Day 1 Inverness - Strathpeffer - Orkney
From Inverness our road heads north, between soaring peaks and wide valleys, to Strathpeffer – a stylish Victorian spa town. Then we leave land behind and sail to Orkney. Kirkwall, first settled by the Vikings, is our home for the next two nights.
Day 2 Orkney
Today takes us to Orkney’s distant past. We walk in the footsteps of ancient islanders at the mysterious Maes Howe tomb, Skara Brae Neolithic village and the mystical Ring of Brodgar. Next comes Iron Age Broch of Gurness and, if the tides are on our side, an atmospheric walk to Brough of Birsay island. (B, D)
Day 3 Orkney - Wick
From the St Magnus Cathedral to the Bishop’s Palace, there are plenty of Norse sites to see on our doorstep in Kirkwall. Then it’s time to taste Scotland’s finest whiskies at the Highland Park Distillery. Afternoon takes us to Scapa Flow, with its famous Italian chapel. Then it’s aboard the ferry to the mainland, where we enjoy a farewell together in Wick. (B, D)
Day 4 Wick - Dunrobin Castle - Inverness
Dunrobin Castle’s white towers and formal gardens usher in our final day. Then it’s time to travel back to Inverness, along a meandering coastal road and over the Dornoch and Cromarty Firths, with unforgettable views at every turn. (B)