2 Day Orkney Tour

2 Day Orkney Tour

2 Day Orkney Tour

A full 2 day tour from Inverness 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.

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 - After exploring the stunning 12th century St Magnus Cathedral along with the ruins of the Bishop’s and Earl’s palaces in Kirkwall we visit the 2000 year old Broch of Gurness. After lunch at the Orkney Brewery we visit to the Neolithic standing stones of Stenness, the magnificent stone circle at the Ring of Brodgar and end our Orkney tour at Maeshowe, one of the best Neolithic chambered tombs in Europe (I love the 12th century Viking graffiti in the tomb!). We then take the late afternoon ferry from Stromness back the the Scottish mainland before our evening drive back to Inverness with a late arrival around 9pm.

Due to the ferry times and travel distance, we would strongly would recommend the 3 Day Orkney and North Highlands Tour for a visit to the Orkney Islands with a more flexible and relaxed pace. However, for those with limited time this tour gives a great flavour of Orkney.

Skara Brae, Orkney Ring of Brodgar, Orkney Earls Palace, Orkney Skara Brae, Orkney

Private Tour Price (per tour)

May to September:     £1150

+ £40 per person ferry tickets

Tour Information

Depart Inverness 8am
Return Inverness 9pm
(2 Days)

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 and a driver/guide (John Alasdair Macdonald) but exclude your accommodation costs, ferry tickets, meals and entrance fees (the Orkney Explorer Pass will cover the majority of the sites we visit).

Accommodation Options
We recommend that you book your overnight accommodation in Kirkwall 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.

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.

Tours in April and October
Generally we only offer this tour between May and September when ferry sailings are least likely to be disrupted by weather. However, should you be interested in travel in April or October and have a flexible schedule that can adapt to possible ferry delays or cancellations and itinerary changes then please contact us and we can discuss tour options.