Your Tour Itinerary - Orkney and The Highlands

Day 1 Inverness - Strathpeffer - Orkney

Our journey through the misty crags and heather clad moors begins today in Inverness. Meet with the group and prepare for an unforgettable journey as our road heads north, between soaring peaks, staggering vistas and wide valleys, to Strathpeffer – a stylish Victorian spa town. With free time to explore, we leave land behind and sail to Orkney on a short ferry journey – complete with scenic views. Kirkwall, first settled by the Vikings, is our 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 and uncover the fascinating, relaxing and welcoming side to this archipelago. (D)

Day 2 Orkney

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, we 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 our side, an atmospheric walk to Brough of Birsay island. (B)

Day 3 Orkney - Wick

From the St Magnus Cathedral to the Bishop’s Palace, there are plenty of Norse sites to see on our doorstep in Kirkwall. If a mid-morning coffee fails to awaken your senses, a morning distillery tou will do the trick. Enjoy a sample of Scotland’s finest whiskies at the Highland Park Distillery before the afternoon takes us to Scapa Flow, with its famous Italian chapel and a photo opportunity at the WWII ship wreckages. To round off the day, it’s then time to board the ferry to the mainland, where we enjoy a farewell dinner together in Wick and reminisce on our tour together. (B,D)

Day 4 Wick - Dunrobin Castle - Inverness

Rise and shine, making time for one final breakfast together before we continue our journey back through to Inverness. It’s been a tour delving deep in Scotland’s heritage, so it’s only right we finish with a stop via Dunrobin Castle.

Departure Dates & Prices 2018 Orkney and The Highlands - Tour code ORK

Back-Roads Brochure Price in Black

Travel 55 Discount Price in Red

Tel Back-Roads Reservations on 0208 9870 990 and quote Travel 55 ref: T55BR + Tour Code ORK




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May 11, 25g



June 8g, 15



July 13



August 17



September 7g, 14g, 21



October 12



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Back-Roads Touring
Orkney and The Highlands

4 days / 3 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £1045

From misty crags and heather-clad moors to wild and windswept islands, Orkney and the Highlands are the stuff of legend. Explore dramatic landscapes and towns steeped in Viking history. And discover ancient sites whose roots stretch back over 5,000 years.

To book this scenic four day Orkney and the Highlands short break with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 code T55BR to receive the 5% discount. 

You can claim a 5% discount on all Back-Roads tours. To book, call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote ref: T55BR to receive the Travel 55 discount price 

Small groups up to 18

With tour sizes of up to 18, our tour leaders can ensure a more personalised experience. Smaller group sizes also mean we can guarantee our tours will run once we have just four guests booked.

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Stay two nights on the Orkney Islands, home to some of the most ancient sites in Europe
  • Explore Orkney at a leisurely pace, taking in countless archaeological treasures
  • Travel beautiful coastal and countryside roads through the Highlands

Tour Inclusions

  • 3 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily (B), 2 evening meals (D)
  • Ferry crossings
  • Whisky tasting
  • Entrance included to: Maeshowe Tomb, Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae, Brough of Birsay, Earl’s 
    Palace Kirkwall, Bishop’s Palace Kirkwall, Highland Park Distillery and Dunrobin Castle.

Why Back-Roads Touring


On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches, equipped with comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.
Along the way, your Tour Leader can offer intriguing insights about the views we see over the onboard PA system. And, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.

Scenic back roads not motorways

Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini-coaches that take us along scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles, the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination.

Authentic Local Experiences

Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden-gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each spectacular region.

Culinary Discoveries

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.

Boutique Hotels

Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. We opt for accommodation that reflects the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings.

Leisurely Paced Travel

Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. We rarely leave before 8.30am and give each stop the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.


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