Orkney Explorer - 3 Day Tour

Highlights:
~ Ring of Brodgar
~ Skara Brae and Maes howe
~ Kirkwall
~ Glenmorangie Distillery
~ Caithness Fishing Villages

The archipelago of Orkney hides many treasures: and on our new three-day tour, your experienced guide will ensure you find the best of them. You’ll unearth some of the most well-preserved prehistoric sights in Europe, examine a beautiful red sandstone coast, and discover the vibrant culture of remote island communities. It’s an experience you’ll treasure for a lifetime.


If the date you’d like to travel isn’t available, please call us to discuss alternative options.

Departures start April 2017

Adult Prices: £149.00 - £159.00
Concession Prices: £119.00 - £129.00
Departs: 09.00
Returns: 19.00
Departing: Mondays (April - October)
Rabbies Accommodation Information

Important Information about your Accommodation on Tour

Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to manage your budget. We stay in smaller places where you will feel closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose from either a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.The accommodation prices above are for your guidance only and we cannot be held responsible for any variation in the cost of accommodation, or for the variation between providers. We will always do our very best however to satisfy your personal requirements and have an amazing track record for providing our customers with the best quality accommodation available. We do advise that single supplements usually apply, particularly during peak season when double/twin room rates are charged for sole occupancy .Please note that whilst Rabbie’s will try and place single travellers into the same accommodation, this may not be possible due to availability and the time of each individual reservation.

The accommodation we use will be dispersed around various towns and villages, usually not more than a 10-15 minute walk from the centre. There are occasions however when this can be increased to 20-30 minutes. Taxis are available for a small fee if necessary. If you have access needs or specific requirements please let us know when booking. Late bookings and/or peak season may limit the choice and location of available accommodation.

Whilst on tour your driver/guide will drop you off at your pre booked accommodation* and pick you up each morning.

*Please note that if your accommodation has already been booked by Rabbie’s, as per your initial request, there will be a surcharge for any amendments, and are entirely at our discretion. Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum of £5.00 will apply increasing to a maximum of £20.00 dependant on the length of the tour.

Please be prepared to pay cash. Most bed and breakfast, hostels and guest houses do not accept credit cards. In most large towns automatic cash point machines are readily available.

Customers are able to book their own accommodation as long as we have been informed that you intend to do this, and that it is within our drivers’ drop off’ area. If you are at all unsure please contact the office for guidance.

We are unable to supply a list of providers that we use due to availability at the time of booking. We do visit our providers regularly and are proud of the long standing relationships we have with them and positive feedback from previous customers.

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Itinerary

Day 1 After an early start, you travel north through the Black Isle, past the imposing Dunrobin Castle, before crossing the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Isles. You stay in the Viking town and capital of Orkney, Kirkwall for 2 nights

Day 2 Today is your chance to explore this fantastic ancient island; a land of contrasts, where fertile green pastures are fringed by shores of golden sands washed by waters of the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Highlights include a visit to Skara Brae, the mystical prehistoric stone circle at Brodgar, the standing stones of Stenness, and Maeshowe, where in the 12th century the Vikings left one of the largest collections of Norse runic inscriptions.

Day 3 You'll have your last chance to grab some gifts for friends and family, and visit the local cathedral in Kirkwall. And after a ferry back to the mainland, you travel through the history-soaked region of Sutherland. You’ll find out about the highland clearances and get a glimpse of some Scotland’s most remote fishing villages.

We arrive back in Inverness early evening.

Departure Point
Outside VisitScotland Information Centre, Castle Wynd, Inverness IV2 3BJ

Inclusions
~Transportation by a top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
~Air Conditioning as standard.
~Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide

Exclusions
~Lunch and refreshments.
~Entrance fees to any Visitor Atttractions

Accommodation
Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to choose your budget, stay in smaller places and get closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.
For more information on accommodation and prices click here

*NB On occasions, when villages we stay in have events on, accommodation can be scarce and expensive so we may use other locations for your accommodation on the tour. We will always inform you of this when this is necessary.

Discount Price
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 15 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)

Important Information
We like to give you plenty of opportunities to go on nature walks, so we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!! Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

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Itinerary

Day 1 We start early and leave the 'Capital of the Highlands' behind, crossing over the Black Isle. From here you drive through the northeast Highland coastline, travelling into some of Scotland's most dramatic scenery, and enjoy amazing views of some of Europe's oldest landscapes with the chance to see wildlife such as golden eagles and red deer. Onwards through Scotland's most northerly mainland village, John o' Groats, and then to Gills Bay, where you board the ferry, crossing the Pentland Firth into the Orkney Archipelago. From here it’s a short drive to the famous Italian Chapel where you may get the chance to stop for a visit before continuing to the Viking stronghold of Kirkwall, Capital of Orkney. You stay here for 2 nights and have the chance to visit Kirkwall's magnificent Viking Cathedral and its historic winding streets.

Day 2 Today is your chance to explore this fantastic, ancient island; a land of contrasts where fertile green pastures are fringed by shores of golden sands washed by waters of the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean. You’ll visit the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae (older than the Pyramids of Egypt!), the mystical prehistoric stone circle at Brodgar and the Neothilic standing stones of Stenness. You then travel onto Maeshowe, where in the 12th century the Vikings left one of the largest collections of Norse runic inscriptions. Then it’s back to Kirkwall for your 2nd night after what is sure to be a memorable day.

Day 3 You’ll have your last chance to grab some gifts from Kirkwall for your friends and family; you also have time to visit the Viking cathedral of St Magnus. After a short drive to the picturesque town of St Margaret’s Hope, we’ll hop on a ferry back to the mainland. Once we’re off the ferry you travel through the history-soaked region of Sutherland. Here you’ll find out about the highland clearances, get a glimpse of some Scotland’s most remote fishing villages and see the imperious Dunrobbin Castle. We arrive back in Inverness early evening.

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