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  • Ring of Brodgar
  • Kirkwall
  • St Magnus Cathedral
Orkney Discovery
See, Visit & Explore: Cromarty Firth, Ferry to the Orkney Islands, Italian Chapel, Scapa Flow, Kirkwall, Maeshowe, Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar and Helmsdale

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3 day tour from £355

Fridays
20 May, 2016
03 & 17 June, 2016
01, 15 & 29 July, 2016
12 & 26 August, 2016
09 & 23 September, 2016

Bed & Breakfast

Twin/Double/Family room - from £ 355 per person
Children - from £ 266 per child
Single Room - from £ 380 per person

Hotel

Twin/Double/Family room from £ 425 per person
Children from £ 319 per child
Single room from £ 450 per person

Accommodation information

Notes

Child reduction applies to children aged 3 to 15 inclusive on the basis that they stay in a room with 2 adults.

We regret that children under the age of 3 are not carried on this tour.

Seasonal price range
£355 - £450
Luggage Allowance: One medium sized suitcase/bag per person (maximum weight: 15 kilos)

Product code: HEX 00770

Tour Summary

The captivating Orkney Islands boast ancient treasures and a colourful Viking legacy. On this tour you will have the chance to visit two of the most famous prehistoric sites - the stone-age village of Skara Brae and the burial chamber of Maeshowe. Learn the naval history of Scapa Flow and see intricate workmanship of the Italian Chapel. There is so much to discover on this wonderful 3-day tour.

Day 1: From Inverness head for the Far North. Sail to the Orkney Islands and visit the Italian Chapel and Churchill Barriers.

Day 2: Explore the Orkney Islands including Maeshowe and Skara Brae.

Day 3: Return to the mainland and enjoy a scenic drive back to Inverness.

Tour features:

  • Visit the Italian Chapel, Maeshowe and Skara Brae (admission fees apply)
  • Overnight accommodation: Kirkwall (2)
  • Depart from and return to Inverness
  • Tour duration: 3 days/2 nights
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Day One
Inverness - Italian Chapel - Kirkwall, Orkney Isles
From Inverness we travel through the Black Isle, and past Andrew Carnegie's Skibo Castle. From here we drive along the northeast Highland coastline, travelling into some of Scotland's most dramatic scenery. This is some of Europe's oldest landscapes and here we have the chance to see wildlife such as Golden Eagles and red deer.
We board the ferry, crossing the Pentland Firth into the Orkney Archipelago. On our arrival it is a short drive to the famous Italian Chapel* where few will fail to be moved by the dedicated workmanship of the Italian prisoners of war who crafted this place of worship from a humble Nissan hut. Their story and many others will be told as we view Scapa Flow, the scene of momentous events during both World Wars.
The Viking stronghold of Kirkwall, is our home for the next 2 nights.
Overnight: Kirkwall
Day Two
Exploring Orkney
Orkney is home to many outstanding historic treasures and today will be a unique day of discovery. On our itinerary today are visits to Maeshowe*, a magnificent tomb built almost 5,000 years ago and the Ring of Brodgar, a stone circle that once comprised of 60 megaliths. Today with 27 stones still standing, some over 5 metres tall, it takes little imagination to visualise the extent of this historic monument.
Uncovered by a storm in 1850 Skara Brae* is one of the best preserved groups of Stone Age houses in Western Europe and our visit will reveal the stone furniture, hearths and drains that present such a remarkable picture of Neolithic life.
The day will finish with a visit to beautiful St Magnus Cathedral, one of Europeís great architectural achievements and over 800 years old.
Overnight Kirkwall
Day Three
Kirkwall Ė Helmsdale - Inverness
Itís an early start as we board the ferry and bid a farewell to the Orkneyís. Itís a short 60 minute crossing to the mainland and during our journey we may well pass whirlpools and eddies, depending on the tides and winds. One such whirlpool just north of Stroma is the Swelkie which according to Viking legend is caused by a sea witch turning the mill wheels to grind the salt to keep the sea salty.
On our arrival on the mainland we travel through the little fishing villages that hug this storm-swept coastline. These attractive communities are a reminder of the importance of the Herring fishing industry during the 19th Century.
As we travel through Helmsdale which sits at the mouth of the River Helmsdale, one of the best Salmon fishing rivers in Scotland youíll start to hear some of the heart-breaking stories that are connected with the Highland Clearances. One of the most energetic participants in this sad-era in Scotlandís history was the Duke of Sutherland who, it is said, evicted 15,000 tenants from his land to make way for sheep. Weíll pass his grand castle at Dunrobin and, in Golspie, see a statue to him towering over the surrounding countryside.
This area abounds in wildlife so look out for the seals as we cross the Dornoch and Cromarty Firths. Travel through the Black Isle and enjoy wonderful views of the Moray Firth as we cross the impressive Kessock Bridge and make our way into Inverness.

