5-Day Orkney & Scotland's Northern Coast Small-Group Tour From Edinburgh - Inverness

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  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    08:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Edinburgh EH1 3DQ, UK
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Venture to the far-flung Orkney Islands on a 5-day tour from Edinburgh with 3-star accommodation included, and visit top Highland towns and attractions, too! With a friendly guide, travel through the Highlands, visiting Loch ness and Glencoe, and pass John oGroats on route to the stunning Orkney Island archipelago. With Kirkwall (Orkneys capital) as your base, discover the areas historical highlights such as Lamb Holm Italian Chapel and the Standing Stones of Stenness. On route back to Edinburgh, call in at the 15th-century ruins of Ardvreck Castle and Culloden Moor, an important Jacobite battlefield. Overnight stays in Inverness and Ullapool are included, plus two nights in Kirkwall.

Highlights

  • Small-group tour
  • Breakfast included
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh - Inverness

Stop At: Buachaille Etive Mor, Ballachulish, Glencoe, Scottish highlands, Scotland
Be moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tales of one of Scotlands most famous landscapes.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Fort Augustus, Fort Augustus, Loch ness, Scottish highlands, Scotland
Situated on the most southern tip of Loch ness on the Great Glen Way, this historic and scenic hamlet is a popular tourist destination.
Duration: 20 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Inverness.

Day 2: Inverness - John O' Groats - Orkney

Stop At: Dunrobin castle and Gardens, Golspie, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Short photo stop - please note the path leading to the front of the castle is quite steep, not suitable for everyone.
Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: John O' Groats, Airor, Knoydart Peninsula, Lochaber, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
This Highland village combines dramatic, unspoilt scenery and fascinating wildlife.
Just 11 miles from Dunnet Head, the mostly northerly point of mainland Britain, the small coastal village of John o Groats is the starting point for many embarking on the famous 'End to End' journey to Land's End in England, some 876 miles away.
Duration: 20 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Kirkwall.

Day 3: Full day touring around Orkneys

Stop At: Skara Brae, Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland
Long before Stonehenge or even the Egyptian pyramids were built, Skara Brae was a thriving village. Step back 5,000 years in time to explore the best-preserved Neolithic settlement in Western Europe.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ring of Brodgar, Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland
One of the finest stone circles in the world.
Dating back from 2,500 to 2,000 BC, the stone ring was built in a true circle, 104 metres wide and originally contained sixty megaliths; today only twenty-seven of these stones remain.
Duration: 30 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Kirkwall.

Day 4: Kirkwall - St Margaret's Hope - Ullapool

Stop At: Standing Stones of Stenness, Stenness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland
Step back in time over 5000 years at what may be the earliest henge monument in the British Isles. The enormous Stones of Stenness are all that remains of a great stone circle on an ancient ceremonial site.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Maeshowe, Stenness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland
The monumental chambered tomb of Maeshowe is simply the finest Neolithic building in NW Europe. Built around 5,000 years ago, it is a masterpiece of Neolithic design and stonework construction, not least for its use of massive individual stones.
Viking crusaders broke into the cairn in the 12th century and carved graffiti runes on the walls of the main chamber. Maeshowe is part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, along with Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: The Italian Chapel, St. Mary's, Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland
Visit the Italian Chapel, a beautiful Roman Catholic chapel in Lamb Holm which was constructed by Italians during the Second World War.
Duration: 40 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Ullapool.

Day 5: Ullapool - Edinburgh

Stop At: Culloden Battlefield, Culloden Moor, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Visit the powerfully moving site of the final Jacobite Rising the last and most harrowing pitched battle to be fought on British soil.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Corrieshalloch Gorge, Ullapool, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
This plunging box canyon, through which the River Droma rushes, is one of the natural wonders of the Scottish Highlands. Follow the pleasant woodland trails, cross the Victorian suspension bridge over the tree-lined gorge, and look down on the torrent of water crashing 45m over the Falls of Measach.
Duration: 40 minutes

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Inclusions

Accommodation included: 4 nights

4 nights en-suite accommodation in either a B&B or 3-star hotel (breakfast included)

Small-group tour (maximum 16 passengers)

Transportation by top of the range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach

Driver/guide

Exclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Gratuities

Meals and refreshments

Admission fees & optional activities.

Entry/Admission - Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

Entry/Admission - Skara Brae

Entry/Admission - Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

Entry/Admission - The Italian Chapel

Entry/Admission - Culloden Battlefield

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

Minimum age for travel on this tour is 5 years

Please note: you will be required to choose between either a 3-star bed and breakfast or 3-star hotel at time of booking

Booking three or more people? We can accommodate up to 8 guests in a group, please add each required room to your basket separately

When booking three or more people, efforts will be made to book a combination of suitable rooms (double/twin/family). Preferences should be noted upon booking in the Special Requirements section

Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 20kg of luggage (44lbs); one medium sized suitcase/bag similar to airline standard carry-on luggage (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.

