|OO0117||03 Jun 2017||6 Nights
|OO0217||12 Aug 2017||6 Nights
While often subject to strong winds, midsummer in Orkney finds the sun above the horizon for more than 18 hours of the day. Comprising more than 70 islands, of which 18 are inhabited, Orkney is famed for its archaeological sites such as the Ring of Brodgar (a magnificent stone circle), the Neolithic chambered tomb of Maes Howe (c. 3000 BC) and the finest Stone Age village in Europe, Skara Brae. Well-preserved evidence of later eras includes Bronze Age barrows, Pictish brochs, Viking settlements, Papae churches and Stewart Castles.
Colonised by the Vikings in the 9th century as a base from which to launch assaults on Ireland's monasteries, the natural beauty, folklore and unhurried pace of life on the "Isles of the Whale" is seductive.
We take a cliff-top walk on Hoy, the wildest and highest of the islands, overlooking the famous sea-stack of the Old Man of Hoy. From the site of Thorfinn the Mighty's palace at Birsay we walk to Marwick Head where the Kitchener Memorial stands above the ocean. We walk the dramatic west coast of Westray to the lonely lighthouse of Noup Head and visit the ruin of Noltland Castle built in 1560.
Orkney hosts an incredible array of birdlife, which includes puffins, short-eared owls and hen harriers. The abundance of seascapes affords us the chance to see seals, porpoises, dolphins and even whales, whilst on land we may spot the Orkney vole or a mountain hare.
Day 1 - Travel to Scrabster and afternoon ferry to Orkney
Day 2 - Deerness (Mainland)
Day 3 - Isle of Westray
Day 4 - West Mainland & Skara Brae
Day 5 - Isle of Hoy
Day 6 - Birsay Bay
Day 7 - Morning ferry back to the mainland
Meet at Inverness Railway Station 14:30
Finish in Inverness 13.30
Experience Scotland's classic long distance trail from Glasgow to Fort William following lochs, rivers and crossing wild moors finally arriving under the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britian's highest mountain
"Outstanding! Orkney is a wonderful place and your tour did an excellent job of presenting it to us."
Mr J Poteet
"Well organised and professionally conducted. Excellent itinerary of varied activities - good mix of walking and archaeology."
"Very comprehesive and interesting holiday that exceeded my expectations."
Mrs J Tattersall
"Very enjoyable. Active with full itinerary. Good overview of the wildlife, archaeology and land- sea scapes."
Ms O Newman
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