• Select your home Region:
  • NZNew Zealand
  • Google Plus
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
A- A A+
  • Printer Friendly
  • Golden Compass email address is info@goldencompasstours.com.au
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Golden Compass New Zealand Freephone number 0800-132-385
  • 0800-132-385

Scottish Island Hopping

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our New Zealand postal address at:

  Golden Compass, P O Box 3452 Shortland St. Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Please note we require a deposit of NZD500 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, North Africa or Asia. 

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. 

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 0800 132 385.

  • 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 Places Available
  • Price $11,790
  • Program Code GCTSIH18
  • Single Supplement $1,990
  • Activity Rating Moderate
  • Program Leader TBA

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
    • 3 - Shetland
    • 2 - Edinburgh

Commences Glasgow 22 July and ends Edinburgh 10 August 2018

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. 

Tour Inclusions

  • 19 nights en-suite accommodation
  • Typical breakfast  daily and 10 dinners
  • Touring by comfortable and modern  mini-coach
  • Flights Orkney to Shetland and Shetland to Edinburgh
  • 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
 

To be advised

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

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@goldencompasstours.co.nz. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our New Zealand postal address at:

  Golden Compass, P O Box 3452 Shortland St. Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Please note we require a deposit of NZD500 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, North Africa or Asia. 

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. 

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 0800 132 385.