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North Coast & Orkney Rail Tour & Inverness City Break

Glimpse daily life 5,000 years ago at Skara Brae

Best Time To Go

07-Aug-2022 - Limited availability
11-Sept-2022 - Limited availability
28-May-2023 - Open for booking
25-Jun-2023 - Open for booking
16-Jul-2023 - Open for booking
30-Jul-2023 - Open for booking
10-Sep-2023 - Open for booking

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pre-book a visit to Orkney's Highland Park Distillery?

Prices From

£2195

No of Nights

8

Starts From

Inverness

Finishes In

Inverness
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Glimpse daily life 5,000 years ago at Skara Brae

North Coast & Orkney Rail Tour & Inverness City Break

Best Time To Go

07-Aug-2022 - Limited availability
11-Sept-2022 - Limited availability
28-May-2023 - Open for booking
25-Jun-2023 - Open for booking
16-Jul-2023 - Open for booking
30-Jul-2023 - Open for booking
10-Sep-2023 - Open for booking

Why not...

pre-book a visit to Orkney's Highland Park Distillery?

Prices From

£2195

No of Nights

8

Starts From

Inverness

Finishes In

Inverness

Explore Scotland's extremities via the Far North Rail Line. Get under the skin of the Orkney Islands. Round off your trip with an Inverness city break

This exclusive week-long small group rail tour  has been carefully designed to curate the best of Scotland’s North Coast and Orkney. Spectacular yet relaxing rail trips paired with short ferry crossings and guided tours will help you reach far-flung corners and uncover fascinating history, culture and local stories. Learn about the infamous Highland Clearances when once-thriving communities were evicted in favour of sheep. Visit – and stay on the estate of – the Queen Mother’s castle. Imagine pagan ceremonies and Neolithic everyday life while surrounded by mighty stones pre-dating the pyramids. You will be accompanied throughout by McKinlay Kidd’s knowledgeable tour leader, plus spend a day with an expert local guide on Orkney.

With a maximum of 15 passengers per group, you can be sure of highly personal service from your knowledgeable tour leader on a McKinlay Kidd small group rail tour. Early booking is strongly advised as places are strictly limited.

Do not hesitate to let us know if we can assist with tailor-made arrangements for you pre or post this scheduled tour.

Read about the measures we took to keep our 2021 small group guided tours safe here.

Holiday Details

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Day One – Meet and Greet in Inverness

Day Two – Journey North to the Castle of Mey

Day Three – Discover Britain’s True Top Spot

Day Four – Over the Sea to Orkney

Day Five – The Heart of Neolithic Orkney

Day Six – South on the North Line

Day Seven – Return Train to Inverness 

Day Eight – Inverness Revealed

Day Nine – Homeward Bound

Location

The tour begins in Inverness then onward to Scotland’s North Coast by train on the Far North Line, before hopping over to Orkney for two nights, returning to the mainland for one night in Dornoch. A final train journey returns you to Inverness for your tailor-made two-night city break in the Highland capital.


Pricing

The price per person includes:

  • Eight nights in hand-picked three and four star-standard accommodation.
  • Breakfast throughout.
  • Dinner on four evenings.
  • Rail travel from Inverness to Thurso, from Thurso to Dunrobin, & Tain to Inverness.
  • Entry to Castle of Mey.
  • Day tour around the North East including tour and tasting at Dunnet Bay Distillery.
  • Ferry from Gills Bay to St Margaret’s Hope.
  • Sightseeing tour from St Margaret’s Hope to Kirkwall including admission to the Italian Chapel.
  • Full-day tour of Orkney with an expert local guide, including admission to all sites visited.
  • Ferry from Stromness to Scrabster.
  • Entry to Dunrobin Castle.
  • Walking tour of Dornoch.
  • The services of McKinlay Kidd’s tour leader, accompanying the group and providing guiding and assistance throughout the first seven days.
  • Transfers as described.
  • A six-hour tailor-made tour from Inverness with a local guide, including a one-hour boat trip on Loch Ness in a small group

From time to time we may need to make minor changes to the itinerary, such as the specific places visited, but will always replace with alternatives of equivalent or higher standard.

Not included:

  • Lunch each day and dinner on four evenings
  • Visit to the Highland Park Distillery (optional visit – please advise at time of enquiry to secure your booking as availability is limited)
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities and tips
  • Taxis in Inverness

All accommodation is carefully-selected and researched by us, predominantly featuring small, family-owned hotels – contact us for more detailed information. We will do our best to accommodate room preferences subject to availability at individual properties.

This tour will operate with a maximum of 15 passengers on each departure date. 

Simply complete the form below to reserve your place(s). We guarantee to hold your place(s) for 48 hours to provide time for you to pay the deposit of 25% per person.


Speak to us 0141 260 9260

UK office hours

  • Mon-Fri: 8:30am – 6:00pm
  • Sat: 10am – 3:30pm
  • Sun: closed

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The McKinlay Kidd Guarantee

All our holiday prices include a service charge of £9 per person per night towards the costs we incur in researching, planning and designing your holiday.

We guarantee to refund this service charge if you believe that arranging your holiday through McKinlay Kidd has not met your expectations for value. All we ask is that you write to us within 7 days of your return and explain your reason for claiming the refund. This will ensure that we can improve the experience for all our future guests.

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Departure Dates & Current Availability
Departure DateStarts FromNights£ per person (2 sharing)£ per person (single)
Sunday 7 Aug 2022Inverness8£ 2275 - Fully booked£ On request - Fully booked
Sunday 11 Sep 2022Inverness8£ 2275 - Fully booked£ On request - Limited places available
Sunday 28 May 2023Inverness8£ 2275£ On request
Sunday 25 Jun 2023Inverness8£ 2275£ On request
Sunday 16 Jul 2023Inverness8£ 2275£ On request
Sunday 30 Jul 2023Inverness8£ 2275£ On request
Sunday 10 Sep 2023Inverness8£ 2275£ On request

To reserve your place(s) on this tour, please call us or complete the form below, making sure to select your departure date from the dropdown menu and advise of any special requirements. We will hold your place(s) for 48 hours and contact you with details of how to confirm your booking by payment of the per person deposit.

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