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Orkney Islands Tour

Experience an Orkney Islands Tour over 5 wonderful days 

Orkney Islands Tour from Edinburgh

Scotland Tours – Book a tailor-made 5-day Private Orkney Islands Tour from Edinburgh with Scottish Guided Tours. As a result, you shall experience the natural beauty, mystery and ancient history of the Orkney Islands and Highland Scotland on a fun and relaxed private tour – Neolithic ruins, ancient mysteries & breathtaking scenery await on our private tour of Scotland from Edinburgh – The Orkney Islands from Edinburgh – Enquire about Private Guided Tours of Scotland 

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5 wonderful days exploring the Orkney Islands & the rugged Scottish Highlands on a guided tour of Scotland
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Your Journey

Our wonderful 5 Day Orkney Islands Tour from Edinburgh is a fun adventure to the Outer Hebrides of Scotland with a private guide and transport. As such, a relaxed and unique travel experience through Scotlands Highlands and islands. 

Orkney Islands Tour: Skara Brae  – Best preserved neolithic settlement in Europe – Scapa Flow  – The final resting place of HMS Royal Oak. Stromness  – The captivating old town of Stromness Kirkwall Orkney’s vibrant capital, remains a Viking town at heart. Churchill Barriers – Born from a time of conflict, but now serving as vital links between island communities Ring of Brodgar  – A striking example of Orkney’s Neolithic heritage Standing Stones of Stenness – Perhaps the oldest henge site in the British Isles The Italian Chapel – Built during the 2nd World War by Italian prisoners of war and a true symbol of peace.

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 and an epic Scottish Highlands tour awaits.

Why Scottish Guided Tours?

Door to Door Service

Your private tour guide shall greet you at your chosen location. Hotel, B&B or even Cruise Ship Terminal. The most convenient start possible to your private tour of Scotland. Complete Door-to-door service from Scottish Guided Tours. 

Your Guides

Niall and his team of experienced Scottish Tour Guides aim to give the best possible experience, whether heritage-related, historical, cultural or perhaps a mixture of all three. Fun and authentic private guided tours of Scotland – The best Scotland has to offer.

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Scottish Guided Tours delivers award-winning private tours of Scotland exclusively for your group of travellers. Bespoke tours of Scotland designed around your time frame & interests.

Transport

Our brand-new luxury vehicles ensure great views, comfort, and plenty of room for all travellers and luggage. Private Small Group Tours of Scotland are exclusively for you and your travelling companions.

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Day One 

We depart on our Orkney Islands Tour from Edinburgh and travel north to the Scottish Highlands, passing through beautiful Highland Perthshire.

Highland Perthshire is known as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands and is an outstanding start to our private tour of Scotland.

Coffee in the historic village of Dunkeld and a visit to the 7th-century Cathedral is an excellent start to the day.

Dunkeld Cathedral is indeed a remarkable building in the heart of this beautiful highland village.

Jacobites once fought the British Army on this quaint village’s streets, and You can still see musket ball marks.

Next, we explore the fascinating Hermitage Woods.

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Hermitage Woods, near Dunkeld on our Orkney Islands Tour from Edinburgh

The forest here is magical, and the Dukes of Athol planted the Douglas Firs and Larch in the 18th century.

John, the 4th Duke of Athol, was known as ‘Planter John’ and the woodlands’ Big Tree Country.’ 

There is more to these Scottish woods than meets the eye!! 

 

Culloden Moor & Clava Cairns 

Our private guided tour of Scotland continues to Culloden Moor. 

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Cairns mark the graves of Highland warriors at Culloden Moor.

Culloden is an extraordinary and poignant place in Scottish Jacobite history and, as such, an excellent stop on our private tours of Scotland.

The interactive visitor centre will take you back in time to 1746 and what turns out to be the last military battle on British soil. 

Visitors to the moorland comment on this place’s unique atmosphere, and walking on the battlefield past the cairns that mark the graves of highlanders, you understand why.

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A cairn marking mass Clan graves on Culloden Moor. Scottish Guided Tours-Private Tours of Scotland

The Jacobites’ massacre on that bleak April morning and the war graves that remain are a stark reminder of the fate of the Highlanders.

