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Orkney Islands and Highlands: 3-Day Tour from Inverness

Orkney Islands and Highlands: 3-Day Tour from Inverness

Day 1 We begin our journey north, passing through the stunning scenery of the Black Isle on our way to Orkney. There will be a short stop in Golspie where you will have the opportunity to buy some lunch to have on the ferry. After this, we will have a short stop at the Helmsdale Clearance to take photos of the Emigrants Statue. We continue to Gills Bay to catch the ferry to Orkney before arriving at St Margaret's Hope shortly after. We head to our first landmark on the islands, the Italian Chapel, here you can choose to enter for a small fee, or simply enjoy it as a photo stop. From there, and before your arrival at Kirkwall, we could enjoy a couple of different activities depending on weather and time available. We could head onwards to Inganess Beach, marked by the wreck of the Juniata, a World War 2 blockship, or visit St Magnus Cathedral and have a short tour of Kirkwall. There could also be the opportunity for a visit to Scapa Distillery for a tour and tasting*. After this, we will arrive in Kirkwall where you will check in to your accommodation for the evening. Kirkwall is the capital of Orkney where you will stay for both nights of our tour. Orkney has a fascinating Viking history which you will learn about from your Driver-Guide throughout the tour! Day 2 After an island breakfast, we will depart Kirkwall and head to the Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn, a Neolithic tomb that gives us a glimpse into the lives of some of Scotland's earliest agricultural communities. From there, we continue on to Skara Brae, Europe's best-preserved Neolithic village. After this, we head to the seaside town of Stromness for a lunch stop, where you can enjoy views over the marina, before we begin our journey to the Stones of Stenness, four standing stones that are potentially some of the oldest in the country. They, along with Skara Brae, are part of the "Heart of Neolithic Orkney" and have World Heritage Site status. We get an insightful glimpse at Orkney's military history at our next stop, the HMS Tern, an airfield set up by the Royal Navy during WWII. After this, we journey towards the Broch of Gurness, an amazingly preserved "broch" village from the Iron Age. We then return to Kirkwall for your second night stay. Day 3 We get ready to leave Kirkwall and head back to St Margaret's Hope for the short crossing to Gills Bay. We head to John O'Groats for lunch, the most northerly point on mainland Britain. A range of wildlife can usually be seen here such as Atlantic puffins, seals, a variety of birds and possibly even an orca! Take photos of the iconic sign post and the colourful buildings before we continue to Castle Sinclair Girnigoe dramatically situated on a cliff's edge. Should the weather not be on our side, we will instead continue onwards to Wick. After this, we will start our homeward journey back to Inverness, with comfort stops at Dunbeath Harbour and Golspie on the way.

Historic Orkney 5 Hour Tour #2 By a Local Islander

Historic Orkney 5 Hour Tour #2 By a Local Islander

I will pick up to 4 passengers up from any location In Kirkwall or from the Ferry ports of Stromness or St Margarets Hope on the Orkney mainland, This short tour is ideal for those visiting the island on a day trip via the link ferries from the Scottish mainland or visiting via cruise liner. We will then pass by or stop at many sites around Orkney, the duration and number of sites is totally up to You! I run my base tour at 5 hours but I would be more than happy to extend this on the day at an additional cost. I operate all of my tours as a hybrid of a guided tour and with free time to explore sites at your own pace. I will provide local knowledge from a lifetime of experience and information on Orkney history for the duration of the tour. Below is an example itinerary of My standard 5 hour tour leaving Kirkwall at 0900 hrs (Assumed start time unless informed otherwise) 9 am - Leave pickup location - Pass by the Rendall Doocot after a scenic drive. - Visit the brough of Gurness (30 mins) - Pass by the Swannay Brewery - Visit Kirbuster Farm Museum (approx 20 mins) - Visit the Brough of Birsay (20 mins on base tour) - Pass by the Barony mill and the option to stop at Kitchener Memorial (an extra 60 minutes would be required) - Pass by the site of Skara Brae prehistoric village (There is a Cafe on site and toilets) - Visit the cliffs of Yesnaby - Visit the Stromness museum - Visit Logins well and the cannon Via Stromness high street for a true Local experience! (5-10 mins) - Visit Ness Point for a photo opportunity. This is also the site of Ness Battery (20 mins) - Arrive back in Kirkwall with the choice of going up Wideford hill for a photo opportunity or visit a hidden gem local produce store for a true taste of Orkney. 2 pm - Tour End I do not enforce strict timings or set routes on my tours to allow visitors the time and freedom to explore sights at their own pace and enjoy their trip. Please ensure at the time of booking there is a pickup location and start time filled in or alternatively contact me to let me know what cruise ship/flight you are booked on and an estimated tour start time. (Update Feb 24) If any further information is required please contact Me on Whatsapp or via email on calum@historicorkney.com. I am having difficulty replying to customers who contact me through the getyourguide message platform.(Assumed start time unless informed otherwise)

