Haggis Adventures - Island Explorer (7 day)

Tours

60 High Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 1TB

    Island Explorer (7 days) Discover the far northern and western fringes of Scotland - Europe's last great wilderness

    To book call us on 0131 557 9393 or email info@haggisadventures.com

    Highlights:

    - Party it up in the capital of the Highlands, Inverness - Historic St Andrews, home of golf
    - Orkney Islands’ 9,000 years of history - Skara Brae Stone Age village
    - Isle of Skye’s awe-inspiring scenery - Overnight on the banks of Loch Ness
    - Stunning hikes through remote mountain terrain - Look out for dolphins and whales on the ferry trips
    - Plant a tree in the ‘HAGGiS Grove’  

     

    Tour Includes:
    • 6 nights shared dormitory accommodation
    • Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide
    • Transport on one of the famous yellow HAGGiS buses
    • All ferry crossings
    • Tree planting at the ‘HAGGiS Grove’ (weather permitting)
    • Ring of Brodgar Standing Stones
    • Visit to the Italian Chapel
    • FREE visit to a Highland whisky distillery
    • FREE Lonely Planet guidebook


    Free time:
    • Go monster spotting on a Loch Ness cruise
    • Dance Scottish-style at a Highland Ceilidh
    • Taste great fish and chips in Kirkwall
    • Learn a ‘peedie’ bit of Orcadian dialect

    Tour Excludes:
    • Meals
    • Entrance Fees
        
    Tour Itinerary:
    Day 1: Edinburgh to Inverness
    We leave our capital city and head north to the Highlands! First we pass the mighty Forth Bridge and make a stop at the quaint old town of St. Andrews where the game of golf was invented. Then, it’s off to the mountains through Perthshire and past the Cairngorms National Park. Time to sample a wee dram of Scotland’s favourite national drink at a Highland whisky distillery and see how this fine drop is made before we arrive at Inverness, Capital of the Highlands and our home for the night.


    Day 2: Inverness to Orkney
    We continue our journey north passing over the Moray Firth home to bottlenose dolphins and minke whales and on to the tip of the British mainland, John O'Groats. We board the ferry to sail over the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Islands, home to more archaeological ruins in one area than anywhere else in Europe.  We visit the Tomb of the Eagles, a Stone Age chamber that was filled with thousands of human bones and the remains of sea eagles many millennia ago.


    Day 3: Orkney
    Today we head off to explore Skara Brae, dating from the late Neolithic period and inhabited between 3,200BC and 2,200BC. This incredible stone village is made up of eight dwellings (some still containing original furniture) linked together by a series of low alleyways and is a marvel of ancient building techniques. Then we visit the magnificent standing stones at the Ring of Brodgar and the Italian Chapel built by 550 Italian POW's in the Second World War.


    Day 4: Orkney to Loch Ness
    We bid Orkney farewell and make the ferry crossing back to the mainland and a journey south through Scotland’s rugged terrain. We travel through the sparsely populated wilderness of Sutherland and Caithness, via glens left deserted as a result of the Highland Clearances. Our journey takes us past the ruins of Urquhart Castle before arriving at Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness.


    Day 5: Isle of Skye
    Today we visit HAGGiS Grove (weather permitting) to help restore our native forest. Then passing Eilean Donan Castle we head on to explore the Isle of Skye, also known as the ‘winged isle’ or ‘Isle of Mist’ with its ruined castles, awesome scenery and home to the legendary MacLeod and MacDonald Clans. Immersed in Celtic myths and Viking legends, hear tales abound with faeries and fights, we explore the windswept landscape and brooding Red and Black Cuillin Mountain ranges.


    Day 6: Skye to Oban
    We return to the mainland and head for Glenfinnan Monument where Bonnie Prince Charlie began his claim for the throne of Scotland and view the spectacular steam train viaduct featured in the Harry Potter film. We take to the hills for the chance to hike in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Oban, known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’ because of its spectacular views over to  Mull, is home for the night and this is your chance for a proper Highland Fling with some traditional ceilidh dancing!


    Day 7: Oban to Edinburgh
    We head for eerie Glencoe, some Scotland’s most iconic scenery and setting of the infamous 1692 massacre but more recently a backdrop in the movie ‘Skyfall’. Further south we enter Rob Roy country where the landscape changes from the Highlands to the Lowlands. Our journey back to Edinburgh takes in views of magnificent Stirling Castle and the mighty Wallace Monument, before returning to the capital city of Edinburgh at approximately 5pm.

    Additional Information:
    Passengers must be 18 years and over to go on this tour.  There is no upper age restriction.
    This can be at the discretion of Haggis Adventures
    Average age group 18-35

    Edinburgh Departure: Haggis Office, 60 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TB - 8.45am
    Please arrive 15 minutes before scheduled departure time to check in for tour

    Haggis Adventures Terms & Conditions

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    Opening Times
    Departs from Edinburgh 8.45am on Saturdays
    19 Apr 2014 - 27 Sep 2014

    Departs from 60 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TB

    Ticket Information
    Type
    Tariff
    Adult £499.00 per ticket

    * Price is per person in dorm accommodation, in 3 or 4* VisitScotland graded hostel accommodation.
    **Passengers must be 18 years and over to go on this tour.

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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