21 Day Islands, Islands, Islands with the Scottish Islands of
Mull, Iona, Staffa, Lunga, Skye, Barra, Eriskay, South Uist,
North Uist, Beneray, Harris, Lewis,Orkney Islands with
Hoy and the Shetland Islands with Yell and Unst
May 15th - June 4th, 2022
highlands tour of scotland, scotland highlands tour
"Nothing captures the Romantic wonder of Scotland more than the Highlands and Islands.
If you have never experienced the Isles of Scotland, I cannot do them justice in just words!
I have been doing this tour for as long as I have been doing tours and we almost always
offer it twice a year, once in spring in once in autumn. I am often asked which time of year
that I prefer it and my answer is always the same, whenever I am there! My family comes
from the Islands, which is part of the draw for me, but you can't help but be drawn into the
history and wild beauty that abounds at every turn. Please join me on one of these amazing
adventures" - Shannon McDonald Tate
scottish highlands, highlands and islands This tour is designed to accommodate only 12 people for a more personal experience to allow
you to get the most of your Scottish holiday. Keeping the tour size small gives us the
opportunity to veer from the beaten path and take advantage of accommodations,
restaurants and sightseeing venues that would not be available to larger groups. You may
find yourself staying in a delightful city guest house, a small country house hotel, a
comfortable farmhouse and an old coaching Inn all in the same visit. We hope to show you
the real Scots people and some of the wonderful sights to be seen all over this beautiful
country. You will not feel rushed and we spend as little time on the bus as possible.
Tour includes all accommodation Scottish Tourist Board Approved accommodations. Full
Scottish breakfast each morning, all meals listed in itinerary. Porterage of one suitcase per
person. Minibus travel including tour guide. Knowledgeable guide for all tourist venues. All
sightseeing as indicated in itinerary including any entrance fees. All taxes and service
charges.

$9995 per person. $1495 single supplement. All Singles Filled!
$1000 per person deposit to reserve. Please read our terms and conditions
prior to signing up.
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Our Islands tours are ever changing as ferry crossings may be delayed or cancelled or venues change times or dates. We try
to keep to the itinerary exactly as it is, but sometimes things out of our control happen. If you are not able to easily go with
the flow or have problems with changes that may come up, please do not sign up for this tour! Although we try to provide the
very best level of accommodation available, we are sometimes limited for choice when we are out in the Hebridian, Orkney
and Shetland Islands.

Pre Tour - May 14th - Arrive into the  Glasgow International Airport and spend the day at our airport
accommodation getting rested up before the tour starts the following morning.

Day 1 - May 15th - This morning before we make our long drive towards the Western Islands. Our drive will take us
through the
Trossachs National Park with a few photo op stops along the way. We will also stop at St. Conan's Kirk,
spectacularly sited over
Loch Awe. You will fall in love with this wee Romanesque Church! Designed and built by
Walter Douglas Campbell
, the kirk is unique in having an example of almost every style of church architecture.
Highlights include the
Norman Doorway, the Gothic Flying Buttresses, a Celtic Cross, the Arts and Crafts
Carvings, the Saxon Tower and even a Stone Circle.
 After some exploring we make our way to Oban known as the
Gateway to the Isles.
It has a lovely seafront with great shops and lovely walks. Upon arrival we will Stop for lunch and
then take some time to explore before we take a short ferry ride across to
Craignure on the Isle of Mull. We then drive to
the other end of the island to Tobermory where we get settled into our accommodation before gathering for a
Welcoming
Dinner. Dinner and Overnight Tobermory, Mull. (B,L,D)