Shore Excursion Kirkwall: Small Group Highlights of Orkney

Shore Excursion Kirkwall: Small Group Highlights of Orkney

Discover the charm of Orkney in an intimate setting with our small group tour, limited to just 6 individuals. Experience the allure of The Italian Chapel, a poignant symbol of history crafted by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. Nestled on a once-desolate island, these prisoners left behind a remarkable legacy while constructing the Churchill Barriers near Scapa Flow. Join us for an exclusive journey through time and heritage. Next we embark on a journey of engineering marvels with the Churchill Barriers – a series of four causeways spanning the picturesque Orkney Islands. Stretching over 2.3 kilometers in total, these barriers seamlessly connect the Orkney Mainland in the north to the serene South Ronaldsay, weaving through the islands of Burray, Lamb Holm, and Glimps Holm. Experience the ingenuity of human craftsmanship as you traverse these historic links, immersing yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of Orkney. Indulge your senses in the captivating beauty of the Scapa Flow area on our tour. Marvel at the dramatic coastlines, adorned with rugged cliffs and the tranquil expanse of scattered islands. Behold the picturesque slopes of lush farmland, adorned with vibrant green grasslands. A remarkable highlight of your journey: The Ring of Brodgar. Nestled approximately 6 miles northeast of Stromness on Mainland, the largest island in Orkney, this Neolithic henge and stone circle awaits your discovery. Immerse yourself in the ancient allure of this iconic site as you explore its intriguing history and marvel at its enduring presence amidst Orkney's timeless landscape. Prepare to be transported back in time to the Neolithic era as you encounter the Standing Stones of Stenness, a historic monument located five miles northeast of Stromness on the mainland of Orkney, Scotland. Widely believed to be one of the oldest henge sites in the British Isles, this sacred site offers a profound glimpse into ancient civilization and the mysteries of prehistoric culture. Join us on a journey to uncover the secrets of this remarkable archaeological wonder. Discover the awe-inspiring Skara Brae, hailed as the best-preserved Neolithic settlement in Western Europe. Situated within the UNESCO-designated Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, Skara Brae offers a captivating window into ancient history. Immerse yourself in the mysteries of this remarkable archaeological site as you explore its well-preserved dwellings and unravel the secrets of Neolithic life. Step into the grandeur of Skaill House, Orkney's premier mansion commanding a stunning vista over the picturesque Bay of Skaill. With a rich heritage spanning 400 years, this historic landmark invites you to embark on a journey through time. Experience the essence of Orkney's aristocratic legacy in the splendor of Skaill House. Welcome to a timeless treasure awaiting your discovery.

From Edinburgh: 8-Day Skye, Orkney & North Coast 500 Tour

From Edinburgh: 8-Day Skye, Orkney & North Coast 500 Tour

DAY 1: Edinburgh - Inverness Our first stop of the day is Dunkeld in the heart of Perthshire. Then we make our way to the Highland Folk Museum, Britain's first open-aired museum. Next, we stop at one of the most somber locations in Scotland, Culloden Battlefield, setting for the final Jacobite Uprising of 1746. Visit one of the inspirations behind Outlander - the Clava Cairns - known for being a bronze age burial ground. Arrive in Inverness in the evening. DAY 2: Inverness - Orkney The incredibly beautiful Dunrobin Castle traces its origins back to the 13th century, recognised as one of Britain's oldest inhabited houses. Savour the 'water of life' at a whisky distillery. We head to Orkney by ferry for our last leg of the day. Upon arrival your guide drives you to Kirkwall, where you settle in for the night. DAY 3: Orkney The breathtaking Italian Chapel was built during WWII using two Nissen huts. The Ring of Brodgar is a vast and mysterious archaeological gem, and the most iconic site in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney. Visit Skara Brae, an incredibly well-preserved neolithic village consisting of 10 houses. Next, we visit Stromness, the second largest settlement in Orkney. We spend the afternoon exploring Orkney. DAY 4: Orkney - Ullapool We hop on a ferry back to the mainland. We continue our journey along the North Coast 500. Smoo Cave is one of the top natural attractions on the North Coast 500 and epic example of Scottish geology. We make a stop in Durness to visit Sango Sands beach. Marvel at the scenery and mild-blowing geology of the North-West Highlands with a walk through Knockan Crag Nature Reserve. DAY 5: Ullapool - Portree Our first stop of the day is at Corrieshalloch Gorge. Next we stop at the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan which has links to both clans MacKenzie and MacRae. We arrive in Skye for lunch, visiting Portree and the Old Man of Storr. Next we stop to admire Kilt Rock. Marvel at the breathtaking Mealt Waterfall. DAY 6: Portree - Oban We arrive in Mallaig to board the Jacobite Steam Train. The West Highland Line between Mallaig and Ft. William is famous for its beautiful scenery and dreamy sands of the west coast. Glen Coe is dominated by majestic mountains which completely contrast the vast and flat expanse of its neighbouring Rannoch Moor. Your guide will take you through Glen Coe’s sad history; you will feel like you have been transported through time. DAY 7: Oban - Oban Today is your free day to explore the charming fishing village of Oban! DAY 8: Oban - Edinburgh We visit St. Conan’s Kirk sits at the heart of Dalmally’s local community. Kilchurn Castle was built in the mid-1400s by Sir Colin Campbell, the 1st Lord of Glenorchy, and sits dramatically on a rocky peninsula. We make a stop at the impressive Falls of Dochart which run through Killin. Our final stop is in Falkirk to see the Kelpies; a fantastic equine landmark. Our tour concludes in Edinburgh after an unforgettable 8 days.

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Calum was an amazing tour guide. He picked us up from our ferry and tailored our tour to suit our needs. He was knowledgeable, courteous and friendly. Being a local he was able to accurately answer all of our questions. We will definitely use Calum again when we come back and highly recommend him.

Really great tour, our tour guide Marita told us lots of interesting facts about everything along the way and we saw and experienced more than we expected. This tour was a real highlight.

Driver/guide Marita was excellent and dealt with difficult customers very well.

Calum is a great guy and we learnt a lot about historic Orkney.