Orkney Discovery 5 Days - Ayre Hotel Kirkwall
Discover the rugged beauty of Orkney - an island full of history and heritage just waiting to be discovered. Based in the 'capital' of Kirkwall there is so much to see and do. Officially a Royal Burgh since 1486, a Viking spirit runs through the town, focused on the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral which is well worth a visit. The town is filled with independent retailers and the High Street was once voted the most beautiful High Street in Scotland.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - Outward Travel – to overnight in Scottish Highlands
We depart and travel north and into the Scottish Highlands where we stay overnight./n
Day 2 - En Route – via John O’Groats to Orkney
Our journey north continues as we make our way through the remote scenery of the Far North, calling at John O’Groats on our way to Scrabster for our sailing to Orkney. This route allows us to take in the magnificent sight of the Old Man of Hoy and St John’s Head as we depart the mainland. On arrival in Stromness we make our way to Kirkwall, the capital or Orkney./n
Day 3 - Full Day guided tour of Orkney including Italian Chapel
Spend the day exploring wonderful Orkney. Joined by a knowledgeable guide we’ll take in the main sights including the vast expanse of Scapa Flow, where wrecks of vessels can still be seen jutting out above the water; The Churchill Barriers which were built to block German U-boats; and the remarkable Italian Chapel whose exterior belies the astonishing artistry and craftsmanship of its interior. /n
Day 4 - Day at Leisure in Kirkwall
Enjoy a day at leisure in Kirkwall. This is the capital of the islands and the main hub of all activity. With so much to discover across the islands the choice is yours – why not explore the Viking heritage, sites of archaeological interest, a whisky distillery or simply explore the town – the choice is yours!/n
Day 5 - Return Travel
To Be Advised
One of Orkney's finest hotels, The Ayre Hotel is perfect for visiting the islands. Just a short stroll from the town centre, the well-appointed rooms are beautifully decorated with facilities to suit. The hotel's popular restaurant serves a wide range of dishes, including produce from the island itself and The Ayre Hotel Bar is a popular with hotel guests and locals alike!