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

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

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Overview

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.
  • 5-day Orkney Island tour from Edinburgh including the Highlands
  • Travel through the breathtaking Highlands in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Pass through John o’Groats and cross Pentland Firth by ferry to the Orkney Islands
  • Visit historical Orkney attractions including the Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm and the Neolithic village of Skara Brae
  • Stop at Culloden Moor near Inverness, the site of the final Jacobite uprising in the 19th century
  • Enjoy overnight stays in Inverness and Ullapool plus two nights in Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience
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4 nights en-suite accommodation in either a B&B or 3-star hotel (breakfast included)
Small-group tour (maximum 16 passengers)
Transportation by top of the range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
Driver/guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Meals and refreshments
Admission fees & optional activities.

Departure Point

Edinburgh EH1 3DQ, UK

Gate J & K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your 5-day excursion through the Scottish Highlands and the Orkney Islands begins in Edinburgh, where you meet your guide and small group. Set off in the morning in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach, winding through tranquil, sweeping landscapes and stopping at must-see historical landmarks like Stirling Castle.

During the next days, travel by mini-coach and ferry, crossing the Pentland Firth to the sparsely inhabited Orkney Island—an ancient archipelago comprised of around 70 islands. Savor the unspoiled scenery and touches of Viking history that surround you, including ancient standing stones and prehistoric villages like Skara Brae. Your return trip crosses the Highlands, stopping at historic landmarks like Ardvreck Castle, Culloden Moo,r and Clava Cairns. Enjoy active days soaking up Scottish culture and nature and evenings at your leisure in Inverness, Kirkwall, and Ullapool.

Your tour includes round-trip transport, four nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel or guesthouse (single or twin accommodation available) and daily breakfasts.
Itinerary
Buachaille Etive Mor
Be moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tales of one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Fort Augustus Abbey
Situated on the most southern tip of Loch Ness on the Great Glen Way, this historic and scenic hamlet is a popular tourist destination.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight in Inverness.
Meals:
  Not Included
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Short photo stop - please note the path leading to the front of the castle is quite steep, not suitable for everyone.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
John O' Groats
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: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight in Kirkwall.
Meals:
  Not Included
Skara Brae
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 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Ring of Brodgar
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
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight in Kirkwall.
Meals:
  Not Included
Standing Stones of Stenness
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: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Maeshowe Chambered Cairn
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 
Admission Ticket Not Included
The Italian Chapel
Visit the Italian Chapel, a beautiful Roman Catholic chapel in Lamb Holm which was constructed by Italians during the Second World War.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight in Ullapool.
Meals:
  Not Included
Culloden Battlefield
Visit the powerfully moving site of the final Jacobite Rising – the last and most harrowing pitched battle to be fought on British soil.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Corrieshalloch Gorge
This plunging box canyon, through which the River Droma rushes, is one of the natural wonders of the Scottish Highlands. Follow the pleasant woodland trails, cross the Victorian suspension bridge over the tree-lined gorge, and look down on the torrent of water crashing 45m over the Falls of Measach.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
  Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age for travel on this tour is 5 years
  • Please note: you will be required to choose between either a 3-star bed and breakfast or 3-star hotel at time of booking
  • Booking three or more people? We can accommodate up to 8 guests in a group, please add each required room to your basket separately
  • When booking three or more people, efforts will be made to book a combination of suitable rooms (double/twin/family). Preferences should be noted upon booking in the Special Requirements section
  • Family rooms are limited and may be available on request. Maximum of 2 Adults and 1 child in one room. Family rooms for 2 adults and 2 children are not available
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 20kg of luggage (44lbs); one medium sized suitcase/bag similar to airline standard carry-on luggage (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Italian Chapel – We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
  • Skara Brae - We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
  • Maeshowe – Our timings and tickets with this attraction are currently under review due to the coronavirus.
  • Culloden - We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rabbies Trail Burners
You can cancel up to 22 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 22 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 21 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 21 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 departure point for the 5-Day Discover Wales Small-Group Tour?
A:The tour departs from the Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the 5-Day Discover Wales Small-Group Tour?
A:Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the 5-Day Discover Wales Small-Group Tour?
A:Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage with me on the 5-Day Discover Wales Small-Group Tour?
A:You may bring up to 20kg (44lbs) of luggage per person. This may consist of a small bag for onboard personal items and a larger suitcase or rucksack.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the 5-Day Discover Wales Small-Group Tour?
A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for food, optional admission tickets, etc.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are admission fees included in the 5-Day Discover Wales Small-Group Tour?
A:No. You pay for access to sites such as castles and museums as you arrive. Most of these locations accept both cash and card.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of vehicle is used during the 5-Day Discover Wales Small-Group Tour?
A:The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring a wheelchair on the 5-Day Discover Wales Small-Group Tour?
A:The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available on the bus during the 5-Day Discover Wales Small-Group Tour?
A:There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child with me on the 5-Day Discover Wales Small-Group Tour?
A:All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate in this tour. If your child is 5 or older, but under 1.35m (4.4 ft.) tall, please notate this in the "Special Requirements" box so a booster seat can be arranged.
Jun 2021
Q:
Where will we be staying during the 5-Day Discover Wales Small-Group Tour?
A:You stay two nights in Kirkwall, Orkney with a night in Inverness and Ullapool before and after.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 5-Day Orkney & Scotland's Northern Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by 5-Day Orkney & Scotland's Northern Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 5-Day Orkney & Scotland's Northern Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 5-Day Orkney & Scotland's Northern Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 5-Day Orkney & Scotland's Northern Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by 5-Day Orkney & Scotland's Northern Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 5-Day Orkney & Scotland's Northern Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
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 5-Day Orkney & Scotland's Northern Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.

