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5-Day Orkney & Scotland's Northern Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh provided by Rabbie's

5-Day Orkney & Scotland's Northern Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

5-Day Orkney & Scotland's Northern Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh
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Last updated: 24 Jul 2020
A note from 5-Day Orkney & Scotland's Northern Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh
• Face coverings are mandatory and must always be worn. • Infrared thermometer temperature check during check-in for tour. Passengers with temperature readings above 38 degrees will not be able to travel for health and safety reasons. • Simple Covid-19 health questionnaire upon arrival.
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 22 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 21 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 22 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 21 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
What to expect
Your 5-day excursion through the Scottish Highlands and the Orkney Islands begins in Edinburgh, where you meet your guide and small group. Set off in the morning in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach, winding through tranquil, sweeping landscapes and stopping at must-see historical landmarks like Stirling Castle. During the next days, travel by mini-coach and ferry, crossing the Pentland Firth to the sparsely inhabited Orkney Island—an ancient archipelago comprised of around 70 islands. Savor the unspoiled scenery and touches of Viking history that surround you, including ancient standing stones and prehistoric villages like Skara Brae. Your return trip crosses the Highlands, stopping at historic landmarks like Ardvreck Castle, Culloden Moo,r and Clava Cairns. Enjoy active days soaking up Scottish culture and nature and evenings at your leisure in Inverness, Kirkwall, and Ullapool. Your tour includes round-trip transport, four nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel or guesthouse (single or twin accommodation available) and daily breakfasts.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 22505DORK
Call +63 923-0990452
Important information
Inclusions
4 nights en-suite accommodation in either a B&B or 3-star hotel (breakfast included) • Small-group tour (maximum 16 passengers) • Transportation by top of the range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach • Driver/guide
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Gratuities • Meals and refreshments • Admission fees & optional activities. • Entry/Admission - Dunrobin Castle and Gardens • Entry/Admission - Skara Brae • Entry/Admission - Maeshowe Chambered Cairn • Entry/Admission - The Italian Chapel • Entry/Admission - Culloden Battlefield
Duration
5 days
Departure details
Edinburgh Bus Station, Edinburgh EH1 3DQ, UK Gate J & K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh
Inclusions
4 nights en-suite accommodation in either a B&B or 3-star hotel (breakfast included) • Small-group tour (maximum 16 passengers) • Transportation by top of the range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach • Driver/guide
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Gratuities • Meals and refreshments • Admission fees & optional activities. • Entry/Admission - Dunrobin Castle and Gardens • Entry/Admission - Skara Brae • Entry/Admission - Maeshowe Chambered Cairn • Entry/Admission - The Italian Chapel • Entry/Admission - Culloden Battlefield
Departure details
Edinburgh Bus Station, Edinburgh EH1 3DQ, UK Gate J & K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh
Duration
5 days
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Minimum age for travel on this tour is 5 years
Please note: you will be required to choose between either a 3-star bed and breakfast or 3-star hotel at time of booking
Booking three or more people? We can accommodate up to 8 guests in a group, please add each required room to your basket separately
When booking three or more people, efforts will be made to book a combination of suitable rooms (double/twin/family). Preferences should be noted upon booking in the Special Requirements section
Family rooms are limited and may be available on request. Maximum of 2 Adults and 1 child in one room. Family rooms for 2 adults and 2 children are not available
Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 20kg of luggage (44lbs); one medium sized suitcase/bag similar to airline standard carry-on luggage (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Italian Chapel – We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
Skara Brae - We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
Maeshowe – Our timings and tickets with this attraction are currently under review due to the coronavirus.
Culloden - We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
Most travelers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Itinerary
Overview
Full Map
11 stops
Day 1
Edinburgh - Inverness
Day 2
Inverness - John O' Groats -...
Day 3
Full day touring around Orkneys
Day 4
Kirkwall - St Margaret's Hope -...
Day 5
Ullapool - Edinburgh
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Alison B
Shipley, UK2 contributions
What a fabulous part of the world!
Sep 2021
My partner Tony and I have just done this tour and it was the most amazing experience for the two of us. David our driver was very knowledgeable of all the areas we visited and went out of his way to ensure that we saw some historically outstanding places and spectacular scenery on our travels to and from Edinburgh, in the Highlands and during our stay on the Orkney's. We certainly packed in a lot during the five days, and Dave took us to many wonderful locations in his 'go anywhere bus'. We chose the bed and breakfast option and we found all the accommodation to be of a high standard and the hosts friendly and accommodating. We also were able to book an evening meal at each location but would strongly recommend that where possible you book ahead at the restaurant of your choice etc. A big thank you to David and we certainly would recommend this tour.
Written 15 September 2021
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epicurean62
San Francisco, CA56 contributions
Fantastic Orkneys trip
Fantastic trip - our driver and guide David was professional, funny and helpful in making the 5 day Orkney trip and adventure to be remembered for many years. We saw lots snd learnt about the ruins, castles snd wars. Thx Rabbie’s this was my third trip eith you!
Written 14 September 2021
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Jane M
18 contributions
The best way to see the North of Scotland and Orkney
This tour was exceptional, and I was impressed at how much we managed to pack in in 5 days. We did a lot of driving but this was helpfully broken up with a variety of stops and activities, not to mention the breathtaking scenery along the way. I usually suffer from motion sickness on long journeys but I had no issues here whatsoever.

