Small Group Tour: Scotland Orkneys & Highlands

8 days from $3,999 pp*
  • Explore Dunrobin Castle, Bishop’s Palace, Edinburgh Castle, and more.
  • Step back in time to the Stone Age at the tomb of Maes Howe.
  • Featuring private transfers between airport and hotels.
  • Spend nights in a collection of expertly selected properties.
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Enjoy the best of both worlds with a mix of private guided tours and transfers mixed in with a number of days on a small group trip taking in the best sights (some off the beaten path) along the way. After spending time in Edinburgh exploring the sights in the company of a private guide or doing some independent exploring, make your way to Inverness to meet up with your small group multi-day tour make the most of the sightseeing opportunities en route through Europe's last great wilderness region. One of the most interesting places on earth, the Orkney Islands offer a mix of outstandingly rugged coastal scenery teeming with bird and sea-life, the greatest single collection of pre-historic remains in the world, a land steeped in Viking history, and contemporary sites dating from the two great World Wars. Remember, there is always the option to add a full day or afternoon of private guided services throughout your small group multi-day tour. Do things your way, at an affordable price, knowing that you have 24/7 support as you travel. ... Show More »

This small group tour has select departures every three weeks from May to September. The small group tours have a maximum of 15 people per trip. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Scotland - Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City Highlights Tour (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • Optional Dinner Reservation at The Witchery Restaurant
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Edinburgh to Inverness
    Edinburgh to Inverness
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Edinburgh - Inverness [3.5 hrs] - Standard Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Walking Tour (3 hrs) - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Inverness to Kirkwall
    Inverness to Kirkwall
    • Local Taxi (not included)
    • Small Group Tour Meet & Greet
    • Shared Transfer - Scottish Highlands - Coach/Driver
  • Day 5 Kirkwall
    Kirkwall
    • Shared Tour - Historic Orkney - Coach/Driver
  • Day 6 Kirkwall to Wick
    Kirkwall to Wick
    • Shared Transfer - Kirkwall City Tour with Distillery Visit - Coach/Driver
  • Day 7 Wick to Inverness
    Wick to Inverness
    • Shared Transfer - with Dunrobin Castle - Coach/Driver
    • End of Small Group Tour
    • Local Taxi (not included)
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Inverness
    Inverness
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
At your request, we can customize this small group tour experience just for you by adding tailor-made experiences on either end.
Call us today at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Edinburgh

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful, will be provided to you on your first day in destination.

Accommodation: Carlton Hotel (4*)

The Carlton Hotel is located just minutes from Edinburgh Waverley Station, and situated in a grand Victorian building with a stylish, modern interior. Nestled in the heart of the city center, the Carlton Hotel is within easy walking distance of a myriad of city center attractions, from the famous Royal Mile to the beautiful St. Giles’ Cathedral. Guestrooms are spacious and offer all the comforts of home in a stylish setting. The hotel offers guests a relaxing lounge and Bridge Bar to enjoy a beverage or light bite. Alternatively, the Bridge Restaurant provides a modern setting and a brasserie style menu for a delicious meal. Non-Refundable.

Small Group Tour: Scotland Orkneys & Highlands Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Small Group Tour: Scotland Orkneys & Highlands Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
Hilton Edinburgh Carlton

Day 2: Edinburgh

Meet your private guide and transportation, departing from your hotel on a half-day tour through Scotland’s hilly capital, Edinburgh, founded over 1,200 years ago. The New Town, co-listed with the Old Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features the famous Princes Street with its ornate 200-foot-high Scott Monument, along with historic Georgian and neo-classical architecture. With a structure-free south side of the street, Princes offers panoramic views back across the scenic Old Town, considered one of the most beautiful skylines in Europe. Explore the renowned Royal Mile in the UNESCO-listed Old Town, bookended by the 12th century Edinburgh Castle at one end, and the 16th century Holyrood Palace at the other, residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Catch views of the iconic Edinburgh Castle, perched on Castle Rock with an imposing stance upon the historic old town below, spot the prominent St Giles’ Cathedral, a religious focal point for nearly 900 years. Pass the National Museum of Scotland, and learn of the city’s hidden subterranean passages running below street level. 

Optional:
The Witchery Restaurant located on the Royal Mile is a highly recommended dinner venue. The 16th century building located close to the Castle is lit exclusively by candlelight. The tapestry-draped main dining room is an ode to opulence: the seats are a rich red leather, the ceiling is gilded, and the walls are covered with oak panels salvaged from an old cathedral. The Secret Garden annex, meanwhile, is full of brass candlesticks and stone statues, and displays a series of painted doors that tell the story of Edinburgh's wine trade with France. The menu is equally astonishing, and the desserts absolutely divine. Please note, this is an optional experience and your reservation and meal are not included. Speak with your Destination Expert if you would like to have a reservation made for you.