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Orkney and Beyond
Gloria_P
, Oct 2021
We had an outstanding trip to Orkney and Northern Scotland with Robbie Tours. Our guide and driver, Jodie, has excellent knowledge of the area and a more than thorough understanding of Scottish history. She kept us informed and entertained with stories and legends as well as injecting much humour along the way. She was very helpful in suggesting places to eat in all the cities and towns that we visited. She was very conscious of keeping the tour punctual but giving us plenty of time to explore all the stops on the tour. We highly recommend this tour.
star-4
Road trip to Orkney
Mary
, Sep 2021
Tour and Guide, Keith were excellent. Only reason one star was kept back was accommodation. Hotel in Inverness was of a good standard, but we were locked out, the key not working and no-one answered the emergency number. A customer had to let us in. Hotel in Kirkwall was very good. Hotel in Ullapool was very tired with black mould on the bathroom tiles, broken toilet seat and broken bath panel. Not what we would expect. All in all the trip was very good and we could not fault the actual trip.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Mary, Thanks for your feedback, we're delighted that you enjoyed the tour with Keith. I'm sorry that there were issues with the accommodation. Could you send me an e-mail to feedback@rabbies.com so, I can identify and follow up with the hotel in Ullapool? Many thanks, Aimee
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Highly recomended.
kav19r
, Oct 2019
This tour was run by Rabbie's Tours and the attention to details was fantastic. Our driver and guide, Iain Murray, made it an exceptional trip - Iain was a font of information and brought the countryside and places alive with his stories, historical information, humour and consideration. There was never a dull moment and his obvious love of the area made it a special trip. The accommodation was clean and the hosts were welcoming. The small number of the group also helped make it easy and fun. This is a trip absolutely worth doing.
star-5
Well...I loved it!
Jamie J
, May 2019
This was my first longer than 2 day guided tour and it turned out awesome! There were actually only 3 of us on the tour along with the guide so it was very intimate and we were able to be a little more fluid in our day to day activities.The whole tour was great but Orkney was the real treat. Just an amazing wealth of history there - from 5000 year old standing stones to the Italian chapel from WWII. On the mainland I really enjoyed the Culloden Battlefield Experience. Superbly put together museum that guides you through the battle as well as the events leading up to it and the repercussions felt after.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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This tour was Amazing! From the...
Sandi H
, May 2018
This tour was Amazing! From the moment we left Edinburgh we were informed and entertained to learn history and see wonderful sights of the Country. There were many stops along the way to allow us to take a wee stroll, and stretch our legs, as well as seeing some great sites. Our guides- Christopher and Craig did an excellent job of bringing the history of their country to life. Even if you don't have much interest in the history of the area, some sights couldn't help but move you- such as the slaughter of the McDonald's at Glencoe! Orkney was spectacular! We stopped at many sites, and enjoyed learning about the Stennes Stones, Scara Brae, and Maeshouse! So much to learn and see in this magical country!. They even managed to throw in a couple of Double Rainbows at some amazing spots! How's that for a bonus! The weather co-operated and we had a lovely time! A great way to see the highlands as you drive to and from Orkney. I can't recommend this tour highly enough!
1 traveler found this review helpful
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The Orkneys was an amazing...
Marion L
, Oct 2017
The Orkneys was an amazing, fascinating destination. Tour was professionally organised and Roland was an entertaining, knowledgeable tour leader. Highly recommended
1 traveler found this review helpful
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The 5day Orkney tour was amazing...
Lynn C
, Aug 2017
The 5day Orkney tour was amazing. Barney our driver was full of knowledge of all the places we went through and full of cheeky anecdotes that made it really interesting. Being in a Neolithic village and walking on Culloden Moor are memories forever. My accommodation was excellent in all stops. If you like history, ask for Barney.
star-5
This tour was exactly what we...
John H
, Aug 2017
This tour was exactly what we wanted. Great guide accommodations more than adequate requires a certain amount of agility and stamina, walking up and down and steps, but we are 71 and 76 and had no trouble. Lovely people, interesting history, archeology, and scenery. Highly recommended. Small group, 15 people in a small bus. Full days but time to relax, meals, other than breakfast, on your own. If you do not choose the higher level hotel option, your B and B may not be in a place from which you can walk to dinner and will need a taxi.
star-5
This tour was brilliant. Michael our...
Jarrad P
, Aug 2017
This tour was brilliant. Michael our tour guide was funny, professional and friendly. He had so much local knowledge and we loved his stories. He is obviously a proud Scot. We couldn't fault anything- the accommodation was very comfy and first rate with great breakfast, the coach was comfy and modern and the itinerary was jam packed but manageable. Thanks for helping us fall in love with the Scottish Highlands and the Orkney Islands.
star-5
So much to tell on this jam packed...
Sueof2
, Jul 2017
So much to tell on this jam packed Highland love affair. Our driver extraordinaire, Karen was amazing. She was passionate, articulate, funny and proud of her country. From the Highlands to the lowlands, Karen kept our group entertained with stories past and present, embellishing our tour with amusing tales, amazing scenery and an energy that was positive and infectious. A highlight for me was our time in the Orkneys. Not just the archaeology, which was spectacular, but seeing places only read of before. We sampled local cuisines, sipped on whisky, and laughed. What more could you want? Friendships were made and memories were created. You need to come to Scotland.

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