Scottish Highlands and Islands
Tours from Inverness

3 Day Orkney and North Highlands Tour

3 Day Orkney and North Highlands Tour

A stunning 3 Day tour from Inverness through the North Highlands to the heart of Neolithic Orkney. Explore a 5000 year old village (Skara Brae), chambered tomb (Maeshowe) and standing stones (Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness), a 2000 year old Broch (Gurness) and an 800 year old cathedral (St Magnus) and the medieval Earl's Palace.

And don’t forget the wonderful Highland scenery on the journey to and from Orkney...

Day 1 - Departing Inverness with a morning drive to the far North of Scotland and our ferry port of Scrabster, near Thurso. The drive north covers wonderful coastal scenery and normally takes around 3-4 hours including photo stops and a brief visit to the historic town of Dornoch. Our 1½ hour ferry journey includes a great view of the Old Man of Hoy before our arrival in Orkney where we visit Skara Brae, a 5000 year old Neolithic village settlement. This is one of the highlights of the tour before our arrival in Kirkwall for our overnight stop.

Day 2 - A full day on the Orkney mainland that includes a visit to Maeshowe one of the best Neolithic chambered tombs in Europe (I love the 12th century Viking graffiti in the tomb!). The rest of the day involves visits to the Neolithic standing stones of Stenness, the magnificent stone circle at the Ring of Brodgar and the 2000 year old Broch of Gurness. The late afternoon is spent in Kirkwall enjoying the stunning 12th century St Magnus Cathedral along with the ruins of the Bishop’s and Earl’s palaces before our overnight stop.

Day 3 - Leaving Kirkwall we visit Stromness where we have a little time to explore this picturesque fishing town before our mid-morning ferry across the Pentland Firth to Scrabster on the Scottish mainland. We then have an stunning afternoon touring back towards Inverness including a late afternoon visit to explore the breath-taking Dunrobin Castle with its wonderful gardens (or the Castle of Mey if you prefer).

What to expect on a 3 Day Orkney and North Highlands Tour...


Skara Brae


Stones of Stenness

St Magnus Cathedral

Earl's Palace

Italian Chapel

Churchill Barriers



Old Man of Hoy


Dunrobin Castle

I can promise our tour will include all the wonderful Hebridean views shown in the video above... but maybe not the weather!

Tour Notes
The above itinerary is based on the ferry timetables for June to August travel dates. For travel dates in May and September, an adjusted itinerary is required to accommodate the ferry times resulting in a late start (11am) and late arrival (9pm) on Day 1 and Day 3.

Ferry Sailings
Ferry sailings are generally very reliable in the summer months, but delays can very occasionally occur. While we cannot be responsible for any extra accommodation, food or other costs that clients may incur due to ferry delays and cancellations, we will make every effort to adapt the tour to minimise disruption. Please note that no refunds will be given for tour and itinerary changes due to ferry changes and cancellations. To date all our tours have crossed over and returned without any significant delays.

Private Tour Price

May to September:    £1600

Tour Information

Depart Inverness 8am
Return Inverness 6pm
(3 Days)

This tour is not available October to April.

Tours are exclusively for your private group only (up to 3 persons) and prices are per tour. We only offer private tours and do not combine individuals or separate groups - if your group size is less than 3 the advertised tour price still applies. Prices include all taxes, a driver/guide and ferry tickets but exclude your accommodation costs, entrance fees and meals.

Accommodation options
We recommend that you book accommodation in Kirkwall (Day 1 and 2) to make the most of your trip. Whilst we do not book accommodation for you we are happy to help with advice on where to stay and eat in Kirkwall.