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    Standing Stones, The Ring of Brodgar

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    Heading to the Old Man of Hoy

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    Puffin feeding time


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Orkney Odyssey

Grade All Ages
  • Fabulous coastal walking
  • Abundant bird and marine life
  • Famed archaeological sites of Skara Brae and Ring of Brogar
  • Delightful Orcadian hospitality
Code Departure Duration Availability Price
OO0217 12 Aug 2017 6 Nights
OPEN £925 Book

 

Wonderful mix of walking and history on these beautiful northern isles


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.


Itinerary

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


Accommodation

During this holiday we stay at the comfortable Orkney Hotel. You can be sure of traditional Orcadian hospitality in the heart of the ancient royal burgh of Kirkwall. Dating back to 1670, the hotel has been sympathetically renovated, retaining many of its original features and its charm.


Single Supplement

A limited number of single rooms is available from £120


Pickup / Dropoff

Meet at Inverness Railway Station 14:30
Finish in Inverness 13.30


Included / Excluded

Included:

  • 6 nights bed and breakfast in comfortable Kirkwall hotel
  • 5 x dinner
  • 5 days walking with a quality and experienced NWF leader
  • Transfers from/back to Inverness
  • Ferry ticket to/from Orkney
  • Day trips to Hoy and Westray
  • Entree to Skara Brae

Excluded:

  • Travel to Inverness
  • (Packed) lunches
  • Travel insurance
  • Miscellaneous expenses like drinks, entrance fees etc


Code Departure Duration Availability Price
OO0217 12 Aug 2017 6 Nights
OPEN £925 Book

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Reviews

"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."

Mrs Anderson

"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."

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