Italian Chapel We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Skara Brae - We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.

Maeshowe Our timings and tickets with this attraction are currently under review due to the coronavirus.

Culloden - We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Face coverings are mandatory and must always be worn. Infrared thermometer temperature check during check-in for tour. Passengers with temperature readings above 38 degrees will not be able to travel for health and safety reasons. Simple Covid-19 health questionnaire upon arrival.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 09-Oct-2022

    Excelente excursão, vale cada centavo! O guia responsável, Barney, foi sempre muito atencioso e demonstrou vasta cultura e conhecimento da Escócia e sua rica história. Interesse em passeios no Reino Unido? Rabbies merece muito ser a opção.

  • 29-Aug-2022

    Went to small towns.orkney was amazing.saw unique scenery. Ferry was interesting seeing the Orkney islands

  • 18-Aug-2022

    FANTASTIC trip we had with Dom as our guide. Everything was well planned through each day—we got to see SO much more than if we had just rented a car and drove around ourselves, and we also had such a great time with the other group tour members! Seriously—our guide Dom was so knowledgeable, and such a great host, the experience was so great, way beyond our expectations!

  • 14-Aug-2022

    Highly recommended! Scenery and guide Dom fantastic! We saw Neolithic sites, caves, cliffs, hiked, lighthouse, wildlife, lochs, beaches, manor home and a castle. Loved our small group and guide. Hotels better than advertised!

  • 26-Jul-2022

    We did this tour for our wedding anniversary, combining it with another Rabbie's tour in Scotland. The itinerary for this tour itself was great because everything was well planned and the possibilities/flexibilities were good enough. We can definitely consider travelling with Rabbie's again in the future. We give this tour an overall 4 out of 5 stars due to the following: 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ for the customer service. • Not so good both via email and Messenger - didn’t even read our questions (instead they answered us with promotional material completely irrelevant to the questions) and misinformed us about the first meeting point. • No banner/sign nor staff waiting for us at the first meeting point, leading to confusion and uncertainty until the last minute when the driver/guide finally showed up. 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for the guide/driver, Michael. • A true example of an excellent tour guide. • Always gave very detailed and meaningful explanations of each location we visited during the first 4 days we were on the tour. • Had a great taste in music; showed us Scottish songs/artists with relevant stories to the locations we visited or the activities we were about to do - with songs that were easy to listen to. • Warm personality, very respectful to people from other countries/cultural backgrounds, a highly motivated guide, really funny person, excellent driver. • Almost always could answer any questions any of us asked; only 1-2 questions he didn’t know the answer to, of which he admitted it, found out the answers, and explained to us later on. • The only negative side was his very thick Scottish accent that even none of the English-native speakers (from the USA, Australia, Canada, Singapore, and even England) could fully understand.

  • 03-Jul-2022

    Amazing tour with Robbie's. so much to see! Our tour guide Keith was witty, knowledgeable and make the whole adventure fun! Thanks for achieving one of our bucket list items by seeing the historic Orkney Islands. We were in Awe!

  • 07-Jun-2022

    All the Prehistory was fascinating ! Fabulous tour; food, guide, lodging, company, comfortable seating,

  • 11-Oct-2021

    We had an outstanding trip to Orkney and Northern Scotland with Robbie Tours. Our guide and driver, Jodie, has excellent knowledge of the area and a more than thorough understanding of Scottish history. She kept us informed and entertained with stories and legends as well as injecting much humour along the way. She was very helpful in suggesting places to eat in all the cities and towns that we visited. She was very conscious of keeping the tour punctual but giving us plenty of time to explore all the stops on the tour. We highly recommend this tour.

  • 15-Sep-2021

    My partner Tony and I have just done this tour and it was the most amazing experience for the two of us. David our driver was very knowledgeable of all the areas we visited and went out of his way to ensure that we saw some historically outstanding places and spectacular scenery on our travels to and from Edinburgh, in the Highlands and during our stay on the Orkney's. We certainly packed in a lot during the five days, and Dave took us to many wonderful locations in his 'go anywhere bus'. We chose the bed and breakfast option and we found all the accommodation to be of a high standard and the hosts friendly and accommodating. We also were able to book an evening meal at each location but would strongly recommend that where possible you book ahead at the restaurant of your choice etc. A big thank you to David and we certainly would recommend this tour.

  • 14-Sep-2021

    Fantastic trip - our driver and guide David was professional, funny and helpful in making the 5 day Orkney trip and adventure to be remembered for many years. We saw lots snd learnt about the ruins, castles snd wars. Thx Rabbie’s this was my third trip eith you!

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