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Culloden Moor and the Clan Fraser Cairn on day one of our Edinburgh to Orkney Tour

Clava Cairns and Standing Stones

A perfect end to our first day is Clava Cairns.

Walk amongst the neolithic stones and truly feel the wonder of this place. A hugely significant and exceptionally well preserved prehistoric site.

Clava Cairns is a fantastic example of the distant history of Highland Scotland, dating back about 4,000 years.

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The Standing Stones of Clava Cairns are as magical as they are mysterious.

A well-preserved Bronze Age cemetery complex of passage graves, ring cairns, kerb cairns, and standing stones in a beautiful setting. Standing stones are not uncommon in Scotland but are always very special to touch, walk around, and experience.

The Outlander TV series has undoubtedly added to their popularity.

A hugely significant and exceptionally well preserved prehistoric site.

Clava Cairns is a fantastic example of the distant history of Highland Scotland, dating back about 4,000 years.

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Clava Cairns is a neolithic settlement outside Inverness. A magical stop on our Isle of Skye Tour

Inverness – Capital of the Highlands

In the early evening, we check into Inverness.  The largest city and the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness is a wonderful, friendly, and welcoming town.

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Ness Footbridge over the River Ness. Inverness & Highland Tour exploring the city.
 

Nestled on the River Ness, the small city has an excellent choice of restaurants, traditional pubs, and shops.

Situated on Scotland’s northeast coast where the River Ness meets the Moray Firth makes this little city an outstanding overnight stop on our Orkney Islands Tour. 

Superb choices of Hotels, B&B’s, shops, and local eateries means there is an excellent selection for all travellers in the capital of the Highlands.

One of the many reasons why tours of Inverness are a must.

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Visit Inverness on your Scotland Travels and explore Inverness Castle.

 

 Day Two

 

8.30 am We depart for Orkney

We travel North through the Scottish Highlands and marvel at the unique scenery of Caithness. The history of our Highland people can be as tragic as it is remarkable.

As we travel to John ‘O’ Groats, Scotland’s story will unfold a little more.

John O’Groats

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 approximately one hour, during which you will sail through the Pentland Firth and into the Orkney archipelago.

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Scotland is a nation of islands. On our Orkney Islands Tour, we sail into St Margarets Hope.

This is the shortest and quickest sea route to Orkney and an amazing experience.

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.

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The Italian Chapel is an incredible stop on our Orkney Islands Tour.
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On our Orkney Islands Tour from Edinburgh, an incredible attraction is always the Italian Chapel.

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 the causeway – the Churchill Barriers – to block off the eastern approaches to the naval anchorage of Scapa Flow.

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Churchill Barriers on our Orkney Islands Tour are an incredible sight.

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.

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Standing Stones of Stenness on our Orkney Islands Tour from Edinburgh

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.

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Neolithic sites pepper the Orkney Islands. Explore the Ring of Brogdar on your Orkney Islands tour from Edinburgh.

5.30 pm approx arrive in Kirkwall

Kirkwall is the largest town of Orkney and a great base on our Orkney Islands Tour from Edinburgh. Kirkwall’s name comes from the Norse name Kirkjuvágr, which later changed to Kirkvoe, Kirkwall, and Kirkwall. Contact us for great B&B and Hotel suggestions.

 

 

Day 3

A longer lie this morning !!!

9.30 am, we set off on an incredible adventure around the Orkney mainland.

Skara Brae and Maes Howe

Maeshowe is the finest chambered tomb in northwest 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 main chamber walls.

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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.

 

Lunch

 

 Stromness

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

Scapa Flow is a body of water sheltered by Mainland, Graemsay, Burray, South Ronaldsay, and Hoy. Its sheltered waters have played an important role in travel, trade, and conflict throughout the centuries.

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Our Orkney Islands Tour from Edinburgh is a private tour of Scotland. A fun and relaxed journey over 5 wonderful days.

A scenic drive with Scapa Flow views, which was used by the British Navy during both World Wars. Scapa flow is the final resting place of HMS Royal Oak.

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The Orkney Islands Tour from Edinburgh is a magical experience.

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.

 

5.30 pm approx Arrive at Kirkwall

 

Day 4

 

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

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St Magnus Cathedral is a magnificent site, right in the heart of charming Kirkwall.

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 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.

