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The Orkney 3 Day Explorer from Inverness

3 Day to Orkney starting from Inverness on Mondays. Price includes accommodation in B&B based on 2 sharing. Includes all the amazing monuments of Orkney with expert guide. Runs April to end of October. Small 16 seater for intimate experience.


  • Maes Howe
  • Skara Brae
  • Ring of Brodgar
  • 2 Nights in Kirkwall
  • Small Coach 16 Seater with AC etc

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This tour operates on: Monday
  • Ring of Brodgar - A unique stone circle that rivals Stonehenge in both mystery and beauty.
  • Skara Brae and Maeshowe - Find out what life was like 5,000 years ago and explore some of Europe’s greatest Neolithic sites.
  • Kirkwall - Visit this ancient Norse town and be amazed by the Medieval cathedral.
  • Caithness Fishing Villages - Explore the remote region of Caithness and discover the Scotland’s hidden coastal spots.

Day 1

After an early start departing from Inverness Bus Station on our 16 seater mini coach, we travel north through the Black Isle and past the imposing Dunrobin Castle driving on along the main coastal road north until we hit the North coast of Scotland and cross the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Isles by ferry.

You will stay in Kirkwall, the modern-day capital of Orkney, for the next two nights.

Day 2

Today is your chance to explore the modern and ancient wonders of this fantastic island; a land of contrasts, where fertile green pastures are fringed by shores of golden sands washed by waters of the both the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean.

Highlights of the day include a visit to Skara Brae, the mystical prehistoric stone circle at Brodgar, the standing stones of Stenness, and Maeshowe, where in the 12th century the Vikings left one of the largest collections of Norse runic inscriptions.

Day 3

You'll have your last chance to wander in Kirkwall and visit the local cathedral and old town before we  catch the ferry back to Scotland's mainland. You travel through the wild regions of Caithness and Sutherland that suffered so much when local farmers were thrown off the land for the sheep. The landscape here was formed by human habitation but has been emptied by the Clearances. You’ll find out about the highland clearances ,a world-changing period in Scotland’s dark history, and get a glimpse of some of Scotland’s most remote fishing villages.

We should arrive back to Inverness early evening.

Awesome Orkney Tour

We did the three day Orkney tour from Inverness with tour guide Heather. The trip was a jam-packed three day trip filled with plenty of historic stops along the way. Heather was very knowledgeable in regards to Scottish and Orkney history and was a pleasure to have as a host. She was adept at tweaking our itinerary for spontaneous stops or making adjustments due to crowds, weather etc... The van was very comfortable and spacious.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in B&B or Guesthouse including breakfast
    Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
    Air conditioning as standard
    The stories and services of a Rabbie's driver-guide

Exclusions

Entry fees to visitor attractions

The Little Details

  • Minimum Age: Age 5+
  • Min Age: 5 years
  • Tour Vehicle Type: Coach
  • Months of Operation: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Duration of Tour: 3 Days
  • Departure Point: Inverness
  • Departure Point: Inverness Bus Station IV1 1LT
  • Departure Time: 08:00
  • Expected return Time: 19:00
  • Duration of Tour: 3 Days

Rates & Dates

Runs on Monday from start of april to end of October

Rates based on B&B accommodation

April & October: £257 per person

May - September: £267 per person

Some Places We Will Visit

  • Kirkwall

    Orkney's capital is built around a wide sheltered bay and is the main departure point for ferries to the northern islands.

Castle Visited

  • Dunrobin Castle

    Scottish baronial castle that thinks it is a chateau on the Loire. One of a kind in Scotland and the ancestral home to the Dukes of Sutherland and family.

Ancient Sites We Visit or Pass

  • Skara Brae

    The best preserved stone age village in Europe: an extraordinary insight into life 5000 years ago.

  • Ness of Brodgar

    The most recent Neolithic site in the area and to some accounts the most important. Dates back to 3500BC and was occupied for 1500 years. In the summer months, archeologists are hard at work. 

  • Standing Stones of Stenness & Ring of Brodgar

    Two Henges (or sets of standing stones) in walking distance of each. Catch them at sunset or early evening when you will virtually have them to yourself. Amazing and so much more exciting than Stonehenge!

  • Maeshowe or Maes Howe

    Maeshowe is a Neolithic chambered cairn and passage grave situated on Mainland. It was probably built in around 2800 BC. It gives its name to the Maeshowe type of chambered cairn, which is only found in Orkney.

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