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Separated from the northern tip of mainland Scotland by the choppy waters of the Pentland Firth strait, the Orkney Islands are an archaeological wonderland. Comprised of about 20 inhabited islands and many more uninhabited ones, Orkney is littered with prehistoric ruins and Viking remnants. The islands’ interiors, a patchwork of heather-clad moors and fertile grasslands, are encircled by superb sandy beaches and sheer coastal cliffs.

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Orkney Islands Day Trip from John O'Groats

Orkney Islands Day Trip from John O'Groats

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Escape the mainland for a full-day tour of the far-flung Orkney Islands from John O’Groats. Journey by ferry across the Pentland Firth to the wind-swept Orkney archipelago, bursting with postcard-perfect natural vistas and mystical landmarks. With a local guide, cruise along the Churchill Barriers to visit villages steeped in Viking mystery like 5,000-year-old Skara Brae and landmarks like the Lamb Holm Italian Chapel and St. Magnus Cathedral.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.50
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$106.50

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

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

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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.
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  • 5 days
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$940.01
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$940.01

3-Day Orkney Explorer Small-Group Tour from Inverness

3-Day Orkney Explorer Small-Group Tour from Inverness

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Explore off the beaten path on this 3-day tour of the archipelago of Orkney. Leave the driving to your guide and travel in a top-of-the range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach to visit prehistoric sites, a dramatic red sandstone coast, and some of Scotland’s most remote fishing villages. This small-group tour is limited to 16 people to ensure a more personalized experience.
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  • 3 days
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$458.71
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5-Day Orkney and Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

5-Day Orkney and Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

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Experience Scotland’s amazing history, nature and people on this 5-day Orkney and Highlands tour from Edinburgh. Gaze over the Wallace Monument and the Vale of Mentieth from Stirling Castle. Travel through Glen Coe to Loch Tulla and visit Inverlochy Castle near Fort William. Experience the Highlands’ capital — Inverness — and watch for native puffins, seals and whales on the ferry from Gills Bay to Orkney. Discover prehistoric treasures in Orkney including the Ness of Brodgar and the Stone Circles of Stenness. Visit the Culloden Battlefield and the pretty town of Pitlochry.
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  • 5 days
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$963.87
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3-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Inverness

3-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Inverness

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Discover the mystic and dramatic beauty of the far-flung Orkney Islands on this 3-day excursion from Inverness. With a friendly guide, journey across the Pentland Firth to wind-swept Orkney archipelago, bursting with wildlife and picture-perfect vistas. Visit villages steeped in Viking mystery and landmarks like the Lamb Holm Italian Chapel and the UNESCO-listed Standing Stones of Stenness. Two evenings in a 3-star hotel or B&B and daily breakfast included.
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  • 3 days
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$552.71
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Group Walk up Ben Nevis from Fort William

Group Walk up Ben Nevis from Fort William

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Take on the UK's highest mountain and experience the best of the Scottish countryside on this 8-hour Ben Nevis hike from Fort William. Follow a guide along rugged trails to the peak of Ben Nevis, and gain insight into the wildlife and geology for which the mountain is famous. Along the way, admire spectacular views over the surrounding lakes, forests, peaks and valleys. Enjoy the feeling of achievement at the top, then perhaps finish your day with a refreshing pint back at base!
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$121.33
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Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness

Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness

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Immerse yourself in Scotland’s spectacular natural landscapes on a day tour of the Scottish Highlands from Inverness. In a small group limited to eight, visit Loch Ness, home to the legendary Loch Ness Monster at Chanonry Point. Plus, stop at the Clava Cairns (Stones of Clava), Culloden Battlefield, and Glen Ord Whisky Distillery.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Journey to the frontier of ancient Rome on this full-day tour of Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish borders from Edinburgh. First up is a tour of the 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, famously featured in ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and renowned for its mysterious stone carvings and unique architecture. After lunch (not included), stop at Melrose Abbey, the burial site of King Robert the Bruce’s heart, and look out over the English border from Cheviot Hills, before walking along the UNESCO-listed Hadrian’s Wall.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.71
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Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from Inverness

Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from Inverness

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Check out the Isle of Skye on a day trip from Inverness. With a Scottish local in a kilt as your driver-guide, you’ll discover the history behind the island plus some famous landmarks along the way. Pass Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, then cross Skye Bridge to spend time on the island itself. Visit the town of Portree, travel through the Cuillin mountains, and discover beguiling natural sights such as the Old Man of Storr. Numbers are limited to just eight people for a small-group experience.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$107.85
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Napa Valley Open Air Wine Trolley Tour with Lunch
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Napa Valley Open Air Wine Trolley Tour with Lunch

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Make your day in wine country memorable on a fun tour aboard the Napa Valley Wine Trolley. The open-air cable car is a replica of the historic trolleys seen in San Francisco and offers gorgeous views of the vineyards as you travel to three wineries to sample the local blends. An expert guide will accompany you along the way, providing entertaining and factual commentary about Napa’s rich history. Midday, stop for a lunch at Ottimo Napa Valley, a local favorite.
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  • 5 hours
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$115.00
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Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness

Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness

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Visit Eilean Donan Castle and the spectacular Isle of Skye on a full-day trip from Inverness, and explore an iconic Scottish landscape of wind-swept valleys, rock formations, and coastal cliffs. Travel in a Mercedes mini-coach, following a route through the mountains of Wester Ross on your way to Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye, then visit the island’s highlights with an experienced guide. This full-day tour departs from central Inverness, and it’s the perfect introduction for first-time visitors to the Isle of Skye.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.10
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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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An Edinburgh bus tour is the perfect way to hear commentary on city sights and get a panoramic overview. This City Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh lets you hop on and off at several strategically placed stops as many times as you like. Board the open-top double-decker bus and travel the entire route, or stop at Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and many more. Buses depart regularly and tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.57
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3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour Including

3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour Including "Hogwarts Express" Ride

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Venture to the Scottish Highlands and spend two nights on the Isle of Skye, including a steam train ride on The Jacobite of the West Highland Railway Line — aka the ‘Hogwarts Express’ of Harry Potter fame. This 3-day guided trip from Edinburgh takes you through Cairngorms National Park to regional highlights such as the Old Man of Storr and the Cuillin Mountains. Visit Eilean Donan Castle, ride the ferry to Mallaig and stop at the legendary Loch Ness. Enjoy daily breakfasts during your hotel or B&B stay in Portree.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$645.73
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Orkney Mini Tour 5 hours

Orkney Mini Tour 5 hours

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This tour is a great way to visit the main sites in Orkney in around 5 hours. Ideal if you are on a day trip or a cruise ship and you want to see some of the main highlights of the island. You will be given commentary while driving around Orkney's beautiful scenery and tell you about local customs and traditions of the islands. This tour takes you through the Heart of Neolithic Orkney visiting some of the most spectacular archaeological sites in the UK and then a coastal drive with panoramic views of the beautiful Scapa Flow to discover Orkney's wartime history with a stop at the Italian Chapel. We also visit Orkney's main town of Kirkwall to see St Magnus Cathedral, built while Orkney was under Norse rule.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$465.09
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8-Day Orkney Skye and Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

8-Day Orkney Skye and Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

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Explore Scotland’s rugged peaks and islands on this 8-day Orkney, Skye and Highlands tour from Edinburgh. Travel along Scotland’s west coast with a guide to Skye and enjoy breathtaking views over the soaring Highlands. Visit the Orkney Islands, where puffins, seals and whales thrive. Take in famous Scottish attractions such as Loch Lomond, Glen Coe, the Ring of Brodgar, the Trossachs and the Cairngorm Mountains National Park, and marvel at the country’s awe-inspiring landscapes. Along the way, delve into Scotland’s folklore heritage and see what makes the country tick.
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  • 8 days
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$1,712.06
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Orkney Trike Tours of Orkney

Orkney Trike Tours of Orkney

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Explore Orkney is a fun, unique way—on a stylish and powerful trike! The Orkney archipelago is known for its dramatic sandstone cliffs, Neolithic sites, and seal colonies, which you will discover at your leisure with a private guide. Themed tours like Neolithic Orkney, Spirits of Orkney, or Orkney at War are available, or create your own itinerary.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$356.65
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Kirkwall Private Walking Tour

Kirkwall Private Walking Tour

For this tour you need to take the shuttle bus from the pier to the city centre. Kirkwall is the largest town in Orkney, an archipelago in the north of mainland Scotland. What to expect – your local guide will take you around Kirkwall, the largest town in Orkney, which is situated on the northern coast of mainland Orkney We will explore St. Magnus Cathedral founded in 1137 by the Viking, Earl Rognvald, in honour of his uncle St Magnus. Then we will visit two buildings full of history in the heart of Kirkwall: Bishop´s and Earl´s Palace. Bishop’s Palace is one of the best - preserved buildings from medieval times. Once this visit is finished, we will head to Albert Street. Your local guide will meet you up at the meeting point and take you back to the ship. PLEASE NOTE: WALKING INVOLVED MISSING YOU ALREADY!! Included: Bishop´s and Earl´s Palace
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$309.34
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$309.34
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From Kirkwall - Orkney Mainland Private Tour

From Kirkwall - Orkney Mainland Private Tour

See the historical and natural highlights of the Orkney Mainland all in one day, on this private tour from Kirkwall. Meet your guide at your preferred address, hop aboard your vehicle, and set off. You’ll admire the wild and rugged beauty of locations like Scapa Flow (a natural harbor) before encountering Neolithic cairns and villages, ancient stone circles, Bronze and Iron Age settlements, and other striking landmarks.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$330.11
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Should I book Orkney Islands tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Orkney Islands can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Orkney Islands 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Orkney Islands costs USD 21.57. Guided Orkney Islands tours start around USD 21.57 per person.
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