• Sat. 17th – Mon. 19th March – Orkney – 3 day tour –lots of great stops up north, 2 nights in beautiful, friendly, quaint and historic Kirkwall or Stromness with a full day on the Orkney mainland plus all the other connected islands along the Churchill barriers and Scapa Flow, the stone circles of Brodgar and Stenness , Skara Brae, the Yesnaeby sea cliffs, the broch of Birsay tidal islands with Neolithic, Pictish & Viking history, visit the stunning cathedral and top landmark in Kirkwall, Orkney’s capital, the almost 900 years old stunning St. Magnus cathedral dedicated to Orkney’s own saint, beaches, wilflife and a lot more = £89 pp, incl. ferry + hostel around £15 pp per night

£89.00 per person (including the ferry from the Scottish mainland to Orkney and back £16 pp from Gills Bay to St. Margaret’s Hope Pentland ferry / £16.65 pp from Stromness to Scrabster Northlink ferry via the Old Man of Hoyand minibus ferry fare all incl. in the £89, no extras to pay for the ferry)

 

 

 

Among many more top places to visit up north/down south (and weather permitting we will vary the routes/stops somewhat), I am just writing them down in south to northerly direction and depending on group’s wishes we can also skip to have more time for others and we can visit on the way back:

 

* Gleneagles golf hotel, most expensive in Scotland drive by

* Victorian Pitlochry drive through

* Faskally fairy tale / Enchanted forest

* Blair Castle

* House of Bruar

* Dalwhinnie whisky distillery (good one for WC/coffee)

* Awesome 300 year Carrbridge (from the time before Culloden)

* Cairngorm nationalpark

* Clava Cairns/Craig na Dunn

* Culloden battle field (ideal also for lunch/WC)

* Kessoch bridge over Moray/Beauly Firth to Black Isle

* Historic Dornoch and casthedral (Madonna the Popstar got her son baptised

there)

* Loch Fleet seal colony

* Dunrobin castle

* Ancient cairns

* Duncansby cliffs

* Dunnet and other beaches

 

The ferry journey:

Possible stops on either day 1 up north or on day 3 down south:

* On the ferry outbound is a restaurant dinner option.

* On the ferry return is a restaurant breakfast option.

It is a spectacular journey and we have regularly spotted dolphins, porpoises, whales, seabirds like puffins, seals.

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EXTRAS TO PAY:

* food, drink, entrance fees (castles, museums, attractions, etc.)

* Accommodation at either a Kirkwall or a Stromness hostel, ranging from £15 to  £23 per person, depending on hostel

however if you prefer, you are free to stay elsewhere for those 3 nights, incl. a B&B

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