Koch – Orkney Isles

Libby Koch

Tuesday 23rd April – Friday 26th April 2024

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Tuesday 23rd April - Travel to Orkney

We meet in Inverness and transfer north. Our journey to the Orkney Islands follows the north-east coast of the Highlands and onwards over the Pentland Firth. We reach Orkney this afternoon where we’ll enjoy a short clifftop walk, offering superb views over Scapa Flow, Flotta and Hoy. Continuing on to Kirkwall, there’ll be time for a quick orientation tour so you can get acquainted with the picturesque streets and independent shops. Arriving at our hotel this evening, settle in and relax.

Overnight: Kirkwall | Lynnfield Hotel
Room Type: Double
Meals Included: Lunch
Walk Details: 3 km / 2 miles

Day 2 - Wednesday 24th April - The Gloup, Mull Head, Distillery Tour & Standing Stones Sunset

Today our walk starts at the Gloup, a partially collapsed sea cave, which gets its name from the sound the sea makes as it rushes in and out of the cave. From there, we head north along the coast to Mull Head to watch the restless sea and ever-changing skies. This afternoon we take a tour of the local distillery that uses the Orkney Islands’ fiercely Viking heritage as inspiration for their warming spirits. At sunset, we head to the heart of Neolithic Orkney to visit a World Heritage Site, the Ring of Brodgar. Placed in the centre of a massive natural cauldron formed by the surrounding hills, the stones have stood firm through sunshine and storms, withstanding the elements for thousands of years. We’ll appreciate quiet moments as we watch the last of the light cast long shadows as the sun sinks below the horizon.

Overnight: Kirkwall | Lynnfield Hotel
Room Type: Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
Walk Details: 9 km / 6 miles

Day 3 - Thursday 25th April - Skara Brae and Yenasby Cliffs

After breakfast, we will head out to visit to the Stone Age village of Skara Brae, discovered in 1850 after a storm cleared away the sand dunes that were covering it. Built 5,000 years ago – long before Stonehenge or the Egyptian pyramids – Skara Brae is the best-preserved Neolithic settlement in Western Europe. After exploring, we’ll head out onto the cliff tops to hike to the impressive Yesnaby Castle sea stack. As we walk, watch the powerful waves roll in from the Atlantic throwing themselves against the rocks as the gulls hang at eye level in thermals that rush up the cliff sides. It’s easy to see how these powerful elements hid an entire village and then revealed it again all those years later. Back in Kirkwall there’ll be more time to explore its historic centre.

Overnight: Kirkwall | Lynnfield Hotel
Room Type: Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
Walk Details: 16 km / 10 miles

Day 4 - Friday 26th April - Depart for Inverness

After breakfast this morning, we’ll take one last walk on the beach at Scapa Bay. Your guide will drop you off at Kirkwall airport afterwards, for you to make your journey to the Shetland Isles.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 3 nights accommodation in a four-star, family-owned hotel with views across Kirkwall to the north isles
  • Most meals during the trip as stated in itinerary
  • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide / driver throughout
  • All transport throughout the trip starting in Inverness and finishing in Kirkwall
  • All private boat and ferry transfers
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Travel from Kirkwall to Sumburgh (flights can be booked through Loganair)
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
Pricing Read More

The price of this trip is £2,665 per person and is based on availability at the time of booking.

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