Multi-day trip

From Inverness: 3-Day Orkney Explorer

Multi-day trip

From Inverness: 3-Day Orkney Explorer

Activity provider: Rabbie's Small Group Tours

From US$ 552.49 per person


The archipelago of Orkney hides many treasures and on this three-day tour, your experienced guide will ensure you find the best of them.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 3 days
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 16 participants


  • Unearth some of the most well-preserved prehistoric sites in Europe like the Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae
  • Discover the vibrant culture of remote island communities
  • Visit the ancient Norse town of Kirkwall and be amazed by the medieval cathedral
  • Travel in style in a luxury 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach whilst hearing stories and tales of Scotland's past from your knowledgeable guide
Full description
Day 1Explore Orkney’s ancient capital, Kirkwall After an early start leaving Inverness at 08:00, travel north through the Black Isle, past the imposing Dunrobin Castle, before crossing the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Isles. Stay in Kirkwall, the modern day capital of Orkney for 2 nights. Here, you can visit Kirkwall's magnificent Viking cathedral and its historic winding streets. Day 2: Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings as you travel through Orkney Today is your chance to explore the modern and ancient wonders of this fantastic 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 3Travel through the history soaked regions of Caithness and Sutherland 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, travel through the history soaked regions of Caithness and Sutherland. Find out about the highland clearances, a world-changing period in Scotland’s dark history, and get a glimpse of some of Scotland’s most remote fishing villages. The tour will arrive back in Inverness early evening at approximitely 19:00.
  • Travel in a luxury, air-conditioned 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Services of an experienced, knowledgeable driver/ guide
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation (2 nights)
  • You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items
  • Entrance to visitor attractions
  • Meals and refreshments
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

Meet your driver at the bus stop next to Inverness Cathedral.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Return time - approximately 19:00
  • Transportation by the top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach for a more personal experience
  • Time off the bus will give you opportunities to take nature walks. It is recommended for you to bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour
  • Accommodation: Choose from a selection of small, locally owned guesthouses and B&Bs. All rooms are en suite. For individual travelers, please select the single accommodation option. For 2 or more people traveling together, please choose the twin room shared option
  • Bringing a waterproof jacket and suitable footwear for short walks is recommended
  • Minimum age to participate is 5 years
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 22 reviews

Review summary

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Emily was knowledgeable, caring, and efficient. She ran and incredibly well designed trip and balanced giving us quiet time on the bus with information. She was enthusiastic about the places we saw even though she has probably seen them dozens of times. She is an amazing guide. But the trip itself is great. Seeing slices of the North of the Scottish Mainland then the islands in contrast to the area around Inverness was delightful. The stone age sites, while known to me, were more remarkable that what I could get from a brochure or movie. The fun that was injected throughout the trip with little stops for Highland Cows or Puffins was appreciated by most on board. Well worth the time and money investment to go up to Orkney and to see the (almost) midnight sun.

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March 30, 2023

Orkney explorer trip with Sean’a was amazing. She is the best guide we had in Scotland, very knowledgable, excellent driver and it was a pleasure to spend time with her over a 3-day trip to Orkney and gain so much knowledge about the history of the islands.

March 30, 2023

What an interesting place! Such to see that I never expected. Our guide, Stewart was one of the best I have ever had, and that's saying something. His knowledge was amazing. Definitely will book Rabbies again if all the toyrs are as great as this one. From recent times (ww1&2) all the way back to the vikings are even earlier than Stonehenge. Standing stones, amazing ( did nit time travel though) unknown places with fantastic scenery, and friendly people. What more could you ask for? A definite "to do" to add to your list.

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March 30, 2023

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