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Orkney Islands and Highlands

Departure point:
Inverness
Duration:
3 Day tour
Time:
From: 8am - 7:30pm

Accommodation needed for this tour

We offer a free accommodation booking service, however if you would like to book your own accommodation, you will receive £5 off per person. Please select your requirements below:

*Due to Covid-19, we have closed departures for this tour until 2021. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause*

Our three day Orkney small group tour from Inverness takes in the best the island has to offer! See Neolithic sights such as Skara Brae, The Ring of Brodgar, Maeshowe, the Italian Chapel and more!

Day 1 - The journey from Inverness to Orkney

Our 3 Day Orkney Islands & Highlands tour departs early from Inverness and we begin our journey north, passing through the imposing scenery of the Black Isle and spots such as Golspie, Loch Fleet and Carn Liath on our way to Gills Bay. We then take a ferry trip over to Orkney, landing at St Margaret’s Hope, where we will stop for photos and an optional visit to the Italian Chapel*. Afterwards, we will stop at Kirkwall, where you will check in to your accommodation. Kirkwall is the capital of Orkney and originally got its name from the Norse word Kirkjuvagr which means “Church Bay” which then changed to Kirkwaa and then Kirkwall. This is where you will stay for both nights of our 3 day Orkney tour. Orkney has a fascinating Viking history which you will learn about from your Driver-Guide throughout the tour!

Day 2 - A full day exploring Orkney

After breakfast, we will depart Kirkwall and begin a full day’s exploration of Stone-Age Orkney. As well as stunning scenery, the island is full of ancient history and culture; you’ll be able to take in prehistoric wonders such as Maeshowe*, an underground chambered cairn, Skara Brae*; Europe’s best-preserved Neolithic village, and the ceremonial stone circles of The Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness. All of these collectively make up the “Heart of Neolithic Orkney” and have World Heritage Site Status. The day touring Orkney will be action packed, and end with a drop off at your accommodation in Kirkwall.

Day 3 - Return trip to Inverness

The last day of our Orkney Islands & Highlands tour begins with a ferry ride back to the mainland of Scotland as we make our way back to Inverness. We follow the coastline to John O’Groats; Scotland’s most northerly point on the mainland. Spend time here exploring the coastline and take your iconic picture next to its famous signpost. A range of wildlife can usually be seen here such as Atlantic puffins, seals, a variety of birds and possibly even an orca! We then travel to Inverness, stopping for photos along the way at Dunbeath Harbour and Dunrobin Castle, returning to the Capital of the Highlands; Inverness, where your 3 day Orkney tour ends.

Two night stay in Kirkwall:

The price of our 3 day Orkney tour from Inverness does not include accommodation but we reserve it for you. Approximate costs are per person per night: Youth Hostel: £18-£28, Bed & Breakfast: £40-65, Hotel: £75+. Single supplement may apply. Please be advised, most accommodation providers only accept cash payments, and will not accept debit/credit cards as methods of payment.

Please note: Luggage is restricted to one piece per person.

Tour Overview

Duration3 days
Total Distance340 miles
Pick upInverness Bus Station, Stance 6 at 8am
Group sizeUp to 19
AvailabilityApril-September
Minimum ageTravellers need to be at least 5 years-old

A couple of things To know

Included
  • Digital translations
  • Knowledgeable Driver-Guide
  • Luxury Modern air-conditioned coach
  • Small group tour
Not Included
  • Accommodation
  • Entrance to attractions
  • Food and Drink
Excellent all round experience
“Our tour guide Chris was extremely informative, interesting, friendly, engaging, very well organised and went well over the call of duty, taking us to fascinating places in addition to the formal itinerary. Consequently, the group gelled extremely well and the very best was made of the experience. Orkney is superb with a collection of neolithic sties that is unmatchable and a must have experience for anyone with a sense of the importance of the past. Top marks for all aspects and an excellent experience!”

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the departure point?

Your three day tour from Inverness departs at 08:00 hrs from Inverness Bus Station (Stance 6).

You can view our departure point via the following link: https://goo.gl/maps/Di184JkubW42

Check-in opens 15 minutes prior to the stated departure time and closes 5 minutes prior to the stated departure time. We recommend that all passengers arrive in this window as tours must depart on schedule.

Is the accommodation included in the price?

No, accommodation is not included in the tour price, as we prefer to let you choose the type of accommodation you want, depending on your budget.

The tour price includes the services of a friendly, knowledgeable and experienced Driver-Guide and transportation on one of our luxury modern air-conditioned coaches.

