• Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 5 days (approx.)
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Experience the mystic and striking beauty of the remote Orkney Islands on this 5-day excursion from Edinburgh. In a small group, journey with your expert guide through the rugged Scottish Highlands, John o'Groats and the wind-swept Orkney archipelago. Enjoy views of the mysterious Loch Ness and Ben Hope Mountain, villages steeped in Viking mystery and landmarks like Stirling Castle and Lamb Holm Italian Chapel. Spend four evenings relaxing in 3-star accommodation.


  • 5-day Orkney Island tour from Edinburgh including the Highlands
  • Travel through the breathtaking Highlands, and look out for the Nessie the monster at Loch Ness
  • Pass through John o’Groats and cross Pentland Firth by ferry to the Orkney Islands
  • Visit historical Orkney attractions including the Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm and the Neolithic village of Skara Brae
  • Stop at Culloden Moor near Inverness, the site of the final Jacobite uprising in the 19th century
  • Enjoy overnight stays in Inverness and Ullapool plus two nights in Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands

What You Can Expect

5-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Edinburgh Including the Scottish Highlands

Visit the ancient village of Skara Brae on your Orkney tour!

Your 5-day excursion through the Scottish Highlands and the Orkney Islands begins in Edinburgh, where you’ll meet your guide and small group. You’ll set off in the morning, winding through tranquil, sweeping landscapes and stopping at must-see historical landmarks like Stirling Castle.

During the next days, you’ll travel by minivan and ferry, crossing the Pentland Firth to the sparsely inhabited Orkney Island – an ancient archipelago comprised of around 70 islands. Savor the unspoiled scenery and touches of Viking history that surround you, including ancient standing stones and prehistoric villages like Skara Brae. Your return trip crosses the Highlands, stopping at historic landmarks like Ardvreck Castle, Culloden Moor and Clava Cairns. Enjoy active days soaking up Scottish culture and nature and evenings at your leisure in Inverness, Kirkwall and Ullapool.

Your tour includes round-trip transport, four nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel or guesthouse (single or twin accommodation available) and daily breakfasts.


Customer Reviews

Marion L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The Orkneys was an amazing, fascinating destination. Tour was professionally organised and Roland was an entertaining, knowledgeable tour leader. Highly recommended

Lynn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

The 5day Orkney tour was amazing. Barney our driver was full of knowledge of all the places we went through and full of cheeky anecdotes that made it really interesting. Being in a Neolithic village and walking on Culloden Moor are memories forever. My accommodation was excellent in all stops. If you like history, ask for Barney.

John H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This tour was exactly what we wanted. Great guide accommodations more than adequate requires a certain amount of agility and stamina, walking up and down and steps, but we are 71 and 76 and had no trouble. Lovely people, interesting history, archeology, and scenery. Highly recommended. Small group, 15 people in a small bus. Full days but time to relax, meals, other than breakfast, on your own. If you do not choose the higher level hotel option, your B and B may not be in a place from which you can walk to dinner and will need a taxi.

Jarrad P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This tour was brilliant. Michael our tour guide was funny, professional and friendly. He had so much local knowledge and we loved his stories. He is obviously a proud Scot. We couldn't fault anything- the accommodation was very comfy and first rate with great breakfast, the coach was comfy and modern and the itinerary was jam packed but manageable. Thanks for helping us fall in love with the Scottish Highlands and the Orkney Islands.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

So much to tell on this jam packed Highland love affair. Our driver extraordinaire, Karen was amazing. She was passionate, articulate, funny and proud of her country. From the Highlands to the lowlands, Karen kept our group entertained with stories past and present, embellishing our tour with amusing tales, amazing scenery and an energy that was positive and infectious. A highlight for me was our time in the Orkneys. Not just the archaeology, which was spectacular, but seeing places only read of before. We sampled local cuisines, sipped on whisky, and laughed. What more could you want? Friendships were made and memories were created. You need to come to Scotland.

Barbara B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Totally fab -- this was an amazing tour!
Our Rabbies tour guide was Nick and he was the best! Very witty, extremely knowledgeable, and kept everyone on the bus very entertained.
The sites we visited were amazing and we had great weather on Orkney.
Looking forward to my next Rabbies tour.

Michael C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed this trip through the Highlands of Scotland and Orkney. Every minute of the tour was filled, the number of things we saw and experienced plus the informed and entertaining commentary from our guide/driver kept everyone's interest throughout. The two days in Orkney were particularly good, especially if you were interested in the historic remains such as Maeshowe and Skarra Brae. The Italian Chapel was very moving. The accommodation in Inverness could have been better but the hotels in Kirkwall and Ullapool were excellent. Our guide Karen, was brilliant, when time allowed she took us to see places outside the itinerary, her local knowledge and love of Scotland made this a holiday to remember.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

We,13, of us, of different ages, had a great time seeing the Scottish highlands, and some of the Orkney Islands amidst a snow storm and gale force winds. It was a journey and very beautiful, though very cold.
Wish we would have taken some group photos and had at least one dinner all together as a group.

Byron H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our guide, James was amazing! He was very knowledgeable and made sure to bring us the highlights everywhere we went. He added comedy as well as being able to answer our questions at random. This trip is highly recommended for anyone who wants to see great scenery, as well as a lot of history. Skara Brae is a sight that is not to be missed, as well as all the other history in the Orkney Islands.

We are now considering taking more Rabbi's tours in Ireland, because we were so impressed with this trip.

Janet H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful tour, excellent guide, just the right size group. Accommodation was perfect and the locations visited made for a wonderful trip.

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