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Sutherland

The abiding memory of a visit to North West Sutherland will surely be the staggering beauty of the place.This, however, is a county of contrasts and extremes. Where the railhead ends its Westward way at Lairg the mail is distributed onward by “post bus”. A destination fifty miles away can be quaintly described as “by” Lairg. All forms of marketing known to man, “population bricks” etc, are thrown into chaos and disarray. Postcode IV27 has probably one of the smallest populations of any in Europe but has a geographic area the size of a small country.Contrast the sumptuous grandeur of Dunrobin Castle, home to the Dukes and Duchesses of Sutherland, their heirs and successors, to the humble crofts, many today in shameful rubble cleared by their factors to make way for sheep.Consider then how in far-flung Assynt, in very recent times, collective action has enabled a “buy back” of land into ownership of the crofting community.In common with much of the rest of Scotland the West has the most spectacular scenery. The mountains of Canisp and Suilven stand volcanic sentinels over the lovely village of Lochinver still clinging doggedly to its credentials as a fishing village. Kinlochbervie too features in this regard.Foinaven, Arkle and Stack dominate the more northerly skyline, two of them lending their names to famous thoroughbred racehorses.Ben Loyal serenely guards the idyllic village of Tongue. Many other peaks feature large in the landscape and delight the “Munro Baggers”.Smoo Cave at Durness, Cape Wrath on the North West extremity of the mainland and the bird sanctuary of Handa Island off Scourie are all worthy contenders for some of your time.The single track coastal route through Assynt is as picturesque as it is challenging to the motorist. Lochs More, Stack and Shin outline the homeward journey. All vie for and seek the attention of the visitor to complete a memorable day.

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5 Day Orkney, Ullapool & the Northern Highlands from Glasgow

ItineraryDay 1: From Glasgow to InvernessStop At: Luss Pier, Luss, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, ScotlandWe stop at Luss for a morning break and views across beautiful Loch Lomond. Loch Lomond is Scotland's largest freshwater loch, and inspiration for many poems from Rabbie Burns.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Tyndrum Community Woodland, Tyndrum, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, ScotlandWe stop at Tyndrum for a bite to eatDuration: 45 minutesStop At: Glen Coe, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe stop at Glencoe for a photo stop and wander through this haunting glen; site of the Massacre of the MacDonald clan.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Fort Augustus, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandStop at Fort Augustus for an optional cruise across Loch Ness. Alternatively, enjoy time at the village for refreshments and magnificent views across the water.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe pause for photos at Urquhart CastleDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Inverness Cathedral, Inverness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe arrive at Inverness, Capital of the Highlands, where you will check in to your accommodation for the evening.Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Choose a single, double, twin or family room at a Bed & Breakfast. Alternatively make your own accommodation arrangementDay 2: From Inverness to OrkneyStop At: Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve, Golspie, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe pause for photos at Loch FleetDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Golspie Gallery, Golspie, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe pause for refreshments at the village of Golspie.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: River Helmsdale, Helmsdale, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandAfter Cairn Liath, we pause for photos at the Helmsdale ClearanceDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Pentland Ferries, Gills, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe reach Gills Bay, where we take the ferry over to the Orkney IslandsDuration: 1 hourStop At: The Italian Chapel, St. Mary's, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandWe stop at the Italian Chapel, and time permitting we have the option to explore the interior of the wonderful building.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Kirkwall Marina, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandWe arrive in Kirkwall, capital of the Orkneys, where we spend our second night of the 5 day Orkney tour.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Choose a single, double, twin or family room at a Bed & Breakfast. Alternatively make your own accommodation arrangementDay 3: A full day exploring OrkneyStop At: Standing Stones of Stenness, Stenness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandWe stop for photos of the magnificent Stones of StennessDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Ring of Brodgar, Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandWe visit the Ring of Brodgar, a neolithic stone formation in Stromness.Duration: 25 minutesStop At: Maeshowe, Stenness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandWe stop at Maeshowe, an underground chambered cairn where you will have time to explore the passages and chambers.Duration: 1 hour 25 minutesStop At: Skara Brae, Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandSkara Brae is Europe’s best-preserved Neolithic village, built even before the pyramids of Egypt. You can explore the village and get a glimpse into what life was like for the inhabitants 5000 years ago.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Kirkwall Marina, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandWe return to Kirkwall and check in to our accommodation for the evening.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Choose a single, double, twin or family room at a Bed & Breakfast. Alternatively make your own accommodation arrangementDay 4: Take the NC500 from Orkney to UllapoolStop At: Pentland Ferries, Gills, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe travel from St Margaret's Hope to Gills Bay, back to mainland Scotland.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Thurso iCentre, Thurso, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe stop at Thurso for lunch. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Smoo Cave, Durness, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandSmoo Cave has a 50ft high entrance and it was created through erosion from the sea as well as an underground stream that formed the inner chambers. We pause here for photos.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Ullapool VisitScotland Information Centre, Ullapool, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe arrive at Ullapool, where we check in to our accommodation for the evening.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Choose a single, double, twin or family room at a Bed & Breakfast. Alternatively make your own accommodation arrangementDay 5: Ullapool to GlasgowStop At: Culloden Battlefield, Culloden Moor, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandCulloden Battlefield, where Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites were defeated. You will have some time here to take a walk and soak up the haunting atmosphere. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Clava Cairns, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe will take short trip to the Clava Cairns, a 4000 year old burial mound surrounded by standing stones.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Cawdor Castle, Nairn, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThe tour then continues on to the 15th century Cawdor Castle, north east of Inverness. Explore the castle and its beautiful gardens where you can even get audio-guides which are available in several languages.Duration: 1 hour 25 minutesStop At: Pitlochry VisitScotland iCentre, Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross, ScotlandWe then move on to Pitlochry for refreshments before returning to Edinburgh where our Orkney and the Northern Highlands tour concludes. If you are continuing to Glasgow, your guide will take you to Edinburgh Waverley railway station for the 50 minute free journey by train.Duration: 45 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.