4 day Orkney Adventure

Monday 16th September – Friday 20th September 2024

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights


Overview

Experience the magic and wonder of these beautiful isles on this fully guided adventure.  With your knowledgeable guide, step back in time to try to uncover the legends of this ancient land, visiting Neolithic sites and prehistoric villages, as well as enjoying some coastal walks with incredible vistas and local wildlife.  Staying in the characterful town of Kirkwall, you can spend the evenings exploring the narrow streets and quirky shops, before retiring to your accommodation to relax with a dram from their vast whisky selection.

Highlights

  • Sail past the Old Man of Hoy, the highest sea stack in the UK
  • Explore the ancient history of Neolithic Orkney
  • Enjoy stunning coastal walks, looking out for whales and dolphins

Day by Day

Day 1 - Monday 16th September - Welcome to Orkney

You’ll meet your guide in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands and head north along the dramatic coastline to the port of Scrabster where we board the ferry to the Orkney Isles. The ferry passes some spectacular scenery including the Old Man of Hoy – the highest sea stack in the UK at 449 feet – and jagged sea cliffs, home to many colonies of seabirds. Landing in Stromness, you’ll make your way to the capital of the islands, Kirkwall, and settle into your delightful hotel.

Overnight: Orkney | The Storehouse Restaurant with Rooms
Room Type: Superior Rooms
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 2 - Tuesday 17th September - Ancient Villages and Jagged Coastlines

The Stone Age village of Skara Brae was discovered in 1850 after a storm cleared away the sand dunes that were covering it. Take a walk around Europe’s most complete Neolithic village and imagine what life was like for the residents 5,000 years ago on this windswept coastline. Later on you’ll head to Brough Head and enjoy a superb walk that follows the coast south to Marwick Head – one of the largest seabird colonies in the Northern Isles.

Overnight: Orkney | The Storehouse Restaurant with Rooms
Room Type: Superior Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Wednesday 18th September - The Heart of Neolithic Orkney

Today you’ll take a step back in time to the Neolithic age. The first stop will be at the wonderful Ring of Brodgar standing stones. There are various myths surrounding this ring, one of which was giants dancing through the night until they were turned into stone by the rising of the sun. You’ll also visit the towering Stones of Stenness and the ancient chambered cairn of Maes Howe, complete with Viking graffiti!  Let your imagination run wild with what all these symbols and standing stones mean in one of the most important collections of Neolithic artefacts in the world!

Overnight: Orkney | The Storehouse Restaurant with Rooms
Room Type: Superior Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Thursday 19th September - The Island of Rousay

Set off this morning to spend the day exploring the Island of Rousay, with its incredible Brochs that show just how the neolithic people used to celebrate and bury their dead.  There may also be time to take a drive around the island and watch out for seals bathing on the sand or whales breaching the waves.  Back in Kirkwall, there will be time to spend a couple of hours mooching around the town – perhaps visiting the boutique shops owned by local crafts people or just taking a moment to drink in the revered silence in St Magnus Cathedral before enjoying one final meal before you depart these ancient islands tomorrow.

Overnight: Orkney | The Storehouse Restaurant with Rooms
Room Type: Superior Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Friday 20th September - Return to Inverness

You’ll take a different route back to Inverness today. Cross the impressive Churchill Barriers, which saved the British fleet from invasion, and then pause to visit the Italian Chapel – two Nissan huts converted into a chapel by Italian prisoners of war.  A truly tranquil place with an incredible history which makes the perfect end to your holiday.  Catching the afternoon ferry back to the mainland, you will take the shorter crossing over the Pentland Firth before arriving back into Inverness late afternoon.

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 4 nights accommodation as detailed above
  • Breakfast each day
  • Lunches from Day 1 to Day 5
  • Fruit and snacks in the vehicle for the duration of the trip
  • Services of an experienced guide from Day 1 to Day 5
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide from Day 1 to Day 5
  • All ferry fares to and from the islands
  • All guided hikes, entrance fees and activities, specifically:
    • D2 – Entry to Skara Brae; Guided coastal walk
    • D3 – Entry to Maeshowe; Guided walk around historic sites
    • D4 – Ferry to Rousay, guided walk to Midhowe Broch
    • D5 – Entry to the Italian Chapel
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
Notes Read More
  • All suggested accommodations and services are subject to availability at the time of booking
  • A 20% deposit is required before any accommodation and services will be confirmed
  • This quote is valid for 14 days from the date quoted, after this time pricing may be subject to revision
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