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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 Railroad.

  • Inverness
  • Loch Ness cruise
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Dunrobin Castle
  • Dornoch
  • Orkney, including a Cruise
  • Shetland
  • Royal Deeside Railroad
  • Balmoral Castle
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3-4* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

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 harbor. 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 Railroad
Royal Deeside Railroad

Shetland and the Royal Deeside Railroad

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 Railroad. 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 vacation 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 vacation ends and you are free to make your way home.

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

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 travel during your tour

  • The services of a professional Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Standard Class rail travel
  • Luggage transfers between Edinburgh and Inverness

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 Railroad
  • Excursions to Balmoral Castle

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers
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