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(Tour code: OSS20)

Discover Scotland’s glory in a nutshell

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

  • Inverness
  • Loch Ness cruise
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Dunrobin Castle
  • Dornoch
  • Orkney, including a Cruise
  • Shetland
  • Royal Deeside Railway
  • Balmoral Castle
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3-4* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Luggage transfers between Edinburgh and Inverness

Orkney, Shetland & the Highlands 2020Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Edinburgh

Edinburgh and Inverness

Our Tour Manager greets us in Edinburgh at our hotel, where we enjoy dinner this evening. On Day 2 we travel by rail to Inverness, our base for the next 2 nights.

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

Loch Ness, Dunrobin Castle and Dornoch

Today, we visit Loch Ness for a cruise across this fabled body of water. We then visit 13th-century Urquhart Castle, set on a headland looking over the loch. On Day 4 we travel by rail from Inverness to Dunrobin Castle, where there's time at leisure. After exploring the beautiful stately home, you could relax in the popular tea room, or catch the daily falcon display. We continue to Dornoch where we check into our hotel. We head to Carnegie Court house this evening to indulge in a quintessential Scottish activity - a dram of whisky - before taking a leisurely stroll back to our hotel, enjoying views of the sea.

  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Skara Brae
Skara Brae


We transfer by coach to Scrabster to board the MV Hamnavoe for our journey to the Orkney Islands. On arrival, we enjoy a guided coach tour that 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 to begin our 2-night cruise of the Shetland Isles and coastal Scotland.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 6-7 Royal Deeside Railway
Royal Deeside Railway

Shetland and the Royal Deeside Railway

We arrive in Lerwick for a guided tour of this port town and other parts of Shetland. In the evening, we sail to Aberdeen, where we arrive on Day 7. After disembarking, we transfer to Crathes and join the Royal Deeside Railway. Our charming train trundles its way alongside the pretty river Dee, granting an unspoilt look at rural Scotland. We continue by coach to Balmoral, the holiday home of the Royal Family, spending 2 nights in Pitlochry at the Fishers Hotel.

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

Pitlochry and Home

We enjoy a day at leisure before a farewell meal at our hotel. We return to Edinburgh on Day 9, where our holiday ends.

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

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

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
  • All rail and coach transfers

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 6 nights' hotel accommodation including 1 night in Edinburgh, 2 nights in Inverness, 1 night at the 3-Star Dornoch Bespoke Hotel in Dornoch, 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


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Loch Ness cruise and visit to Urquhart Castle
  • Visit to Dunrobin Castle
  • Enjoy a whisky talk and tasting at Carnegie Court House, Dornoch
  • Guided coach tours of Orkney and Shetland
  • Journey on the Royal Deeside Railway
  • Excursions to Balmoral Castle

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.


Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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