Accommodation: Carlton Hotel (4*)
Small Group Tour: Scotland Orkneys & Highlands Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Edinburgh Castle on Castle Rock
Edinburgh Castle on Castle Rock
Small Group Tour: Scotland Orkneys & Highlands Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Witchery Restaurant
The Witchery Restaurant

Day 3: Edinburgh - Inverness

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Depart by train from Edinburgh to Inverness. Approximate travel time is 3.5 hours.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Meet your private guide and delve into the world of the Jacobites, as you depart on foot for a walking tour of Inverness, capital of the Scottish Highlands. The strategic location of Inverness, where the River Ness meets the Moray Firth, has seen it be the stronghold and focus of many battles of kings and clans and tribes dating back at least as early as the 6th century, including a fallback point during the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Enjoy views of the imposing Inverness Castle, overlooking the River Ness, where a succession of castles has stood since 1057. From Bishops Road, see the lovely stonework of the 19th century Inverness Cathedral, but even more impressive still is the 18th century Old High Church on St Michaels Mount, at the heel of the footbridge that crosses the River Ness, a spot of worship since the Celtic times. Stroll the prolific High Street, a buzzing pedestrian area, and just admire the overall city architecture, with many Victorian and Georgian delights.

Accommodation: Kingsmills

Set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, the Kingsmills Hotel is a fabulously historic retreat tucked away just one mile from the city center of Inverness. The hotel, much like its on-site dining, combines the perfect mix of classic and contemporary features. Between the gardens of the historic mansion house, the lavish Kingsclub and Spa, and 134 guestrooms, many with private balconies and patios or views over the neighboring golf course, your relaxation and comfort are always in mind. Take a stroll in the hotel grounds with scarcely a hint that you’re in the middle of the Highland capital. The Kingsmills Hotel offers authentic Scottish hospitality, along with dashes of character and panache, only delivered by genuine hoteliers.

Small Group Tour: Scotland Orkneys & Highlands Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Footbridge over the River Ness
Footbridge over the River Ness
Small Group Tour: Scotland Orkneys & Highlands Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Inverness
Inverness

Day 4: Inverness - Kirkwall

Transfer by local taxi. Please note that this service is not included, and is payable locally.

Meet your tour leader and small group of up to 18 participants, and prepare for an unforgettable 4-day journey through Orkney and the Scottish Highlands. The exact meeting point will be determined prior to departure.

Departing from Inverness, you'll spend a spectacular day travelling through the unspoilt North Highlands, between soaring peaks, staggering vistas and wide valleys, to Strathpeffer – a stylish Victorian spa town. Kirkwall, first settled by the Vikings, will be your home for the next two nights. Discover the magic of the area with a night free to explore, making the most of your time off Scotland’s north coast as you uncover the fascinating, relaxing and welcoming side to this archipelago.

Accommodation: West End Hotel (B) or similar

Nestled away from the bustle of the Kirkwall town center, the West End Hotel offers simple comforts in a historic setting, providing the perfect base for relaxing and exploring all that Orkney has to offer. Dating back to 1824 when it was one of Kirkwalls finest townhouses, the building now features comfortable en-suite guestrooms with showers, twin or double bedding, and free wifi internet access.

Please note that your hotel may be the above, or an alternative hotel of similar standard, and will be confirmed prior to departure.

Small Group Tour: Scotland Orkneys & Highlands Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kirkwall
Kirkwall

Day 5: Kirkwall

Majestic landscapes, scenic roads and imagination-firing history – Orkney delivers on every level. A small area that’s big on charm, a day spent in historic Orkney is on the cards for today with a journey to the distant past. Home to a strong and proud history, you'll walk in the footsteps of ancient islanders at the mysterious Maeshowe tomb, Skara Brae Neolithic village and the mystical Ring of Brodgar. Marvel at the astounding structures, taking in the history and significance of each sight. Next comes Iron Age Broch of Gurness and, if the tides are on your side, an atmospheric walk to Brough of Birsay island.

Accommodation: West End Hotel (B) or similar
Small Group Tour: Scotland Orkneys & Highlands Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ring of Brodgar
Ring of Brodgar
Small Group Tour: Scotland Orkneys & Highlands Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The West End Hotel
The West End Hotel

Day 6: Kirkwall - Wick

From the St Magnus Cathedral to the Bishop’s Palace, there are plenty of Norse sites to see at your doorstep in Kirkwall. If a mid-morning coffee fails to awaken your senses, a morning distillery tour will do the trick. Enjoy a sample of Scotland’s finest whiskies at the Highland Park Distillery before the afternoon takes you to Scapa Flow, with its famous Italian chapel and a photo opportunity at the WWII ship wrecks. To round off the day, it’s then time to board the ferry to the mainland, heading to Wick, where you'll have a farewell dinner with your Orkney group.

