Orkney Explorer from Invernesss

Unearth some of the most well-preserved prehistoric sites in Europe, examine a beautiful red sandstone coast, and discover the vibrant culture of remote island communities.

Orkney Explorer from Invernesss

Unearth some of the most well-preserved prehistoric sites in Europe, examine a beautiful red sandstone coast, and discover the vibrant culture of remote island communities.

Tour Highlights

  • Sightseeing including Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae and Maeshowe, Kirkwall, and Caithness Fishing Villages.
  • Small groups up to 16 passengers.

Orkney Explorer from Inverness Tour Includes

  • Transportation by top-of-the-range 16-seat Mercedes mini coaches.
  • Four (4) nights accommodations; two (2) nights in Inverness (pre/post) and two (2) nights in Kirkwall.
  • Choice of B&B or Hotel in Kirkwall. 
  • Breakfast daily (except for morning of arrival).
  • Three (3) days of custom touring per itinerary.
  • All service charges and hotel taxes.

Additional Notes

Please Note Baggage Restriction: Due to size of coach there is a luggage restriction of 14kg (31 Ibs) of luggage per person on this tour. This includes one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small personal bag.

A maximum of 8 passengers per departure date can be booked on this tour due to limitations of the coach size. If you have a larger party and/or wish to have a group booked on this tour, please contact us directly, as it will have to be quoted as a private group and rates here do not apply.


Day 01: Inverness

Arrive Inverness and make your way independently to your pre-booked hotel. Spend your day independently exploring Inverness on your own. (Please note: check-in time at most hotels is from 2 pm). Overnight in Inverness.

Day 02: Kirkwall

Make your way to the tour departure point outside the VisitScotland Information Centre, Castle Wynd, Inverness IV2 3BJ for a prompt 8 am departure. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure. We leave the "Capital of the Highlands," crossing over the Black Isle, and past Andrew Carnegie's Skibo Castle. From here, you drive through the northeast Highland coastline, traveling into some of Scotland's most dramatic scenery, with views of some of Europe's oldest landscapes and the chance to see wildlife such as golden eagles and red deer. Close to Scotland's most northerly mainland village, John o' Groats, we board the ferry crossing the Pentland Firth into the Orkney Archipelago. It is a short drive to the famous Italian Chapel, where we stop for a visit before continuing to the Viking stronghold of Kirkwall, where we stay for 2 nights. Visit Kirkwall's magnificent Viking Cathedral and its historic winding streets. Overnight.

Day 03: Kirkwall

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. Overnight in Kirkwall.

Day 04: Inverness

Your tour guide will pick you up and you’ll have your last chance to grab some gifts from Orkney for your friends and family. Or, if you want to check out the Viking cathedral of St Magnus, you have time for a visit. 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 and get a glimpse of some Scotland’s most remote fishing villages. We arrive back in Inverness early evening. Make your way independently to your pre-booked Inverness hotel. Overnight in Inverness.

Day 05: Inverness - Home

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the Airport for your return flight to the US.

Rates & Hotels

2021 Dates & Prices (Click Date to Book)
Dates Land Only
2021 Dates & Prices (Click Date to Book)
Dates Land Only

Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

Orkney Explorer from Inverness 3-day tour - Based on B&B, plus 2 nights Inverness Hotel
Orkney Explorer from Inverness 3-day tour - Based on Hotels, plus 2 nights Inverness Hotel

Tour Details

Your land package begins: / Your land package ends:

(As most International flights are overnight flights - please book air accordingly)

Flight Details

Accommodation Details


UK Hotel


Pre and post nights booked at a mid-level hotel [more]

Accommodations booked by Rabbies UK


Depending on package booked, accommodations can be BB/Guesthomes, 3* Hotels/Inns (and some packages may include 4* Hotels) [more]


Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. There are no triple rooms for this tour. Price may fluctuate when seasons overlap.

Discount rate applies to children aged 5-15 years. Tours are not suitable for children under the age of 5.

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Tips to driver/guide
  • Transfers
  • Visitor attractions


Unfortunately, due to the 2020 pandemic, Celtic Tours will only be offering airfare for groups sizes of 15 or more. Individuals should book directly with airlines. Please make sure you book your flight to arrive and depart on accurate dates. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date the tour starts in Inverness. Please book your air one day before to accommodate overnight flights.

Tour Guarantee

Although our UK tours are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 passengers, it does not mean a date is guaranteed until we check with the Edinburgh office. Although we get regular updates, a tour can sell out and we may not yet have it noted above. We must first advise of a guarantee before airfare is booked and ticketed. Thank you.