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  • Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  3 days (approx.)
Leave mainland Scotland behind and travel across the North Sea to reach the Orkney Islands on this incredible 3-day trip from Inverness. Remote yet enticing, this breathtaking little collection of islands boast stunning scenery, an abundance of wildlife and untold amounts of archaeological treasures. Visit the poignant Italian Chapel that was built during the Second World War, and discover the monuments known as the Heart of Neolithic Orkney – collectively listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Highlights

  • 3-day trip from Inverness to Scotland’s Orkney Islands
  • Travel with an expert guide and see all the top Orkney attractions
  • Visit the Orkney Island’s Italian Chapel and see the famous Churchill Barriers
  • See the monuments that comprise the Heart of Neolithic Orkney: Maeshowe, the Standing Stones of Stenness, Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae
  • Admire St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall and learn about the Norwegian bell ringing that takes place there
  • Overnight accommodation in your choice of 3-star B&B or 3-star hotel

What You Can Expect

3-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Inverness

Standing Stones of Stenness

Day 1: Inverness – Orkney Islands
Hop on board your luxury minibus and head north from Inverness, to the coastal town of Wick. From here, board your ferry and cross the North Sea to Scotland’s mysterious Orkney Islands (or ‘Orkney Isles’ as the Scots know them) – just northeast of the mainland. After a crossing of roughly 90 minutes, arrive into Stromness -- the main port.

After a break for lunch (own expense), your tour winds its way north through Orkney’s gorgeous countryside, to the Italian Chapel in Lamb Holm. Hear how it was built by Italian prisoners of war when the island was uninhabited, and admire its intricately built architecture. Your guide will also point out the famous Churchill Barriers – a series of causeways that acted as a naval defence during WWII. Your evening is then spent at leisure in the Orkney capital of Kirkwall.

Overnight: 3-star bed and breakfast or 3-star hotel accommodation in Kirkwall

Day 2: Kirkwall – Heart of Neolithic Orkney (B)
After a relaxing breakfast in your hotel, meet your guide for an action-packed day, exploring the Orkney Islands and learning about their intriguing history. Take a walk around Kirkwall, admiring its quaint craft shops, and then set out by minibus to discover four of the island’s prehistoric marvels: Maeshowe chambered cairn (tomb), Standing Stones of Stenness, Ring of Brodgar and the Neolithic village of Skara Brae. Known collectively as the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, this incredible group of monuments achieved UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999.

Your day finishes with a visit to St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall to marvel at its distinctive yellow and red brickwork and to learn about its Norwegian style of bell ringing– proof of the strong Viking influence on the islands. Dine out in the town at your own expense, and then the night is yours to spend at leisure.

Overnight: 3-star bed and breakfast or 3-star hotel accommodation in Kirkwall

Day 3: Orkney Islands – Inverness (B)

Rise early for breakfast and then head straight to the port for an early ferry ride back to the Scottish mainland. Arriving at Wick, hop back on board your minibus and then journey south, winding through a diverse landscape of hilly crags and windswept coastal roads. The drive back to Inverness takes roughly 4 hours, but there are plenty of stops along the way to stretch your legs or grab lunch (own expense). Arrive back to Inverness in the afternoon.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

My wife and I really enjoyed this trip. Everything worked out well - the bus, hotel, sightseeing. We thought the driver was first class; nothing was too much trouble; he was cheerful, helpful, knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

The guide from Highland Experience informed us that ours was the first trip they had conducted and we were thus "guinea pigs " for the tour. His joking persona sometimes conflicted with his sense of direction as the route was new to him. The sites visited were excellent and what we had wished to see. The addition of Broch of Gurness at my request (over view only - site not entered) and Dunnett Head and also Stromness at suggestion by others, were worthwhile and should always be included (weather permitting). Other stops left only a very short time at Culloden which was a disappointment to those returning to Edinburgh.

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