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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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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.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

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.

Claudia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This trip was everything I expected and more. Our driver/guide, Karen Marr, was knowledgeable, entertaining, and very patient with our diverse group of travelers. The scenery was stunning, Karen's information and stories were wonderful, and the accommodations we chose to stay in hotels instead of B and B or Guest Houses were excellent. No complaints, whatsoever. We had a wonderful time and I would highly recommend this trip.

Debbie E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour. Audrey was amazing

Eric S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

My wife and I were very impressed with the Orkney tour. Very informative and a knowledgeable driver/guide in David. It ticked all the boxes for us and a few that we did not expect.

Rebecca F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our tour of the Orkneys was wonderful. Our Driver/Guide David was extremely informative and diversified our agenda to accommodate all of our needs. The accommodations were excellent. Many thanks to David for making our trip unforgettable.

Linda S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This trip was fantastic. Rabbie's Tours does an incredible job. Their tour guides are always very knowledgeable.

cchampaneri

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a wonderful trip to Orkney islands. Weather was cool, some drizzling, scenery was beautiful and our guide Karen was very knowledgeable!

Franklin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour
Audrey was a great guide and gifted story teller
She often would stop often in places not on the tour
but on the way to show us things relating to Scottish history and/ or lifestyle
The variety of scenery and historical features was amazing
The guesthouses were all welcoming and comfy

Tristan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fantastic tour! The tour is with Rabbie's and is very well planned. The mini coach is comfortable - only eight people on this tour so was plenty of room in the coach. The guide Heather was fantastic, very knowledgable, great customer service skills, good sense of humour and great story teller! The accommodation arranged was very suitable, stay at the Hildeval in Kirkwall, very friendly hosts and comfortable rooms. I will definitely travel with Rabbie's again when I'm next in Scotland.

Kelly B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Don't hesitate AT ALL when it comes to booking a tour with Rabbie's. They are extremely professional and organized and their drivers are very skilled, well versed and respectful of all passengers. I did two of the 5-day trips with them, this one to Orkney and another to Skye and they were fabulous. Both trips only had 8-10 passengers, but even if the van was full 16 clients max it would be very comfortable. There are plenty of stops and bathroom breaks throughout the day, so that is not a concern. The hotels/B and B's varied, but all were very clean, friendly and convenient to the main locale. You cover a large amount of ground on this tour, heading up the east coast of the Highlands to John O'Groats and taking the ferry beautiful 1-hour ride over to the AMAZING Orkney Isles. Rugged, stark windswept beauty...gorgeous, two nights in this ancient and magical place! And then back to the mainland and another stunning day exploring the west coast of the Highlands down to the lovely village of Ullapool. The last day's drive back to Edinburgh is filled with more beauty and history with a moving stop at the battlefield of Culloden. Seriously, having been on 2 of the 5-day tours with Rabbie's, I will absolutely tour with them again! I should mention that I am a single woman in my 50's, solo traveler and these tours made it a very easy and stress free not having to drive alone way to get out of town and see the Highlands and Isles. Made some new friends along the way as well. Thanks for the marvelous memories Rabbie's and I'll be back to lovely Scotland soon!

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