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Dunrobin Castle near Golspie, Sutherland in the Highlands of Scotland

6 pm approx arrive in Inverness

 

 

Day 5

 

We depart Inverness at 9.am and travel the short distance to Urquart Castle on the world-famous Loch Ness’s shores.
Urquhart Castle is a fantastic visit, and the views and history here are incredible.

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Urquhart Castle commands great views of Loch Ness and can be found beside the village of Drumnadrochit on our private tour of Scotland.

 

Following the Loch, for almost its full 23 miles, we make our way past Loch Lochy and to the Ben Nevis viewpoint.

Ben Nevis is Scotland’s highest mountain and stands over the highland town of Fort William. 

 

Glencoe & Loch Lomond National Park

We travel into the heart of Lochaber, passing the highland town of Fort William & Ben Nevis.

Ben Nevis is Scotland’s tallest mountain and always great to see as we journey through the highlands.

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The Three Sisters of Glencoe, as we explore Scotland on our private tour from Edinburgh.

Exploring the famous Glencoe, renowned for its beauty but infamous for its bloody history, is wonderful and thought-provoking.

Sometimes called the “weeping glen,” Glencoe is as atmospheric as it is beautiful.

Unique landscapes of Rannoch Moor lead us eventually into the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park and the beautiful scenery of the southern highlands.

A stop a Doune Castle is a must.

Doune Castle 

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Doune Castle is a unique stop on our tour from Edinburgh.

The 14th-century castle has been used as a filming location for Outlander, Game of Thrones, and even Monty Python. 

An incredible end to an epic four-day private tour with Scottish Guided Tours.

 

Private Tours of Scotland 

 

Private tours of Scotland are designed around you and your travelling companions; thus, Scottish Guided tours are tailored to your time frame and interests.

On our private Isle of Skye tours, you may want a short or long walk to Neist point Lighthouse or a hike up the ‘Storr.’

You may prefer more time in the fishing village of Portree!

Complete flexibility is only one of the many benefits of a private guide and transport with Scottish Guided Tours.

Local knowledge of where to go if the weather turns or how best to avoid the crowds in busier months is a huge advantage of the private Isle of Skye Tours from Edinburgh.

In summary, private guided tours of Scotland are a unique and relaxed way to explore. 

Highland Cattle (Hairy Coos)

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A Highland Cow on the road to Elgol on our Isle of Skye & Inverness Tour

 

 Forth Rail Bridge

Hermitage Woodland Walk

Dunkeld Highland Village

Lunch in the local area

Highland Perthshire

Culloden Moor & Visitor Centre

Clava Cairns 

Inverness Area Check in

John ‘O’ Groats

Ferry to Orkney

St Margarets Hope

Italian Chapel

Churchill Barriers

Stones of Stennes

Ring of Brodgar

Kirkwall 

 

Orkney Full Day Tour

Skara Brae

Maes Howe

Stromness (Lunch)

Scapa Flow

Scapa Distillery (Tour Option )

Kirkwall return

St Magnus Cathedral Kirkwall

Ferry return

Royal Burgh of Wick

Dunrobin Castle

Inverness area check in 

Loch Ness

Urquart Castle

Ben Nevis

Glencoe

Rannoch Moor

Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

Doune Castle 

Return to drop off location

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  • Private Day Tour prices – 675 GBP per day (not per person)
  • Exclusively for your group of up to 8 passengers (for larger groups, please contact us)
  • Multi-day tours – Please add 79.00 GBP per day for your Guide’s overnight expenses.
  • Private guiding Services
  • Private Transportation
  • Scottish Spring Water is provided 
  • Please note: Entrance fees to historic buildings-attractions etc are not included unless previously stated.

Transport is in a brand new air-conditioned vehicle with plenty of room for you and your group.

Credit & debit cards or contactless payment are accepted all over Scotland. Its always handy to have a little cash for very small shops 

Scottish Guided Tours offer private tours exclusively for your group. Tours can start and end in any location within Scotland. 

Accommodation is not included in your quote. Payment for accommodation is made directly to Hotel or B&B on arrival, unless by prior arrangement.

Contact us for great accommodation suggestions

We would be delighted to suggest Hotels or B&B’s for your trip. Some clients prefer to book their own but we are always glad to help. Please Contact us 

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