to Scrabster, where we board the the MV Hamnavoe for a cruise to the Orkney Islands. On arrival we enjoy a guided coach tour which features Skara Brae and Scapa Flow, the area's natural harbour. After dinner in a local restaurant, we board either the MV Hrossey or the MV Hjaltland.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Cruise to Orkney
  • Guided tour
Days 6-7 Royal Deeside Railway
Royal Deeside Railway

Shetland and the Royal Deeside Railway

We arrive in Lerwick for a guided coach tour before our evening sailing to Aberdeen, arriving on Day 7.

We transfer to Crathes and join the Royal Deeside Railway, travelling by steam. We continue by coach to Balmoral. If the Royal family is not in residence we enjoy admission to the grounds; on other occasions we visit the Royal Lochnagar Distillery for a tour and whisky tasting. We spend two nights in Pitlochry at the Fishers Hotel.

  • Excursions
  • Days 6-7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 8-9 Edinburgh

Pitlochry and Home

Enjoy a day at leisure before returning to Edinburgh on Day 9, where our tour ends and you are free to make your way home.

  • Days 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Free Day
  • Day 9 - Breakfast

Please note

If requesting a twin room, please note the room layout of the Novotel Hotel will be a double bed and a sofa bed.

Recommended Airport

We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to and from Edinburgh Airport, which is approximately 8 miles from your base in Edinburgh. 

Please note: The train from Pitlochry back to Edinburgh arrives late morning on Day 9 so we recommend you book a mid-afternoon flight home, if leaving Edinburgh on the same day.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure Times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Standard Class rail travel
  • Luggage transfers between Edinburgh and Inverness and at all hotels on your tour

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 6 nights' hotel accommodation including 1 night at the 4-Star Radisson Blu Hotel in Edinburgh, 2 nights in Inverness, 1 night at the Pentland Hotel in Thurso and 2 nights at the Fishers Hotel in Pitlochry
  • 2-night cruise on the MV Hrossey or MV Hjaltland

Delicious meals included

  • 16 meals including 8 breakfasts and 8 dinners, including 1 farewell dinner in Pitlochry


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Loch Ness cruise & Visitor Centre and visit to Urquhart Castle
  • Visits to the Castle of Mey and John O'Groats
  • Guided coach tours of Orkney and Shetland
  • Journey on the Royal Deeside Railway and excursions to Balmoral or Royal Lochnagar Distillery
  • Visit to Loch Ness Exhibition Centre

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers
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