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3-Day Orkney Explorer Small-Group Tour from Inverness

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    What to Expect

    Day 1: Inverness - Gills Bay - St. Margaret's Hope

    Stop At: Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Golspie KW10 6SF Scotland
    Short photo stop - please note the path leading to the front of the castle is quite steep, not suitable for everyone.
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Dunbeath Harbour, Portormin Rd, Dunbeath KW6 6EF, UK
    Beautiful view to the sea and a very scenic landscape. Short comfort stop.
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: The Italian Chapel, Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT Scotland
    Visit the Italian Chapel, a beautiful Roman Catholic chapel in Lamb Holm which was constructed by Italians during the Second World War.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Duncansby Head, John O'Groats Scotland
    Scotland is packed full of amazing natural wonders and the stacks at Duncansby Head are one that should definitely be on the list. Whilst they are not accessible on foot, you can still take in the amazing views of the stacks from the clifftops. These natural rock formations stand out from the sea and make a fascinating place to take pictures and enjoy the rugged beauty that Scotland has to offer.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Kirkwall, Orkney.

    Day 2: Today is your chance to explore the modern and ancient wonders of this fantastic island

    Stop At: Maeshowe, Ireland Rd, Stenness KW16 3LB Scotland
    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 30 minutes

    Stop At: Stromness Marina, Stromness Ferry Terminal Ferry Road, Stromness KW16 3BH Scotland
    Explore the quaint alleyways and absorb the atmosphere in this 18th century settlement, which boasts an array of shops and cafes, as well as Stromness Museum and the acclaimed Pier Arts Centre.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Skara Brae B9056, Stromness KW16 3LR Scotland
    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 15 minutes

    Stop At: Ring of Brodgar, You do not need to book to get into this attraction. There is free access at all times., Stromness Scotland
    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

    Stop At: Standing Stones of Stenness, Stenness Scotland
    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: 10 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Kirkwall, Orkney.

    Day 3: Kirkwall - Inverness

    Stop At: Kirkwall Marina, Kirkwall Harbour, Kirkwall KW15 1LE Scotland
    Free time in Kirkwall town centre - visitors can wander around the town, visits local shops or St. Magnus Cathedral.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: John O' Groats, Airor KW1 4YR Scotland
    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: 30 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    We had a great tour of Orkney's neolithic sites, historic locations, countryside and wildlife. Thanks to Kevin, our incredible guide, we learnt a lot about the Highlands and Orkney mainland. He made the sightings of the puffins on the steep cliffs of Duncansby Head and...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Beatriz T
    Reviewed 10 June 2019

    I already posted a review of this trip elsewhere on Trip Advisor under a general Rabbie's category, because this tour wasn't showing up individually, but then it did later, so I'm trying again! We loved seeing the Orkneys and all they have to offer. The...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank alongtheroad
    Reviewed 29 May 2019

    Loved this 3 day tour with Collin (our tour guide). What a great way to learn about the sites we are visiting and peer into the cultures of Scotland and the Orkney islands! We had booked our accommodations ourselves and given the info to Rabbies....More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Chocclau
    Rabbies_Aimee, Guest Relations Manager at Rabbie's, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2019

    Hi there, It sounds like this was such a fun and friendly trip! It's great to hear that Colin made sure everything ran so smoothly and helped you make the most of your short time on Orkney. Thanks so much for joining us and we...More

    Reviewed 20 May 2019

    Had a fabulous time on the Orkney Explorer. Our guide, Kevin, was informative and entertaining (so many laughs!), and willing to accommodate all reasonable requests. Our group of 7 people was small enough for it to feel like we were traveling with friends, rather than...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Roz S
    Rabbies_Aimee, Guest Relations Manager at Rabbie's, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2019

    Hi Roz, We're delighted that you have such happy memories of your trip, it sounds like lots of fun with Kevin and your new friends and we're really glad you enjoyed the mix of independence and guidance along the way. Thanks so much for sharing...More

    Reviewed 18 April 2019 via mobile

    Having a dream to visit the Orkneys became true this week. What a brilliant trip! Not only did we visit and live the sites on our list, Colin, our first class guide blew our minds with a multitude of extra wonderful memories. We have already...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Sarah O
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