Accommodation: Mackays Hotel (B) or similar

Mackays Hotel is located in Wick, in the beautiful area of Caithness. Built in 1883, the hotel has gained wide recognition for its high standard of award-winning service, comfortable rooms and fine food. At Mackays Hotel, all guestrooms have ensuite washrooms, TV’s with Freeview channels, free wifi internet access, tea, coffee and biscuits.

Please note that your hotel may be the above, or an alternative hotel of similar standard, and will be confirmed prior to departure.

Small Group Tour: Scotland Orkneys & Highlands Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Magnus Cathedral
Magnus Cathedral

Day 7: Wick - Inverness

Today you will visit Dunrobin Castle. With its towering conical spires, this castle has been home to the Dukes of Sutherland since the 1400's. Here, you'll make time to visit the impressive white towers and formal gardens of this stately home, with ample time to take in the grand history and beauty. Then, following the beautiful coast road, take in the views crossing the Dornoch and Cromarty Firths on the return journey back to the Capital of the Highlands, Inverness, where your small group tour comes to an end.

Bid farewell to your tour leader and fellow travelers as you close the chapter on this part of your travels. Your drop off point will be determined prior to departure. 

Please note, all tours as part of this small group journey involve walking and require guests to board and disembark vehicles several times a day, making this tour unsuitable for clients with reduced mobility.

Transfer by local taxi. Please note that this service is not included, and is payable locally.

Accommodation: Kingsmills
Small Group Tour: Scotland Orkneys & Highlands Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Dunrobin Castle
Dunrobin Castle

Day 8: Inverness

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

At your request, we can customize this small group tour experience just for you by adding tailor-made experiences on either end.
Call us today at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Carlton Hotel (4*): Edinburgh

The Carlton Hotel is located just minutes from Edinburgh Waverley Station, and situated in a grand Victorian building with a stylish, modern interior. Nestled in the heart of the city center, the Carlton Hotel is within easy walking distance of a myriad of city center attractions, from the famous Royal Mile to the beautiful St. Giles’ Cathedral. Guestrooms are spacious and offer all the comforts of home in a stylish setting. The hotel offers guests a relaxing lounge and Bridge Bar to enjoy a beverage or light bite. Alternatively, the Bridge Restaurant provides a modern setting and a brasserie style menu for a delicious meal. Non-Refundable.

Small Group Tour: Scotland Orkneys & Highlands Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
Hilton Edinburgh Carlton

Kingsmills : Inverness

Set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, the Kingsmills Hotel is a fabulously historic retreat tucked away just one mile from the city center of Inverness. The hotel, much like its on-site dining, combines the perfect mix of classic and contemporary features. Between the gardens of the historic mansion house, the lavish Kingsclub and Spa, and 134 guestrooms, many with private balconies and patios or views over the neighboring golf course, your relaxation and comfort are always in mind. Take a stroll in the hotel grounds with scarcely a hint that you’re in the middle of the Highland capital. The Kingsmills Hotel offers authentic Scottish hospitality, along with dashes of character and panache, only delivered by genuine hoteliers.

Small Group Tour: Scotland Orkneys & Highlands Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kingsmills Hotel
Kingsmills Hotel
Small Group Tour: Scotland Orkneys & Highlands Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Whisky Bar
Whisky Bar

West End Hotel (B) or similar: Kirkwall

Nestled away from the bustle of the Kirkwall town center, the West End Hotel offers simple comforts in a historic setting, providing the perfect base for relaxing and exploring all that Orkney has to offer. Dating back to 1824 when it was one of Kirkwalls finest townhouses, the building now features comfortable en-suite guestrooms with showers, twin or double bedding, and free wifi internet access.

Please note that your hotel may be the above, or an alternative hotel of similar standard, and will be confirmed prior to departure.

Small Group Tour: Scotland Orkneys & Highlands Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The West End Hotel
The West End Hotel

Mackays Hotel (B) or similar: Wick

Mackays Hotel is located in Wick, in the beautiful area of Caithness. Built in 1883, the hotel has gained wide recognition for its high standard of award-winning service, comfortable rooms and fine food. At Mackays Hotel, all guestrooms have ensuite washrooms, TV’s with Freeview channels, free wifi internet access, tea, coffee and biscuits.

Please note that your hotel may be the above, or an alternative hotel of similar standard, and will be confirmed prior to departure.

Small Group Tour: Scotland Orkneys & Highlands Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Mackays Hotel
Mackays Hotel

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

At your request, we can customize this small group tour experience just for you by adding tailor-made experiences on either end.
Call us today at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
At your request, we can customize this small group tour experience just for you by adding tailor-made experiences on either end.
Call us today at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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