Our tour guide, Sean , was wonderful - a veritable raconteur- and had a phenomenal amount of knowledge interspersed with lots of amusing anecdotes which kept us entertained throughout the trip. I would also like to extend my thanks to Rabbies who stepped in straight away to secure accommodation for me after an unfortunate experience at one of the hotels I had independently booked (top tip - let Rabbies sort your accommodation rather than booking it yourself).

I would thoroughly recommend Rabbies (and Sean) and am planning on doing the 5 day Highland Explorer trip next. Thanks again for a a wonderful trip.
Written 18 July 2021
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Gemma J
London, UK9 contributions
Great Way to See and Learn about the Orkneys
Jul 2021
I’ve wanted to go to the Orkneys for a while but I wanted to wait until the weather was kinder, and so when I decided to go up to Scotland again in the summer I knew it was time - midges be damned!

The trip to the Orkneys is a great way to see everything on the islands. It’s such an interesting place, I didn’t really know much about it but all the Norse and Picktish history was fascinating.

There is A LOT of driving on this tour - especially once you get back off Orkney and are driving along the North Coast. However, Catty made sure we got off the bus as much as possible and showed us some great sights along the coast and there are places a Rabbie’s bus can get that other larger tour operators just won’t be able to get to.

Catty was the perfect guide - I don’t know how she’s managed to save so much information in her head. She is so friendly and really made the trip enjoyable and showed us so many great spots. She clearly loves the Orkneys and though she’s probably done this tour so many times it never felt like she was reading from the script. All Rabbie’s guides are great, but Catty really did help make this trip something special.

I highly recommend the Orkneys and North Coast tour, you will experience some breathtaking scenery and learn so much about how history has shaped this part of the world. It really is a great tour - just beware of those midges!
Written 17 July 2021
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Alice
Sydney, Australia128 contributions
Incredible tour of Orkney and Scotland's North Coast
Oct 2020
What an incredible tour! I was on the 10 day Orkney and Outer Hebrides tour so I was only with this group for 4 of the 5 days where I had a day in Ullapool to myself, but those 4 days were wonderful. We saw so many places even though many businesses and museums/churches, etc. were closed and hospitality restrictions meant no distillery tours or tastings, and limited options for food at restaurants, pubs and cafes.

None of these things stopped me from having a great time. Our guide Nick customised the tour to our preferences as a group (which were all similar) and I didn't feel anything was lacking. We were able to spend more time in places and able to take everything in, and Nick added some stops in that were suited to the group.

Orkney was stunning. Nick grew up in Orkney so he had so much knowledge to offer us which felt extra special. Lots of history and peaceful hills and landscapes, and cliffs with crashing ocean waves. I picked this 10 day Orkney & Outer Hebrides tour because I will be leaving Scotland soon and wanted to visit a few more places I had not yet been to in my time here, and I was able to tick off so many places, more than I expected, off a list of places I was hoping to see.

Covid safety measures were top notch - masks, sanitiser readily available, distancing on and off the bus as well as an order of how we hopped on an off the bus meant I felt as ease.

Admittedly, I thought Rabbies would be just another tour company where the tour would be standard, by the book, no time to slow down and enjoy each place you stop in, but I couldn't have been more wrong! Both Nick and my second guide Barney (for the 5 day Outer Hebrides and Skye tour I joined after the Orkney tour) were genuinely lovely, had a wealth of knowledge, were really down to earth and seemed to genuinely love their jobs, which made the tour even better. Both Nick and Barney were fantastic drivers and I felt very safe in their capable hands on the bus.