Day 2 -
Today we make our first stop at Duart Castle, home of the Macleans. Standing proudly on a cliff top guarding the
Sound of Mull, Duart enjoys one of the most spectacular and unique positions on the west coast of Scotland. For over 400
years this has been the base of the
Clan Maclean's sea-born power. You will have some time to wander the grounds and
you may want to also visit the
Castle Shop before we make our way to Fionnphort on the other end of the island where
we catch the wee passenger ferry across to the small and very beautiful
Isle of Iona where we will Stop for Lunch. After
lunch we will explore the 800 year old
Iona Abbey where St. Columba began his crusade in the year 563. It is said that
48 Scottish Kings are buried in the abbey graveyard. While here you will also want to visit the
Nunnery and St. Oran's
Chapel.
We then make our way back to Fionnphort and take the scenic route back to Tobermory where you can find some
dinner on your own.
Overnight Tobermory, Mull. (B,L)

Day 3 -
This morning we depart the dock at Tobermory to take a Treshnish Isles Cruise. The journey around Mull's
West Coast
affords an abundance of wildlife and stunning views on a comfortable journey to enjoy the dramatic
surroundings. At
Lunga, we spend time ashore with the Huge Colonies of Puffins and other sea birds. This is an
experience you will never forget and will delight in every moment! Then we are at sea again as we go in search of
Dolphins,
Eagles, Whales and Basking Sharks,
the perfect mix of wildlife and scenery. From Lunga we cruise to the Isle of
Staffa
, the most dramatic of all the Scottish islands with the geological splendour of its Hexagonal Pillars and Fingal's
Cave
. While onour way to Staffa we will have our Packed Picnic Lunch and keep an eye out for Dolphins, Porpoises
and Minke Whales
which are often seen during the warmer months. Once back in Tobermory you will have some time on
your own before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Tobermory, Mull. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
This morning we start our journey to the South Uist with a short ferry ride from Tobermory across to Kilchoan
on the mainland. After we reach Kilchoan our journey will take us through the spectacular scenery of
Salen, Acharcle
Glenluig and Lochailort
and alongside several lochs including Sunart, Shiel and Morar and along the spectacular
coast to
Mallaig, a bustling and thriving port situated on the north west coast along the famous Road to the Isles. We will
stop for
Afternoon Tea before exploring Mallaig. The town is a fascinating place where visitors can soak up the atmosphere
of a
Working Fishing Port. We will take some time to walk around and explore before we take another ferry ride across
to
Lochboisdale on South Uist. As this is a late afternoon ferry, you will be able to find some Dinner Onboard as we
make our way across the water. Once on South Uist we make the short journey to our accommodation nestled safely beside
the shore. This wee spot at the most southern point of South Uist is one of our favourites and we are sure you will love it as
much as we do!
Overnight South Uist. (B,L)

Day 5 -
This morning we take the ferry to the Isle of Barra this morning where we visit the archaeological monuments
at
Allt Chrysal, Bentangaval, which were discovered in 1990 during the archaeological survey which preceded the
building of the
Vatersay Causeway and it’s approach road. Excavations have revealed at least six phases of human
occupation of this ‘preferred site’ overlooking the sound of Vatersay, beginning about 4500 years ago. If time permits we will
also explore
Kisimul Castle which for many generations Kisimul was the home and stronghold of the Macneils of Barr.
On the way back we stop on the
Isle of Eriskay where on 23 July 1745 the French Ship Du Teillay put ashore a small
boat at a beach on the west side of the island. This is now called
Coilleag a'Phrionnsa, which translates as "the Prince's
Cockleshell Strand".
Out of the boat stepped Bonnie Prince Charlie, the first time he had ever set foot on Scottish
soil. Today the beautiful beach on which he landed is home to the white striped pink sea bindweed, a flower not native to the
Hebrides. The seeds are said to have fallen from Charles' pocket as he removed a handkerchief. We then take the land bridge
back across to
South Uist. Dinner and Overnight South Uist. (B,L,D)

