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Northern Highlights

Explore the rugged Northwest Highlands of Scotland as well as Scotland’s fascinating archipelagos Orkney & Shetland


  • Rugged Landscapes in the Northern Highlands
  • Mainland Orkney, including Scara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, Ring of Stennes, & reminiscenes of WWII
  • Old Man of Hoy, Orkney
  • Seabird Cities in Shetland
  • Wild Landscapes of Mainland Shetland, including Shetland Ponies & Sheep


Discover the extremes of nature, where mankind has left an astonishing legacy of monuments to 6,000 years of history; a rich culture born of the mingling of Celtic and Viking peoples, and some of the most abundant bird-life in the world, as well as picturesque little fishing villages in which visitors and locals alike relax to a daily pace of life characterised by peace and tranquillity. You too will be seduced by the atmosphere and charm of the islands which the Gulf Stream favours with a mild climate and warm summer months.

Ring of Brodgar, Orkney




Our tour for the Scotland connoisseur – in choosing Sutherland, the Orkneys and Shetlands you will discover three of the most fascinating travel destinations in northern Europe.

Your tour takes in the Highland capital, Inverness, followed by a drive through the wilds of Sutherland; you will spend a day walking on Scotland’s North coast, three days in the Orkneys, two days in the Shetlands and finally you’ll be able to explore the beautiful city of Aberdeen.

You’ll stay in highly commended small hotels which pride themselves on providing personal service and excellent food. Two nights are spent on the very comfortable island ferries. Your walking and tour guide has lived for many years in Scotland. He is an experienced walk leader and Scottish Tourist Guide.

The essence of the tour is to engage with the countryside, rather than in strenuous mountain sports. The varied walks take us along immense cliffs with bizarre rock formations and caves, over deserted white beaches to fishing villages, over pretty green hills and through hollows bright with wild flowers to the world of mountain and waterfall that is the northern Highlands.

In the North Atlantic, summer daylight hardly fades; long, lingering sunsets create an enchanting atmosphere and bewitching light that dissolve into a romantic twilight only around midnight.

Sightseeing highlights of the tour include the famous stone age settlement of Skara Brae, numerous important stone circles – most notably the Ring of Brodgar – the Churchill Barriers, Scapa Flow, the Italian Chapel, St Magnus’ Cathedral in Kirkwall, brochs, strange rock stacks such as the Old Man of Hoy and Dore Holm – as well as the possibility of a Scottish evening and much more.
To these many sights you can add – either going in a group or as an individual – visits to other prehistoric sites such as Maes Howe and Jarlshof, to local art galleries and interesting museums, or to the most northerly whisky distillery, Highland Park. You can seek out unpretentious pubs where you can chat with the locals about the area and its people, about the islands and about beer and whisky.

You do not need to be an experienced walker, but you should enjoy going for walks of at least 4 hours. Your guide can offer alternatives to the more strenuous hikes. You may wish to spend a whole day with no walking, in order to relax or to make your own arrangements to engage with the cultural wealth and leisure activities of the islands.

Walking groups are small, the minimum being 10 people. Groups normally number 12 to 16. On the walks you’ll need only a small day-sack for your packed lunch, camera and so on. Your luggage is transported.

Usually we walk straight from the hotel. For transfers we take a boat, using a coach or minibus only when necessary, so that your transfer itself becomes an adventure and you can enjoy your holiday far from streets and cars.

Your friendly tour guide will be delighted to share his/her enthusiasm for the country, its land, culture and people with you.

If you would like a detailed description of the tour complete with daily itinerary, please click here.


All departures, minimum of just 8 people. Maximum group size 16 people!

Travel to your starting point by aeroplane,train or car; individual holiday extensions can be arranged for you in hotels, bed and breakfast guesthouses or self-catering holiday cottages.

Walking tours include all sightseeing, guiding, entry fees, ferries (two night ferries), rail journeys and transfers as detailed in the programme. Experienced walking and tour guide. 5 nights in highly commended small hotels with en-suite rooms and full breakfast, 2 nights aboard ship in twin cabins with shower/WC, breakfast not included (single berth cabins share facilities), 4 full evening meals, airport and luggage transfers, maps, welcome drink.

per person in double/twin room (single supplement € 500):
€ 1,584

– Flight not included
Price for small groups on enquiry


Please contact us for departure dates, more information and to book:

Telephone: +44 131 287 0000. We will call back immediately!
e-Mail: office.edinburgh@traveleurope.cc

This tour can ideally be booked in combination with our other walking and sightseeing tours. Please ask us for details.

This holiday combines perfectly with the following tours:
“In the Heart of Scotland” (walking, culture and sport based on one centre, great value)
“Western Highlands – in the Footsteps of Rob Roy” – our classic tour
“Islands and Highlands” (Mull, Iona, Skye, and Western Highlands)
“Scotland in Style – Railway Adventure” (guided or self-guided)
“We organise your own individual holiday extension:

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