On this 3-day tour of Orkney from Inverness, enjoy a range of activities from visiting UNESCO Heritage sites, taking a ferry ride, exploring prehistoric sites, lochs, cathedrals, beaches to lovely scenicwalks.
Take a trip around the age old Norse town of Kirkwall and be amazed by its stunning medieval cathedral. Explore Scotland's hidden coastal spots at Caithness Fishing Villages and discover this charming region.
Visit the unique stone circle called the Ring of Brodgar which is bound in mystery and beauty. Take the opportunity to explore some of the most fantastic Neolithic sites in Skara Brae and Maeshowe and dive into the life of earth 5,000 years ago.
Monday: 01 Apr'19 - 28 Oct'19
Friday: 19 Apr'19 - 25 Oct'19 and 06 Mar'20 - 27 Mar'20Duration
3 daysStart time
Stance 7, Inverness Bus Station, Margaret St, Inverness, IV1 1LT
Same as starting point
Board the comfortable Mercedes mini coach from Inverness bus station at the scheduled time in the morning and enjoy the commentary of your experienced driver as the tour begins.
The archipelago of Orkney is a secret abode of treasures that you can unravel on this 3-day tour from Inverness. You’ll discover some of the best well-preserved ancient sites in Europe, be amazed by a gorgeous red sandstone coast, and discover the lively culture of secluded island populations.
Start the day early and head north through the Black Isle, an evocatively named peninsula known for its most beautiful coastal routes. You drive past the imposing Dunrobin Castle which is the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland and has the most stunning architecture that makes for the picture perfect castle.
Driving further, you cross Pentland Firth and its impressive tidal powered currents and finally reach the Orkney Isles. Arrive at Orkney’s modern town of ancient wonders - Kirkwall where you’ll spend two nights.
Spend the day exploring the contemporary as well as the well preserved ancient curiosities of this whimsical island. On this tour you discover that Orkney has always been a land of contrasts, where lush green grasslands merge into shores of shimmering sands lapped by waters of the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Explore the wonderful parts of the archipelago in the footsteps of Vikings.
The highlight of your day would be a visit to Skara Brae, the primitive stone circle riddled in mysticism and mystery at Brodgar and walk around the standing stones of Stenness. Explore further as you reach Maeshowe, where the Vikings left behind one of the biggest gatherings of Norse runic writings and engravings in the 12th century.
Begin the day with a wee shopping experience as you grab gifts and treats for family and friends from Kirkwall. You then visit the stunning local cathedral that lies in striking ruins and then take the ferry back to the mainland. The last day of the tour is a culturally rich experience as you travel through Caithness and Sutherland, both regions renowned for their rich historic significance. Learn about Scotland’s historic dark period of the highland clearances from your expert guide and enjoy pretty views of some of Scotland’s most remote fishing villages.
Orkney remains an experience you’ll treasure for a lifetime as we arrive back in Inverness where the tour comes to a close.
Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes. One 15 kilogram bag per person allowed. Persons under 5 years of age are not carried on this tour.
Voucher information: Sorry, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we're working on changing this). AT this time no refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
Travel light: You are only allowed to carry 14 kgs of luggage on this tour. A carry-on bag plus a small bag is preferable as advised by the local authorities.