Day 6 -
This morning we make our way to North Uist with a visit first to the Cladh Hallan Roundhouses, an
archaeological site noted as the only place in Great Britain where prehistoric mummies have been found. In 2001 a team of
archaeologists found the remains of what are believed to be two mummified Bronze Age bodies, buried under the floor of a
Roundhouse at Cladh Hallan. One of them was a male who had died around 1600 BC and another a female who had died
around 1300 BC. We then visit
Flora MacDonald’s Monument. After the Jacobite defeat at Culloden ‘Bonny Prince
Charlie’ faced capture unless he could escape to France. While British government troops were searching for him, he sought
refuge in Uist where Flora MacDonald helped him escape to Skye and then to France. We will also stop at the
Kildonan
Museum Centre for Lunch and a Tour.
The centre is a heritage and cultural amenity which includes a museum, a craft
shop, a Fèis room for ceilidhs, music and dance, a café and an archaeology room where finds can be cleaned and examined by
visiting archaeology groups.
Dinner and Overnight North Uist. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
Today will be all about exploring landscapes and seascapes as we traverse from North Uist to Benbecula and to
Beneray.
North Uist is a stunning blend of beaches, machair lands and freshwater lochs interrupted by rolling dark
moorland hills. The island is home to thousands of migrating birds with huge flocks of
Turnstones, Purple Sandpipers,
Dunlins and Sanderlings
along the shoreline. Greenland Barnacle Geese, Dotterels, Ringed Plovers, Skylarks
and Oystercatchers on the Machair and Redshanks, Lapwings and Snipe
on the marshy grassland. We then
drive across the land bridge to the island of
Beneray with some time to explore the wild coastline before heading to the ferry
dock where the ferry will take us across to
Leverburgh on the Isle of Harris where we visit St. Clements Church at
Rodel.
The church was built in the late 15th century for the Chiefs of the MacLeods of Harris and in 1528, Alasdair
Crotach MacLeod,
8th Chief, prepared for himself a magnificent wall tomb on the south side of the choir - possibly the
finest medieval wall tomb in Scotland, being crowned by an arch and with ornate carvings of biblical design.
Dinner and
Overnight Harris. (B,L,D)

Day 8 -
After some further exploration on Harris, we cross the land bridge onto the Isle of Lewis and then make our way
to the
Callanish Standing Stones. Dating back over 4000 years, ranks second in terms of importance only to Stonehenge
and is older. The main monument is an extraordinary cross-shaped setting of stones, centred on a circle of tall stones. At its
heart stands a solitary monolith 15 feet high. Lines of smaller stones radiate from the circle to east, west and south. From the
north runs an avenue 175 feet long, formed by two lines of stones that narrow as they approach the circle. Within the circle is
a chambered tomb. We will
Stop for Lunch and then visit Dun Carloway Broch, the best preserved broch in the Outer
Hebrides! We will also visit the
Arnol Blackhouse Museum. No. 42 Arnol is a unique and precious relic and once the
home of a
Hebridean Crofting Family and their animals, the thatched house is preserved almost as the family left it
when they moved out in 1965. For hundreds of years it was the norm in rural Scotland for man and beast to live under the
same roof. No. 42 Arnol is all that remains of a vanished way of life. We then make our way to
Stornoway, the largest city
on the island where you can do some shopping and explore and then find some dinner before we make our way back to
Tarbert.
Dinner and Overnight Harris. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
This morning we take some time in Tarbert to visit the Harris Tweed Shop and Warehouse of Family
Weaver
s before taking the ferry to the Isle of Skye. The shop an Aladdin's cave of Harris Tweed and Hebridean
Wool
items, from tea cosies to beautifully tailored Harris Tweed Jackets, iPad covers to hand knitted Hebridean Wool
socks. Across from the shop is the warehouse where you will find the largest choice of Harris Tweed available. A rainbow of
colours and designs stretch from floor to ceiling. There are
Checks and Tartans, Plain, Herringbone and
Overchecks, Houndstooth and the Kaona Collection
all on show for you to browse through. While on the ferry you
can get some lunch before we dock at
Uig. Once on Skye we will do a bit of exploration and visit Skyeskins before getting
checked into our accommodation and settling in before dinner. Visitors to Skyeskyns are transported back in time to witness
how real sheepskins are made using time honoured methods of leather making - one of the oldest crafts known to man.

