Tours are exclusive, but some people have offered the spare seats on their tour as shown in green below
For a full list of dates see the calendar page.
There are a number of variations of this tour.
Imagine your day starting after breakfast in Inverness. We head northwards on a three hour scenic adventure to the very tip of Scotland with our guide giving you a real understanding of Scotland's background from prehistory to the medieval period.
There is a choice of ferry route depending on scheduling times. Lunchtime is usually spent either in John O Groats or Thurso. Then we cross the Pentland Firth (sometimes passing clouds of Puffins - during their season between April and August) to the Orkney Islands. You are taken to prehistoric sites, historic sites and introduced to the islands' scenery and, perhaps, some wildlife.
Day One in Orkney you will see and visit some combination of the following attractions - the famous naval base Scapa Flow, the Churchill Barriers, the Italian Chapel, the Orkney Winery, and in the city of Kirkwall - Highland Park Distillery, the Bishop's Palace, the Earl's Palace, and Saint Magnus Cathedral.
That evening is spent in accommodation in Kirkwall giving you time to yourselves and perhaps the opportunity to experience some of the finest seafood in Scotland. Accommodation, food and admissions are not included in the price, but we will assist you to find something to suit all budgets.
Day Two in Orkney may take you first to the old seaport of Stromness.
And then it will be down the route known as the Neolithic Highway. This is a world Unesco Heritage Site. You will see and visit some combination of the Neolithic Chambered Cairn at Maeshowe, the Hill Of Cuween or Unstan, the Neolithic Stones of Stenness, the Barnhouse Village, and Brodgar.
The Ring of Brodgar is an immense Neolithic Stone Circle of which 27 stones remain upright. The nearby Ness of Brodgar is the latest and most exciting archaeological find, and has caused a major change in the way that our human past is viewed. Our last stop of the morning is the Neolithic village of Skara Brae.
Then lunch is usually at the acclaimed Orkney Brewery, after which there is time for a visit to the Broch of Gurness, before heading back to catch an afternoon ferry to the mainland and a gentle scenic return to the Capital of the Highlands - Inverness.
On this part of the journey we will complete our story of Scotland with the Stewarts, Jacobites, Culloden and its aftermath.
Total price: £740 for guide and vehicle - check top of calendar for how many passengers each guide can carry (+ £75 total subsistence, paid to guide on the day).
Ferries, lodging & admissions not included. Tour price subject to normal booking discounts.