Orkney Explorer from Inverness
Departs on Mondays & Fridays from Inverness
Mondays: April 6 to October 26, 2020 | March 8 to 22, 2021
Fridays: April 3 to October 16, 2020
The archipelago of Orkney hides many treasures: and on our new three-day tour, your experienced guide will ensure you find the best of them. You’ll unearth some of the most well-preserved prehistoric sights in Europe, examine a beautiful red sandstone coast, and discover the vibrant culture of remote island communities. It’s an experience you’ll treasure for a lifetime.
DEPARTURE FROM INVERNESS: Stance 7, Inverness Bus Station, Margaret St, Inverness, IV1 1LT
The tour departs at 8:00am and returns at approx. 7:00pm on day 3.
Highland's Far North
We start early and leave the ‘Capital of the Highlands’ behind, crossing over the Black Isle, and past Andrew Carnegie’s Skibo Castle. From here you drive through the northeast Highland coastline, travelling into some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery, and enjoy amazing views of some of Europe’s oldest landscapes and the chance to see wildlife such as Golden Eagles and Red Deer. Onwards through Scotland’s most northerly mainland village, John o’ Groats, and then to Gills Bay, where you board the ferry, crossing the Pentland Firth into the Orkney Archipelago. From here it is a short drive to the famous Italian Chapel where we stop for a visit before continuing to the Viking stronghold of Kirkwall, Capital of Orkney where you shall stay for 2 nights. Here you can visit Kirkwall’s magnificent Viking Cathedral and its historic winding streets.
OVERNIGHT - Kirkwall
Skara Brae, Brodgar & Stenness
Today is your chance to explore this fantastic, ancient island; a land of contrasts where fertile green pastures are fringed by shores of golden sands washed by waters of the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean. You’ll visit the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae (older than the Pyramids of Egypt!), the mystical prehistoric stone circle at Brodgar and the Druidic standing stones of Stenness. You stop in Stromness - one of Scotland’s most picturesque seaboard villages and then travel onto Maeshowe, where in the 12th century the Vikings left one of the largest collections of Norse runic inscriptions. Then it’s back to Kirkwall for your 2nd night after what is sure to be a memorable day.
OVERNIGHT - Kirkwall
Your tour guide will pick you up and take you to Kirkwall. Here you’ll have your last chance to grab some gifts from Orkney for your friends and family. Or if you want to check out the Viking cathedral of St Magnus, you have time for a visit. After a short drive to the picturesque town of St Margaret’s hope, we’ll hop on a ferry back to the mainland. Once we’re off the ferry you travel through the history-soaked region of Sutherland. Here you’ll find out about the highland clearances and get a glimpse of some Scotland’s most remote fishing villages. We arrive back in Inverness early evening.
- Ring of Brodgar
- Skara Brae and Maes howe
- Caithness Fishing Villages
- Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour
- Services of a professional local driver/guide
- 2 nights ensuite accommodations
- Full Scottish breakfast daily
- All ferry and bridge crossings