I feel really fortunate and want to thank Rabbie's and their guides for all their wonderful work to continue providing their tours for people like myself who would not be able to visit most of these locations on my own.
Written 20 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

anniefanny
Edinburgh, UK54 contributions
RABBIES in general
Aug 2019 • Couples
If you want to really experience the beauty and history of Scotland, go on a RABBIES tour. Any tour. You will feel it.
Whilst we were on visits to Scotland from Canada, we were lucky to go on several trips with Rabbies. We now live in Scotland, and eager to see and experience more, we still go with Rabbies.
Once the lockdown in raised and it is safe to do so, we will continue to travel with Rabbies.
The trips are thoughtful and well-planned. The driver/tour leaders are passionate about Scotland( they are also superb drivers and leaders). The drivers are very well informed about the places they take. The small buses are a great idea for the small villages.
Rabbies is a well rounded tour company.
All adult ages use Rabbies. We are seniors, and feel quite comfortable on these tours
Thank you RABBIES,
Dr.Lyall&Mrs Heather Black
Edinburgh
Written 23 May 2020
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Thank you so much for your review, we are really pleased that you enjoyed your tour with us. Our aim is for you to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery whilst our driver guides look after the driving. Our experienced guides will tell you all about our history, folklore, culture and interesting facts and with the small group and local knowledge, you can get off the beaten track to experience the hidden gems of our beautiful country, your positive review is a credit to our amazing team! We are delighted to hear that when it is safe to do so, you will be coming on another tour. We have loads of tours all over the UK and Ireland from 1 day to 17 day tours from visiting the Outer islands and highlands to Cornwall, the Lake District, Yorkshire, Ireland and much more.. Our website has all the tours available. We cannot wait to get back on the road again and look forward to you both joining us! Take care and thank you for taking the time to review us. Hazel
Written 27 May 2020
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106maruth
Williamsburg, VA24 contributions
Orkney Islands
Oct 2019 • Friends
Lucked out with all beautiful sunny days!Our guide Emily was FANTASTIC!She was well informed,enthusiastic,spontaneous and charming!The tour was relaxing and fun I would highly recommend using Rabbies I myself hope to book with them again!
Written 5 November 2019
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Amy J
3 contributions
Orkney & Scotland’s Northern Coast - 5 day tour
Oct 2019 • Friends
As the last Orkney tour of the season, our tour group was only 4 travelers, but Rabbie’s was true to their promise and did not cancel, for which I am so grateful. The crowds were gone, the weather is fine and cool, the lighting is warm, and we could stretch a bit more time at a favored stop. Our guide and driver, David, was so personable as well as knowledgeable of the history and geography, and really made the experience exceptional; he even had a playlist of Scottish music as our soundtrack during the drive. One of the great things about this particular tour is the balance of well-known sites versus quiet roads and vistas (ex: Loch Ness via backroad to Falls of Foyer). While just watching the gorgeous scenery go by was a joy, the stops were calculated so there was always a castle or historical monument or natural wonder to explore; Dunrobin (Rapunzel towers), Culloden Moor (Jacobite battles), Smoo’s Cave (smugglers), Clara Cairns (standing stone circles). But the Orkney Islands are truly the highlight of this tour. With the amazing Skara Brae, an intact Neolithic village, Maeshowe, a 4,000 year old ceremonial chamber with Viking graffiti, and Stones of Stenness being aligned in a circular format for celestial focus, it just is astounding how immersed you can be to early civilization. And then, the sheep which are grazing next to these priceless sites, will go up and rub their backs against them to scratch their itch, which just makes you laugh at the absurdity of such an occurrence. It’s just these unexpected moments in such natural beauty which make it such an amazing trip.
Written 29 October 2019
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classic552018
Prescott Valley, AZ6 contributions
Stunning scenery
Oct 2019
We just returned home from tour. Our guide Iain was excellent, very knowledgeable and we were able to see places that we would have missed if we’d attempted on our own. My 39 year old son joined us on the tour and I know he thought it was going to be a coach full of old folks. He thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The bed and breakfasts that were booked for were all excellent. Great way to see northern Scotland without worrying about driving on the wrong side!
Written 25 October 2019
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Shirley D
Nuneaton, UK19 contributions
Absolutely brilliant
Great trip, Nick A was our tour guide, driver and master dj, he was a star.

We stopped at so many spectacular locations for walks to see some gorgeous sites.

Written 16 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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