Dinner and Overnight Skye. (B,D)

Day 10
- This morning we journey to Dunvegan to visit Dunvegan Castle which has been the stronghold of the Chiefs
of MacLeod
for nearly 800 years and it remains their home. Built on a Rock once surrounded entirely by salt water, it is
unique in Scotland as the only house of such antiquity to have retained its family and its roof throughout the centuries.
We will have lunch in Dunvegan before we journey round the
Trotternish Peninsula with its spectacular coastline. We
will stop at the grave site of
Flora MacDonald at Kilmuir. Flora is best known for her brave act in helping Bonnie
Prince Charlie
escape after the battle of Culloden, We will also visit The Quiraing being one of the most exciting natural
rock formations anywhere in Scotland We will also stop to see some of the other natural rock formations on the island and
enjoy the Packed Picnic Lunch we brought with us. Next we visit
Portree, meaning port of the king. You will be able to
explore a bit before we find some dinner in this delightful harbour village before we make our way back to our
accommodation to get settled in before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Skye. (B,L,D)

Day 11 -
Leaving Skye behind today we make the long journey north to Ullapool. We will take the Skye Bridge back
across to the mainland to
Loch Duich where we stop for a photo op of Scotland's most photographed castle, Eilean
Donan. O
riginally built in 1220 by Alexander II as a defence against the Vikings. It subsequently became a stronghold of
the
Mackenzies of Kintail who installed the MacRaes as hereditary keepers and they rebuilt the castle as you see it
today. We then make the short journey to
Plockton. This peaceful Highland community in the Gaelic heartland was once
based on fishing and crofting but now draws artists and photographers from all over the world
. We often see Highland
Cows
traveling through town and they are often a favorite. We then continue into the Applecross area, one of the most
beautiful areas of Scotland. With amazing panoramas to the
Outer Hebrides and South to the Kintail Mountains you
will understand why they call it
"the Sanctuary". This afternoon we make our way to Loch Ewe at one of the most
dramatic and remote locations on the north-west coast of Scotland, with breath-taking views across the
Minch to the Isle
of Skye, the Shiant Isles and the Outer Hebrides.
We then make our way to our accommodation to get settled before
a late dinner
. Dinner and Overnight Ullapool. (B,D)

Day 12 -
This morning we start our drive north toward Scrabster and then to the Orkneys. This is one of our favourite
drives with a few amazing stops including the Evocative Ruins of Ardvreck Castle. There is not much left of the castle, but
something about  it captures my heart each time I see it. We then continue our drive through the
Assynt Mountains and
Loch Assynt
with its spectacular viewpoint. We continue through the mountains before we travel the Scenic Coastal
Route to Thurso
with some of the most spectacular scenery to be found anywhere in Scotland. Have your cameras ready
as there will be several wonderful photo ops. On this coastline  you will see some of the most amazing
Beaches and Cliffs
you have ever seen! We will find a cozy place to stop for lunch along the way. Much of the coastline is composed of sea lochs
and kyles and including
Loch Laxford, Kyle of Durness, Loch Eriboil, Loch Hope and the Kyle of Tongue. Our
journey will eventually end up at the ferry terminal in Scrabster and you will be able to get some dinner onboard after we get
under way on the short crossing to
Stromness on Orkney. Overnight Orkney. (B,L)

Day 13 -
Our first stop this morning is Maeshowe, the finest chambered tomb in Western Europe. Built before 2700 BC, it
was raided by the Vikings in the mid-12th century and plundered of its 'treasures'. Maeshowe is interesting because of the
various runic inscriptions carved into the walls.  This is one of the best known collections and includes the
Maeshowe
Dragon
- a very well known Orkney icon. Next we visit Skara Brae a neolithic village dating from 2,500 BC which has
been hidden under sand dunes, perfectly preserved, for thousands of years and was only rediscovered 150 years ago.  We
will also visit the
Broch of Gurness, one of the most outstanding surviving examples of a later prehistoric settlement that
is unique to northern Scotland. The
Vikings who settled in Orkney from around 800 often used the mounds of earlier
settlement sites as burial places, and this was the case at Gurness. Next is the
Ring of Brodgar, a stone ring  built in a true
circle originally containing 60 megaliths. Finally we visit the
Standing Stones of Stenness dating from 3,100BC making
the stones complex one of the earliest stone circles in Britain. We then make our way back to our accommodation with some
free time before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Orkney. (B,D)