All accommodation is payable to the accommodation provider directly on arrival. Please note that many Bed and Breakfasts do not have card machines and do require guests to pay in cash.
Accommodation rates do vary between providers and seasons. For this reason we are only able to give you an estimated rate until a booking has been made.

Estimated rates are as follows:

  • Youth Hostel: £18.00 - £25.00 per person per night
  • B&B: £40.00 - £65.00 per person per night
  • Hotel: From £75.00+ per person per night

All hotels require credit card information in order to secure a booking. If you wish us to reserve a hotel room for you, we will contact you for your budget and credit card details.
Please note a single supplement may apply. The above accommodation rates are valid until March 2020.

Will I be charged extra for a single room?

Single supplements may be charged, especially during high season. Please contact our Reservations Team for more information.

What is the difference between a Hostel, B&B and Hotel?

Hostels are budget accommodation. Many hostels have kitchen facilities where customers can prepare their own food.

B&B's are privately owned Guesthouses. Guests are given breakfast (continental or full, depending on the B&B) but cannot prepare their own food.

Hotels are the most expensive choice of accommodation. Rooms come with a full breakfast (unless stated) and guests are unable to prepare their own food.

What is the difference between ensuite, standard, twin and double rooms?

Double means one double bed which sleeps two.

Twin means two single beds, where you share a room but not a bed.

Ensuite rooms have a private bathroom/toilet/shower within the room.

Standard rooms have communal facilities that are shared with other guests.

Can I book my own accommodation?

Yes, you are free to make your own arrangements if you wish. Simply advise us at the time of booking that you will be reserving your own accommodation, and inform us at your earliest convenience of the name and address of the Guesthouse once it has been booked.

We kindly ask that your accommodation provider is located in central Kirkwall, Orkney - otherwise your Driver-Guide will be unable to drop you off and collect you.

How much luggage can I bring?

Luggage is restricted to one medium sized suitcase per person.

For guidance: a medium sized suitcase is considered 60-69cm high and roughly 45cm in width.

Are the optional extras included?

No, optional extras are not included in the 3 day tour price.

This is to allow our guests the freedom to choose which attractions they would like to visit on the day.

Optional extras on this tour (From April 2019) are as follows:

  • Italian Chapel: £3.00
  • Skara Brae: £7.50 adults, £6.00 concessions, £4.50 children
  • Maeshowe: £6.00 adults, £4.80 concessions, £3.60 children

We have negotiated a discounted rate for the above attractions which are visited whilst on tour.
The above rates are valid from April 2019. Please note some attractions do not accept credit cards, entrance fees must be paid in cash only.

Do I need to pre-book the optional extras?

No, you don't need to worry about pre-booking any of the optional extras.

All the optional extras can be booked on the day and your Driver-Guide will advise you of how to book. We negotiate discounted rates for you, ensuring you'll always get a great deal at Scotland's top visitor attractions.

Please note that many visitor attractions and accommodation providers may not accept card payments, so please ensure you have plenty of cash with you on the day. If you have any questions about this please contact our Reservations Team on +44 (0)131 226 6066 - open 7am-10pm daily.

Is the tour in English?

Yes, all of our tours are in English.

Your tour will be taken by an experienced, knowledgeable and friendly English-speaking Driver-Guide.You'll find a digital translation of your tour through a link on your confirmation email.

Digital translations are available for this tour in the following languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
What should I bring with me?

As you’ll be spending two days on and off the coach with the opportunity for walks, we recommend bringing warm and/or waterproof clothing, comfortable walking shoes and some sun-block or a hat for sunny days.

And don’t forget your camera to capture all of the lovely scenery and wildlife you’ll encounter on your tour!

Can children travel on this tour?

We welcome children over 5 years old on our tours, and children aged between 5-16yrs are eligible for the concessionary rate.

We regret we are not able to carry children under the age of 5.

Will I see any wildlife on my tour?

Orkney is well-known for it's diverse wildlife. You might come across puffins, seals, a range of birdlife and perhaps even dolphins or whales! Make sure to keep your camera at the ready!

Where can I find more information about Orkney?

You can find information about attractions, activities, accommodation, events and more here.

How accessible are the locations?

Some of the locations may cause accessibility issues due to their geography and architecture.
If you are a wheelchair user or have restricted mobility, we would suggest downloading this helpful Access Guide by Historic Environment Scotland.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, don't worry! Just because it's not here, doesn't mean we can't do it. Have a look at our private tour page or contact us directly, and we will make it happen!