Based in INVERNESS, Highlands of Scotland
For a time, revised ferry schedules suggested it might not be possible to run day-trips from Inverness to Lewis in 2015. Fortunately the ferry company seem to be changing their minds; click here for more information.
I led my first tour to Orkney in 1975, with tours every spring/summer and many autumns for a score of years after that. From 1995 to 1999 I lived in Orkney with my wife and centenarian aunt; during these four years we ran day tours from March to October. I visited - and hiked round! - most of the inhabited islands, and some uninhabited, and so can bring an unusual breadth, as well as depth, of knowledge to your visit to the archipelago.
Scheduled Tours in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland
Puffin Express/GO-Orkney no longer offer any scheduled trips but we are pleased to advise you Highland Experience now operate day tours from Inverness (see map on right) to Skye, John o'Groats, and Applecross similar to those which Puffin Express operated for a dozen years.
The map to the right* shows the routes followed by Highland Experience's Applecross and John o'Groats tours. HE's Skye day-trip from Inverness goes more north in Skye than the route on this map.
*The map is from Puffin Express's programme in 2010; the MONARCH and MEY routes shown are not operated by HE.
Other combinations are also possible if you take time to explore the Scottish Tours website.