Day 14 -
This morning we will take the short journey to the Isle of Hoy. Synonymous with the world famous sea stack
the
Old Man of Hoy, Orkney's second largest island rises dramatically from the sea. With mountainous moorland and
glacial valleys, you will encounter a dramatic highland landscape. Hoy is unlike anywhere else in Orkney. Once on Hoy we
visit
Dwarfie Stane, a huge block of sandstone in which a Neolithic Burial Chamber has been cut. It is believed to date
from around 3000 BC and the tomb was formerly sealed by the blocking stone which now lies in front of the entrance. Hoy
is also famous for its birdlife, including the much loved
Puffin! We will have a Packed Lunch Picnic before we visit
Hackness Martello Tower and Battery, part of the extensive military remains on the island. The tower and battery
were built in the early 19th century to provide defence for British convoys at the height of the
Napoleonic War.
Barrack room furniture and other military memorabilia give an idea of life at the barracks and you can stand on the tower
and take in the view towards
Scapa Flow. Then back to the mainland and to our accommodation for dinner. Overnight
Orkney. (B,L,D)

Day 15 -
First thing this morning we will visit the Tomb of the Eagles on South Ronaldsay Island. Perched above
the dramatic
South Ronaldsay Cliffs, the Isbister Chambered Cairn - better known today as the ‘Tomb of the
Eagles’ - is one of Orkney’s top archaeological sites. Discovered by chance by a local farmer in the 1950s, this
Stone Age
Tomb
revealed an amazing collection of bones and artefacts, placed here some 5,000 years ago. We will have lunch before
we stop at
Highland Park Distillery for a Distillery Tour. This whisky is made with the same enduring belief and
integrity, to the same exacting standards, as it has been since 1798. We will have a tour of the distillery followed by a wee
dram and then you will have some free time in
Kirkwall, the largest city on the islands. While here you may want to visit
St. Magnus Cathedral. Begun in 1137 this cathedral built from alternating bands of local red and yellow sandstone is one
of the finest and best preserved medieval cathedrals in Scotland. You will be able to find some dinner in Kirkwall before we
take in an
Evening of Peatfire Tales before we board a ferry that will take us on an Overnight Voyage to Shetland.
Overnight At Sea. (B,L)

Day 16 - Shetland,
a natural world where wildlife is truly wild and where you can watch otters and seals at play and where
the air is filled with the sound of seabirds crowding extraordinary cliffs in huge, noisy colonies.  6,000 years of human history
have endowed the islands with some of the finest archaeological sites in Europe. Our journey today will take us to the very
most northerly point in the
Shetlands on the Island of Unst. Our journey will take us north on Mainland Shetlands to
Toft where we board a wee ferry to cross the Island of Yell. We travel northward to the top of yell to Gutcher where we
board a wee ferry for the crossing to
Unst. We will explore the wilds of the Shetlands and drive to the most northerly point
of Unst where we can look out to
Out Stack, and uninhabited island that is the last land mass before the North Pole! After
a lovely days outing of exploring and amazing photo ops we make our way to our accommodation back on Mainland Shetland
and then to our accommodation to get checked in before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Shetland. (B,L,D)

