NEW About the tour: Orkney Explorer

Expect archaeological treasures and dramatic scenery on this fascinating tour to the unique Orkneys – an ancient cluster of 70 islands brimming with history and dramatic coastlines that lie off the north-west coast of Scotland. The largest of the islands is Mainland, or Pomona, and we stay in the island's 'capital', Kirkwall. Our local guide will help you to discover ancient civilisations, archaeological delights and bountiful wildlife as we explore monuments, settlements and tombs. With time also spent in Fort William, Inverness and the bustling capital city of Edinburgh, this spectacular tour is one to tick off your bucket list!

Tour Includes


  • 7 nights hotel with Scottish breakfast
  • 7 evening meals
  • Local joining points
  • Porterage at the hotel

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 1300 811 500 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    For your convenience, you may choose to start this tour in the UK or at the first city in Europe.

    • Included meals: Dinner

    With an early start this morning, we embark on an incredible Highland drive through mountainous Glencoe. Have your camera ready as the scenery here is simply breathtaking.

    We then enjoy a brief stop in Fort William, located at the foot of Ben Nevis – Britain's tallest mountain.

    We continue our journey along the length of Loch Ness. The loch contains more freshwater than all the lakes in England and Wales combined! It's not likely you will spot the infamous 'Nessie', but you're guaranteed to see beautiful views across the loch.

    At the head of the loch is Inverness, the Highland capital, where we enjoy another brief stop to explore.

    We continue northwards, arriving late this evening for an overnight stay in the Highlands.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Urquhart Castle
    Loch Ness

    Included Highlights

    • Inverness
    • Fort William
    • Loch Ness
    • Glencoe

    An early start sees us heading to Scrabster on the very north coast of Scotland, where we board the ferry and cross the Pentland Firth, arriving in Stomness on Orkney 90 minutes later.

    The day concludes with a tour along the shoreline of Scapa Flow – famous as the naval refuge during both world wars.

    We stay for three nights in the capital of Kirkwall, with its 12th century St. Magnus Cathedral.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Orkney Islands
    Orkney Islands

    Included Highlights

    • Orkney Islands
    • Kirkwall

    Our local guide joins the coach for a memorable day out. As the day unfolds, the islands' Neolithic ancestry is evident as many ancient monuments, stone circles, settlements and tombs are visited – a testament to its UNESCO World Heritage status.

    We enjoy a scenic circular tour of the island visiting most of the main sites, including 5000-year old Skara Brae (older than the pyramids in Egypt!), Churchill Barriers, Ring of Brodgar, Stennes Standing Stones and Italian Chapel. Along the way, listen to the tales of Viking intruders and wartime exploits, and immerse yourself in Orkneys' rich maritime heritage.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Skara Brae
    Guided Tour of the Orkney Isles

    Included Highlights

    • Guided Tour of the Orkney Isles

    Enjoy a day at leisure to explore. Kirkwall is the largest town of Orkney and remains Viking at heart.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We take the ferry back to the mainland this morning and begin our journey south.

    We travel through spectacular Highland scenery and onto the heartlands, where we stay for one night in the Inverness-shire region on the outskirt of the Cairngorms National Park.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Highland Scenery
    Highland scenery

    Included Highlights

    • Highland Scenery

    We head to Edinburgh where you will have some free time to explore. Overlooking the Old Town is the famous castle, with its commanding view of the city and surrounding countryside, including the Firth of Forth. 

    During its history, the city has become neatly divided in two, the Old Town of pre-18th century times, huddled under Castle Rock, and the New Town, with its fine Georgian architecture.  See the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyrood, St. Giles’ Cathedral and Sir Walter Scott Monument.

    We continue to our overnight hotel in central/south Scotland.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Edinburgh
    Edinburgh

    Included Highlights

    • Edinburgh

    If you are leaving the tour in Europe, you will say farewell to the group after breakfast this morning. If you joined the tour in the UK, today you will return and continue to your original joining point.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

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    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    1300 811 500

    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for three nights at the 3-star Kirkwall Hotel on the Orkneys. Perfectly situated in the town centre on the picturesque harbour front, this family owned hotel assures guests a true island welcome and good food in the harbour-side restaurant. Overnight stays will be in 3-star hotels.