Our 5 Day Orkney Islands Tour from Edinburgh is an adventure to the Outer Hebrides of Scotland with a private guide and transport.
As such, a unique travel experience through Scotlands Highlands.
The rugged beauty of Caithness, visit John ‘O’ Groats and tour the Orkney Islands with a private guide.
Experience the wonderful scenery and history of Scotland with Scottish Guided Tours.
Explore breathtaking Glencoe and enjoy the hospitality of Inverness, the Capital of the highlands.
Journey to the northernmost parts of Scotland and follow in the footsteps of Vikings.
The awe-inspiring Orkney Islands await.
Orkney Islands Tour Day 1
9.am Depart for Scotlands Highlands
9.30 Photo stop & coffee
The Forth Rail bridge is an engineering feat from Scotlands industrial past and a wonderful photo opportunity.
Dunkeld Highland Village
Dunkeld is a beautiful highland village, nestled on the banks of the River Tay. Additionally, Dunkeld Cathedral dates back to the 7th century and is a wonderful historic site to visit.
Lunch in the Highlands of Scotland
Sample superb Scottish produce in a local establishment of your choice
Culloden Battlefield & Clava Cairns
The events that unfolded here in 1746 still resonate with visitors and the people of Scotland alike.
Explore the Culloden visitor centre and walk the battlefield.
Hear of the tragic events that would change Scotland forever.
Clava Cairns Burial Site & Standing Stones
Clava Cairns is our next stop. A truly unique series on neolithic burial cairns and standing stones that are over 4000 years old.
17.30 Check in Hotel/B&B
Orkney Islands Tour Day 2
8.30 am Depart for Orkney
We travel North through the Scottish Highlands.
Marvel at the unique scenery of Caithness and hear the history of the Highland people.
Just 11 miles from Dunnet Head, the most 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.
12 pm Check-in for Ferry to St Margaret’s Hope
The ferry takes approx one hour, during which time you will sail through the Pentland Firth and into the Orkney archipelligo.
This is the shortest and quickest sea route to Orkney.
The Italian Chapel
The Italian Chapel was built during the 2nd World War by Italian prisoners of war who were stationed on the island of Lamb Holm and tasked with building the Churchill Barriers.
Born from a time of conflict, but now serving as vital links between island communities, the Churchill Barriers are remarkable structures that have become as iconic as many of Orkney’s more ancient landmarks.
The sinking of HMS Royal Oak in October 1939 with the loss of 833 lives, prompted then First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, to order the building of a series of causeway – the Churchill Barriers – to block off the eastern approaches to the naval anchorage of Scapa Flow.
Stones of Stennes
The Standing Stones of Stenness may be the oldest henge site in the British Isles. Various traditions associated with the stones survived into the modern era and they form part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site .
Ring of Brodgar
Most henges do not contain stone circles; Brodgar is a striking exception, ranking with Avebury (and to a lesser extent Stonehenge) among the greatest of such sites.
5.30pm approx arrive to Kirkwall
Orkney Islands Tour Day 3
9.30 am Depart
Skara Brae and Maes Howe
Maeshowe is the finest chambered tomb in north west Europe and is more than 5,000 years old. Viking crusaders broke into the cairn in the 12th century and carved graffiti runes on the walls of the main chamber.
Skara Brae is one of the best-preserved Neolithic settlements anywhere in Western Europe –The amazing artefacts discovered at this incredible site give us an insight into what life was like thousands of years ago.
1.15 pm Options for lunch
The captivating old town of Stromness is located on the shore of Hamnavoe, an inlet of Scapa Flow, and is the main ferry port on Orkney.
Scapa Flow is a body of water sheltered by the islands of Mainland, Graemsay, Burray, South Ronaldsay and Hoy. Its sheltered waters have played an important role in travel, trade and conflict throughout the centuries.
A scenic drive with views of Scapa Flow, which was used by the British Navy during both World Wars. Scapa flow is the final resting place of HMS Royal Oak.
Option to visit Scapa Distillery
Scapa is an artisanal single malt forged by the extreme elements of Orkney. Scapa is a surprisingly smooth and honeyed single malt whisky, a unique tasting experience.
5.30pm approx Arrive to Kirkwall
Orkney Islands Tour Day 4
9 am Depart
St Magnus Cathedral
Towering above Kirkwall, the cathedral with its distinct sandstone hues is one of Orkney’s most significant landmarks. It was founded in 1137 by Earl Rognvald in honour of his uncle St Magnus and took 300 years to build
10.30am check in
11.15 am Ferry to Mainland
Lunch in Wick
Wick is a lovely town and royal burgh in Caithness, The town straddles the River Wick and extends along both sides of Wick Bay.
Great for lunch, coffee or stroll.
Dunrobin Castle Dunrobin Castle is the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms. It is also one of Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s. Home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland.
6pm approx arrive to Inverness
9am depart Inverness
10-11am Urquhart Castle or Loch Ness Boat Trip Option
11-1pm drive Great Glen, stop options; Fort Augustus and views of Ben Nevis
1-2pm Lunch in Fort William
2-6pm Glencoe and Ranoch Moor
6-7pm Return to drop off point
Pick Up & Duration
Pick up & tour duration
Meeting Location: I shall pick you up on the morning of your tour at your hotel, vacation accommodation or a predetermined point.
End Location: I shall drop you off after your tour, at your hotel, vacation accommodation or a place or location you wish.
Duration: 5 Days
All tours can be tailored to suit your needs, regarding departure and return times
Transportation is in a very comfortable MPV (mini van) with A/C and lots of space for both you and your fellow travellers. Water is provided also.
Whats included on your tour
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
- Water is provided
Estimated Cash Needed
20 -30 GBP – Sometimes handy to have a little cash for small coffee shops or stores, although most will take card.
What`s extra on your tour
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
Other: If you wish enter Historic buildings like castles etc or participate in any short boat trips, these are not included in the tour. Thank you.
Orkney Islands Tour from Edinburgh
Scottish Guided Tours provide tailor-made private tours of Scotland.
As a result our Orkney Islands Tour from Edinburgh is a very popular choice.
The Capital City of Scotland is a must-see.
Travellers also often choose the wonderful city of Glasgow as a base or the capital of the highlands, Inverness.
Contact us and plan a bespoke Scotland Tour