3-Day Orkney Explorer - Small Group Tour from Inverness

Cultural & Theme Tours in Kirkwall

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The archipelago of Orkney hides many treasures: and on our new three-day tour, your experienced driver-guide will ensure you find the best of them.You’ll unearth some of the most well-preserved prehistoric sites in Europe, examine a beautiful red sandstone coast, and discover the vibrant culture of remote island communities. All from the comfort of a luxury, 16 seat mini-coach.It’s an experience you’ll treasure for a lifetime.
ItineraryDay 1: Inverness - Gills Bay - St. Margaret's HopeStop At: Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Golspie, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandShort photo stop - please note the path leading to the front of the castle is quite steep, not suitable for everyone.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Dunbeath HarbourBeautiful view to the sea and a very scenic landscape. Short comfort stop.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: The Italian Chapel, St. Mary's, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandVisit the Italian Chapel, a beautiful Roman Catholic chapel in Lamb Holm which was constructed by Italians during the Second World War.Duration: 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Kirkwall, Orkney.Day 2: Today is your chance to explore the modern and ancient wonders of this fantastic islandStop At: Maeshowe, Stenness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandThe 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 30 minutesStop At: Stromness Marina, Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandExplore the quaint alleyways and absorb the atmosphere in this 18th century settlement, which boasts an array of shops and cafes, as well as Stromness Museum and the acclaimed Pier Arts Centre.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Skara Brae, Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandLong 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 15 minutesStop At: Ring of Brodgar, Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandOne 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 minutesStop At: Standing Stones of Stenness, Stenness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandStep 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: 10 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Kirkwall, Orkney.Day 3: Kirkwall - InvernessStop At: Kirkwall Marina, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandFree time in Kirkwall town centre - visitors can wander around the town, visits local shops or St. Magnus Cathedral.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: John O' Groats, Airor, Knoydart Peninsula, Lochaber, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThis 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: 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • Accommodation included: 2 nights
  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned mini-coach
  • 2 nights overnight accommodation with private facilities in either a B&B or 3-star hotel

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - The Italian Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Maeshowe
  • Entry/Admission - Stromness Marina
  • Entry/Admission - Skara Brae

Itinerary

Day 1: Inverness - Gills Bay - St. Margaret's Hope 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: Dunbeath Harbour Beautiful view to the sea and a very scenic landscape. Short comfort stop. Duration: 20 minutes 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: 30 minutes No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight in Kirkwall, Orkney.
Day 2: Today is your chance to explore the modern and ancient wonders of this fantastic island 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 30 minutes Stop At: Stromness Marina, Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland Explore the quaint alleyways and absorb the atmosphere in this 18th century settlement, which boasts an array of shops and cafes, as well as Stromness Museum and the acclaimed Pier Arts Centre. Duration: 1 hour 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 15 minutes 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 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: 10 minutes No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight in Kirkwall, Orkney.
Day 3: Kirkwall - Inverness Stop At: Kirkwall Marina, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland Free time in Kirkwall town centre - visitors can wander around the town, visits local shops or St. Magnus Cathedral. Duration: 1 hour 30 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: 30 minutes No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
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