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Orkney Explorer

Discover the peace, tranquility, and rich heritage of the beautiful island of Orkney, part of a wider grand tour visiting John O'Groats, historic Stirling and Edinburgh, Scotland's proud capital.

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7 days from £1189



Wednesday 26 May 2021

Wednesday 08 September 2021

Thursday 30 September 2021 -  extra departure date added



  • Explore historic Orkney at a gentle pace, staying in the ancient Norse capital Kirkwall

  • Guided walking tour of Kirkwall and the 12th century St Magnus Cathedral

  • Tour and tasting at Orkney’s Highland Park Distillery

  • Visit the Italian Chapel, Churchill Barriers and Skara Brae

  • Rich archaeology and history

  • Dramatic scenery of the Highland Line

  • Photo-stop at John O’Groats

  • Fantastic seascape coastline of the Far North

  • Spend time in historic Stirling, a short walk from the castle and Old Town

  • Visit Edinburgh, with a guided walking tour of the ‘Royal Mile’


Also included in your tour fare:

  • 6 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

  • All excursions and admissions as detailed

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


We arrive in Stirling and check into the Stirling Highland Hotel, an attractive, historic building and formerly the city's school. Why not explore the Old Town and take in the view from the castle before dinner?



Leaving Stirling, our train journey heads through the stunning scenery of Perthshire on the Highland Line as we travel to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands. We then continue by private coach through coastal Sutherland and the brooding and magnificent landscapes of Caithness to the historic estuary town of Wick, a former Viking settlement. We enjoy free time to explore this historic little town, once famous for being the busiest herring port in Europe. We continue north to John O'Groats for a photo-stop at the furthest inhabited place on mainland Britain. From here we travel to the short distance to Gills Bay where we board our ferry to Orkney, we arrive late evening and check into our hotel for three nights, the Kirkwall Hotel.

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After a leisurely breakfast we meet our local guide for a walking tour of Kirkwall including the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral and Bishops Palace, both dating back to the 12th century and the 17th century Earl's Palace. In the afternoon we visit the northernmost single malt Scotch whisky distillery in the world, Highland Park dating back to 1798. We enjoy a fascinating guided tour and get to sample a wee dram before returning to our hotel.

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Staying on Orkney allows us to tour the island at leisure. Our guided tour of Orkney includes the Churchill Barriers, the wonderful Italian Chapel, built by prisoners of war; Skara Brae, the astonishingly well-preserved Neolithic village, and the awe-inspiring Ring of Brodgar stone circle. After a day exploring this unspoilt region of natural beauty, we settle down to dinner in our hotel.

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Today begins with our late morning return ferry crossing from St Margaret's Hope to Gills Bay. Our coach then continues the journey southwards taking the lovely coastal route through Caithness and Sutherland, skirting the Firths of Beauly and Cromarty en route to Inverness. Here we join the Highland Line, one of the country's most beautiful, climbing into the Cairngorms before descending through Perthshire to our hotel for two nights, the Stirling Highland.

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A short rail journey whisks us to Edinburgh Waverley, where our Blue Badge Guide awaits to introduce the highlights of the city's 'Royal Mile'. An afternoon at leisure in Scotland's proud capital enables you to visit the castle, relax on the Grassmarket or indulge in a little retail therapy on Princes Street.

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We bid farewell to Stirling as we make our way homeward.

*Important Note: We do reserve the right to make substitutions and changes to the itinerary should it be deemed necessary for whatever reason.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


Stirling Highland Hotel

Just a short walk from Stirling Castle, is the historic 4-star Highland Hotel. The hotel’s Scholars restaurant offers quality locally sourced food and the comfortable bar is the perfect place to enjoy a wee dram! The leisure club, including swimming pool is a great place to relax. Built in the 19th century as the city’s High School, this characterful building still houses a working observatory in its roof.


Kirkwall Hotel

This family-run hotel is in a traditional Victorian building on Kirkwall’s picturesque harbour front, close to the marina and the main shopping area. The bedrooms are modern with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and tea & coffee making facilities. The Harbour View Restaurant serves excellent local produce and Skippers Bar is the perfect place to sample a glass of Orkney’s famous whisky.



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London: Kings Cross



Greater London



South of England



East Anglia



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North West



South Wales



North Wales






Join & Leave at Hotel £1199


£10 tour discount for holders of National Railcards


Single Traveller Supplement £275


MAY Departure Supplement £70


6 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Important – Please select the number of passengers before proceeding to ‘Book Now’

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