Day 17 -
This morning we travel to Eshaness and the Eshaness Lighthouse in the area of Northmavine. Eshaness
boasts one of the highest energy coastlines in the world. Blasted by the full force of the North Atlantic it displays a stunning
array of stacks, blowholes and geos (narrow inlets). The area of Northmavine boasts a wonderful range of wildlife and
habitats.
Seals, Otters, Porpoises and occasionally Dolphins and Whales can be seen from the shore. Inland
expanses of peat and heather are home to
Mountain Hares, Rabbits, Polecats and a multitude of birds, including the
elegant Red-throated Diver which can be seen on many lochs. The lighthouse, which is visible for miles, is perched on the rim
of fabulous volcanic cliffs where the full Atlantic fury has shaped some of Shetland's most dramatic cliff scenery. You can walk
along to the head of
Calder's Geo, where the sea has gouged out a deep inlet along a line of weakness in the rock. Fulmars
float on air currents above the surging waves and nest among the crannies of the vertical rock faces, which are transformed
into hanging gardens.
Dinner and Overnight Shetland. (B,L,D)

Day 18 -
Today we make our way to Lerwick where we join a Seabirds-and-Seals Three Hour Boat Trip around
Bressay and Noss National Nature Reserve, where you will get to enjoy Shetland's abundant Seabirds and
Seals
. The views are awesome, giving us photographic opportunities with the awesome Noss Cliffs in the background. You
won't believe how close they'll take us to the
25,000 Gannets, thousands of Guillemots and Hundreds of Puffins,
Razorbills, Black Guillemots, Gulls, Shags and Skuas!
We sometimes even meet Porpoises and occasionally
Whales, Otters and Dolphins! We’ll sail through the magnificent rock of the Giant’s Leg and then into the beautiful
Orkneyman’s Cave. Once back in Lerwick we will visit the Shetland Museum and Archives which sits on the restored
historic Hay's Dock providing a gateway from which to explore Shetland's rich heritage and culture. The ground floor
concentrates on the history of Shetland up till 1800, from environmental, geological, and geographical factors, early settlers
in the islands, through early agriculture, fishing, early boats, and the rich folklore of Shetland with exhibits from the last 200
years.
Dinner and Overnight Shetland. (B,L,D)

Day 19 -
This morning we take in the multi-period Jarlshof Prehistoric Norse Settlement. Jarlshof lies at the most
southernly tip of Mainland Shetlands and provides an insight into the way of life of the inhabitants at particularly interesting
periods – the late
Bronze Age, Iron Age, Pictish era, Norse era and the Middle Ages. It includes oval-shaped
Bronze Age houses, Iron Age Broch and wheelhouses, Viking long houses, medieval farmstead and 16th century laird’s house.
We will have a tour of the site before we make our way to
Lerwick, the largest town in the Shetlands. After lunch we will
visit the
Clickimin Broch on Clickimin Loch, an outstanding example of a sophisticated type of stone-built round house
found only in Scotland. Clickimin Broch has evidence of settlement spanning over a thousand years. You will then have some
free time to wander around
Lerwick where the harbour is an excellent location to seal watch and where we will board the
overnight ferry back to the mainland at
Aberdeen. After boarding the ferry you will be able to find some dinner on board.
Overnight at Sea. (B,L)

Day 20 -
We dock this morning in Aberdeen and then make our way south to Arbroath and Arbroath Abbey, founded
by
William the Lion in 1178, in memory of martyr Thomas Becket. Here we explore the origins of the most famous
document in Scottish history – the Declaration of Arbroath. Scotland’s nobles swore their independence from England in
this letter to the Pope, sent from Arbroath Abbey in 1320. The abbey remained one of the nation’s grandest monasteries for
almost 400 years and much later, the
Stone of Destiny had a starring role in Arbroath Abbey’s story. You can find some
lunch in Arbroath before we make our way to
Helix Park near Falkirk to see the Scottish Kelpies, the world's largest
equine sculptures. We will have a
Guided Walking Tour that takes us through the vision of artist Andy Scott and how
history and industry impacted on his designing of these breath-taking sculptures. The pinnacle of the tour is that you get to
experience a Kelpie from the inside, and see for yourself the breathtaking engineering and design of the Kelpies.
Farewell
Dinner and Overnight near Glasgow. (B,D)

Day 21 - June 4th -
We return to the Glasgow International Airport for the journey home.