 

* Admission Fees

Italian Chapel - £3.00 Adult 
Maeshowe - £5.50 Adult £3.30 Child
Skara Brae - £7.10 Adult £4.30 Child 

This information is given for guidance only and prices are subject to change without notice.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much luggage can I bring?
Luggage space on the tour is restricted so the amount of luggage that you can bring is limited to 1 bag per person that weights no more than 15kg and has maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20cm. Luggage larger than this will only be carried if space is available. 
What meals are included?
A full Scottish breakfast is included from day 2 onwards. This hearty meal consists of fruit juice; a choice of cereal; bakery basket; cooked items such as eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomato and, maybe, a taste of haggis! plus tea or coffee.
Vegetarian and lighter Continental options are always available. Lunch and dinner are not included in the price. During the touring day there will be a stop where you can enjoy lunch in a local pub or restaurant. Your driver/guide will be happy to suggest a conveniently located restaurant where you can enjoy good food for dinner.
What kind of accommodation do you use?
We offer lodgings that have been specially selected to enhance your touring experience. You can choose between Guesthouse/B&B or Hotel accommodation:  
Guesthouse and B&B. The guesthouses and B&Bís are family run and offer comfortable accommodation in bedrooms that have en-suite bathrooms, tv, tea/coffee making facilities and other facilities. Bedding, towels and basic toiletries are provided. Some guesthouses and B&Bís offer enhanced facilities such as a residentís lounge where you can relax with other guests.
Hotel. We select comfortable and characterful inns and hotels. Generally they are a minimum of 3 stars with bedrooms featuring en-suite bathrooms, television, tea and coffee making facilities and other amenities. All our hotels have comfortable lounges where you can enjoy morning coffee. Most have restaurants offering a selection of Scottish and international dishes. Many have lively bars where you can relax and re-live the days experiences with your fellow passengers.
Accommodation is spread throughout the communities that we stay in. Hotels are normally centrally located and the guesthouses/B&Bís seldom more than a 10/15 minute walk from the town or village centre. The coach will drop you off at or close to your accommodation each night and will pick you up in the morning, after breakfast.  
What type of room should I choose?
Selecting the right sleeping arrangements can be a little bit confusing so here is a description of what you can expect whether you choose guesthouse/B&B or hotel accommodation:
Single room - this is a room for one person sleeping in a single bed. Twin room - this is a room for two people sleeping in two separate bedsDouble room - this is a room for two people sharing one large bed  Family room - this is a room for three people sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person).You should note that a family room (particularly when using hotel accommodation) can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.
All our accommodation, whether you choose Guest House/B&B or Hotel, features en-suite facilities (the toilet and shower are located in your bedroom for your exclusive use.    How many people will be in the group?The group size is normally between 16 and 29 passengers.  
Can I reserve specific seats on the coach?
Seating on this tour is on a first come, first served basis and cannot be pre-booked. If you are travelling as part of a group please make sure that all members of the party arrive at the departure point together.
What features will the coach have?
You will usually travel in a modern eco-friendly mini or midi touring coach which is equipped with air-conditioning, comfortable reclining seats, large picture windows and seat belts.   

What's Included

  • 2 nights accommodation in twin rooms with private bath/shower
  • Full Scottish breakfast (days 2 & 3).
  • Live commentary in English.
  • Excursions as detailed in itinerary
  • Ferry tickets and reservations
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minicoach
  • Services of a driver/guide
  • Service charges and taxes

Not Included
  • Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
  • Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to your tour host

Departure information

Check in: 08:45 hrs
Departure: 09:00 hrs
From Visitor Information Centre Bus Stop, Bridge Street, Inverness, IV2 3BJ
Tour returns at: 14:00 hrs


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