Last updated on September 27th, 2020
Scotland is the home of numerous islands on the west and north coasts, all of which offer a different experience to visitors seeking to explore the wildest and remotest areas of this beautiful country. From popular islands like Skye and Orkney to smaller isles like Tiree, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to sightseeing on these stunning landscapes.
Discover Scotland’s amazing islands for yourself when you book a professionally-managed guided tour from the list below.
This 5 day Orkney tour departs from Glasgow and takes in the best that Scotland has to offer. On the first day visit Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor, and Glencoe – the site of the massacre of the MacDonald clan. Then enjoy Fort Augustus, where you will have the option to take a Loch Ness by Jacobite cruise on the loch.
This 5-day tour from Edinburgh takes you on a discovery of the Scottish Highlands and the Orkney Islands. Heading north from Scotland’s capital city you can admire the breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands and explore the history of the Orkney Islands.
Depart Edinburgh and head north into the mountainous Highlands. Arrive in the Victorian town of Oban and enjoy a tour and tasting of Oban Distillery. Your tour then takes you to the ancient Neolithic landscapes of Kilmartin Glen before boarding the ferry to Islay and the village of Bowmore.
Spend 5 spectacular days exploring the unruly beauty and fascinating history of the Scottish west coast, and visiting 4 of its beautiful islands. On your second day, take a ferry to explore the dramatic coastlines of the island of Mull, and then continue to the island of Iona to visit its ancient abbey and craggy cliff-side.
From Inverness, you’ll drive along the eastern part of the North Coast 500 highway and visit famous John O’Groats. You won’t want to miss getting a photograph at the end of the road signpost. Then, catch the ferry to Orkney. Sit on the top deck to enjoy the sea views and watch for killer whales, seals and puffins.
This wide-ranging Highland and Islands tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to Kilmartin Glen. Here, you’ll be able to explore Scotland’s ancient past. With over 5,000 years of history laid out before you, you’ll walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and the Temple Wood Stone Circle.
Enjoy a full 3 days exploring the dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands and the romance of the island of Skye in a small group that offers maximum personal service. You can choose your accommodation to suit your own budget and you will get a Rabbies Discount Card to receive discounts at local restaurants and shops.
Head to the Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Skye on a 6-day excursion to experience pre-historic sites, remote sandy beaches, stunning seascapes, dramatic landscapes, and picturesque villages. Travel in comfort with a small group, enjoying personalized attention and accommodation in guesthouses and B&Bs.
Immerse yourself in the scenic splendour and ancient history of Scotland’s West Highlands, and the Hebridean islands of Mull and Iona on a relaxed small-group sightseeing tour. The 4-day adventure is by comfortable climate-controlled Mercedes minibus for a more intimate and personal experience.
Escape the bustle of daily life and get back to nature on a 3-day tour of the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye, with bed and breakfast accommodations on Skye. Hear of clan massacres, visit monuments associated with Scotland’s struggle against the English, and see location sites of the blockbuster movie “Highlander.”
Departing Edinburgh you’ll head north and pass Stirling Castle. Be inspired by tales from your guide of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Stop a few miles further north for a tour at Doune Castle before continuing towards the Trossachs National park and the Isle of Skye.
On this tour you will experience the shimmering lochs, scenic mountain views, and romantic and historic castles of the western highlands. From Glasgow cross the Firth of Clyde, passing Dumbarton’s famous and imposing rock fortress. The first stop is the pretty conservation village of Luss, on the ‘Bonny, Bonny Banks’ of Loch Lomond.
Depart Inverness and travel South, hugging the shoreline of Loch Ness to Invermoriston. Stop for a short break at Loch Ness which is 24 miles long, over 700ft deep and is most famous for its sightings of the Loch Ness monster. After Loch Ness, travel on to the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle which is situated on its own island at the head of Loch Duic and is one of Scotland’s most photographed castles.
Start your journey at the Fairy Pools in the shadow of the Cuillin Mountains. The pools are located in one of the most dramatic landscapes on Skye. Weather permitting, you can swim in the pools, one of the UK’s best wild swimming spots. You then move on to Talisker distillery based in Carbost, one of the three whisky distilleries on the Isle of Skye.
Depart from Inverness and head north-west to Ullapool to catch the ferry. This stunning sea-trip takes you along Loch Broom, past the Summer Isles and out to Stornoway, which is the capital of the Outer Hebrides. But don’t let the waves rock you to sleep because if you keep watch you might spot a dolphin or a whale.