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Scottish Island Hopping
Commences Glasgow 16 July and ends Edinburgh 04 August 2017

  • Portree, Skye
    Portree, Skye
  • Iona Abbey
    Iona Abbey
  • Shetland Pony
    Shetland Pony
  • Stromness - Orkney Islands
    Stromness - Orkney Islands
  • Talisker Distillery
    Talisker Distillery
  • Callanish Stones
    Callanish Stones
  • Edinburgh Castle
    Edinburgh Castle
  • Fingal's Cave
    Fingal's Cave
  • Skara Brae - Orkney
    Skara Brae - Orkney
  • Puffin - Sunburgh Head
    Puffin - Sunburgh Head
  • Program Status Guaranteed Departure
  • Price AUD 10,490
  • Program Code GCTSIH17
  • Single Supplement AUD 912
  • Program Leader Ngaire Douglas
  • Activity Rating Moderate

Tour Itinerary

  •  19 Nights
    • 1 - Glasgow
    • 1 - Ayrshire
    • 2 - Arran
    • 1 - Oban
    • 2 - Isle of Mull
    • 2 - Isle of Skye
    • 2 - Outer Hebrides
    • 1 - Thurso
    • 2 - Orkney
    • 1 - Overnight Ferry
    • 2 - Shetland
    • 1 - Overnight Ferry to Aberdeen
    • 1 - Edinburgh

Commences Glasgow 16 July and ends Edinburgh 04 August 2017

Tour Highlights

  • The pretty Clyde island of Arran
  • The island of Mull with inspiring Iona, birthplace of Celtic Christianity
  • Scenic Skye with its colourful ports and dramatic peaks of the wild Cullin Mountains
  • Outer Hebridean islands of Lewis and Harris, renowned for their tweed and ancient standing stone
  • The Orkney Islands with their dramatic coastal scenery, abundant marine bird life and some of Europe's greatest concentration of pre-historic sites
  • Shetland with its tiny ponies, seals and colonies of sea birds as well as historical treasures
  • The Scottish capital, Edinburgh

Tour Overview

Scotland has over 700 islands scattered around its coastline, each with its own individual character, identity and charm. We travel from the ClydeIsland of Arran, with its rugged granite mountain peaks in the north and green rolling hills and pretty villages in the south, to the Hebridean Isle ofMull, home of Lachlan Macquarie. The nearby, tranquil islet of Iona is the birthplace of Celtic Christianity in Britain and traditional burial ground of Scottish kings. We experience the Isle of Skye, the largest island of the Inner Hebrides, renowned for the dramatic peaks of the Cuillins, as wellas Flora MacDonald’s famous flight across the sea with Bonnie Prince Charlie. We travel to the Outer Hebridean Islands of Lewis, known for its wild moorlands, and to the more mountainous Harris, almost but not quite its own island, and probably most famous for the locally produced cloth, Harris Tweed. 

The outer islands of Orkney and Shetland are closer through language, lifestyle and history to their Nordic neighbours than to Lowland Scots. Shetland is known for its tiny ponies, seals, and colonies of sea birds, as well as historical treasures such as Jarlshof – a site occupied for over 3,000 years. In contrast the Orkney Islands lie within just 10km of mainland Scotland. They are perhaps even more renowned for their dramatic coastal scenery, abundant marine bird life and, arguably, Europe's greatest concentration of prehistoric sites. 

We explore these islands with their sea-lochs, limestone grasslands, dotted with sheep and cattle, as well as crofts abandoned during the Clearances. We learn about ancient Standing Stones and Brochs. We experience the culture and heritage of the Scottish islanders, as we stayin comfortable family-run hotels and guest houses and cruise to some of the country’s most isolated islands to experience some of the most awesome scenery in the British Isles. 

As announced at our recent Travel Forums, we have reduced the price of our Scottish Island Hopping tour by $500 per person due to the current weakness of the British pound.

Tour Inclusions

  • 19 nights en-suite accommodation
  • Typical breakfast  daily and 10 dinners
  • Touring by comfortable  and modern  mini-coach
  • Cruises, ferry crossings, field trips and excursions as indicated
  • All entry fees and services of local driver-guide
  • Services of Program Leader
  • Gratuities and necessary tips
  • Detailed Program Information Booklet
 

Pre Tour Combinations

Our Scottish Island Hopping tour can easily be preceded by the following tour:

European Alpine Discovery - COMMENCES ZURICH 25 JUNE AND ENDS ZURICH 16 JULY 2017

Faroe Islands - COMMENCES 10 JULY AND ENDS 14 JULY 2017

Post Tour Combinations

Our Scottish Island Hopping tour can easily be followed by the following tours:

Discover Wales - COMMENCES IN CARDIFF 4 AUGUST AND ENDS MANCHESTER 13 AUGUST 2017

Golden Compass Tour Leader George Dibley
Ngaire Douglas

Ngaire Douglas has a PhD in History from the University of Queensland. Pre-retirement she lived and worked in a variety of countries across Asia, the Pacific and Europe, teaching and developing tourism programs for universities. Post retirement she enjoys leading tours with groups of people who want to learn something more about what they are seeing and where they are going. Her philosophy is that travel should be fun, rewarding, sometimes intellectually challenging, companionable and as seamless as possible. 

Moderate

This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Make an Enquiry

Golden Compass's UK, European and North African educational travel programs are only available by booking direct with Golden Compass UK. This gives you a cost saving by cutting out the middle-man and dealing direct with the specialist who actually arranges your tour on the ground.

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompass.co.uk. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our Australian postal address at:

  Golden Compass, PO Box 151, Albion Park, NSW 2527, Australia.

Your booking form will then be forwarded electronically to the UK for processing.

Please note we require a deposit of AUD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe or North Africa. Your contract is direct with Golden Compass in the UK.

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. Payment will be taken by Golden Compass from you in Australian dollars.

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 1800 132 385.