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Orkney Islands and Highlands

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!

Tour Details

Duration:
3 Days
From:
Inverness
Departures:
Wed & Sun (from May 2020)
Leaves at:
08:00
Returns by:
19:30

What's included?

  • Knowledgeable Driver-Guide
  • Small Group Tour
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach
  • Written translations (on request)

Not included?

  • Entrance to attractions
  • Food and drink
  • Accommodation

 

 

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: £18-25, 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. 

*OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Italian Chapel, Maeshowe, Skara Brae

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FAQs

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

Inverness Departure Point

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.

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

The 3 day 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 on arrival to the accommodation provider. 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: £19.00 - £30.00 per person per night
  • B&B: £45.00 - £65.00 per person per night
  • Hotel: From £75.00+ per person per night

Hotels do require credit card details in order to secure a booking. If you wish us to reserve a hotel room on your behalf, we will contact you for your budget and card information.

Please note a single supplement may apply. The above accommodation rates are valid until March 2020.

Single supplements may be charged. Please contact our Reservations Team for more information.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 are as follows:

From April 2019

  • 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.

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

All of the attractions 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.

Yes, all of our tours are in English.

Your 3 day tour from Inverness will be taken by an experienced, knowledgeable and friendly English-speaking Driver-Guide. If you require a written translation of your tour, simply let us know at the time of booking and we'll arrange one for you.

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

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

You can also view and download translations by clicking here.

As you’ll be spending three 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!

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.

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!

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

 

 

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.

 

  • Kirkwall
  • Italian Chapel
  • Skara Brae
  • Maeshowe
  • Ring of Brodgar
  • Stones of Stenness
  • John O'Groats
  • Dunrobin Castle

Tour Photographs

  • Road between islands of Orkney
    Driver-Guide Chris
  • The entrance to Maeshowe underground chambered cairn in OrkneyMaeshowe entrance
    Pecold
  • Standing Stones of Stenness
    Driver-Guide Chris
  • Section of the Neolithic village of Skara Brae in OrkneySkara Brae
    Driver-Guide Chris