3 Day Orkney Explorer from Inverness

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours in Dumfries

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Our three day Orkney tour from Inverness takes in the best the island has to offer! See Neolithic sights such as Skara Brae, The Ring of Brodgar, Maeshowe, the Italian Chapel and more
ItineraryDay 1: The journey from Inverness to OrkneyStop At: Loch Fleet, Dornock, Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, ScotlandOur first stop of the day is Loch Fleet. We pause here for pictures of the local wildlife; seals and birds.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Golspie InnWe spend a short while in the small village of Golspie for refreshmentsDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Carn LiathWe spend some time at Cairn Liath, an iron age broch on the eastern shore of the Scottish HighlandsDuration: 30 minutesStop At: River Helmsdale, Helmsdale, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandAfter Cairn Liath, we pause for photos at the Helmsdale ClearanceDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Pentland Ferries, Gills, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe reach Gills Bay, where we take the ferry over to the Orkney IslandsDuration: 1 hourStop At: The Italian Chapel, St. Mary's, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandWe stop at the Italian Chapel, and time permitting we have the option to explore the interior of the wonderful building.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Kirkwall VisitScotland iCentre, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandWe arrive in Kirkwall, capital of the Orkneys, where we check in to our accommodation.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: A full day exploring OrkneyStop At: Standing Stones of Stenness, Stenness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandWe stop for photos of the magnificent Stones of StennessDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Ring of Brodgar, Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandWe visit the Ring of Brodgar, a neolithic stone formation in Stromness.Duration: 25 minutesStop At: Maeshowe, Stenness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandWe stop at Maeshowe, an underground chambered cairn where you will have time to explore the passages and chambers.Duration: 1 hour 25 minutesStop At: Skara Brae, Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandSkara Brae is Europe’s best-preserved Neolithic village, built even before the pyramids of Egypt. You can explore the village and get a glimpse into what life was like for the inhabitants 5000 years ago.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Kirkwall VisitScotland iCentre, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandWe return to Kirkwall and check in to our accommodation for the evening.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: The return trip to InvernessStop At: Pentland Ferries, Gills, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe travel from St Margaret's Hope to Gills Bay, back to mainland Scotland.Duration: 1 hourStop At: John O' Groats, Airor, Knoydart Peninsula, Lochaber, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe follow the coastline to John O’Groats; Scotland’s most northerly point on the mainland. Spend time here exploring the coastline and take your iconic picture next to its famous signpost. A range of wildlife can usually be seen here such as Atlantic puffins, seals, a variety of birds and possibly even an orca! Duration: 1 hourStop At: Dunbeath Castle Gardens, Dunbeath, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe pause for photos at Dunbeath Castle GardensDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Golspie, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe pause for photos at Dunrobin CastleDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Golspie InnWe stop for a refreshment break at the village of GolspieDuration: 20 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Ferry costs are included in the price of your tour
  • Entry/Admission - Pentland Ferries
  • Entry/Admission - Pentland Ferries

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Accommodation is not included, unless selected
  • Meals
  • Entry to attractions
  • Entry/Admission - The Italian Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Kirkwall VisitScotland iCentre
  • Entry/Admission - Maeshowe
  • Entry/Admission - Skara Brae
  • Entry/Admission - Kirkwall VisitScotland iCentre

Itinerary

Day 1: The journey from Inverness to Orkney Stop At: Loch Fleet, Dornock, Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland Our first stop of the day is Loch Fleet. We pause here for pictures of the local wildlife; seals and birds. Duration: 15 minutes Stop At: Golspie Inn We spend a short while in the small village of Golspie for refreshments Duration: 20 minutes Stop At: Carn Liath We spend some time at Cairn Liath, an iron age broch on the eastern shore of the Scottish Highlands Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: River Helmsdale, Helmsdale, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, Scotland After Cairn Liath, we pause for photos at the Helmsdale Clearance Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: Pentland Ferries, Gills, Scottish Highlands, Scotland We reach Gills Bay, where we take the ferry over to the Orkney Islands Duration: 1 hour Stop At: The Italian Chapel, St. Mary's, Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland We stop at the Italian Chapel, and time permitting we have the option to explore the interior of the wonderful building. Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Kirkwall VisitScotland iCentre, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland We arrive in Kirkwall, capital of the Orkneys, where we check in to our accommodation. Duration: 3 hours No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 2: A full day exploring Orkney Stop At: Standing Stones of Stenness, Stenness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland We stop for photos of the magnificent Stones of Stenness Duration: 15 minutes Stop At: Ring of Brodgar, Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland We visit the Ring of Brodgar, a neolithic stone formation in Stromness. Duration: 25 minutes Stop At: Maeshowe, Stenness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland We stop at Maeshowe, an underground chambered cairn where you will have time to explore the passages and chambers. Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes Stop At: Skara Brae, Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland Skara Brae is Europe’s best-preserved Neolithic village, built even before the pyramids of Egypt. You can explore the village and get a glimpse into what life was like for the inhabitants 5000 years ago. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Kirkwall VisitScotland iCentre, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland We return to Kirkwall and check in to our accommodation for the evening. Duration: 3 hours No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 3: The return trip to Inverness Stop At: Pentland Ferries, Gills, Scottish Highlands, Scotland We travel from St Margaret's Hope to Gills Bay, back to mainland Scotland. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: John O' Groats, Airor, Knoydart Peninsula, Lochaber, Scottish Highlands, Scotland We follow the coastline to John O’Groats; Scotland’s most northerly point on the mainland. Spend time here exploring the coastline and take your iconic picture next to its famous signpost. A range of wildlife can usually be seen here such as Atlantic puffins, seals, a variety of birds and possibly even an orca! Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Dunbeath Castle Gardens, Dunbeath, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, Scotland We pause for photos at Dunbeath Castle Gardens Duration: 15 minutes Stop At: Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Golspie, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, Scotland We pause for photos at Dunrobin Castle Duration: 15 minutes Stop At: Golspie Inn We stop for a refreshment break at the village of Golspie Duration: 20 minutes No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
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