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3-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Inverness

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Inverness-Shire, United Kingdom
3-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Inverness

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Overview

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.
  • 3-day trip from Inverness to Scotland’s Orkney Islands
  • Travel with an expert guide and see all the top Orkney attractions
  • Visit the Orkney Island’s Italian Chapel and see the famous Churchill Barriers
  • See the monuments that comprise the Heart of Neolithic Orkney: Maeshowe, the Standing Stones of Stenness, Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae
  • Admire St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall and learn about the Norwegian bell ringing that takes place there
  • Overnight accommodation in your choice of 3-star B&B or 3-star hotel
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Local guide
2 nights accommodation
Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Breakfast (2)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Inverness Bus Station , Margaret St, Inverness IV1 1LT, UK

Stance 7, Inverness Bus Station

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your 3-day excursion through the Orkney Islands begins in Inverness, where you’ll meet your guide in the morning and set off by ferry across the blustery North Sea to port in Stromness.

During the next days, you’ll travel by minibus through the sparsely inhabited Orkney Isles – an ancient archipelago comprised of around 70 islands. Savor the unspoiled scenery and touches of history that surround you such as the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a collection of Viking monuments including ancient standing stones, tombs and the prehistoric village of Skara Brae. See other fascinating sites like St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall and the famous Italian Chapel, built during WWII by Italian prisoners of war. Spend your days on fun guided tours and your evenings relaxing or independently exploring Kirkwall, where your accommodation is located.

Your tour includes round-trip transport, two nights stay in a 3-star hotel or B&B and daily breakfasts.
Itinerary
The Italian Chapel
Stop at the charmmg chapel built by Italian prisoners of war during WWII.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Churchill Barriers
The drive will take us past the Churchill Barriers built to protect the British fleet from submarines.
Duration: 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight: Kirkwall
Meals:
  Not Included
Maeshowe Chambered Cairn
Visit the magnificent chambered cairn of Maeshowe - dating back some 5000 years.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Skara Brae
Explore this Neolithic village which was exposed during storm of 1850. Previous to that it had been lost to the nation. See just how our ancestors lived.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stenness
These stone are though to the the oldest in the British Isles. These enormous stones are all that is left of an ancient ceremonial site.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Ring of Brodgar
A massive stone circle, originally consisting of 60 stones – 36 survive today. At least 13 prehistoric burial mounds. A large rock-cut ditch surrounding the stone circle
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight: Kirkwall
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Pentland Firth
Back onto the ferry for the crossing to the mainland.
Duration: 
Admission Ticket Free
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
The home of the Dukes of Sutherland. Explore the castle and gardens. If we are lucky there may be a Falconry display to admire.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
 Breakfast  
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Luggage Restrictions: Maximum weight: 15kg. Maximum size: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm per person plus small carry on
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Highland Experience Tours
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 3-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Inverness?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 3-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Inverness?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Inverness.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 3-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Inverness?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Inverness.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 3-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Inverness?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Inverness.

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star-5
Wonderful guide and group to travel...
Kitty D
, Aug 2017
Wonderful guide and group to travel with. We had a good bit of time at each site. Accomodations at B and B were very nice. I'm ready to go back!!
star-4
Pick up in Inverness was efficient...
Gillian C
, May 2017
Pick up in Inverness was efficient, all travel arrangements went according to plan, very good driving and tour commentary from our guide, thankyou. Accommodation in Orkney was a bit hit and miss as we were scattered over a wide area. I booked B and B accommodation but had not realised that I might be parked well out of the town centre. My B and B was very good, but with hindsight I would go for a hotel. Most tour operators lodge all guests together, which for a solo traveller is less isolating. We were advised to buy the all in one pass for attractions mine at concession rate was 15, a full price I think was 19. This should give entry to a varirty of venues without the need to pay at each, but as I only visited two of those places I don't think it was good value for me. You still had to queue up with other visitors and have your pass checked and dated by hand! which did not save much time. The places we saw were as I anticipated having done some research in advance, especially pleased to visit Maes Howe and Skara Brae, but would have like more time in Kirkwall when things were open. Had to forego the Bishop's Palace as I wanted to visit the cathedral, and time was quite limited. Also, we did not have enough time at Skara Brae to visit the stately home which was included as part of this visit. Frequent stops for toilets and refreshments at intervals I suppose are necessary, but when you only have one full day in Orkney they eat away at the available time for the major attractions. Now I have seen Orkney, I will probably go back and spend more time there. All in all it was a good, well organised tour with the few provisos I have mentioned.
star-5
This three day trip was everything...
Leatrice A
, Sep 2016
This three day trip was everything described and was a wonderful experience. The guide was knowledgeable and had a terrific sense of humor. I'd recommend this trip to anyone else who is considering a visit to the Orkney Islands.
star-5
Outstanding opportunity to see and...
Suzanne_S
, Jul 2016
Outstanding opportunity to see and experience many of the awesome historic sights in the Orkney Islands! Days were action-packed, but evening allowed plenty of time to relax, enjoy a good meal, and check out the pretty sea side town of Kirkwall. Our guide was knowledgeable, personable, and easy going which added to the fun of the tour. It was all that we hoped for!
star-5
Timeless! Guide was extremely...
bevka49
, Jun 2015
Timeless! Guide was extremely knowledgeable and very entertaining. Sights were unbelievable and more than we hoped for#
star-2
Great tour guide, Mark. Kirkwall hotel...
Susan B
, Oct 2014
Great tour guide, Mark. Kirkwall hotel not good. My VISA card was hacked.
star-5
This tour was just wonderful, nine...
Nanny of the Wetwipes
, Sep 2014
This tour was just wonderful, nine of us on the mini van. Mark the guide was most knowledgeable and helpful. I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to visit the Orkneys. We elected to stay at a hotel and it was good, very clean and wonderful food.
star-5
My wife and I really enjoyed this...
Denis P
, Jul 2013
My wife and I really enjoyed this trip. Everything worked out well - the bus, hotel, sightseeing. We thought the driver was first class; nothing was too much trouble; he was cheerful, helpful, knowledgeable.
star-5
The guide from Highland Experience...
D_A
, Jun 2013
The guide from Highland Experience informed us that ours was the first trip they had conducted and we were thus "guinea pigs " for the tour. His joking persona sometimes conflicted with his sense of direction as the route was new to him. The sites visited were excellent and what we had wished to see. The addition of Broch of Gurness at my request (over view only - site not entered) and Dunnett Head and also Stromness at suggestion by others, were worthwhile and should always be included (weather permitting). Other stops left only a very short time at Culloden which was a disappointment to those returning to Edinburgh.

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